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TAUNY plans sugaring off party

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CANTON - Spring is around the corner, which means it’s sugaring time in the north country. To celebrate the flowing sap, TAUNY is throwing a party.

Children and families are invited to The TAUNY Center from 1 to 3 p.m. March 16 to celebrate maple sugaring season as French-Canadian families would have done a century ago.

Participants will enjoy a reading of the children’s book The Sugaring Off Party by Jonathan London, which describes a French-Canadian family’s traditional sugaring-off celebration, including dancing, feasting, and syrup on snow. Then step into the book and kick up your heels as fiddlers Gretchen Koehler and Joel Foisy recreate a typical Quebecois house party. They will teach traditional French folk dances and songs and share the secret to playing the spoons.

The music and dancing will be followed by delicious wax-on-snow prepared by local maple producer Art Hurlbut.

Children of all ages are welcome; those under 6 will learn basic dance steps and enjoy a craft project. Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes. Tout le monde danse. Everybody danc.!

This is a popular event; please RSVP to help TAUNY plan (386-4289; info@tauny.org). TAUNY’s Sugaring Off Party is free and open to the public, thanks to support from Stewart’s Shops. The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street in downtown Canton. More information and directions at www.TAUNY.org.

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