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.

Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms

Showing through early summer

TAUNY's latest exhibit features photographs from 15 farms taken by internationally renowned photographer Martha Cooper and excerpts from interviews with more than 20 farmers and employees. Research and documentation for the exhibit were carried out by TAUNY staff. Program director Hannah Harvester and fellow folklorists Jill Breit and Varick Chittenden  interviewed 40 farmers, family members, employees, and others in St. Lawrence, Lewis, Franklin, Jefferson counties. Farms ranged in size from herds of 35 to 1200 milking cows.

“We wanted to offer a glimpse at the complexity of dairy farming today,” explains Hannah. “Farming is a really particular kind of livelihood--farmers tend to work closely with their families, close to home, they’re working with live animals and big forces like the weather. One minute they’re wrenching boulders out of the ground and the next minute they’re helping birth a calf. They face huge challenges like a milk pricing system that’s totally out of their control and a shortage of labor, but when they talk about what they love about farming you can see why they stay in it.”

The documentation project and exhibit were funded by an Archie Green Fellowship, awarded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The original documentary materials generated will be part of the American Folklife Center’s Archie Green Community Documentation Collection, housed in the Library of Congress.

Celebrating Family Farms of the Tug Hill Region

Loretta Lepkowski, an artist based in Lowville, has created a traveling exhibit of paintings of people and scenes on Tug Hill Farms. Her exhibit will be on display at The TAUNY Center in conjunction with the dairy farm exhibit. Lepkowski says her show is “an effort to raise the spirits of the farm families featured as well as educate the public about the diversity of farms in our region."


Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 3 to 6 p.m.
St. Lawrence University Folk Fest
St. Lawrence University Student Center (outside)
Music, crafts, and demonstrations presented by the SLU Green House. Look for the TAUNY Tent! Learn more about Folk Fest here.

Friday, April 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Dairy Farmers Q&A

Dairy farmers featured in TAUNY’s current exhibit “Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms,” will join Program Director Camilla Ammirati for a free-flowing conversation about life on the farm, changing dairy farming practices, and more. Panelists will include Mark and Ally Akins, Andy and Mary Gilbert, Blake Gendebein, Kevin Acres, and Dairy Princess Brooke Rastley.

The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Dairy Princess.

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Science, Art, and Music in the Mountains
Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC)

TAUNY is teaming up with Paul Smith's College and the VIC for this all-day event of music and visual arts, exploring the intersection of arts and science. Musical performances, lectures, displays of fiber and wood arts, workshops, and more! Admission is $5; free for TAUNY Friends. For a schedule of TAUNY-sponsored activities, click here.

Thursday, May 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Adirondack Guideboat

Begin Canton Canoe Weekend by joining us  for a talk by Adirondack guideboat builder Chris Woodward of the Woodward Boat Shop in Saranac Lake. Woodward will display a guideboat in TAUNY’s main gallery and discuss the history and construction of this unique water craft. Constructed specifically to suit Adirondack waters, the guideboat is built like no other small craft. Woodward will explain what makes the construction unique and discuss the boat’s place in Adirondack and U.S. history.

Woodward's presentation, and a reception to follow sponsored by Guide Boat Realty, is free and open to all. Paddlers welcome!

The Woodward Boat Shop is on TAUNY’s Register of Very Special Places (RVSP). Learn more about Chris Woodward, the Woodward Boat Shop, and the RVSP program here.

Friday, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
First Friday Music Jam

Join fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR’s String Fever for old-time music and fun. Musicians of all levels interested in playing/singing traditional fiddle music are welcome to this open jam. Lyrics and sheet music are available. More information, including a playlist, available here.

Saturday, May 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

Souvenir Paddle Painting with John Miller

Canton Canoe Weekend is an experience to remember, and what better way to mark the occasion than by making a souvenir paddle of your own? Children (ages 10 and up) and adults are invited to join North Country river artist John Miller III to learn the traditional art of souvenir paddle making.

Since the late 19th century, folk artists of the region have painted these beautiful miniature paddles to commemorate life and leisure in North Country woods and waters. Working from observations of the Canoe Weekend festivities, workshop participants will carry on this tradition by designing scenes and painting paddles to make souvenirs of the day. They will work with acrylics, painting on 20-inch ash paddles. All materials will be provided, and participants will be able to take home the souvenir paddles they’ve made.
The cost for the workshop is $25 per person ($20 for TAUNY Friends). This workshop is open to all, ages 10 and up. Families welcome. Pre-registration is required; contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or For more details on Canton Canoe Weekend, go to

Thursday, May 8
Black River Valley/Tug Hill Cultural Heritage Information Meetings
2 to 4 p.m., Lewis County Historical Society, Lowville
6 to 8 p.m., Dodge Pratt Northam Museum, Boonville

You’re invited to join a conversation about how TAUNY can partner with artists, musicians, and organizations in the Black River Valley/Tug Hill region to tell the region’s stories. We’ll host these gatherings with staff from TAUNY, SLC Arts, and the Tug Hill Commission as we work together on plans for a project focused on the cultural heritage of the Tug Hill/Black River Valley. 

The same presentation will take place at both meetings. Please RSVP by May 2 to Gwen Decker at the Tug Hill Commission, toll-free at 888-785-3280 or by email at

Friday, May 9, to Saturday, May 24
Folkstore Outdoor Showcase

Our Holiday Showcase was such a success, we are giving our Folkstore artists a chance to show off their summer-related products. Visit the Folkstore during the Showcase to find just the right locally made items for your camp, patio, or porch!

Knitting Group
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon

Each week a group of knitters gathers in the comfortable meeting space on our first floor for a morning of knitting. Bring a project, bring a problem - enjoy knitting and visiting with fellow knitters.

Details of the following 2014 activities and events will be posted as they are available.

Saturday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Adirondack Cookbook, Hallie Bond
Book Talk and Signing

Sunday, June 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Plant Walk and Herb Demonstration
with Jane Desotelle
Heritage Park Falls Island, Canton

Saturday, June 7
Dairy Princess Festival Buttermilk Baking Reception & Recipe Swap

Saturday, June 21, 1 to 3 p.m.
19th Century Bread Baking, Hallie Bond

Saturday, July 19
Made in the Adirondacks: A Festival of Locally Made Products
Adirondack Museum

Saturday, August 2, 2 to 4 p.m.
Fiddling Further Afield: Fiddle Styles Workshop with Panache Quartet

Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chair Pad Braiding with Helen Condon

Friday, September 12, 5 to 7
Welcome to the North Country Reception

Saturday, September 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Lace Scarf Workshop with Jody Horwitz

Thursday, September 25 to Saturday, September 27
Remington Arts Festival

Saturday, October 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
Corn Husk Dolls with Jan McCormick

Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Braided Rug Repair with Helen Condon
Saturday, October 25
Halloween Cookie Decorating with Rebecca Weld  

Saturday, November 1, 1 to 3 p.m.
American and Continental Knitting with Jody Horwitz

Friday, November 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Annual Donor Reception and Holiday Showcase Opening

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Open House and Sugar & Spice Opening

Saturday, December 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Fair Isle Headband Workshop with Jody Horwitz

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