Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289



Unless otherwise noted the following events and workshops take place at The TAUNY Center and are free of charge.

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Fish and Birds Tessellation Workshop with Master Quilter Mary Knapp

Workshop Postponed--please contact us if you would like to be notified if this workshop is rescheduled.

Saturday, April 30

9:00am-3:00pm, with lunch break to be determined by participants

Cost: $55/ $50 for TAUNY Friends (materials list will be provided in advance.)

Location: The TAUNY Center

Maximum enrollment is 10 so that each participant gets concentrated instruction from the workshop leader.

To register: Call 315-386-4289 or email

Tesselation patterns resemble designs developed in the M.C. Escher style. Use contrasting colors to make the designs pop and move. Fabric in a light, medium and dark value or in three different color-ways with an “accent” piece is suggested. The basic shape is a parallelogram. This is a combination of easy piecing, gently flowing curves and one challenging arc. Intermediate skills combined with that one advanced curve.

The completed size of your quilt will depend on how many units you put together. Examples of small wall hangings to a queen size quilt will be provided. Participants should bring their sewing machines to the class. A supply list can be downloaded at this link.

First Friday Jam

Friday, May 6


These jams are open to everyone; no experience necessary. Bring an instrument, or just come to sing along! More information is available at this link.

Special thanks to Parker Maple Farm for sponsoring First Friday Jams!


Heritage Storyfilms Screening

Thursday, May 5


Join us for a screening of several short films (3-5 minutes) that share the stories of  TAUNY Heritage Award Winners. These films are being created this spring  through a partnership between TAUNY and a St. Lawrence University Digital Storytelling class taught by Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Lillian-Yvonne Bertram.

Each of these films catches up with a TAUNY Heritage Award recipient, who shares a tale of his or her experience in the tradition along with still and moving images that illustrate the story. Featured Heritage Award recipients include:

  • Bear Fox and some of the Akwesasne Women Singers (2014)
  • Rug braider Helen Condon (2004)
  • Fiddler and teacher Gretchen Koehler (2014)
  • Blacksmith John Scarlett (2015)
  • Adirondack packbasket maker and singer-storyteller Bill Smith (1995)
  • Dulli Tengeler of Birdsfoot Farm (2010)

The screening will be followed by a reception and chance to chat with Heritage Award recipients and student filmmakers. This event is free and open to the public.

This program is made possible with support from the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Workshop

Saturday, May 14th


Free; pre-registration requested

Garlic Mustard is an invasive herb that threatens native tree and wildflower species in our local forests. Fortunately for us, we can help control its spread by…. eating it! Join Nature Up North and TAUNY in helping to pull garlic mustard from where it is growing in Canton and taking part in the North Country tradition of cooking with the bounty of the land--whether farmed or foraged.

We’ll meet at The TAUNY Center for an intro to the ecology of garlic mustard, head over to SUNY Canton where we will pull garlic mustard and bag it for disposal, then we’ll meet back at the TAUNY kitchen for a demonstration on how to turn this invasive weed into a tasty pesto. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Environmental stewardship never tasted so good!

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact Jake Malcomb at or 315-262-7325 to RSVP.

"Developing the Raquette River" documentary screening

Friday, May 20th


The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

Over the past two years, TAUNY has been documenting the stories of people involved in or significantly affected by the construction of the hydroelectric dams and powerhouses along the Raquette River, one of the most heavily dammed rivers in New York State. TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati, Mary Jane Watson of South Colton, NY, and Roque Murray of Watertown PBS have worked together to record thirty interviews with people connected to these hydro projects, many of whom are featured in a WPBS-produced documentary about the Raquette River Dams and the people who helped to build them.

Join us at The Wild Center for a special debut screening of this WPBS documentary, to be followed by a reception and a panel featuring project participants. The screening is co-sponsored by WPBS, TAUNY, The Wild Center, and Potsdam Specialty Paper. The event is free and open to the public, but as space is limited, registration is requested at this link.

The documentary is based on an oral history project made possible by the support of the New York Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. Learn more about this research project on the TAUNY website at this link. This spring, the full collection of project materials will be available online through TAUNY's partnership with the Northern New York Library Network.

Young North Country Fiddler Showcase

Saturday, May 21th


The students of local fiddler and TAUNY Heritage Award Winner Gretchen Koehler will present a concert featuring a variety of tunes played throughout the North Country, including Old Time Squares, English Country Dance, Bluegrass, New England Contra Dance, and Irish session tunes. Known as  "The Madstop Fiddlers," the members range from kindergarteners to grandparents, beginners to accomplished players. This event will celebrate the involvement of young people in the long-standing regional tradition of North Country fiddling.

This program is supported by the Cloudsplitter Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 


TAUNY Kids Create: Mini-Cheeseballs and Other Snacks with Rose Rivezzi

Wednesday, June 1, 3:30-5pm

$12 ($10 for TAUNY Friends)*

*(10% discount if you register for 3 or more out of the 4 spring workshops at once. More information about the series is available at this link .)

Get ready for Dairy Princess Weekend with this workshop, in which kids will learn to make a delicious savory treat using local cheddar and other fresh regional ingredients. Rose Rivezzi will show kids how to make these no-cook cheddar cream cheese balls, rolled in carrots or nuts, along with other fun and tasty summer snacks. Rose has done a number of kitchen demonstrations for TAUNY; she loves cooking within the season, putting food by, sharing food ideas and working with children and others to stir up excitement about good food made simply.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by calling 386-4289. For further information contact us by phone or at

Thank you to Nature’s Storehouse and Jreck Subs for their support of this workshop!

Quilt Lecture by Exhibit Curators Jill Breit and Hallie Bond

Saturday, October 1, 1:00pm

Folklorist and TAUNY executive director Jill Breit and historian Hallie Bond will speak about their travels around the North Country to study more than 1,000 quilts and interview quilters about their work. They will present highlights of their quilt research and discuss how they brought their disciplines together for this project.

Lecture will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments.


Learn about TAUNY Jams, Tune School, Contra dances and more.

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