GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – It was the week before Christmas, and all through school the gingerbread houses looked really cool. A creature was stirring, and it was bigger than a mouse. A surprise character paid a visit to Glens Falls High School – and it wasn’t Santa Claus.
Glens Falls students from Matt Petrillose’s International and American Regional Foods course spent several classes this month building gingerbread houses, perfecting an art form synonymous with both the holiday season and the culinary delights that accompany it. After sitting for days, they stopped being able to eat safely. That meant it was time to figure out elimination.
The class had an idea and had to summon a terrifying creature to destroy the houses. The gingerbread creations were arranged in a cityscape, with a full backdrop created by Glens Falls art teacher Sue Botch. Then, with stomping footsteps, came “Glenzilla.”
A video produced by Glens Falls City Schools lets it all unfold. On Thursday, Glenzilla – portrayed by school security guard Rebecca Lowry in an inflatable dinosaur costume – drove through the community of lovingly built gingerbread houses, reducing them to rubble and giving children something to look forward to. remember as they went on vacation.
Gingerbread houses have had a big presence in the town of Glens Falls this winter. The head chef and construction manager of the Queensbury Hotel met at the end of November to build a life-size gingerbread house in the hotel lobby, to be visited and enjoyed by all who visit the place.