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


Unless otherwise specified, events take place at The TAUNY Center.



January 10 - January 30, 2015

Recent Works by North Country Knitters

Knitting is pervasive in our region. Knitters influence each other locally, and are also inspired by online communities and publications.


The pieces on display include a range of knitting techniques and materials; cables, mosaic work, double knitting, locally sourced materials and a whole lot more.

Entries include garments, accessories, doll clothes, a blanket made from homespun yarn, and even a Zombie by 11-year-old knitter Zebulon Douglass of Hermon! We are also showcasing some examples of what has been popular with North Country knitters from the 1950s to the present, courtesy of 2002 North Country Heritage Award recipient Barbara Klemens.


Selected Works by Fred Morgan (Case Exhibit)

Fred Morgan (1913-1994) of Norwood, tinkerer and inventor, carved and painted dioramas after a stroke left him partially paralyzed. His pieces represent the history of Norwood, telling the story of the town’s past from his perspective, including the musical life of Norwood, the humor that can be found in contentious political issues, and the communal work and celebration involved in the seasonal rounds of rural life.

This exhibit of selected works, a more complete version of which was first displayed at TAUNY in the fall and winter of 1996-7, celebrates the gift of Fred Morgan’s collection to TAUNY. We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Rena Morgan and her children—Joan, Chuck, Jack, and Fred—for their generosity and confidence. We are committed to preserving the work and to sharing it with the public.

February 12 - March 28, 2015
HOME-made: an Autobiographical Exhibit

Mohawk artist Sue Ellen Herne presents original works by herself and varied relations around the theme of arts made at home, and arts that make one's home the unique and meaningful place it is. Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, February 12th from 5:00 - 7:00pm.


Saturday, January 31

2:00 - 3:30pm

Bill Smith and Don Woodcock

Don’t miss this! Music and storytelling from North Country Legends Bill Smith and Don Woodcock. These two have long delighted audiences both separately and together. Smith is a trove of Adirondack woodsmen tales and songs of old, and Woodcock is a tremendously skilled fiddler with an extensive traditional repertoire. Together, Smith and Woodcock will charm you with North Country tales and tunes that are certain to warm your heart on a cold winter afternoon.

Light refreshments will be provided. A suggested donation of $10-$15 at the door will support TAUNY's ongoing programs.

Friday, February 6

7:00 - 8:30pm

First Friday Jam

See below for more information about TAUNY Jams.

Saturday, February 7

7:00 - 9:00pm

Community Contra Dance hosted by TAUNY and the SLU Contra Club

Join special guests caller Angie Oliver and The Great South Woods String Band from Wanakena. The band is a group of musicians from both sides of Lake Champlain playing a variety of Celtic, French Canadian and Old Time contra dance tunes, some  mixed with world beats and ethnic rhythms.

Open to the public, and beginners are welcome. $5-10 suggested donation.

Thursday, February 12

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibit Opening Reception: "HOME-made: an Autobiographical Exhibit"

Mohawk artist Sue Ellen Herne presents original works by herself and varied relations around the theme of arts made at home, and arts that make one's home the unique and meaningful place it is. The opening will include remarks by the artist, and light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, February 28 1:00 - 3:00pm

Sugaring-Off Party
Children and families are invited to celebrate maple sugaring season as French-Canadian families would have done a century ago at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Enjoy some music, dancing, treats and more.

Saturday March 28

Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn.

Adirondack music and history. More information coming soon.

TAUNY Jams 2015

Starting January 9

Then, First Fridays February through May

7:00 - 8:30pm

TAUNY's traditional music jams are open to good-natured folks interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes. All levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. Toe tappin’ listeners are encouraged although they may be handed a pair of spoons or washboard before the eve is over!

Spring 2015 jams begin on January 9, and are on first Fridays in February, March, April, and May, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They are hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR's String Fever, and occasional guest host champion fiddler Don Woodcock.

More details about the jams are available at this link.

TAUNY/SLU Contra Club
Spring 2015 Community Contra Dances and Tune School

Tune School: 

Meets weekly on Tuesdays (beginning February 9th) 

4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center


Saturday, February 7th, 7-9pm at The TAUNY Center, with caller Angie Oliver and music by the Great South Woods String Band. 

Saturday, April 25th, Time TBA, on the St. Lawrence University Campus (location TBA), with caller Beth Robinson and music by the Community Contra Band.

Calling musicians for Contra Tune School!

TAUNY and the student contra dance club at St. Lawrence University team up to hold monthly Community Contra Dances and a weekly Tune School.

Acoustic and traditional musicians are encouraged to attend weekly, with the goal to play as part of the band for the contra dances. Tune School meetings are a cross between lessons and a jam, with a melody instrument player teaching tunes each week. Players should be comfortable learning by ear, and are encouraged to bring recording devices and/or notebooks to help with picking tunes up. Both melody and rhythm instruments are welcome.

Styles vary depending on the teachers, who include Cape Breton and Scottish-style fiddle player Jacob Brillhart, fiddler Dillon Black, and Appalachian-style clawhammer banjo player and TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati. Attention is given to tunes, etiquette, and methods for playing with other musicians in various styles, and how best to play for dances.

TAUNY Jam players are encouraged to attend Tune School as well!

Contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or with questions.

Dust off those instruments and join us!

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