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

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.

Also Showing

Slices of Main Street, Canton

Following its debut at the Grasse River Heritage solstice celebration, the “Slices of Main Street, Canton” quilt is on display at The TAUNY Center.

“Slices of Main Street, Canton” was created by a group of North Country quilters called the Fiberistas.
The “slice quilt” idea was adapted from similar art quilt groups that wanted to produce a group project worked on by many of their members. To create the “slices,” the group agreed on a section of Canton's Main Street, cut a photograph of that scene into pieces, and each quilter made a piece of the whole.  For display, the individual pieces are not sewn together, but are hung together to form the full picture.

TAUNY’s “Slices of Main Street, Canton” display is underwritten by North Country Savings Bank.

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

TAUNY and ANCA are working with the Adirondack Museum on this "festival of locally made products." Details here .

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

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced players for all strings and melody instruments and includes a session with each of the Panache Quartet master fiddlers, Jane Rothfield, Andrea Beaton, Donna Hebert and Veronique Plasse. The fiddlers will each teach 1-2 tunes and delve into the rhythm, groove and music from Cape Breton, American Old Time, Quebeqois and Celtic fiddling traditions.  This is a rare chance to work with and learn from four great teachers and fiddlers in a fun and relaxed group setting! (For more information or questions about the workshop content call or e-mail Panache Quartet fiddler Jane Rothfield at 518-522-7445 or Learn more about the band at

Pre-registration is required. The cost of this workshop is $40 ($35 for TAUNY Friends). Contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or to register.

Panache Quartet will also be playing a concert at the Edwards Opera House Saturday evening at 7pm. Don Woodcock and Friends will play an opening set. Contact the Edwards Opera House for further details.


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.

True Beginners Knitting Group with Becky Graham
Weekly in September 2014

This limited-series knitting group is meant for knitters who are starting from scratch and would like an introduction to (or refresher on) basic knitting skills and projects. For a small fee (TBA), some materials will be provided at the first session for those who would like this option, though knitters are also welcome to bring their own materials. Further details to be announced.

Please note: beginning knitters are also most welcome at the regular weekly Tuesday knitting group with Jody Horwitz. Knitters are invited to take part in either or both gatherings.

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

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.
Knit Lace Scarf Workshop with Jody Horwitz

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

Saturday, September 27 to Saturday, October 11
Remington Student Art Competition & Exhibit

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

Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.
Salute to North Country Legends
Saturday, October 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
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

Date TBD
Gingerbread Workshop with Sue Wilder

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.
Knit Fair Isle Headband Workshop with Jody Horwitz

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