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.


Slices of Main Street, Canton
Following its debut at the Grasse River Heritage solstice celebration, the “Slices of Main Street, Canton” quilt is on display at The TAUNY Center.

“Slices of Main Street, Canton” was created by a group of North Country quilters called the Fiberistas.
The “slice quilt” idea was adapted from similar art quilt groups that wanted to produce a group project worked on by many of their members. To create the “slices,” the group agreed on a section of Canton's Main Street, cut a photograph of that scene into pieces, and each quilter made a piece of the whole.  For display, the individual pieces are not sewn together, but are hung together to form the full picture.

TAUNY’s “Slices of Main Street, Canton” display is underwritten by North Country Savings Bank.


Saturday, November 1, 1:00 - 3:00pm
American and Continental Knitting with Jody Horwitz

Join Jody Horwitz for a workshop on American and Continental knitting styles. Students will need to bring worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles for the yarn they bring (consult the wrapper of the yarn).  

This skill building lesson is designed to prepare a knitter for Fair Isle knitting, carrying 2 colors of yarn with one in each hand, and is good preparation for the Fair Isle Headband workshop scheduled for December 13 at The TAUNY Center. It may also teach knitters to knit faster using Continental knitting as opposed to American style knitting.

We'll devote a half hour each to American style knitting, American style purling, Continental style knitting, and Continental style purling.

Cost: $15 ($12 for TAUNY Friends)

Saturday, November 1, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Community Contra Dance

Partners swing! Join us for a Contra Dance at The TAUNY Center. No experience required. Live music will be provided by the Community Contra Band. Suggested donation of $5-10. 

Friday, November 7, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Annual Donor Reception and Holiday Showcase Opening

We hold this fabulous party to thank our annual donors. We will open our Holiday Showcase and an exhibit by boatmaker extraordinaire Gene Newman. This year, we also honor fiddler Gretchen Koehler with an Evergreen Award. Become an annual donor, and join the fun! 


Saturday, November 8, 10am - 3:30pm

Chair-Pad Braiding with Helen Condon

Come make a 14-inch braided chair pad with TAUNY Heritage Award Winner Helen Condon. You will learn braiding, lacing, and finishing skills—all the skills needed to make a full rug. Wool strips, needle, and twine will be included in the cost of the workshop, and clamps will also be available to purchase. Condon will provide materials in the Adirondack colors green, brown, and red, but other colors are also possible if you contact TAUNY by Nov. 4th.  Pre-registration for this workshop is required (payment is required upon registration). The cost for this workshop (including materials) is $55 ($50 for TAUNY Friends).

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, November 8

Bring Out Your Quilts! 10:00am - 4:00pm

Modern art quilts or antique family heirlooms, elaborately quilted wedding gifts or comforters tied with yarn—we want to see them all. As research for a major exhibit of Northern New York Quilts, TAUNY will be holding a series of Quilt Days this winter around the region. We invite you to bring your quilts to be documented and photographed.

At the Quilt Days, TAUNY’s team will measure and photograph your quilt. We will also record any information you have about it. We are particularly looking for family stories about the quilt and photographs and biographical information of the makers. With your permission, we can scan photographs on site. Any and all information is valued for its contribution to the story.

Because there are many more modern quilts and art quilts out there than heirloom and antique quilts, we ask that if you bring no more than two bedquilts or art quilts that have been made since 1970.

Don’t think that we are not interested just because your quilt is a new art quilt, or not a bedcovering, or a “utilitarian,” everyday quilt, or made from a kit or directions in a magazine, or tied with yarn instead of being quilted with tiny stitches. Each piece is a part of the larger story of life in northern New York, past and present.

An assortment of quilts seen at the Quilt Days will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit if their owners permit. The exhibit will open at the TAUNY Center in Canton February, 2016, after which it will travel to 3-4 venues in northern New York and southern Ontario. The quilt documentation team is led by TAUNY executive director Jill Breit and historian Hallie Bond.

Any questions can be directed to TAUNY at (315) 386-4289, or Hallie at

Saturday November 15, 10am -4pm
SLC Arts Council Artists Studio Tour

The TAUNY Center is hosting four artists on the SLC Arts Council Artists Studio Tour. Susan Robinson, driftwoodpaitnings; Teddi Lawless, beading; Alice David, quilting; Gene Newman, woodworker. Stop in and see these artists at work, and catch a glimpse of how these artists achieve their special magic. 

Saturday November 15, 10am - 12pm
Gingerbread House Workshop with Sue Wilder

Join expert gingerbread house maker Sue Wilder for this year’s workshop! Instruction, inspiration, and all materials (including a sparkling array of candies) will be provided. Participants can work individually or in small groups the provided gingerbread house stations and will bring home their decorated gingerbread house. There is no minimum age to participate, but we ask that children are supervised.

The workshop will be great preparation for the annual Sugar and Spice Gingerbread House Competition at TAUNY! (This year’s theme: “Local Landmarks,” with a special focus on the TAUNY Register of Very Special Places. See more details about this year’s contest here.)

Pre-registration is required. The cost of the workshop is $40 ($30 for TAUNY Friends) per person or small group. Please contact us at 315-386-4289 or to register.

Thank you to Cindy’s Cake Shop for contributing supplies for this workshop!

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 29 (Time TBA)
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 Adirondack 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 released three albums, the most recent with Wepecket Island Records.
Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.
Learn more about Smith and hear examples of his music at


Knitting Groups

Knitting Group with Jody Horwitz
Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon

Each week a group of knitters gathers in the comfortable meeting space on our first floor for a morning of knitting. Bring a project, bring a problem - enjoy knitting and visiting with fellow knitters.

  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.  

 TAUNY / SLU Contra Club Community Contra Dances and Tune School
FALL 2014
Tune School: Each Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center
Saturday, Nov. 1st, 7pm, The TAUNY Center

Saturday, Dec. 13th, 7pm, 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!

Details of the following 2014 activities and events will be posted as they are available.

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Open House and Sugar & Spice Opening

Saturday, December 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Knit Fair Isle Headband Workshop with Jody Horwitz

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