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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.

Salute to North Country Heritage 
Sunday, October 22



The 25th Annual Salute to North Country Heritage honors this year’s North Country Heritage Award Recipients, and is free and open to the public. This year’s Salute recognizes Bill MacKentley, Loretta Lepkowski, and the Paddock Arcade.


Bill MacKentley of Potsdam, NY, will receive the “Inherited Traditions” Heritage Award for his knowledge of edible fruit and nut trees, and his work with St. Lawrence Nurseries preserving and propagating new and heirloom varieties that thrive in the subzero growing conditions of the North Country. Loretta Lepkowski of Glenfield, NY, will receive the “Evergreen” Heritage Award as a community scholar who documents local Tug Hill life through her painting, as well as promoting and taking part in projects that record and celebrate community heritage and identity. The Paddock Arcade in Watertown, NY, will receive the “Very Special Place” Heritage Award to mark its status as a community landmark. As the longest continuously operating covered arcade shopping center in the country, it has been a resource and meeting place for local residents over more than a hundred and fifty years.

Each year, the North Country Heritage Award is presented to individuals, families, and community groups who have mastered traditional arts or customs identified with our region, and have remained committed to passing them on to future generations; important community landmarks; and people and organizations that support and promote work to recognize and carry on regional traditions. The Salute includes light refreshments and a brief program about each of the recipients and how they contribute to North Country culture.

The North Country Heritage Award program is made possible by the generous support of The Cloudsplitter Foundation, Corning Incorporated Foundation, and The Sweetgrass Foundation. This program is also made possible by the generous support of 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 year’s North Country Heritage Awards can be found here.

Community Contra Dance   

Friday, October 27
Kids' Lesson at 6:15pm

Trick and treat and kick up your feet! TAUNY invites the community to our next contra dance! Celebrate Halloween and warm up the end of fall at The TAUNY Center with a live-band, community contra dance. Beth Robinson will be calling the dances, and lively music will be performed by North Country Heritage Award recipients Gretchen Koehler and Don Woodcock, along with a special guest or two. Costumes are encouraged. Beginners are welcome, and all dances will be taught. This is a family-friendly event. A contra dance lesson for kids will take place before the dance at 6:15pm, and there will be a kids’ line on the dance floor.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for this event.

This program is made possible by the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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