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.

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 treats, Adirondack Santa, live music, kids’ activities, and fun for the whole family. The Open House will be held at The TAUNY Center in Canton on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Holiday Open House will have a variety of fun, seasonal activities for the entire family. Adirondack Santa will visit 12-1pm. Northern and Southern old-time music will be performed throughout the event by Possumbilities, Nicholfalls, and The Daveys. Kitchen demonstrations will include dumpling-making with Margaret Chang of Sweet Margaret Cafe (10am-12pm) and more. There will also be a variety of children’s activities and sweet treats to enjoy throughout the day.

The Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display, one of TAUNY’s most popular programs, has been a TAUNY tradition since 2002. The theme for this year’s competition “On the Farm” is a tribute to the agricultural aspect of local life in the region. The Gingerbread Display will open at The TAUNY Center on December 7th and award winners in each category will be announced that day. Visitors can see the gingerbread creations on display and vote for the People’s Choice Award through December 21st. 

Open House guests will also have the opportunity to shop in The North Country Folkstore that day and purchase new, locally-made items in the Folkstore Holiday Showcase.

The 2019 Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display and the Holiday Open House are supported by underwriting from Stewart’s Shops.


 Festival of SLU in the Community

Wednesday, December 11

5:00-7:00 pm

The Festival of SLU in the Community celebrates St. Lawrence University students’ engagement with the local community through the offices of Community Based Learning and Volunteer Services. It offers students the opportunity to showcase their experiences in a reflective way, through poster presentations and conversation. Click here for more details.   


In the Kitchen with Ellen Rocco

Saturday, December 14

1:00-3:00 pm

Ellen Rocco will be in the TAUNY kitchen to share the traditional Jewish bread challah two ways: as the braided bread eaten on the sabbath and at holiday gatherings, and a kind of chocolate babka (a rich, bready coffee cake). Ellen will make a batch in our kitchen and will have samples to offer from 1-3 pm on December 14th.


A Taste of Trifle

Sunday, December 15

1:00-3:00 pm

Stop by to sample different versions of EnglishTrifle and learn more about this holiday tradition!


Trifle is a traditional English dessert (most likely originating in Scotland), referenced in cookbooks as early as the 16th century. It consists of layers of cake, custard, fruit and/or jam, whipped cream, and a touch of spirits (usually sherry) to add a spark. It's normally served in a special glass bowl and is elegant and lovely enough to make an appearance at holiday gatherings. We are collecting favorite recipes to give you a taste of several varieties of trifle and you can go home with a recipe for your favorite.

Cookies with the Miller Family 

Saturday, December 21

1:00-3:00 pm

Stop by to decorate and eat a cookie, or decorate a plate of cookies to take away if you are behind on your holiday baking. $15 for a dozen while supplies last. We'll provide the plate and wrapping.

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