cayuga-county-tourism.jpgFree Holiday Celebration December 11 Cayuga County N.Y. - Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House over 30 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors for free the second Sunday in December for residents to enjoy during the holidays. Now, the "open house" is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other non-profit organizations. Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions' partners, the City of Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine's Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum and Willard Memorial Chapel. The Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street (315) 253-8051 www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum Open from Noon to 5PM - Come tour the Cayuga Museum beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Current exhibits are the Museum's 75th Anniversary and quilts from the "Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild" based in Union Springs, NY. The Harriet Tubman Home, 180 South Street (315) 252-2081 http://www.harriethouse.org/ Although only open by appointment this time of year, the Harriet Tubman Home will be open from Noon - 5PM. Please call the Home directly for details on that day's program. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street (315) 255-1553 http://www.myartcenter.org/ Open from Noon-5PM - Come tour the 31st annual juried quilts exhibit Quilts=Art=Quilts, on display from Oct. 30th through Jan. 8th 2012.  This year's exhibit features 82 contemporary quilts by 74 artists from all over the world.  This year, the jurors, Elin Noble, Cynthia Schira & Terry Jarrard-Dimond, selected quilts for their overall visual impact, design and originality.  Quilts range from those based on innovative interpretations of traditional block quilts, to pictorial quilts and abstract designs.  Enjoy a quilt trunk show by Pat Pauly and Studio Art Quilt Associates., at 2PM.  Families are invited to complete a scavenger hunt in the exhibition. Seward House Museum, 33 South Street (315) 252-1283 http://www.sewardhouse.org/ Open from Noon to 5PM.  Area florists, Artisans and the Skaneateles Garden Club have adopted the museum again this year to provide an array of spectacular holiday decorations. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor, including a performance by the St. Alphonsus Children's Choir. St. Francis of Assisi Church, 303 Clark Street (315) 252-7593 http://marymarthaauburn.org/ The Church will be open from 3PM to 5:15PM.  The Auburn Chamber Orchestra will play between 4PM to 5:15PM.  Coffee hour to follow. St. Mary's, 17 Clark Street (315) 252-6343 http://www.stmaryauburn.org/ St. Mary's will host an Open House from 1:30PM to 3PM.  Enjoy a tour of the Church.  The Gift Shoppe will be open, and refreshments will be served.  On 12/10 at 7:30PM, Musica Spei presents "Saint Nicholas Saves the Day" featuring an evil Pagan king, a steadfast Christian boy, and a kindly Saint.  Enjoy the sung medieval mystery drama based on a miracle from the life of Saint Nicholas, and Renaissance choral music for the Christmas season. Ward O'Hara Agricultural Museum, Route 38A (315) 252-5009 www.cayuganet.org/agmuseum Celebrate Christmas in the1800s from Noon till 4PM.   Tour the museum, and take part in trimming the tree.  Enjoy horse drawn-wagon rides, Christmas cookie decorating and holiday musical presentations. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William Street (315) 253-3331 www.westminsterauburn.org/ Open from Noon - 5PMIn addition to tours of the recently renovated historic church and the display of Advent banners, children and families can make a "Chrismon" ornament to take home, and may also have their pictures taken wearing traditional Christmas pageant costumes.  The Masterworks Chorale will perform a holiday concert at 3PM in the sanctuary. Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street (315) 252-0339 http://www.willardchapel.org/ The Chapel will be offering guided tours from Noon till 5 PM.  Children can read with Santa, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers, at 1PM.  Susan May with Christmas Carols at the Piano at 2PM.  Shop at the Literacy Volunteers Holiday Book Sale, or at the Friends of Hospice Thrift shop.     For more information, about Holiday Traditions, or for a photo from the past events, call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at 255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly. Editorial Contact: Barbara Murdoch Administrative & Project Coordinator Cayuga County Office of Tourism 131 Genesee Street Auburn, NY 13021 315.255.1658/800.499.9615 e-mail:  barb@tourcayuga.com