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


Unless otherwise specified, events take place at The TAUNY Center.


Gene Newman
Gene Newman's exquisite woodwork hangs in the gallery for the month of November.

"Growing up working on the family farm, and now after decades of being a boatbuilder, I’ve spent many hours outside. The natural world around me is an easy choice of subject," says Gene.

Stop in and see his brand new mobile of flying plovers.

Folkstore Holiday Showcase
The holidays give us an excuse to fill the whole first floor with works from all of our regional artists, and that gives them the space to bring larger and unique items. Come have a look, and find exclusive local gifts for everyone on your list.


Friday, November 21, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Third Friday Jam

See below for Third Friday Jam details, bring in your instruments and join the fun!

Saturday, November 22, 10am-4pm

Holiday Balsam Wreath Pick-up
Order by Friday, November 14th for this pick-up date. Further details on our website here.

Saturday, November 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Adirondack Folk Singer-Songwriter Alex Smith in Concert

Adirondack folk singer-songwriter Alex Smith will be playing a concert at TAUNY in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year. Born in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Long Lake, NY. Smith was immersed in the traditions of the region from a very young age and has been deeply inspired by the Adirondack wilds the ACT protects, as his music reflects. Smith was also heavily influenced by Adirondac folk legends Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and Peggy Lynn, as well as Canadian artist Stan Rogers. Inspired by region's music, history, and landscape. Smith writes and sings songs that promote a sense of pride in one's cultural traditions as well as speak to contemporary issues. Smith began touring while in college at St. Lawrence University here in Canton, and he has since release three albums, the most recent with Wepecket Island Records.

Suggested donation of $5-$15. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.

Learn more about Smith here

Thursday, December 4, 5:00pm

Sugar and Spice Gingerbread Contest Entry Deadline!

Join this TAUNY holiday season tradition; build your gingerbread creation and enter it into our popular contest and display. This year's theme is Local Landmarks with a special emphasis on TAUNY's Register of Very Special Places. Find more details about the contest here, and join the fun!

Saturday, December 6

Holiday Open House

Sugar and Spice Display Opening

Wreath Order Pick-Up (and last day to order wreaths for shipment)

A busy day at The TAUNY Center! Stop in and enjoy some refreshments while you vote for your favorite gingerbread creation in the Sugar and Spice exhibit, pick up your wreath order, and of course, tackle some holiday shopping made easy by the regional artists and craftspeople selling their wares at the Folkstore. We'll have local musicians playing through most of the day starting with the Sweet Adelines at 11:00am.

Friday, December 12, 7:00 - 8:30pm


The December jam will be on the second Friday of the month instead of the usual third Friday. See below for more details about TAUNY Jams.


Saturday, December 13, 1:00-3:00pm

Knit a Fair Isle Headband Workshop with Jody Horwitz

Fair Isle is a traditional technique used to create patterns with multiple yarn colors. This workshop is for experienced knitters; a good knowledge of both American and Continental knitting is helpful. You will learn provisional cast-on, carrying color in two hands, chart reading, and Kitchener stitch.


For the class, bring worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 colors. For the main color, you’ll need up to 140 yards, and small amounts (about 50 yards) of the contrasting colors. You will also need to bring 16" circular knitting needle in size 8, or the size that will give you gauge on the yarn (gauge is 4 stitches=1"). You should arrive with their gauge swatch already complete and with the needles already decided. You will also need a crochet hook that is a similar size to your knitting needle, a darning needle and markers (At least one marker, but you could use up to 7 additional markers in a different color from the first.)

Pre-registration is required at 315-386-4289 or $15/$12.


Saturday, December 13, 7:00 - 9:00pm

TAUNY/SLU Contra Club Community Contra Dance

Sykes Formal Lounge on the St. Lawrence University Campus

Partners swing! Join us for a Contra Dance at the Sykes Formal Lounge. No experience required. Caled by Beth Robinson with live music by the Community Contra Band. Suggested donation $5-10.

Thursday, December 18, 5:00 - 7:30pm

Caroling with TAUNY!

We'll meet at The TAUNY Center, sing through some carols with lyrics provided, and go out caroling in the neighborhood. Of course we'll return for hot cocoa and cookies!

  TAUNY Jams
Fall 2014 
Third Fridays of the Month

TAUNY's traditional music jams are open to good-natured folks interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes. All levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. Toe tappin’ listeners are encouraged although they may be handed a pair of spoons or washboard before the eve is over!

Fall 2014 jams will happen on third Fridays in September, October, and November, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They will be hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR's String Fever

THIS JUST IN! There will also be a December Jam on Friday December 12! Come on out!  

TAUNY/SLU Contra Club Community Contra Dances and Tune School
FALL 2014
Tune School: Each Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center
Dances: Saturday November 1, 7:00pm at The TAUNY Center
Saturday, December 13, 7:00pm at Sykes Formal Lounge at St. Lawrence University

Calling musicians! This season, TAUNY will partner with the student contra dance club at St. Lawrence University to hold monthly Community Contra Dances and a weekly Tune School.

Dances begin on November 1 at The TAUNY Center, and the Tune School will meet weekly at TAUNY on Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 24th.

Acoustic and traditional musicians are encouraged to attend weekly, with the goal to play as part of the band for the upcoming contra dances. Tune School meetings will be a cross between lessons and a jam, with a melody instrument player teaching tunes each week. Players should be comfortable learning by ear and are encouraged to bring recording devices and/or notebooks to help with picking tunes up. Both melody and rhythm instruments are welcome.

Styles will vary depending on the teachers, who will include Cape Breton and Scottish-style fiddle player Jacob Brillhart, fiddler Dillon Black, and Appalachian-style clawhammer banjo player and TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati. Attention will be given to tunes, etiquette and methods for playing with other musicians in various styles, and how best to play for dances.

Please join us at The TAUNY Center for Tune School and keep an eye out for details about fall Community Contra Dances. (TAUNY Jam players are ancouraged to attend Tune School as well!)

Contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or with questions.

Dust off those instruments and come play tunes with us!

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