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.

Square-dancing with The Adirondack Playboys

Sunday, March 26


First Presbyterian Church, Canton

Join 2016 TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipients the Adirondack Playboys Band (also known as the Streeter Family Band) for a workshop teaching the basics of square-dancing in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church (17 Park Street, Canton). The Streeters will teach the moves and provide live music.


Playing and calling dances goes back generations in the musical Streeter family, along with their repertoire of old-time fiddle tunes and classic country music. Among their fans, they’re known for their commitment to dancing—while other bands might throw in a set or two, the Streeters will keep squares going throughout a four hour evening, with a few round dances and fiddle tunes thrown in for good measure. The band loves both carrying on their family’s heritage and teaching new dancers who want to get involved. As part of this year’s celebrations of Heritage Award recipients and their traditions, TAUNY is pleased to offer this afternoon of music, dancing, learning, and fun!

Kids and adults welcome, and no experience is required. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Please call 315-386-4289 to preregister.

Talking Tug Hill with Camilla and Loretta

Thursday, March 30


Join TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati and artist Loretta Lepkowski for a conversation about their work on the "Venerable Folks of Tug Hill" project. In preparation for the current exhibition, they conducted a series of interviews over 2015-2016 with residents of Tug Hill distinguished by their vast knowledge and experience of the area as well as their substantial contributions to the quality of life of the community. Lepkowski also painted portraits of each of the people interviewed. At this program, Camilla and Loretta will present highlights of their research and discuss how they brought their folkloric and artistic perspectives together to document and share Tug Hill stories. The presentation will include a chance to see further images and hear some of the voices of this project. Light refreshments will be served, and a Q & A will follow the presentation.

Meet the Tug Hill Commission and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust

Saturday, April 1


First Friday Jam

Friday, April 7


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 Kids Create: Easter Cooking and Crafts with Loretta Lepkowski

Saturday, April 8


$12 per participant ($10 for TAUNY Friends)

Tug Hill artist Loretta Lepkowski will lead kids and accompanying family members in traditional Easter cooking and crafts from her Polish-American heritage and share her experience growing up with Polish traditions. Kids will assist with making pierogi (Polish dumplings), knead their babka buns, see a lamb cake being decorated, and have a chance to taste all of these traditional treats. Participants will also decorate Easter eggs to take home that day.

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

Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick: Folk Techniques for Bowed Strings Workshop 

Saturday, April 15


$45 per participant ($40 for TAUNY Friends)***

TAUNY and What a Raquette Music and Dance are pleased to present a folk techniques workshop for stringed instrument players with fiddler Ben Plotnick (The Fretless, Sarah Jane Scouten) and cellist Kaitlyn Raitz (Bride & Groom, The Bombadils). In this workshop, participants will explore learning a fiddle tune by ear as well as dozens of ways to accompany under it and improvise over it. The workshop will end with a performance of the tune, with students using all the techniques learned in the workshop, as well as a performance by Kaitlyn and Ben themselves. Open to all ages and levels of violin, viola, cello, and bass! Bring snacks! Music stands not necessary.

Kaitlyn (cello, vocals) and Ben (fiddle, vocals) have been making folk music for the majority of their lives. Though they’ve only started playing Folk, Bluegrass, Appalachian and Stringband music together this past year, they have a combined musical resume that speaks to a lifetime of dedication to these styles and more. Individually, they’ve made their respective marks playing with countless artists across North America. From Jazz, to Country, to Classical, and everywhere in between, they’ve appeared on dozens upon dozens of professional albums. They’ve played in bars for 10 people, or at festivals for 40,000. The relationship between the violin and the cello is age-old and has been proven time and time again, but as soon as Kaitlyn and Ben began to play and sing together, it became clear that something was different. Decades of experience as chamber musicians helped them to blend instantly, but it’s their spontaneous, energetic yet subtle approach to folk music that sets them apart.

Preregistration is required for this program. Please contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 to register.

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


Free (space is limited)

Basketmaker Carrie Hill will show kids the traditional basketmaking materials and steps, and then will 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 to register your child.


North Country Writer's Fair

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Raquette River Dams Oral History Exhibit Opening

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Welcome to the North Country Open House

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Salute to North Country Heritage

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Holiday Open House and Sugar and Spice Gingerbread Competition

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Learn about TAUNY Jams, contra dances, and more.

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