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Santa and holiday cheer make their way through Canton


CANTON — Santa came to town Saturday with a busy schedule, visiting lots of children in the area and bringing with him holiday cheer that spread around the village.

His first appearance was from 9 to 11 a.m. at VFW Post 1231, 34 Gouverneur St., where he enjoyed a Throttle Junkie Bike Club-sponsored breakfast and gave gifts to children of all ages.

Mr. Claus then appeared as Adirondack Santa at the Silas Wright House, 3 E. Main St., where he got lots of Christmas present ideas.

“I asked him for anything,” Canton 6-year-old Olivia A. Sommerstein said. “He promised it wouldn’t be coal. I’m on his nice list.”

Emma E. Trulock was Adirondack Santa’s helper this year. The 12-year-old daughter of Historical Association Director Trent A. Trulock used to visit with Santa when he first started visiting Canton eight years ago.

“Now I take photos or pass out candy canes,” she said.

Todd A. Moe, Norwood, who dresses as Adirondack Santa each year, said that when the tradition began, they didn’t want to have another Santa in a red suit, because children see him everywhere.

“We thought about the Historical Association, which ties into history and culture,” he said. “We saw a little Adirondack Santa doll and thought that was something different we could do with the plaid flannel shirt, the wool trousers, the Sorel boots and the fur hat.”

Along with visiting Adirondack Santa, children were able to learn how to make holiday ornaments and other crafts or read and color.

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., also joined in the village’s festivities with a rug braiding ornament workshop Saturday morning, taught by Helen T. Condon, Parishville.

“This is just a little thing that I make myself and sell, and I thought it’d be a nice thing to have everybody else learn to make,” Ms. Condon said.

The ornaments each participant made were braided bird’s nests.

Ms. Condon said the tradition is to hide the nest somewhere on the Christmas tree and the first person to find it will have good luck, health and happiness.

“My grandmother used to make braid rugs and I’ve always been interested,” Mona L. Chapman, Brookdale, said as she worked on her project with Ms. Condon’s instruction.

“I have my first grandchild coming, so this will be its first ornament,” Ms. Chapman said.

Christine K. Schrauth, a volunteer storyteller at Canton Free Library, helped bring the spirit of giving to the village Saturday morning with her “What a Gift: Stories About Gifts and Giving” story session at the library.

She said she does a storytelling session once a month and the next one, Jan. 18, will be about wishes.

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