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Weekend to bring business, holiday spirit to Canton

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CANTON — The village is the place to be this weekend as businesses and organizations hold open houses and holiday bazaars to kick-start the month’s many festivities with singing groups, dancing, gifts and baked goods.

Now that the construction on Route 11 has been finished, business owners are hoping people will do Christmas shopping downtown.

“With the construction done, people are starting to come back into town,” said Sally A. Hill, executive director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. “We’re really trying to push for people to shop home for Christmas.”

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, the Pear Tree, White’s Flowers and Canton Free Library are having events this weekend, while other businesses will have open houses over the next two weeks.

“The first Saturday of December is a Canton tradition for everyone to have their open houses,” said Carol S. Pynchon, communications director for TAUNY. “Shops in town like to kick off the season.”

TAUNY’s open house, at 53 Main St., will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and will include its first holiday showcase, an artist vendor sale and the annual Sugar and Spice exhibit of gingerbread houses.

The Vocal Skies Sacred Harp Singing Group will perform at the TAUNY open house at 11:30 a.m.

Another music option Saturday is the English Country Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main room of Eben Holden Hall at St. Lawrence University. The St. Lawrence English Country Dance group and an English dance group from Spencerville, Ontario, will demonstrate folk dances as part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

“It’s a very festive day for Canton,” said Carole A. Berard, assistant director of the Canton Free Library.

The library also is participating in Saturday’s events with its annual book, bake and craft sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’re hoping that this will bring people to Canton from one event to the next and get people in the holiday spirit,” said Cynthia J. Quackenbush, member of the E.J. Noble Guild of Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam.

The E.J. Noble Guild holds the Holly Berry Bazaar at the St. Mary’s School gymnasium, 2 Powers St., every year to raise money for the hospital by selling lunch, as well as Christmas gifts and decorations.

Santa also will visit with children at the Brewer Bookstore, 92 Park St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and the Bear Dance Tree Farm, 401 Lincoln Road, will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths seven days a week throughout December.

The Silas Wright House, 3 E. Main St., will have a holiday open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and the North Country Neighbors Too, 21 Miner St., and Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St., will have theirs Dec. 14.

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