Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289



Unless otherwise noted the following events and workshops take place at The TAUNY Center and are free of charge. To receive our monthly event and workshop email, join our mailing list.



Gingerbread House Workshop with

Sue Wilder

Saturday, November 16

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost per house (for individuals or groups) - $30 or $25 for TAUNY Friends
This workshop is now full.

Join us for our fun annual Gingerbread Workshop led by award-winning gingerbread builder, Sue Wilder! This program will include instruction, inspiration, and all materials (including a sparkling array of candies and decorations). Participants can work individually or in small groups (up to 4 people) and will bring home their decorated gingerbread house. There is no minimum age to participate, but children must be supervised. The cost for this workshop is $30 (per house) or $25 for TAUNY Friends. Pre-registration is required by calling 315-386-4289 or sign up online here. The Gingerbread Workshop is made possible by the generous underwriting support from the Wilder and Albert Families.

The workshop is fantastic preparation for TAUNY's annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display which will take place at the annual Holiday Open House on December 7th. In celebration of the 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project, this year's Gingerbread Contest theme is “On the Farm."

Reading and Book Signing with Poet Dale Hobson

Saturday, November 16

1:00-3:00 pm

TAUNY will host poet Dale Hobson at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, November 16, 1-3 pm, to celebrate the release of “Light Year, ”his latest collection of poems.  The event will begin with a reading and presentation by the author, followed by an opportunity to purchase copies of the book and have them signed. Copies may also be secured in advance of the event at

Dale writes in and about the Adirondack North Country.  He is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, “A Drop of Ink,” and several chapbooks.  After earlier careers as a printer, small press publisher, graphic artist and web designer, Dale now works as managing editor of digital services at North Country Public Radio.  In “Light Year” Dale takes us through the seasons. Artist Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda illustrated the collection, creating 12 original mixed media paintings to accompany the poems.


Trivia Night Fundraiser for TAUNY

Saturday, November 16

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Potsdam Elks Club

10 Elm Street

Register online here.

The TAUNY Board of Directors is excited to announce a Trivia Night Fundraiser, on Saturday, November 16th from 7 to 9pm, at the Potsdam Elks Club. The entry fee is $20 per person, with a maximum of four people per team. Quizmaster Danny Crytser will host the trivia night and will ask general and North Country questions. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All proceeds will benefit TAUNY. Cash bar available. To register your team please call 315-386-4289 or sign up online here.


Cheese Tasting with Alan Hersker of Oxbow Hall Farm

Saturday, November 23 


Join us for a cheese tasting with Alan Hersker of Oxbow Hall Farm! Oxbow Hall Farm is a work-in-progress, the current plan to fund Alan’s hobby farm addiction in retirement. Although there’s a small cadre of cows, chickens, bees, and a llama, the goats are the source of the most marketable products to date: cheese and soap. It’s been a trial-and-error process, but this year Alan’s been focusing on several goat cheeses: Feta, Bleu, Pouligny St. Pierre, and (everyone’s favorite) Chevre. We’ll be tasting these alone, but also—and more interestingly—in several signature dishes. There’s no charge for tasting but a donation to TAUNY and your honest input on the cheese would both be appreciated. Come early: as they say on TV, supply is limited!

Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display Drop-Off

Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 3

Get your gingerbread and sweet decorations ready for this year's Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display! The theme for this year’s competition “On the Farm” is a tribute to the agricultural aspect of local life in the region. Entries may reflect any aspect of a farm and activity on farms. TAUNY will be accepting gingerbread house entries for the Annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display from Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 3 during business hours at The TAUNY Center in Canton. We encourage makers to be creative and interpret the theme as they wish.

Sugar & Spice entries must be made of gingerbread baked from scratch and be entirely edible. All entries must be dropped off at The TAUNY Center in downtown Canton between Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 3. Entries will be accepted and prizes awarded in four categories: adult (ages 18+), youth (12-17 with no adult help), children (under 12 with minimal adult help), and family/youth/community group. Entries created by groups are encouraged. Interested participants who wish to display their work, but not enter the competition are also welcome.


Maximum base size: 20" x 20". Please make sure your entry is constructed on a surface that can bear its weight, as it will have to be moved during the display setup process. Participants will be asked to fill out an enrollment form for their entry which includes space for a brief description of the gingerbread house and/or a statement from the artist. If you’d like to fill out your enrollment form in advance print a copy here.  All gingerbread houses will be on display in TAUNY's 1st floor gallery from December 3-22. The gingerbread contest winners will be announced at the annual Holiday Open House on December 7.

Holiday Open House and Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display

Saturday, December 7

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

TAUNY's Annual Holiday Open House brings the holiday spirit to life with the Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display, seasonal delectables, music, kids’ activities, and fun for the whole family. Join us as we celebrate the season at The TAUNY Center!


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