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We took an off-season garden tour with herbalist Jane Desotelle, whose plant sanctuary is located in the city of Plattsburgh. Enjoy! And be inspired to plan for your own garden in 2021.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3



“Traditions of the Season” Virtual Tour

December 4, 2020 - January 1, 2021

This December, TAUNY is taking you on a virtual tour of Traditions of the Season. We'll be checking in with people around the North Country to learn what they are up to at this time of year. 


For our first visit, we asked herbalist, native plant conservationist, and Heritage Award recipient Jane Desotelle (Plattsburgh, NY) to show us how to make a balsam wreath. Wreaths are both a family tradition for Jane and an important seasonal product in her business Underwood Herbs. This year, TAUNY is not able to offer our always popular wreaths that are made by Jane, but we hope you’ll be inspired to make one after watching the video. Click here to watch the video. 

For our second visit of “Traditions of the Season," we asked Efrat Ezra to share her recipe for delicious Kibbeh. This is a dish that she had on every Friday for lunch growing up in Israel. Efrat is a mother of four boys, a yoga teacher at Canton Yoga Loft , and the founder of Pirate Flo yoga wear. Watch the video here.


For years, visitors attending TAUNY events have enjoyed cookies made by Barbara Beekman, Canton. For our third Traditions of the Season video, we asked this amazing home baker and compulsive recipe collector to share her family’s favorite cookie recipes. If you love old-fashioned windmill cookies, watch the video here.


For the last Tradition of the Season video, we want to add a bit more sweetness to your holiday. So we asked TAUNY’s board member, an experienced London-born home cook Fran Moore (Canton, NY) to share one of her favorite December recipes: Bûche De Noël (Yule Log). This dessert comes out of French tradition, making its way to the North Country from Quebec. The recipe Fran is using is from TAUNY’s “Good Food, Serve Right” cookbook, and was originally shared by Madeleine Gray from Helena, NY. Click here to watch the video.  


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Is there a tradition that you carry on or love seeing happen around you at this time of year, that you'd like to tell us about or see represented in a future series? We'd love to hear about it! Drop us a line at


This “Traditions of the Season” Video series is made possible by the generosity of Stewart’s Shops.

Folkstore Artists Videos

Sue Ulrich: Basket Maker Sue lives in Boonville, NY. She loves to make traditional, functional baskets, especially packbaskets. Enjoy this visit to Sue's home and studio.   Watch the video here. Purchase Sue’s baskets here.  

William Parmer: TAUNY’s November, 2020 Folkstore Artist Spotlight features paintings by artist William Parmer, a North Country resident since 1975. As a plein air painter, he works in all kinds of weather, year-round. We recently visited William to talk about his working process and the way he expresses something essential about North Country life and land through his paintings. Watch the video here. Purchase William’s painting here.

Susan Robinson: Wildlife artist Susan Robinson has been painting the flora and fauna of our region for over 40 years. In this Folkstore Artist Video, Susan demonstrates her technique painting detailed animals and wild plants on driftwood she finds along the shore of Lake Ontario. Watch the video here. Purchase Susan’s work here. 

Roxanne Locy: Ceramicist Roxanne Locy’s Rockhead Creations studio is located in Canton, NY. Roxanne grew up on a farm in the North Country and started making her signature boldly colorful floral and whimsical pottery as a student at SUNY Potsdam and Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsman (where she earned her MFA). Watch this video to learn more about Roxanne’s work and see her creative process in action. Watch the video here. Purchase Roxanne’s Pottery here.

Kathy Lahendro: Kathy Lahendro of Rustling Leaves Design recently stopped by the Folkstore to show us her approach to jewelry making. Watch this video to learn about the variety of materials Kathy uses to make her jewelry and see her demonstrate her process and technique. Watch the video here. Purchase Kathy’s Jewelry here.

Tina Charbonneau: Tina Charbonneau, the artisan behind Petit Papillon Designs uses repurposed fabrics to make purses, tote bags, mittens, face masks, and more. Her mother taught her and her six sisters how to sew when they were very young. While teaching them technique, her mother also instilled the concept of creativity and resourcefulness. Watch the video here. Purchase Tina’s work here.

To be continued...

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