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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016
On Sunday, October 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm
the annual Salute to North Country Heritage will be held at The TAUNY
Center in Canton, NY. The 24th Annual Salute to North Country Heritage
honors the North Country Heritage Award Recipients and is free and open
to the public. The Salute will include an awards presentation at 2:30 pm followed by a celebratory reception with light refreshments and music.
Each year, TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Awards recognize individuals, families, and community groups who demonstrate evidence of traditionality, mastery, and creative commitment to their art form over time, and a commitment to their community and the teaching of others. They also recognize sites in the North Country that are special to the life of those communities, have served multiple generations over time, are community gathering places, meet a community's social, spiritual, economic or entertainment needs, and are a factor in community or regional identity. The program was established by TAUNY founder and folklorist Varick Chittenden in 1993.
This year’s Salute honors a variety of award recipients recognized for their preservation of North Country traditions and their contributions to the community. This year’s award recipients includes the following:
The Adirondack Playboys Band (Lowville, Lewis County), this year’s Inherited Traditions Award Recipient, which has been a performing dance band for more than sixty years.
4-H Camp Overlook (Mountain View, Franklin County), an old great camp/hotel site in the northern foothills of the Adirondacks where children from across the region have spent their summers since 1945, is this year’s recipient of the Register of Very Special Places Award.
The St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum (Madrid, St. Lawrence County), one of this year’s Evergreen Award Recipients, began as the St. Lawrence Gas & Steam Association in 1976 as a group of local farmers interested in preserving and teaching about the changing technology of machinery including antique engines, tractors, and related farm equipment.
Philanthropist Allan P. Newell (Hammond, St. Lawrence County) earns this year’s Evergreen Award for his generous philanthropy and continuous support of many different organizations and causes in the North Country, which has helped start or sustain numerous invaluable projects focused on North Country history and folk culture.
The 2016 North Country Heritage Award program is made possible by the generous support from Corning Incorporated Foundation, the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Sweetgrass Foundation, Heritage Homes, Inc., and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton. TAUNY is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our rural region. More information is available at tauny.org.
PHOTO: The 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients (counterclockwise from top right): The Adirondack Playboys Band, 4-H Camp Overlook, St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum, Allan P. Newell.
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