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

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Explore this site to discover the diverse customs and traditions--like storytelling, music, crafts, foodways, and folk art--that make life special in our region, from the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack Mountains. 

Every third Wednesday and Saturday of the month - 10am-2pm

Next Crepes, Coffee & Tea days:

Wednesday July 17th

Saturday, July 20th



JULY 17th & 20th, 2024 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Sparkling Crepe (2 per plate) + Coffee/Tea: $9

·     Sugar & Lemon Juice


Classic Cre­pes (2 per plate) + Coffee/Tea: $11

·     Blueberry Compote – NEW* 

·     Hibiscus-maple apple topped with maple syrup whipped cream

·     Chocolate & sliced banana with toasted coconut

·     Jam (Black Raspberry, Triple Berry, Strawberry Rhubarb)


Quiche Slice + Coffee /Tea: $9 

·     Zucchini and Tomato with pork sausage (not spicy) with local foods Pat and April's pork  

·     Vegetarian - Mushroom party 


Pastry/Dessert: $3.95 

·     Banana Crumb Cake – NEW* 



·     Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade – NEW!* $3.95 

·     Coffee - TAUNY Blend - $3


·     Tea – Green/Black (Artisan Pots available for Purchase) -$3


Creative Aging: Braided Wool Basket Making Workshop Series (SOLD OUT)


October 7th - 18th

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Learn the techniques behind braided wool fiber arts and make your own basket in this workshop series made possible in partnership with United Helpers, TAUNY, NYSCA and Lifetime arts.

8, 90 Minutes Sessions - Multipurpose Room

55 & UP

10 Participants Maximum

$20 per person for the whole 8 sessions including materials.

Registration deadline August 31st, online at

Location: United Helpers

Independent Senior Living Center

30 Sullivan Dr, Canton, NY 13617

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


This program is also made possible by Lifetime Arts. Lifetime Arts’ mission is to catalyze and connect the people, funding, practical strategies, and bold ideas necessary to embrace all older adults as creative and social learners.



Barn Quilting Presentation and Demonstration in Minerva, NY

Friday, August 2nd

Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

1 p.m. Presentation

1:30-2:30 Demonstration

Location: Minerva Community Center


Route 28N and Morse Highway / 1652 NYS-28N, Minerva, NY 12851

Learn about the history, design, and creation of barn quilts in a presentation and demonstration  by Ruth McWilliams.

This free event, in partnership with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), is being presented by the Minerva Historical Society as part of a series of quilting-related events this year in Minerva, NY. It will be held at the Minerva Community Center on Friday, August 2nd from 1pm-2:30pm. No registration is required. 

Ruth McWilliams is a self-taught barn quilter known for barn quilts that feature traditional quilt patterns that somehow represent the owner’s interest, place, and/or history where installed. She is also known for leading community projects, including The Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural which has 32 blocks featuring an aspect of each town’s history. It was painted at The TAUNY Center in Canton, NY, with the help of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and volunteers.

During the 30-minute presentation, Ruth will share her knowledge about barn quilting based upon her experiences in the last 10 years and others she has taught and/or collaborated with during her barn quilt journey. Her presentation will cover from inspiration to installation, paying particular attention to the use of quality materials that will endure all kinds of weather and more supplies for measuring, cutting, etc. During the 60-minute demonstration Ruth will show how she primes the board for painting; draws the design on graph paper and then scales it up onto the board; tapes the design for painting; paints the design using brushes, rollers, and exterior paint; and touches up designs. Participants also will receive two handouts covering Ruth’s list of supplies for painting a barn quilt and her basic steps for creating a painted barn quilt. 


Space Available for Rent

Artist Studio or Office spaces available at The TAUNY Center, located at 53 Main St. Canton, NY.

Studio space available during TAUNY business hours: Monday-Thursday 10a-5p, Friday 10a-6p, Saturday 10a-5p

Contact TAUNY Executive Director Joshua Vink for more information.


TAUNY Seeks Volunteers for its Public Programs

Click the link below to fill out the 2024 Volunteer Registration Form: 

**For a non digital form, please visit The TAUNY Center**

Spring Appeal Complete - Thank You!!

TAUNY's Spring Appeal Campaign ended 5/31 - thank you for your support!

Donations continue to bolster our programs in Arts in Education, Exhibits & artist galleries at The TAUNY Center, Public Performances, Newberry Cafe & Foodways demonstrations, and Folkstore & support for local artists.

It's never too late to support Traditional Arts in Upstate New York - Support TAUNY today by donating on our website.

New Folkstore Arrivals

Shop new jewelry arrivals from Jennifer Kuracina, Ginny Burnett and more.

Shop Online Here

See what else is new in the North Country Folkstore! Stop by the Folkstore or shop online at to find unique products made by North Country artists and makers.
Gift certificates for our online store are now available here.
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The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore Are Open

Visit The TAUNY Center at 53 Main St. Canton, NY 13617

Monday-Friday 10a-5p

Saturday 10a-4p

Sunday Closed

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