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The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce

Heard Up North: Family remembers 10 years of gingerbread

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York opens its 10th annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit Saturday in Canton. The Pierce family of Heuvelton will have an entry, just like every other year the contest has been around.

Julie Grant met recently with Carolyn Pierce and a handful of her seven children, who range in age from seven to 20. Reggie, the oldest, is now in college. He was 10 the first year they entered. That year they attempted a gingerbread replica of their church in Heuvelton.

In the years that have followed, they've made the Remington Tavern, the Quiltmaker's gift castle, and their own barn. They've even won the TAUNY contest a few times.

Mother Carolyn Pierce says it was Aunt Eloise, also known as Faye White, who first encouraged them to get into gingerbread making.  Go to full article
One of the many gingerbread creations at TAUNY over the past decade.  Photo:  TAUNY
One of the many gingerbread creations at TAUNY over the past decade. Photo: TAUNY

Time to think gingerbread

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York kicks off its tenth annual Sugar & Spice gingerbread contest and exhibit later this month. And to help would-be bakers and builders get into the mood, TAUNY is hosting a couple of workshops.

Todd Moe spoke with TAUNY folklorist Hannah Harvester about this year's contest, and the history of gingerbread houses. The tradition began in the mid-19th century when the story of Hansel and Gretel and a witch's candy cottage become popular. But Harvester says, in some cultures, baking gingerbread goes back centuries.  Go to full article
Canton youngsters build their gingerbreading skills at a recent workshop
Canton youngsters build their gingerbreading skills at a recent workshop

Learning the art of gingerbread

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Earlier this month, TAUNY offered a chance to learn the tasty art of building gingerbread structures. Gingerbread architect Sue Wilder held gingerbreading workshops for eager bakers to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses. Beth Robinson, co-host of NCPR's monthly arts program Open Studio, stopped by one of the workshops.  Go to full article
A cookie cottage.
A cookie cottage.

TAUNY Gingerbread Contest

Starting this Saturday, visitors to the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. The annual Sugar and Spice Gingerbread House Contest begins this week. TAUNY Folklorist Jill Breit told Todd Moe that there's still time to enter.  Go to full article

Holiday Sweets: TAUNY's Gingerbread Contest and Display

Just in time for the Holiday baking season, Jill Breit tells us about TAUNY's Gingerbread Contest and Display. Gingerbreaders from around the region are invited to show off their best efforts at the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York gallery in Canton in December.  Go to full article

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