Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
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Canton, NY 13617
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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.


Pea Soup and Johnnycake Lunch

Saturday, February 10


Join us for our annual Pea Soup and Johnnycake Lunch as we serve up traditional Quebecois pea soup and homemade johnnycake.

Pea soup is often served in Quebecois sugar shacks during maple season. Green or split yellow peas are flavored with salt pork (though we will serve a vegetarian version as well), simmered until good and savory, and served piping hot. Pea soup came to the North Country with the many Quebecois families who settled in the region, and its pairing with the cornmeal-based johnnycake reflects the meeting of Francophone and early American traditions.

TAUNY was introduced to this tradition in the 1980s by Madeleine and John Gray, Helena, NY.  
Throughout her life, Madeleine continued to prepare the traditional French-American recipes, such as
meat pie, that her children and grandchildren relished.  She shared her family recipe for soup, and other
specialties, in a chapter of TAUNY’s regional cookbook, “Good Food, Served Right.”  

The event is open to the public and fun for all ages. There is a $5 suggested donation for this program.

This program is made possible by underwriting support from Gray & Gray and Associates, Certified Public Accountants, P.C.



Exhibit Opening Reception

Instrumental Stories 

Saturday, February 17

Join us for the opening of TAUNY's next exhibit on North Country Folk Instruments, Instrumental Stories! This exhibit featuring new and heirloom instruments made and/or used in Northern New York; the people who make and keep them; and how instruments and related objects connect people to their heritage musical and otherwise, to living regional traditions, and to each other. Light refreshments will be served at the opening reception.

More information about the North Country Folk Instrument Research Project can be found here.


Funding for this exhibit is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts

and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the

New York State Legislature.


Additional funding has been provided by The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

Photo: Family banjo uke with homemade tailpiece. Photo courtesy of Dan Berggren.


Sugaring Off Party  

Saturday, March 3



 As maple season approaches, children and families are invited to celebrate sugaring as French-Canadian families would have done a century ago. A reading of “The Sugaring Off Party” by Jonathan London sets the tone, and then participants step into the book with a recreation of the house party led by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and her family, who teach traditional French folk dances and songs and share the secret to playing the spoons. There will be crafts, sweet treats, and wax-on-snow for the whole family!

TAUNY’s Sugaring-Off Party is open to the public, and fun for all ages. There is a suggested donation of $5.


This program is made possible by underwriting support from Stewart's Shops.

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