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Ecumen Senior Housing Design Extends to Santa Claus
Date: Dec 21st, 2009 8:59am


Eric Schubert

One of the things Ecumen is known for is developing and operating senior housing, and we've put those skills to work for Santa Claus.   Ecumen's Glen Glancy, who leads dining services at Ecumen's Maplewood, Minn., community, created another gingerbread masterpiece this holiday season.  it includes 160 hours of volunteer time from Glen and contributions from "sub-contractors" Mark Hibbison (electrical), Joyce Aakre (paint) and Kim Sinclair (specialty characters).  The work above with architect Glen Glancy aside it is called Santa's "Candy Cove".  Among its features:

- Working lighthouse on a fondant rock outcropping
- Illuminated lighthouse Keeper's bungalow
- "Water" powered sawmill
- Santa's tugboat w/working spotlight
- Campsite with a candy lake
- Overall display area 15 square feet
- Approximate weight 85 pounds
- Maximum height 36 inches
- 40 pounds royal Icing
- 1 case of marshmallows
- 10 pounds butter
- 30 types candy
- Assorted cereals and cookies

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