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.

Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Children's  Workshop
TAUNY Kids Create:
Mohawk Basket-making with Carrie Hill
Saturday, April 29


Free (space is limited)

Mohawk basketmaker and 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow (Folk/Traditional Arts) Carrie Hill will show kids the traditional Mohawk basket-making materials and teach them the steps involved in making a basket. She will then lead a hands-on activity that uses traditional skills to make a small woven splint animal or bookmark kids can take home.

This workshop is made possible by the Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Fund.  This fund was established by the Palmateer and Wilder families in 2015 to honor the creative side of Nancy Wilder Palmateer, to recognize her work with children, and to encourage hands-on engagement for young people.

Preregistration is required for this program. Please contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or click here to register your child.

Folkstore Artist Spotlight:

Bill Smithers Opening Reception  

Saturday, April 29


Join us for the opening of the next Folkstore Artist Spotlight with local craftsman and woodworker, Bill Smithers. Meet the artist and view the display of Bill's handcrafted furniture, boxes, bowls, and more.

More information about this "Folkstore Artist Spotlight:
Bill Smithers
" can be found here.

"Changing Land, Living Tradition" Screening 

Thursday, May 4



Join us at The TAUNY Center for a screening of “Changing Land, Living Tradition,” a short student-made film produced in partnership between Nature Up North and TAUNY, documenting the complex relationship between the North Country environment and the rich traditions people practice in this setting.

Over this past fall and spring, TAUNY has partnered with Nature Up North, a project of St. Lawrence University, on an investigation into how people in the North Country have and do spend time outdoors, and what changes, if any, they have observed in the natural world around them, particularly in connection to traditional occupations, arts, and knowledge. From basketry to bee-keeping, boat-making to bluegrass, people of our region have all kinds of rich stories to share about change and continuity on the land. In collaboration with TAUNY, St. Lawrence University students from Professor Jessica Prody’s Environmental Communication class spoke to a range of people on these topics, and Nature Up North interns have brought their stories together in this short documentary, which will be screened at The TAUNY Center. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A and a reception featuring refreshments inspired by the local foodways included in the project.


There is a suggested donation of $5 for this program. 

Photo: Nature Up North interns’ visit to Dick and Shelene Atkinson at their family homestead for the “Changing Lands, Living Traditions” project.  

First Friday Jam 

Friday, May 5


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.

This program is made possible with underwriting support from Parker's Maple. 

TAUNY Writers Fair
Saturday, May 6

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) presents The TAUNY Writers Fair, a one-day gathering on May 6, 2017, at The TAUNY Center. The Fair will include established writers and local publishers of “place-based writing” from across the region who have produced work about topics of Adirondack North Country culture and heritage, natural history, ecology, and more. Attendees will have opportunities to talk with these writers, learn about their special topics and techniques, purchase and have books signed, and socialize. Writers will participate in panel discussions with topics like Writing for the General Public, Writing for Children, and Getting Published. Kids are also invited to participate in a special workshop for young children to learn to write stories. Displays of books and periodicals in print will be set up by publishers as well as an exhibit of historical writing from the Special Collections at St. Lawrence University. The afternoon will conclude with selected short readings by several of those authors attending and a catered public reception. Watch here for more details and a schedule of events.

The 2017 TAUNY Writers Fair is made possible by generous contributions from the Canton Community Fund and the Friends of the Owen D. Young and Launders Library at St. Lawrence University. NCPR is the media sponsor for this event.

All events are free. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact or click here.


Barkeater Breakfast

Sunday, May 7


This is not your grandfather’s pancake breakfast. It’s more like your great-great-great-great-great-great…..-great-grandfather’s pancake breakfast... Join TAUNY and the students of SUNY Potsdam’s Experimental Archaeology class for a meal and presentation inspired by ancient woodland foodways and the question of what it really means to be a “barkeater.” As the culmination of their spring project exploring how ancient peoples made tools that enabled them to live off the land, the students will prepare a breakfast that draws on the North Country tradition of the community pancake breakfast, but with a twist--incorporating edible elements of the woods. On the menu: pine bark and wheat pancakes (including a meat-lovers’ option made with crickets), Birch Boys Adirondack chaga tea (made from a fungus that grows on birch trees), SUNY Potsdam maple syrup, and local duck egg scramble. Students will also give a brief presentation about their experience working on this project. Don’t miss this unique culinary experience!

The price for this program is $12 or $10 for TAUNY Friends. Tickets are available in person or online (click here to purchase online). 

Photo: Students from SUNY Potsdam baking Bug Brownies in the TAUNY Kitchen.

Bill Smith's Birthday Celebration  

Sunday, May 7


The community is invited to join us as we celebrate Bill Smith's 80th birthday! In 1996, Bill Smith received a TAUNY Heritage Award for his work as a singer, storyteller, basketmaker, and keeper of many kinds of traditional knowledge. But he’s been sharing his many talents throughout the North Country and beyond since well before that. TAUNY is pleased to invite all to join in an 80th birthday celebration for Bill Smith on Sunday, May 7th, 2-4pm. Refreshments will be provided, and special guests will share music in Bill’s honor. More information about Bill Smith can be found here.  



 May 13    "Personal Collection Series: Antique Tools from the Backus Family" Exhibit Opening
 May 13    Antique Appraisals with Ted Comstock
 May 20    TAUNY Kids Create: 4-H Camp Overlook Crafts
 June 3    Dairy Princess Parade Rummage Sale and Sundae Bar
 June 10    "Raquette River Dams Oral History" Exhibit Opening
 June 24    "Folkstore Artist Spotlight: Raymond Watkins" Exhibit Opening
 Sept 14    Welcome to the North Country Open House
 Oct 22    Salute to North Country Heritage
Dec 2    Holiday Open House & Sugar and Spice Gingerbread Competition


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