I t’s Main Street, but sweeter.
In front of LaFlamme’s, there is now a replica scene of Main Street, complete with buildings and Saunders Street Bridge and street lights.
However, these buildings and bridge are made out of Graham crackers and gingerbread, while the street lights are lollipops.
It is the creation of Bethany Bosch of West Rutland, Vt., a friend of the LaFlamme family who has been making “candy-land” creations for the past three years.
“You always look through the magazines and see the gingerbread lands and think how cool they look and I have always been interested in them,” said Bosch. “I had never done one, though, except for when I started a couple of years ago.”
Bosch said her artistic pursuit in all things sugary started when she was working at the Rutland State Airport in Vermont.
“When I worked at the Rutland Airport and one of the coworkers and I built a replica of the airport in candy,” said Bosch. “Last year, I built a replica of a construction project that the company I worked for was doing in Bennington.”
Bosch said she wanted to do another candy scene this year, and found her inspiration while in Whitehall with friends.
“This year, I saw this window, and I thought that it was a great place to decorate for Christmas,” said Bosch. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought that I wanted to build a candy-land replica of Whitehall. Thought it would be a great thing that people could look at and relate to.”
So, the day before Thanksgiving, Bosch and Emily LaFlamme had crackers and candy in hand and went to work to re-create the scene outside the store’s window – along with the store itself.
“This will be the biggest one by far,” said Bosch. “The other ones were transportable; we could put them on something and transport them to the site in the back of a car.”
Bosch said she prepared for the project the Saturday before.
“I actually came on a Saturday and drew a bunch of different sketches to try and get the buildings as close to accurate as I can with the candy,” said Bosch. “I wanted to make sure that people could look at it and say, ‘Wow, look, they were able to put this in there and other things.’”
The final creation is currently on display in the window of LaFlamme’s, where it will be throughout the season.