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.


Instrumental Stories

Traveling Exhibit Talk and Opening Reception

Massena, NY

Saturday, January 26

1:00-3:00 pm

Massena Public Library/Celine G. Philibert Memorial Cultural Centre & Museum

The traveling version of TAUNY’s 2018 Instrumental Stories exhibit will be on view January 26 through the end of May at the Celine G. Philibert Memorial Cultural Centre & Museum in Massena. Curator Camilla Ammirati will give a talk about the Instrumental Stories research project and exhibit, including a show and tell with a small selection of instruments, at 1pm on January 26th at the Massena Public Library (41 Glenn St., Massena, NY), followed by a tour and reception at the museum (79 Main St., Massena, NY).

TAUNY Knits Sweater Competition

Entries due by

Wednesday, February 6

Entries on display at The TAUNY Center

February 9-23

Knitters! Have you made an adult or child-sized sweater or sweaters in the past 5 years that you’d like to show off? Enter them in the 2019 TAUNY Knits Sweater Competition! You can also cast on a special project today to enter!

Sweaters will be displayed at The TAUNY Center during Canton’s Winterfest and must be delivered to The TAUNY Center by February 6. Judging will take place February 7. All entries will be on display at The TAUNY Center February 9-23, 2019.


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best in Show - $100 cash prize


Adult sweaters

1st Gift Basket from Adirondack Fragrance Farm, $75 value

2nd  Skein of handspun yarn from Kimberly Handspun Handwoven, $50 value

3rd  $25 value prize


Children’s sweaters

1st Massage from Bliss Massage, $75 value

2nd $50 value prize

3rd  $25 value prize


Judges will consider the following:

  • Overall appeal of the sweater
  • Appeal of pattern and design choice
  • Appropriateness and quality of yarn used for the project
  • Excellence of execution of techniques used in the sweater, including any modifications made to the pattern by the knitter, and details of final construction and finishing. 
  • Functionality of the finished item. 



  • Each entrant may submit up to 5 garments to the competition. There is no charge to enter.
  • Sweaters may be made from the knitter’s original designs, or from published patterns.
  • Entries may be sweaters for any season of the year, or any purpose. (Everyday wear or special occasion sweaters, for example.)
  • Entries may be mailed to The TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton, NY  13617. Entrants will be responsible for return postage.
  • Entries must be received by 4 p.m. on February 6 and must remain on display at The TAUNY Center until close of business on February 23.
  • Entrants do not have to live in Northern New York to enter.

TAUNY’s mission is to present the folk culture and living traditions of New York State’s North Country. We encourage entries based on folk or traditional patterns.

Pictured: Hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn by Kimberly Handspun Handwoven, for sale at The North Country Folkstore.

TAUNY Knits Knit-in

Saturday, February 9

1:00-3:00 pm

We invite knitters to join us Saturday, February 9, 1-3, for a knit-in! You do not have to enter a sweater in the competition to join the knit-in. Light refreshments will be served. Come be inspired by other knitters’ current projects and share yours with everyone.




Afternoon Tea with the Moore Family  

Saturday, February 16

2:00-3:30 pm

Pre-registration required

$35/$30 (TAUNY Friends)

At this program, participants will enjoy the tastes of British tea customs with London-born home cook Fran Moore and her family. Fran will discuss the intricacies of the British afternoon and evening meals as her mother taught her and she has passed on to her daughters. Fran and family will prepare a variety of traditional teatime treats like savory sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and cakes, tarts and biscuits – and of course tea.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register at by calling 315-386-4289. (Online registration coming soon!)


First Friday Jam

Please note that our monthly jams are currently on hiatus. Stay tuned--and tuned up!--for other musical opportunities coming up.

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