The Evergreen Award was created by the TAUNY Board of Directors to be presented occasionally to acknowledge and honor the contributions of individuals, community groups, or businesses “for continuing interest in and generous support of traditional cultures, arts, and artists of the North Country of New York State and of programs that increase public understanding and appreciation of them.”
The name of the award was inspired by TAUNY’s logo—a stylized fir tree from a 19th century stoneware jug made in the North Country, since the work of those being honored by the award also suggests the nurturing of old customs or traditions that could easily be abandoned or forgotten if those who have inherited them lose sight of their worth or usefulness.
This award reminds us that keeping our folk heritage vital takes work and dedication and there are some among us willing to devote themselves to that cause.
Evergreen Award Recipients
2010 Ron Riley
2007 New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers
2006 Varick A. Chittenden
2005 Gordie Little
2004 North Country Public Radio
2002 John Golden
2002 Martha Cooper
2001 Robert D. Bethke
1998 Vaughn and George Ward
1997 Sweetgrass Foundation
1997 Niagara Mohawk Foundation
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