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.

The Creative Economy:

Re-imagining Our Rural Downtowns  

Tuesday, August 22


Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY

Join us as we travel to the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake for ANCA’s free event titled “The Creative Economy: Re-imagining Our Rural Downtowns.” Philip Morris, Chief Executive Officer of Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY, will present his experiences revitalizing downtowns through creativity, imagination, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Following Philip’s presentation, North Country Public Radio's Ellen Rocco will moderate a round-table conversation featuring creative thinkers from across the region including TAUNY’s Executive Director, Jill Breit; Amy Catania (Historic Saranac Lake); Joshua Kretser (The Strand Center for the Arts); and Aaron Woolf (The Deer's Head Inn).

More information about this event can be found here. RSVP is appreciated.


This event is sponsored by Historic Saranac Lake and ADK Action.

Documentation Days:
Folk Instrument Makers and Keepers

Wednesday, August 23


Mennonite Heritage Farm (8778 Erie Canal Rd., Croghan, NY)

Wednesday, August 30


BluSeed Studios (24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake, NY)

Thursday, August 31


Whallonsburg Grange (1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg, NY)

Sunday, September 10


North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame (1121 Comins Rd., Osceola, NY)

(Further documentation days and locations TBA)

Have you made one or more folk instruments? Do you make instruments professionally, informally, or improvisationally? Whether you play music or not, do you keep a family heirloom instrument--your grandmother’s fiddle, maybe, or your father’s guitar--and the stories that go with it? Do you collect instruments of some kind?


If your answer to any of these questions is yes, we want to talk to you for our current research project on North Country Folk Instruments. Over the coming months, in preparation for a spring 2018 exhibit, TAUNY is documenting makers and keepers (or collectors) of folk instruments and the stories that go with those instruments, their creation, and their use. To answer this call, please join us at a documentation day near you. We ask that you bring the instrument if possible and be prepared to fill out a documentation form about your instrument(s), your connection to them, and their connection to the North Country. (Fill out a questionnaire in advance with the links below.) Appointments during the documentation hours are encouraged. Please contact Camilla Ammirati at or 315-386-4289 to make an appointment, or if you can’t attend a documentation day but have an instrument and story to share.


This project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. More information about this research project can be found here.

Have an instrument? Fill out a questionnaire!

Click here for the Makers questionnaire.

Click here for the Keepers and Collectors questionnaire.

Photo: Dale Streeter of the Adirondack Playboys shows a guitar he made working with luthier Tracy Cox, 2016.

TAUNY Talk:  

"Navigating the Colton Whitewater Release"

with Phil LaMarche 

 Thursday, August 31


Join us for a special presentation on Colton’s whitewater release by Phil LaMarche who will talk about his experience representing American Whitewater in the North Country region. He will also present the history of white water usage at Stone Valley and discuss some of the logistics of the release including the legal arrangements made with the local dam operators. As an American Whitewater volunteer, Phil helps to organize the whitewater releases on the Raquette River and assists with negotiation and licensing procedures.This presentation will include thrilling videos and photos of the release.

There is a $5 suggested donation for this program. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is part of the “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories” Program Series.

Photo: Whitewater Release in Colton, NY from

First Friday Jam

Friday, September 1


Join us for our regularly scheduled First Friday Jam! Bring an instrument, your singing voice, or just yourself and come on down to The TAUNY Center for this fun monthly jam hosted by Barb Heller and Gretchen Koehler. Songs include old time fiddle tunes and songs from the American folk tradition. Learn more about TAUNY Jams here.

TAUNY Talk: "You'll See Our Tracks: Raquette River Dams Exhibit Research Talk" with Camilla Ammirati and Mary Jane Watson

Thursday, September 7

This program is part of the “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories” Program Series.

Estate Sale: Quilts from the Estate of Betty Vebber, Pierrepont, NY
Sunday, September 10

Join us for a special quilts sale from the estate of Betty Vebber, Pierrepont, NY.  Fifty-six quilts, ranging from small wall hangings to full-size bed quilts will be available for purchase.  All but a few of the quilts were made by Vebber; some include work that was done with friends. Many of the items are hand quilted. She was particularly recognized for her fine hand applique work that include ornate, three-dimensional vines and flowers.

Vebber, who passed away in January 2017 at the age of 88, was a prolific quilter who showed her work regularly at shows.  She was a charter member of Borderline Quilters and a member of Sunday Rock Quilters. In addition to being a chance to purchase a quilt made by Vebber the event on the 10th will be a tribute to her and an opportunity for her family and friends to remember her.

A few of the quilts in the sale are available for purchase before September 10, on TAUNY’s online Folkstore here. For more information about the estate sale, contact Jill Breit (, 315-386-4289) or click here.  

This program is part of the “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories” Program Series.

Welcome to the North Country Open House
Thursday, September 14

New neighbors and old friends, join us for this special opportunity to meet other members of the community and get to know the North Country at TAUNY’s annual open house! The evening will include fun activities for adults and kids, live music, tasty local food, exhibits, and more.

This program is supported by Pat Collins Real Estate and Nature’s Storehouse.

Folkstore Artist Spotlight

Meet the Artist: Ola Aldous

Thursday, September 14

Join us for the opening of the next Folkstore Artist Spotlight with local painter, Ola Aldous. Meet the artist and view the display of Ola’s improvisational paintings based on her emotional reactions to her North Country life on her in-law’s family farm.

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