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. To receive our monthly event and workshop email, join our mailing list.


St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Bus Tour (French & English)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The tour leaves from The TAUNY Center.

Price: $45
Reserve your ticket online here.


Join us on this guided Barn Quilt bus tour as we explore St Lawrence County NY barn quilts with French and English speaking tour guides. We’ll visit numerous farm sites and learn the stories behind the quilt selections and various history.

Spend the day learning about the barn quilt trails created by residents of the county. Each barn quilt has a story behind it. We'll begin the tour at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Other stops will be Pickens Hall to learn about the Amish and see their quilts, which are the inspiration for many barn quilts; Bella Brooke Winery for lunch and wine tasting; and the Iva Smith Memorial Gallery where you will see a barn quilter in action. Along the way we'll stop to see several beautiful barn quilts. 

The Price is $45 (US) per person. Reserve your ticket online here.

The guided bus tour will begin and end at the TAUNY Center 53 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617.


At The TAUNY Center we'll introduce people to barn quilts: what they are, why people make them, how the trails have been developed. We'll also show the newly-made St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural and talk about that project. At Pickens, we'll emphasize that traditional quilt patterns are the inspiration for most barn quilts and we'll talk about Amish culture and the quilts they make. At Bella Brooke we'll pause for lunch and wine (every guest on the tour will get a flight of 6 wines). If the weather is nice, we'll eat on the deck. At the Iva Smith Memorial Gallery we'll talk about the barn quilts all around the barn, and they can see a demonstrator working on a barn quilt. At each stop, there is an opportunity to buy souvenirs and local hand-made products. Barn Quilts for sale at The TAUNY Center and Iva Smith.

To learn more about the 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project click here. 

Please contact Jill Breit if you have more questions,

Jill Breit


The 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project is made possible by a Regional Economic Development Council Grant through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: The Iva Smith Memorial Gallery in Hammond, NY.


Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural Reception

Saturday, September 21

1:00-3:00 pm

 The Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural is complete! Join us in celebrating and thanking everyone who contributed to this exciting project and see the mural representing the 32 towns of St. Lawrence County.

For more information about the 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project click here.


Wine and Cider Tasting at Bregg Winery 

Sunday, October 27 

1:00-3:00 pm

Breggs Winery, Norfolk, NY

Cost: $25

Forget what you know about fruit wines and join us for an afternoon of wine and cider tasting, refreshments, and a program from the owners of Breggs Winery and Canton Apples.  Martin Bregg's family has owned a bar on the Main St. of Norfolk for 100 years. Recently, Martin has lovingly restored the bar to create a cozy environment that honors the establishment's past.  Looking to the future of the business, he is making wine from an assortment of local fruits. The wines cover the spectrum from sweet to very dry. Martin has partnered with Joel Howie of Canton Apples, who specializes in juice blends and hard cider. 

Cost for this program covers a flight of 6 samples, refreshments, and an opportunity to hear Martin and Joel talk about their businesses and their products. Participants will be able to purchase glasses of their favorite wines, ciders, and juices that day, and will be able to purchase bottles to take home. The menu for the afternoon is fruit, cheese & crackers, smoked meats, and home-made spring rolls.

Gingerbread House Workshop with

Sue Wilder

Saturday, November 16

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by calling 315-386-4289.

Cost per house (for individuals or groups) - $30 or $25 for TAUNY Friends


Join us for our fun annual Gingerbread Workshop led by award-winning gingerbread builder, Sue Wilder! This program will include instruction, inspiration, and all materials (including a sparkling array of candies and decorations). Participants can work individually or in small groups (up to 4 people) and will bring home their decorated gingerbread house. There is no minimum age to participate, but children must be supervised. The cost for this workshop is $30 (per house) or $25 for TAUNY Friends. Pre-registration is required by calling 315-386-4289. The Gingerbread Workshop is made possible by the generous underwriting support from the Wilder and Albert Families.

The workshop is fantastic preparation for TAUNY's annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display which will take place at the annual Holiday Open House on December 7th. In celebration of the 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project, this year's Gingerbread Contest theme is “On the Farm."

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