EVENTS, PROGRAMS, & WORKSHOPS
Maple Syrup Production Focus of New TAUNY VideoA new episode of TAUNY’s Traditions of the Season video series was released on April 14. Yancey’s Sugarbush: First Crop of the Year is a 30-minute documentary that features a family-owned sugaring operation in Croghan, NY, that has been in the Yancy family since 1844. Haskell and Jane Yancey, the fourth generation working in the sugarbush, made the most of a short 2021 season, with the help of their children and other seasonal helpers. The video, filmed and produced by TAUNY Communications Director Xiuke Wei, documents the entire process of sugaring, from tapping the trees, gathering sap with horses and tractors, to boiling and canning. Over the years, the Yanceys have resisted pressures to convert entirely to the use of plastic tubing and vacuum pumps for gathering sap, and continue to gather with buckets and horse-drawn tanks as well. Each sugaring season, the Yanceys receive visitors from all around the North Country and beyond. To them, sugaring is a family tradition, and a connection to the community that they have built over the years.
To watch Yancey’s Sugarbush: First Crop of the Year go to https://youtu.be/R2OetBYCy5E Earlier episodes from the Traditions of the Seasons series are also available on TAUNY’s YouTube channel.
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 video? We'd love to hear about it! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folk Arts All Around Us
New Exhibit Showcases Folk Art from Glens Falls Collection
Bald Eagle woodcarving by Alan Hill (Gansevoort, Saratoga County, NY).
The current exhibition at The TAUNY Center is featuring over 120 items from the folk art collection of the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. Folk Arts All Around Us is open at The TAUNY Center. Curated by Folklife Center Director Todd DeGarmo, who has had primary vision and responsibility for building the collection during his long tenure at the Center, the exhibition is a colorful and varied display that demonstrates DeGarmo's eclectic approach to collecting. Ranging from exquisitely fine wood carvings to bright Papier-mâché festival masks, the selections include items that reflect the rural context in which DeGarmo works, such as a turkey call and hand-knit mittens. Baskets have been a focus of the collection; visitors to the exhibition will see stunning examples. Dolls have also been a focus, and examples representing different cultural backgrounds are included in the exhibition. Folk Arts All Around Us will be on display through October 23. Due to the pandemic, there will not be an opening reception on February 13, but there are plans to schedule a reception with DeGarmo later in the year.
A “Grow and Tell Project” Call: Share Your Story!
“Folk to Table” Project
You know we at TAUNY have always loved food--we love learning about people’s food traditions and practices, from recipes treasured over generations to new family favorites that shine a light on stories and experiences important to North Country life. And we love sharing food with you--at events, gathered round our own TAUNY Kitchen counter, and through stories, photos, and videos online.
So in some ways, it’s nothing new for us to be focused on food--from the abundance of foodlore that’s come up in our varied research projects, to the award-winning Good Food, Served Right cookbook and smaller recipe gathering projects, to the opening of The TAUNY Center Kitchen, to the work of Kitchen Specialist Teresa Stone over 2020 and the regular contributions of many volunteers, interns, and project participants--and of course the years of sharing delicious and meaningful tastes of food traditions at countless programs.
Going forward, we’re thrilled to have the chance to build on all this and more by diving into our new “Folk to Table'' Project. Over the coming months, Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati will be shifting focus to this project in order to develop TAUNY’s work with the food traditions of the region and all who live here.
The initiative will include things such as: ongoing research into regional food culture and the food traditions individuals and communities carry on throughout the North Country; projects and presentations featuring these food traditions; live (in-person and/or virtual) cooking demonstrations and workshops; videos and other social media features; and more. As we get this initiative going, we’re especially excited to start with a 2021 partnership with littleGrasse Community Farm to highlight the connections between food-growing practices and the food traditions they reflect and sustain. This project will feature food-growing both at littleGrasse and in personal gardens around the area and beyond. Stay tuned for more about this project, and let us know (at email@example.com) if you grow food (whether a single herb or crops that help sustain you) to help support your own food traditions and would like to share your story--and maybe a glimpse of your garden and the dishes you make with ingredients from it--for this project!
As with all our work, this is a community project--learning about, documenting, sharing, and celebrating the food traditions of our region begins with you! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks and months for calls to share stories, recipes, traditions, and more. And meanwhile drop us a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to let us know about your own food traditions--or anything food culture-related you see around you that you think we should know about--or if you’d like to get involved in the program as a volunteer or intern.
Pictured: Camilla happily dives into the wonderful Adirondack Cookbook by Hallie Bond and Stephen Topper, to brush up on some research--and maybe decide on a dinner plan--as she starts shifting her focus to North Country foodways.
A Note on the "Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic Documentation Project
Thanks so much to all who have contributed to the “Get the Folk Through It” Pandemic Documentation Project over the past months! As we move towards spring, we’re diving into new projects, but we continue to be interested in your experience of this ongoing factor in our lives, and we look forward to sharing further community responses down the road. Meanwhile, you can always fill out the survey here or drop us a line at email@example.com with stories about how you’re getting through this unusual and challenging time, your creative responses to it, how it’s affecting your traditions and day-to-day way of life, or anything else you’d like to share.
TAUNY's Open Call for Personal Collections
Do you or does someone you know have a collection related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country? We’d like to hear about it! In 2021, we’ll showcase collections from around our region in a revival of our popular Personal Collections Series. Contact TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-386-4289.
A Visit to Jane Desotelle’s Garden
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.
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