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




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Current Programs


Community Jam with Dan Duggan

Sunday, August 28th

1 pm to 3 pm at Paul Smith's College VIC 8023 NY-30, Paul Smith’s, NY 12970

Free with registration:

Do you play an acoustic instrument? Join Adirondack musicians Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn for a Community Acoustic Jam and Sing at the VIC at Paul Smith’s on Sunday, August 28th. Guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, bass, etc. are welcome, or just bring your voice and sing along or listen.  The VIC is a beautiful location and a great place to spend time.  Join us for an afternoon of singing and music making that will lift your spirits and brighten your day.

Thanks to the funding we have received from Creatives Rebuild New York, there is NO cost to participate.

Pre-registration is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

Register at:

Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn jam session - Design by TAUNY/Gus Geraci

Collaboration Garden Canvas with Cassie Helman

On August 27th, #CRNY Artist Cassie Helman will host a workshop at the United Methodist Church Carnival in Massena. The event is from 11am-3pm. Children of all ages can take part in pressing fruit and vegetables into paint and stamping outlines as a group effort to fill the canvas with fruits and veggies. Participants' names and ages will be displayed on the final product as the artists of the collaborative masterpiece. 

The final canvas piece raises awareness for artistic youth expression and pride in community artworks, and it also serves as a conceptual project for upcycling and composting. The canvas will be donated later to Massena.

Registration is not required, and the event is free and open to the public. The workshop will take place at 189 Main St., Massena. Contact for more information.

Stay up to date with the Massena UMC Carnival events at

Birdsfoot Farms@50 Exhibit

August 6th-August 20th

The TAUNY Center, Canton, NY

Free to the public

Photography by Birdsfoot Farms design by TAUNY/Gus Geraci


Opening August 6 in the upper level gallery at The TAUNY Center:  Birdsfoot Farm@50. Birdsfoot Farm, located a few miles outside Canton, NY, is an intentional community established in 1972. In 2017, the Farm received TAUNY’s North Country Living Traditions Award, in the Very Special Place category, for the members’ efforts over the years to catalyze engagement with simple living and activism. In recognition of the Farm’s 50th anniversary, we’ve pored through photo collections and will present the history of the Farm and ways members have influenced what happens off the farm.

This TAUNY exhibit is a companion to In Season: Our Rural Food System in Photos, curated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, on display in The TAUNY Center through October 29, 2022. 

In Season: Our Rural Food System in Photos

Exhibit open Saturday, May 14th - October 29th at The TAUNY Center.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County helmed exhibit features the stories and images of local farmers and food entrepreneurs along with events for all ages. The ‘CCE Fruition’ program “celebrates the rich traditions and resourceful innovations of North Country growers and eaters.” Tune in for engaging stories of the farmers, gardeners and cooks creating a delicious landscape and healthy local food system. Learn more about the CCE project online at

Past Programs in 2022

 Flower Pressing Walk-Along with Cassie Helman



Join #CRNY and TAUNY Artist Cassie Helman on her premiere Flower Pressing Walk-Along workshop this Saturday, July 30th 1pm-3pm at the Saddlemire Trail in Canton.

Cassie will begin at 1pm at the large field and walking path near Avenue of the Elms Parking side of the Saddlemire Trail on SLU’s campus by 23 Romoda Dr, Canton, NY 13617.

All inclusive & FREE - We hope you'll join us!

The Saddlemire trail covers scenery such as the Little River, a horse pasture, and tall grass fields. This trail is a mixture between dirt terrain and sturdy boardwalks, to protect your feet from the sometimes marshy ecosystem below. It has two convenient entrances: a newly developed parking lot located on Pike Road, and the aptly named Avenue of the Elms that connects directly to the St. Lawrence University campus. Along the way you will find educational kiosks featuring information on local wildlif eand plant species

 Hammered Dulcimer with Dan Duggan


Adirondack musician Dan Duggan will be at Paul Smith’s VIC Saturday July 30th to teach two dulcimer workshops. The VIC is a beautiful location, and a great place to spend time.  Dan is an excellent teacher. Thanks to funding we have received from Creatives Rebuild New York, there is no cost to participate but you do have to register.  This workshop is the first of a series of programs we will be taking on tour of the North Country over the next 2 years.


Date: Saturday July 30th        

Location: Paul Smith's College VIC       

8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970

9:00 - 10:45 Beginning Hammered Dulcimer (Dulcimer I)          

11:00 - 1:00 Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer  (Dulcimer II)     

Maximum class size will be 10 participants.


Dan will provide instruments for everyone in the beginner workshop. For the intermediate class, you are welcome to bring your own instrument, but Dan will provide you with one to play if you don’t have one.                   

Register online at:


Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY), a project of the Tides Center, is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. This event was made possible through support from CRNY's Artist Employment Program. #CRNY, #ArtistEmploymentCRNY, #ArtistsAreWorkers, #ArtistEmployment

Wool and Water: Resurfaced

Join us for the return of Wool and Water, a collaborative data art project of the Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute. Supported by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, this innovative project is using fiber arts to illustrate water quality issues and trends in North Country waterways. New pieces, new participants, and lots of ways to get involved, come and take a look! Wool and Water: Resurfaced will be open Saturday July 9th- Saturday July 30th at The TAUNY Center, Upper Level Gallery.  

Read more about the Watershed Institute program at:

Carver Bob Jones Featured in Video Screening and Exhibit

Opening at The TAUNY Center on June 4


Carver Bob Jones in his workshop

Adirondack artisan Bob Jones, Cranberry Lake, has been carving for more than 50 years and making decoys professionally for decades. At the end of 2021, Tom French, a contributor to the publication Adirondack Explorer, interviewed Bob and his wife, Linda and  wrote this story about them

Soon after, Tom and his daughter, Emma, returned to the Jones’ home and studio to record him at work and learn more about the processes that go into his decoy making. The resulting short documentary film, produced by Adirondack Explorer, gives a glimpse behind the scenes of Bob's Cranberry Lake studio and shows the artistry that goes into carving and creating iconic wooden decoys.

On June 4, 1-3 p.m.,TAUNY will host a live-streamed screening of the documentary, followed by a Q&A with Bob and filmmaker Emma French, led by TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit. The event will also be the opening reception for an exhibit of Bob’s decoys in the upper level gallery of The TAUNY Center.  

Our Exhibit Opening reception starts Saturday at 1pm at The TAUNY Center Upper Level Gallery. Then at 2pm a film screening then Q&A to follow. Can’t make it in person? Hop on the 2pm livestream on Facebook and experience the exhibit from the comfort of your own home.

We encourage viewers to submit their questions in the feed comment section, and we will periodically return to get them answered!

The event will also be a good opportunity to learn about Adirondack Explorer and the people who make it happen.



 Rural Feminisms in the North Country

Now Showing May 1st - May 28th at The TAUNY Center

TAUNY's Upper Level Gallery hosts a new exhibit produced by St. Lawrence University students working with history professor Judith DeGroat. The exhibit presents the ways that North Country women in the 1960s and 1970s participated in the Second Wave of feminism, effecting positive change in the North Country.

The exhibit is now available for viewing in the Upper Level Gallery, free and open to the public.

Hammered Dulcimer Workshop II with Dan Duggan: Saturday, May 14th, 10am-1pm

10am-1pm at the TAUNY Center, Canton

Cost: $60, $55 for TAUNY Friends

 This workshop is intended for those who have already taken one of Dan’s previous workshops, or have prior experience playing the hammered dulcimer.  

***When registering, please indicate in the “notes” whether you will be bringing your own dulcimer or will need one supplied to you***

Maximum class size will be 10 participants.

Register here.

Canton Canoe Weekend Events

Friday May 6th 10a-5p, 

Saturday May 7th 10a-4p, 

Sunday May 8th, 1p-3p 

The TAUNY Center, Canton NY
Free open to public

Canton Canoe Weekend is only a month away! The 60th anniversary weekend paddling celebration includes The TAUNY Center, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday to show its final weekend of Hornbeck Boats: Lightest Boats in the Deep Woods exhibit.

Join us on Sunday May 8, From 1 to 3 p.m as we invite people to come to Canton with their Hornbeck boats on their vehicles and we are going to take over the parking lot behind our building downtown and try to fill that parking lot with vehicles that have Hornbeck boats.

The event will include refreshments and traditional Adirondack music from the trio Jam Crackers (Peggy Lynn, Dan Duggan and Dan Berggren). At 3 o’clock, anyone that is so inclined will head down to the Grasse River and we will have a group paddle to conclude the exhibition and to also conclude the Canton Canoe Weekend. 

Hornbeck Boats: Lightest Boats in the Deep Woods
February 19th - May 8th, 2022Standard TAUNY Center Hours 10am-4pm M-SAFree to the public
Exhibit includes: -Hornbeck Boats and lots of information about them -Dozens of photographs taken by documentary photographer Nancie Battaglia -A video of people we interviewed about their experiences in their Hornbeck boats -And a slideshow of photos submitted by people who love their Hornbeck boats

Read more of the online exhibit for “Hornbeck Boats: Lightest Boats in the Deep Woods” at



Beginners 2 Hammered Dulcimer Workshop

On Saturday, April 23,  Dan Duggan will return to The TAUNY Center to offer another Beginners 2 workshop.  This workshop is intended for those who have already taken one of Dan’s previous workshops, or have basic prior experience playing the hammered dulcimer. 

Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-1pm at The TAUNY Center

Cost: $60, $55 for TAUNY Friends. Pre-registration is required.

Sign up online here:


TAUNY Film Screening of Yancey's Sugarbush: Filmmaker Award Celebration Saturday April 9th, 2pm-4pm TAUNY Center Upper Level Gallery Free to the public 
This Saturday we will present the film “Yancey’s Sugarbush: First Crop of the Year” to celebrate the Watertown Film Festival North Country Filmmaker Award given to director Xiuke Wei. Xiuke will introduce the film via a pre-recorded introduction. A member of Yancey’s plans to be here in person to give us an update on their 2022 sugaring season progress, one year after the release of the film. Free and open to the public, screening will take place in the Upper Level Gallery of The TAUNY Center. Event begins at 2pm and will continue until the completion of the film. A livestream link will be provided on Saturday as well for online viewing.

TAUNY Workshop: Plaited Birch Bark Basketry Workshop

Saturday, March 26, 2022

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $85, $80 for TAUNY Friends

From Scandinavia to North America, birch tree bark has been used for thousands of years to accelerate fire making, fabricate birch tar, and for building the most beautiful of baskets. Water resistant and durable, these baskets are pleasers. Learn from naturalist and craftsman Len Mackey how to process and harvest birch bark and prepare the bark for basketry materials, then make and bring home your very own handmade basket. Fee includes instruction and materials.  You’ll leave the workshop with a basket you made yourself.

Sign up here:

TAUNY Workshop: Hammered Dulcimer 2 - Rescheduled for Sat. 3/19

Saturday, March 12 March 19th

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The TAUNY Center, Canton NY

$60/person - registration required

This is a session for people who’ve already taken Dan’s Beginners workshop, or who have had previous introductory experience playing the hammered dulcimer.  Original 3/12/22 date rescheduled due to weather.Register here:



Miniature Quilt Workshop with the Fiberistas

February 26, 2022

11 a.m.-noon

At The TAUNY Center

Fiberistas Kathy Burns and Adele Vandenburgh will be at The TAUNY Center 11-Noon on Saturday, February 26 to help you make an original 5”x7” miniature quilt that you can frame. Using fabric scraps, fusible bond, and card stock, participants will learn the basics of color balance, proportion, and add their own creativity to create a collage-style “quilt” to take home.  No sewing will be involved. All skill levels are welcome.  All materials and supplies will be provided. 

Cost is $10/person, $5 for TAUNY Friends.  Pre-registration is required.  Class size is limited to 10.  To register, click here: 

This will also be a great opportunity to see the exhibit The Fiberistas: Studies in Black & White, on display at The TAUNY Center through February 26.



The Fiberistas: Studies in Black & White Exhibit
February 5th-26th, 2022Opening reception: February 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
On February 5, at 1:30 we’ll open The Fiberistas: Studies in Black & White. It’s an exhibit of new quilts, including their latest slice quilt. Starting at 1:30, the Fiberistas will talk about each of the quilts on display. It’s always a pleasure to hear them describe what inspires them and how they work their magic. Join us!
Save the date: On February 26th, the Fiberistas will host a workshop to make original works of art with quilting scraps. Details forthcoming.

TAUNY Cooks: Crepes with Rainbow Crabtree

SATURDAY, February 12th11 am – 12pmGet out your planners and pencil in that Rainbow Crabtree, owner of Nature’s Storehouse, Canton, will be in the TAUNY Kitchen on Saturday, February 12, 11 a.m.-Noon. Have you avoided making crepes (everyone loves them, right?) because it just seems too scary? Rainbow will share her tips for successful crepe-making, something she does for her family regularly. She’ll make blueberry-filled crepes, and another flavor that will be a surprise that day.
Download the full recipe guide from Nature's Storehouse here:

TAUNY Workshop: Hammered Dulcimer Workshop II
Due to popular demand, we’ve scheduled another session with Dan on February 12, 1-4 p.m. To register for that session, go to

Have you ever wanted to try the hammered dulcimer? Award-winning dulcimer artist Dan Duggan, Lake Clear, will offer a three-hour hands-on introduction to this delightful instrument. Dan will supply everything you will need to use for the class.
Participants will learn several tunes, songs and chords and will also learn more about the history of this wonderful instrument. Maximum class size will be 10 participants. No special musical training is required to take this workshop.
Pre-registration is required.



TAUNY Workshop: Beginning Hammered Dulcimer with Dan Duggan
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at The TAUNY Center: SOLD OUT
A wait list is available for a second follow up event. Add your name today by calling The TAUNY Center at 315.386.4289 or send us an email at
Have you ever wanted to try the hammered dulcimer? Award-winning dulcimer artist Dan Duggan, Lake Clear, will offer a three-hour hands-on introduction to this delightful instrument. Dan will supply everything you will need to use for the class.
Participants will learn several tunes, songs and chords and will also learn more about the history of this wonderful instrument. Maximum class size will be 10 participants. No special musical training is required to take this workshop.
Pre-registration is required.


TAUNY Cooks: Sourdough Bread with Kathy Montan

 Saturday, Jan 22, 2022, Noon- 3p.m., at The TAUNY CenterPhoto Caption: Sourdough Bread

Kathy Montan, Pierrepont, was motivated to learn how to bake sourdough bread in the early days of the COVID pandemic when both bread and yeast were in short supply in the stores. She’s been making sourdough bread regularly since then.  Kathy will share the easy process she’s developed through trial and error and will share with you what you need to know to get started in your own kitchen. Sourdough starter will be available as a take-away on a first come, first served basis.



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