Midnight Mass was the 2007 gingerbread build for the Festival of Trees in Grande Prairie in 2007.
Midnite Mass The Great Collapse
Just thinking back, there is so much I thought of after the fact. Indeed hind sight is 20/20.
Things started off very well and I was extremely excited about how the project was coming along.
The marble steps of the church were stunning.
The bibles, pews and people were done exceptionally well.
The gelatin sheet stained glass windows were flawless.
It was a gorgeous, tall open church, with not nearly enough roof support due to no interior walls.
I thought I could do a fancy balancing act with the roof pieces and hoped the royal icing would hold it all together. Not taking humidity into thought. I had issues with the roof becoming soft and splitting during the day of delivery and set up.
Really, at that point there was nothing I could do to save the roof but about an hour after leaving the Festival location I realized my mistake.
Huge Learning Lesson
Earlier in the year due to extreme amounts of snow, the ceiling of the art gallery in Grande Prairie collapsed. Reflecting on that I could have got some blue fondant and made a tarp to go over the opening in the roof. The addition of a sign looking for donations for roof repairs to finish it off would have been perfect. Though no records would have been broken I could have at least walked away content with the project.
Like any situation that does not go as you expect you learn a lot. Making mistakes is the best way to learn what not to do.
Far more then when everything goes as planned.
If you enjoyed this gingerbread build I invite you to check out the Gingerbread House resources page to see the entire list of builds I have done.