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.


Folkstore Holiday Showcase

November 9 - December 31
Support local artists and makers this season by doing your holiday shopping at The North Country Folkstore! This special showcase is a temporary expansion of the Folkstore during the holiday season and features a wide variety of additional merchandise in The TAUNY Center’s first floor gallery space.


Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display

Monday, November 19 - Tuesday, November 27

(Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Get your gingerbread and sweet decorations ready for this year's Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display! The theme for this year’s competition is a reprisal of a popular theme from the past with an additional layer -- “Myths and Fairy Tales.” TAUNY will be accepting gingerbread house entries for the Annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display from Monday, November 19 - Tuesday, November 27 during business hours at The TAUNY Center in Canton. TAUNY invites bakers to get creative use their favorite myth or fairy tale as inspiration for their gingerbread house.

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 Monday, November 19 - Tuesday, November 27. 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.

Judging criteria:

  1. All elements of the display are edible; gingerbread is the basis of the structure.
  2. Solidity of construction
  3. Originality of concept
  4. Creativity in use of ingredients
  5. Overall aesthetic appeal

Other requirements:

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 1-22. The gingerbread contest winners will be announced at the annual Holiday Open House on December 1.

The 2018 Sugar & Spice contest and display and the Holiday Open House are supported by underwriting from Stewart’s Shops with additional support from Nature's Storehouse.


Holiday Open House and Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display
Saturday, December 1

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, a visit from Adirondack Santa, and fun for the whole family. Join us as we celebrate the season at The TAUNY Center! This event is free and open to the public.

The 2018 Sugar & Spice contest and display and the Holiday Open House are supported by underwriting from Stewart’s Shops with additional support from Nature's Storehouse.  

First Friday Jam

Please note that our monthly jams are currently on hiatus. Stay tuned--and tuned up!--for other musical opportunities coming up.

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