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



TAUNY is all about bringing people together to celebrate North Country heritage and living traditions! We missed visiting with you all during our temporary closure due to the pandemic, but we’ve been glad to stay in touch online, and we look forward to resuming in-person programming as soon as possible.


Please stay tuned for details about upcoming programs you can enjoy online or with safe social distancing, in accordance with public health recommendations. As we move through phases of re-opening, we look forward to continuing to bring people together in all the ways we can!

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Upcoming Programs


No-County-Fair Baking Contest

Submissions due Monday, August 10

11:00 am-3:00 pm

Winning recipes to be featured at August 14 TAUNY Cooks Tasting Tent

Are you missing the County Fair? With fairs and festivals around the North Country being canceled or postponed this summer, we decided to hold a baking contest inspired by the region’s wonderful county fairs and baking traditions. Here’s your chance to enter that prized baked good your friends and family rave about! Submissions can be made in the following categories: breads (quick or yeast), pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, and scones. Can be sweet or savory. (Must not require refrigeration.)

Drop off your entry, with a completed entry form (available to print here) and your recipe, at The TAUNY Center on Monday, August 10th, between 11am and 3pm. (And/or email your entry form and recipe to ahead of dropping off your entry.) There is no fee to enter. Judging will take place the same day. Winners will be announced Tuesday, August 11th.1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes ($25, $15, and $10 TAUNY North Country Folkstore gift certificates) will be awarded in Young Adult (ages 10-18) and Adult (ages 19 and up) categories. Selected winning entries will be featured at the TAUNY Cooks Tasting Tent the following Friday, August 14th. Winners will be invited to attend and be featured at the event if they would like, and they will have the option to bake more of their winning recipe in the TAUNY kitchen for the tasting event.


First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Young adult: 10-18

Adult: 19 and up

Pictured here: Portrait photo of Bea Reynolds, 1997 TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient and Grand Champion Cook. Photo by Martha Cooper.

New Project by the Fiberistas

On Display Starting

Saturday, August 22

See the latest slice quilt project by the Fiberistas, an innovative local group of quilters whose projects challenge them to experiment with new techniques and explore the potential of quilts as art. In addition to having the collaborative quilt on display at The TAUNY Center, we will also share videos of the Fiberistas talking about their work on this new project on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and in our mid-month e-newsletter.

Slice quilts begin with a photograph cut into slices. Each slice is given to a different quilter to make. Finished slices are brought back together to make a single image. The result is a surprise even to the makers! Past work by the Fiberistas previously on display at The TAUNY Center included “The Black Line” quilt and “The Elements of Nature” quilt in 2019; a sugarbush slice quilt in 2018; and a slice quilt of Canton’s Main Street a few years prior.


"Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic Documentation Project

We want to hear about your experiences and creative responses over the past months and going forward, with the pandemic changing many of our daily ways, while also reinforcing our sense of what’s most familiar and important to us. Check out the project description at for more about what we're looking for and how to share it with us.




Win this Carolina Lily Barn Quilt Designed and Painted by Ruth McWilliams


Carolina Lily is a beloved traditional quilt pattern, always popular in fabric quilts and barn quilts.  TAUNY Board Member and barn quilt movement leader and teacher Ruth McWilliams has painted this lovely 2’ x 2’ on point barn quilt and donated it to TAUNY to raffle. Proceeds will support TAUNY operations and programming. Tickets are $5 each. We are limiting ticket sales to a maximum of 50. Tickets may be purchased in person at The TAUNY Center, payable with cash or check. Drawing will take place when all tickets have been sold or October 24, whichever comes first.  We don’t expect the tickets to last long, so if you are interested, don’t delay. The winner need not be present at the drawing.

Nature Up North/TAUNY Virtual

Campfire Series: Virtual Campfire Jam with Gretchen Koehler & Syl Foisy

This program has been postponed. Please stay tuned for more details. 

Join TAUNY and Nature Up North for a virtual campfire jam with TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient Gretchen Koehler and her son Syl Foisy. Stay tuned(!) for more details on specific tunes to be played and how to register for this online Zoom event. And meanwhile, work on your oven s’mores game and look forward to a nice summer evening with more music and fewer mosquitos! This program is a special installment in Nature Up North’s “Virtual Campfire Series.”

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