TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, invites community members of all ages to its popular annual Gingerbread Workshop led by award-winning gingerbread builder Sue Wilder on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The TAUNY Center in Canton. 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, or $25 for TAUNY Friends (per house). Pre-registration is required by signing up online at tauny.org or calling 315-386-4289. The gingerbread workshop is made possible by 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 open at the organization’s Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The TAUNY Center. 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 and 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. A registration form will include space for a brief description of the gingerbread house and/or a statement from the artist. 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. More information is available at tauny.org.

Since 2002, contestants from throughout the region have competed annually in various age categories as well as for the People’s Choice award, which is announced at the end of December. Past themes have included camps and cottages, local landmarks, fairy tales, children’s literature, and gingerbread around the world.

The 2018 Sugar & Spice display and contest are supported by underwriting from Nature’s Storehouse.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at tauny.org.