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Canton, NY 13617
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New and Noteworthy
TAUNY's Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 3rd
After a pandemic hiatus, our Holiday Open House is back! This is our favorite day of the year. Festivities will take place 10–4 on December 3. Our annual display of gingerbread houses, Sugar & Spice, will open.

We’ll have live music, baking demonstrations, a gingerbread house workshop, an instrument petting zoo, and a family dance. If weather permits, blacksmith and metalworker James Gonzalez will demonstrate in the parking lot behind The TAUNY Center.

Full Schedule: 10:00a–4:00p

Exhibit: Sugar & Spice, our annual gingerbread competition, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. This year’s display will open in the main level mini-gallery. Fill out a gingerbread house submission form here: https://forms.gle/6kQb9SD4tAJfhDt3A

TAUNY Cooks: Holiday Baking demonstrations will take place from 10am–4pm.

10–11: Enjoy chewy ginger molasses cookies fresh from the oven courtesy of Tilly Lind’s family recipe.
11–12:30: Learn to make artisanal biscotti perfect for holiday gifts and parties. Known for baking with local ingredients, Shannon Walter of Moonrise Bread will teach you how to add your own twist to these delightful Italian cookies.
1–4: Baklava two ways: Rick Geiser will show how he prepares traditional baklava from scratch, then CRNY artist Cassie Helman will demonstrate her shortcut methods for making this decadent honeyed dessert.

Music on the Main Level: 1-hour performances will start at 10, including the Madstop Fiddlers at 11.

Children’s Activities on the Upper Level:
10:00–12:00 Gingerbread House Workshop 
12:30–1:30 Instrument Petting Zoo with members of North Country Folk Orchestra
2:00–3:00 Family Dance with Gretchen Koehler

Outside: Metalworker and CRNY artist James Gonzalez will demonstrate how to cut out ornaments.

A cookie extravaganza with refreshments will be offered all day long.

Exhibits
Sleds, Sledges, and Sleighs
A History of Fun and Work on Snow
Coming soon to The TAUNY Center’s Upper Level Gallery Dec 10–Jan 21
"Like many, Nellie Mitchell Taylor began collecting as a child (she says it was dolls at first). Her sled collection began organically and grew over the course of a lifetime. Her first sled was simply a gift from Santa.

She believes he must have recovered it from another child who no longer needed it because it was repainted by the time she received it. It is still part of her collection.

Nellie's interest in sleds was never deliberate. When she happened upon an interesting sled, she would purchase it, often as a plant stand or seasonal display. She even has a full-sized, one-horse open sleigh that she places in front of her house during the winter."
- Tom French, Curator

This exhibit features some of the most beautiful and interesting sleds from Nellie Taylor's lifetime of collecting.
Holiday Showcase
Tired of the mass-produced merchandising rush on holiday shopping this time of the year? Support small businesses in your area by shopping locally at the Folkstore this holiday season.

The Folkstore features authentic, local handmade works by North Country artists and artisans including confectioners, chocolatiers, coffee roasters, ceramicists, chandlers, metalworkers, painters, jewelers, woodworkers, basket weavers, and textile artists. We also have a great selection of children’s books. You’ll find gifts for any budget at the Folkstore. 

Visit the Folkstore this holiday season in person or online at tauny.org/shop.
Programs
Sugar & Spice 20th Anniversary Gingerbread Making Contest
This year marks the 20th anniversary of our annual Sugar & Spice gingerbread house display. This year's theme is Winter Fantasy.

The display will open at our Holiday Open House on December 3. Sugar & Spice is a visitor favorite. Be part of the fun: start planning your entry today!


Gingerbread Workshop with Sue Wilder
Saturday, December 3rd 10a-12p
Join us Saturday, December 3, 10-12 for our fun annual Gingerbread House Workshop led by award-winning gingerbread builder, Sue Wilder! This program will include instruction, inspiration, and all materials (including a sparkling array of candies and decorations).

Participants can work individually or in small groups (up to 4 people) and will bring home their decorated gingerbread house. There is no minimum age to participate, but children must be supervised. The cost for this workshop is $35 (per house) or $30 for TAUNY Friends.

After finishing their house, children are welcome to stay for the instrument petting zoo that follows the workshop and a family dance after that led by Gretchen Koehler!

Hammered Dulcimer Beginner’s II Workshop with Dan Duggan:
Saturday December 10th, 10 am
Adirondack musician Dan Duggan will be back again at The TAUNY Center, Saturday December 10th, to teach a dulcimer workshop at 10am.

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

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

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

The maximum class size will be 10 participants.

North Country Folk Dance Sampler
Dec 9, 4:30-5:30 $20 per participant
In this fun introductory class, dancers will "shuffle, step, balance & swing" to live music! Fiddler Gretchen Koehler will teach everyone's feet a few basic steps from the popular Ottawa Valley step dance tradition. In addition, the group will dance a variety of folk, contra, circle and square dances enjoyed in this region, including the seated Quebec foot percussion known as Podorythmie.
 
Recommended for children from 8 years old to adults. No dance experience or coordination necessary. Participants will need to bring clean, dry sneakers or other closed-toe shoes for movement. A water bottle is recommended.
 
Dance fiddler and caller Gretchen Koehler has been providing music for contra dances, family dances and Ottawa Valley step dancers for four decades. A seasoned contra dancer and more recent step dancer, she always enjoys sharing her love of music and movement with her North Country community.

Gingerbread cookie decorating with Kat Manierre
Saturday, December 17th
Bring the whole family to The TAUNY Center to decorate delicious cookies with Kat Manierre from Kat’s Confections! All are welcome to drop in while supplies last. Kat recently did a similar workshop at The TAUNY Center for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Local Foods Weekend, and we are delighted to welcome her back for another round, this time with gingerbread!

This event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. No registration required.
TAUNY Cooks: Puff Pastry Mincemeat Tree with Fran Moore
Saturday, December 17th
Drop in to learn how to add this delicious and impressive treat to your holiday table!

Details TBA.
TAUNY's Open Call for Exhibits and Programs
As we make our calendar for 2023, we invite you to propose ideas related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country.

Do you or does someone you know have a collection to exhibit? Are you or your group involved in traditional arts and cultural activities that you would love to present to the public? We’d like to hear about it! Contact TAUNY Program Director Tilly Lind, tilly@tauny.org, 315-386-4289.

Featured Folkstore Spotlight Gallery
Spotlight on New Artists
The TAUNY Folkstore is currently highlighting the following artists new to TAUNY this Holiday Season by featuring their work in our Spotlight Gallery:

Mary Holland: Textile artist who hand paints and dyes silk scarves
Nancy Orologio: Artist who creates framed three-dimensional art with felt
Mona Zilah: Knitter who gives traditional knit hats a contemporary look with color
Jody Loconti: Ceramic artist who creates whimsical and innovative ceramics,
Ray Aldridge: Asia-inspired potter
Ruth Varley: Jewelry designer who combines flame copper earrings with matte glass beads.


 



 

Past Programs/Announcements in 2022



Fiddling with Traditions: The Exhibit
Saturday, November 5 - November 26th

In 2022, fiddler Gretchen Koehler spent time in the studios of 8 North Country traditional artists. She learned about the processes involved in their crafts, watched them work, and soaked up the aesthetic experience of being in their creative environments. These visits were the inspiration for a collection of new fiddle tunes composed by Gretchen.

A debut performance of the music, Fiddling with Traditions: Live in Concert, took place on October 22, 2022. This exhibit is a showcase of the art that inspired the music.

 



 

Folkstore Spotlight Gallery: Sue Young

Open Saturday, November 5th-November 19th

Sue Burdick Young is a lifelong resident of Jay and has been working professionally as a potter since 1982.  She studied at SUNY Potsdam finishing with a BFA majoring in studio art/pottery. Her work has won regional and national recognition . It can be found in collections around the world and in her own showroom/store at Young's Studio and Gallery. 


Opening Saturday, November 5th, our Folkstore Spotlight Gallery features the works of Sue Young.


Sue Burdick Young is a lifelong resident of Jay and has been working professionally as a potter since 1982.  She studied at SUNY Potsdam finishing with a BFA majoring in studio art/pottery. Her work has won regional and national recognition . It can be found in collections around the world and in her own showroom/store at Young's Studio and Gallery. 


Sue has worked as a visiting artist in every school district in both Clinton and Essex Counties.  Her most recent community art projects are the 2017-2021 Read and Grow:Dream Garden Mural on the Plattsburgh Public Library and the Mountain Lake Mandala on City Hall Place sponsored by MountainLake PBS in 2015.  The mandala mosaic is located on Durkee St. in Plattsburgh NY and was featured in the Emmy award winning PBS documentary "Arts in Exile".   Other mosaic murals are located at Peru Intermediate School, Keene Valley Central School, Elizabethtown School and on the Clinton County Government Center in Plattsburgh.


Other projects Sue has been involved with are Raku workshops, local studio tour organizing and a year as a comic strip illustrator (under an alias) for a local Adirondack publication.  In 2020 during COVID shut downs Sue and a small group of artists obtained grant and local funds to assemble art supplies and guided projects. With the help of the AuSable Elementary PTA the ADK for Kids boxes (Art and Discovery Kits for Kids) were distributed to  250 local elementary school children.  


Sue is grateful to be part of the rich artistic community in the Adirondacks and especially Jay.   She and husband Terrance Young have two daughters and one grandson. 


The spotlight will feature works for sale by Sue Young along with a video covering Sue’s community works and mosaic installations. 


Meet Sue at the closing day reception on November 19th from 1pm - 3pm. Meet Sue at Closing Cancelled


 Groove Time with Gretchen

Saturdays 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19 

10:00-10:45 

Fee for 4 sessions, $20

Drop-in fee $7 (Space is limited. Please call The TAUNY Center before showing up. Drop-in fees can be paid in person at The TAUNY Center.)

Registration is per family (adult/s + child/ren). Due to space limitations, please let us know if you plan to bring more than two children.

Class limit: 16 (including adults and children)

Class Description

Pre-schoolers and their caregivers are invited to join musician Gretchen Koehler to play, dance and snuggle to live fiddle music. This series of four gatherings will include traditional folk dances, music for free movement, jamming with Gretchen on kitchen instruments, and storytime featuring books with lovable folk music characters. Each session will end with a fiddle lullaby. Specific themes will be announced prior to class. 

 

Musician Gretchen Koehler fell in love with the fiddle as a little girl when she realized she could cleverly negotiate out of cleaning her room if she promised to practice every day. As a grown up, she shares her love of traditional fiddling with audiences all over NY State and with her fiddle students, The Madstop Fiddlers, a Potsdam based ensemble of kindergarteners to great-grandparents.


Register Here

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.




TAUNY Cooks: Sourdough Bread with Kathy Montan
Saturday, November 12th 12p-1pm at The TAUNY Center
Kathy Montan, (Pierrepont, NY) 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 teach you what you need to know to get started in your own kitchen.

This will be a demonstration with questions answered and not a formal workshop. It is free to attend, though donations are always welcome. Kathy will have sourdough starter ($2 per jar) and slices of bread available as take-aways while supplies last.



Community Jam with Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn - 11/5



We’ve had a great summer with TAUNY programming funded by Creatives Rebuild New York. As we shift into autumn and winter, here are some exciting upcoming events to attend with award winning Adirondack musician Dan Duggan:

 

November 5th 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Do you play an acoustic instrument? Join award winning Adirondack musicians Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn for a Community Acoustic Jam and Sing at TAUNY on Saturday November 5th from 12-2pm. Guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, bass, etc. are all welcome, or just bring your voice and sing along or listen. Join us for an afternoon of singing and music making that will lift your spirits and brighten your day. Registration not required, free and open to the public.

 

October 18th Dan will be at Old Forge Library for a Hammered Dulcimer Concert and Lecture starting at 4:00 pm.

 

October 21st Dan will be at Long Lake Library for a second Hammered Dulcimer Concert and Lecture Demonstration starting at 4:00 pm.

 

 October 22nd at The TAUNY Center: Hammered Dulcimer workshops                

1pm Beginners Dulcimer I

2:30pm Past Beginners Dulcimer II

 

Register at https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs

Reach out to Dan directly at dan@tauny.org if you have any further questions. 


 In Season: Our Rural Food System in Photos

Final Weekend

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 https://blogs.cornell.edu/fruition/in-season/.


 


 FINAL WEEKEND: 

Rebecca Muir MacKellar - Selected Quilts from 2005-2022

Experience the creative possibilities of contemporary art quilting in Rebecca Muir MacKellar’s solo exhibition, starting Saturday, October 1st in the upper gallery at The TAUNY Center.


Rebecca first found her love for quilting when she took a class with her mother in the 1970s, and she later dove into making art quilts that let her express her ideas and explore her creative inspirations. Her quilts range from playful, high-contrast geometric designs to images of trees and animals with organic lines and intriguing textures drawn from nature. 


“I’ll be inspired when I'm traveling in the woods, when we're doing syrup, I'll get an idea, and I'll work in my head for a while. Sometimes it takes years. And then other times I come up with an idea right away. Sometimes they have to be made, and I'm not going to be happy until they're made.” 


Come get inspired!


Stay tuned for a hybrid Q&A and exhibit tour with the artist on Saturday, October 8th.



On Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m. at Pickens Hall, TAUNY presents Gretchen Koehler's "Fiddling With Traditions - LIVE in Concert" -a debut performance of a new suite of handcrafted fiddle tunes composed by Gretchen with inspiration from  North Country folk artists. Gretchen Koehler Music  will perform with award-winning pianist Daniel Kelly.  The duo will present a high-energy multimedia performance. We guarantee your spirits will be lifted and if you just can’t stay in your seat, well ok!  


The artists who inspired the new music are Helen Condon (Rug Braider, Parishville), James Gonzalez (Blacksmith,Potsdam), Rebecca Muir MacKellar (Quilter, Canton), Mary Ann McLaughlin (Silversmith, St. Regis Falls), Todd Moe (Papermaker, Norwood), Renee Stauffer (Knitter, North Lawrence), Catherine LaPointe Vollmer (Painter, Potsdam), and Chris Woodward (Guideboat builder, Saranac Lake). 


With the support of an artist grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Gretchen has spent months in the studios of these artists, watching their hands as they work, and learning about the techniques of their crafts.  She has interpreted the sounds and the movement of these techniques in music. It’s a wonderfully imaginative project. We are very pleased to present the results to you.


The concert will take place in the lovely restored opera house in Pickens Hall, a historic stone building located on the Oswegatchie River in downtown Heuvelton, NY.  The acoustics in the space are ideal for enjoying live performance.


Tickets are $15/person.  You can purchase tickets here: Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly, Saturday October 22 | Pickens (pickenshall.com) We recommend purchasing online in advance to be sure your seat is reserved.

 

Direct ticketing link here  



Folk Music and Flannel at The TAUNY Center

Get ready for a day full of traditional music and other fun activities on Saturday, October 22! Start your day with Groove Time with Gretchen for the little ones, learn how to play the hammered dulcimer with Dan Duggan in the afternoon, and join us in the evening to see Gretchen Koehler and Daniel Kelly live in concert at Pickens Hall.


All day long, we will also be celebrating Canton’s annual Flannel Fest, so come to the Folkstore wearing flannel for a discount, and be sure to check out the live music and demos happening throughout downtown Canton.


Wear flannel in the Folkstore on October 22nd and get a 20% discount on your purchase! Some exceptions may apply


Learn more about Flannel Fest here: https://fb.me/e/2KYkpQ2E0

Get your Pickens Hall Concert Tickets Here: https://www.pickenshall.com/product/gretchen-koehler-daniel-kelly-saturday-october-22/8423?cs=true


Dulcimer Workshops and Concert Dates

Dan Duggan is hosting new events this September and October in the North Country. 

Sept 24th at The TAUNY Center: Hammered Dulcimer workshops:         

10:00a Beginners Dulcimer I, 

11:30a Past Beginners Dulcimer II 


October 18th at Old Forge Library: Hammered Dulcimer Concert and Lecture 4:00 pm


October 21st at Long Lake Library:   

4pm Hammered Dulcimer Concert and Lecture Demonstration

  

October 22nd at The TAUNY Center: Hammered Dulcimer workshops                 

1pm Beginners Dulcimer I

2:30pm Past Beginners Dulcimer II


Register Here 

               

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) is a three-year, $125 million investment in the 

               

financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. This series of programming was made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program.

 


 

Traditional Folk and Step Dancing for Kids and Families

DANCE INSTRUCTOR: Gretchen Koehler 

AGE: 7+ 

Kids are invited to attend on their own or with a parent, grandparent, or adult caregiver.

DATES: Mondays, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12

TIME: 3:45-4:30 PM (45 min) 

CLASS LIMIT: 15 dancers

REGISTRATION: $75 (individuals) or $100 (pairs) for all 8 sessions 


Registration closed 10/8/22


Historically, North Country homes were filled with live musicians, and people loved to push back the furniture and dance. This class will explore our traditional dance forms with a mix of movement and listening activities to foster deeper appreciation for them in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. A link to audio files for at-home practice will be shared with dancers. Materials will be given to encourage students to share what they learn with others outside the class in hopes of fostering a revival of homespun music and dance across the North Country.

 

This class is geared towards the younger generation, and children are encouraged to invite their parents, grandparents and adult caregivers to register as well. Over the course of the fall semester, students will learn a step dance sequence known as the Ottawa Valley "Basic reel."  In addition, students will try a variety of folk, contra, circle and square dances, including "podorythmie" – seated Quebec foot percussion. While the dancers rest, Gretchen will take out her fiddle and serenade the class with dance tunes such as jigs, waltzes, hambos, and schottisches from Canada, the USA, the UK, and Sweden.  

 

After each class, dancers will have the option to stay for the first 15 minutes of The North Country Folk Orchestra practice (4:45-5:00) to try out their new Ottawa Valley steps with live musicians. At the end of the semester, class participants will be invited to perform a group dance to the music of The North Country Folk Orchestra. 

 

No dance experience or coordination necessary. Participants will need to bring clean, dry sneakers or other closed-toe shoes for movement. A water bottle is recommended. 

 

Dance fiddler and caller Gretchen Koehler has been providing music for contra dances, family dances and Ottawa Valley step dancers for four decades. A seasoned contra dancer and more recent step dancer, she is excited to share her love of music and movement with her North Country community.   

 

 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.

 


North Country Folk Orchestra

 

North Country Folk Orchestra

DATES: Rehearsals run most Mondays from September through December: 

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, with an end-of-semester public performance TBA. 

TIME: 4:45-6:15 (1.5 hrs)

CLASS LIMIT: 25

REGISTRATION:  $100 (18+) or $25 (under 18) for all 11 sessions and the final performance. 

 

Register for the Folk Orchestra program here.


After registering online, participants in the North Country Folk Orchestra are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire about their musical experience and plans for the ensemble. Registration online is closed as of 10/8/22 - Already have your name on a waitlist with Gretchen? Give us a call at The TAUNY Center at (315) 386-4289.


 Class Description

The North Country Folk Orchestra is a new instrumental ensemble that plays a wide variety of fiddle tunes popular in the North Country, including music from around the USA, Canada, the British Isles, and beyond. This multi-generational gathering welcomes beginning to advanced players who are “comfortable” on their folk instruments (such as fiddles, flutes, dulcimers, banjos, mandolins, guitars, ukuleles, and basses). Orchestral strings, woodwind and brass instruments are also welcome. Electric instruments will be considered by the music director.  Participants will learn relaxed and creative folk arrangements that support both note readers and those who play "by ear." 

 

The ensemble is open to all ages, and youth under 18 are encouraged. The North Country Folk Orchestra will meet on a regular basis to enrich ensemble skills, play a diverse repertoire, and have fun. After 11 sessions, the group will present an end of semester public performance.  

 

Fiddler Gretchen Koehler serves as the music director/conductor of The North Country Folk Orchestra. Guitarist Barb Heller is the assistant instructor, and multi-instrumentalist high school student Eric Choi serves as the student apprentice.  

 

Learn more about the Folk Orchestra program at http://www.gretchenkoehlermusic.com/folkorch

Interested in registering but still have questions? Email gretchenkoehlermusic@gmail.com.

 

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. 

 


 

HYBRID EVENT: 

Exhibit Tour and Q&A with Rebecca Muir MacKellar

Join online or in person in the upper gallery of The TAUNY Center to meet quilter Rebecca Muir MacKellar and curator Mathilde Lind for a live Q&A and a tour of the exhibit Rebecca Muir MacKellar: Selected Quilts from 2005-2022.


To join online, please register at the link below. In-person attendees do not need to register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quilt-exhibit-tour-and-qa-with-rebecca-muir-mackellar-tickets-429827404337?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb&fbclid=IwAR3wHAqeqWFUszPs21FH2ZDJIp5o9YkuPUl1ob-m-VESMQfgqezgX1yrfg0


In these contemporary art quilts, traditional and innovative techniques combine in playful, high-contrast geometric designs, portraits of people and animals, and lively images of trees with organic lines drawn from nature. Their vibrant colors and intriguing textures express the maker’s ideas and inspirations as she explores the fascinating possibilities of textile art.


Rebecca first found her love for quilting when she took a class with her mother in the 1970s, but her most productive period began in the 1990s. She has won several awards at local quilt shows and has shown quilts at View in Old Forge, NY, The International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY. She is one of the organizers of The Fiberistas, a local group of innovative quilters who meet each month at The TAUNY Center.


This is a hybrid event. Attendees are welcome to join online or in the upper gallery of The TAUNY Center. No registration is required for in-person attendees. The TAUNY Center is wheelchair accessible, and all are welcome.

 


 



Join TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit, Massena Public Library Director Elaine Dunne Thayer, and teaching artist Ruth McWilliams for a presentation and discussion about Creative Aging workshops in the Warren Room at the Massena Public Library this Friday, September 30, 1-3 p.m.


This year, TAUNY received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to participate in a statewide pilot project called the Creative Aging Initiative. Creative Aging refers to programs promoting arts participation by older adults. These programs are designed according to a set of 5 criteria, including sequential learning and social engagement. If you are 55 or older, and interested in arts education specifically for older adults, we’d love for you to participate in the conversation on Friday.


At the event you will learn more about the Creative Aging movement happening across the United States. Participants in our Creative Aging barn quilt workshop will display their work and share their stories about the inspiration for the barn quilts they made and their experiences of participating in a Creative Aging program. Finally, we’ll take suggestions about what types of programs North Country residents would like in the Creative Aging category..


Local cider and donuts will be served.


Photos: Participants in Creative Aging Barn Quilt Workshop in Massena.  Courtesy of Ruth McWilliams 

 


 


Creative Aging Course Enrollment

Barn quilt painter extraordinaire Ruth McWilliams will offer two eight-session barn quilt painting workshops in September for TAUNY’s Creative Aging Initiative. The workshops are available to individuals aged 55 and older. This introductory course will provide participants with step-by-step instructions for designing and painting barn quilts. 


For this course, participants will work on variations on a star pattern. Everyone in the workshops will complete a 2’x2’ barn quilt by the end of the course, and have learned the basic skills necessary to design and paint other barn quilts. Course enrollment is limited to 10 participants/workshop.


Thanks to funding through the New York State Council on the Arts, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Aroha Philanthropies, there will be no charge to participants for the instructor’s time. The workshop fee is $40 to cover the cost of materials.


The first workshop will take place September 6-9 and September 13-16, 1-4 p.m. at the United Helpers Cambray Terrace residence in Gouverneur. Residents of the facility will receive first opportunity to register, but there may be openings for non-residents; if you would like to be added to the list for this workshop, please email info@tauny.org.


The second workshop will take place at the Massena Public Library, September 20-23 and September 27-30, 1-4 p.m. To register for this workshop, call 315-769-9914.

 


 

Every Wednesday in September you can enjoy live music pop ups in multiple locations from 5pm - 6pm (with some going until 7pm). Discover a new favorite performer, singer, enjoy dinner while you listen at picnic tables along the street, and discover new shops!


*Want to play? reach out directly to your favorite Main Street business. This is a collaboration by multiple downtown businesses, contact TAUNY Programs tilly@tauny.org to book a Wednesday spot at The TAUNY Center.


 Horbacz, Dreams vs. Reality

Open August 27th - September 24th in the upper level gallery at The TAUNY Center: John Horbacz, Dreams vs. Reality.


“When I paint from my dreams it comes from some place so far from ‘reality’ as people usually understand it. ‘Reality’—it doesn't have the colors or the skies, the trees, or the people that flow through my mind and through my hand onto the canvas.” – John Horbacz


Riotous colors, swirling textures, and dreamlike images both haunting and bright flow across the canvases of John Horbacz. Having spent his life in the woods and waterways of the North Country, he draws both from the natural world and his vivid dreams to produce mesmerizing paintings.


The paintings in the exhibit are also available for purchase through The TAUNY Center Folkstore. View online here.


Join us on Saturday, September 24th 2pm-4pm for a closing reception at The TAUNY Center Upper Level Gallery.


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.

 



Fiberistas Open Studio

In collaboration with the North Country Arts Festival, the Fiberistas will present their astonishing dyed, painted, and stitched textiles as part of the SLC Arts Studio Tour. The Fiberistas are an innovative group of North Country quilters whose projects challenge them to experiment with new techniques and explore the potential of quilts as art. Drop in anytime this weekend to chat with the Fiberistas and see their quilts! 

Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th 10 AM – 4 PM - main gallery

Registration is not required, and the event is free and open to the public. This event will take place at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Contact tilly@tauny.org for more information.

 


 

Hands-on spinning demonstration at The TAUNY Center

Spinning, the ancient art of twisting fibers to make yarn or thread, still thrives in the North Country, and Tilly Lind is here to show you how to bring its magic into your own creative practice. In this hands-on demonstration, she will show how to spin wool using spindles and a spinning wheel, and participants are welcome to try it out for themselves! Spindles and wool will be available for use and purchase. 

Saturday, September 17th 1-3:00 PM - main gallery

Registration is not required, and the event is free and open to the public. The workshop will take place at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Contact tilly@tauny.org for more information.


Accessibility information:

Hands-on participants will use simple, low-impact hand movements and lightweight tools to twist washed sheep wool. Work can be done seated or standing. Children are welcome with adult supervision. Attendees are also welcome to watch without participating.

 


Paper Making with Cassie Helman

Sunday, September 18th 1-3 PM

In this all-ages hands-on demonstration, #CRNY artist Cassie Helman will show how to make paper using recycled materials. Children are welcome with adult supervision.


Paper making is an art medium that holds boundless potential. Get the opportunity to do some basic paper making, that involves making paper pulp out of recycled paper and plant materials. Dipping a screen and frame known as a mould and deckle; into the vat of paper pulp. Paper will be left to hang and dry. This hands on demonstration will leave you the skills and knowledge to gather all your paper scraps from home and recycle them into paper of your own!


Accessibility information.

Participants will use simple hand motions to manipulate lightweight wooden screens. Work can be done seated or standing. Attendees are also welcome to watch and learn without doing the hands-on activity.

Registration is not required, and the event is free and open to the public. The demonstration will take place at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Contact cassiehelman@tauny.org for more information.

 


TAUNY Cooks presents Garden Focaccia Bread with Cassie Helman 

Saturday, September 17th 10:30am-12:30p in The TAUNY Center Kitchen.

A beautiful, fragrant, and satisfying addition to any autumn table, fresh focaccia with herbs is fun and easy to make! CRNY artist Cassie Helman will show you how to prepare and decorate this classic Italian bread.

This workshop is free, but space is limited. 


Please register at https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs. Unregistered attendees are welcome to watch and enjoy!


Accessibility information: This workshop will take place on the ground floor. Participants will do simple handwork dimpling and decorating dough in groups of four while seated or standing. Children are welcome to participate with adult supervision.

 

 


 

Local Foods Weekend

For Local Foods Weekend (September 9th, 10th, and 11th), Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting the following events at The TAUNY Center:

September 9

Milkweed Tussock Tubers: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Presentation of local potato history and efforts to restore unique varieties.


September 11

Bittersweet Farm: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Presentation on positive impacts of community supporting local farms.

Harvest Kitchen CCE: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Preservation demonstrations with Master Food Preservers

Kat's Confections: 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Stop in anytime and decorate cookies made with local ingredients.

Rock Hollow Farm: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Demonstration of the spinning process from raw alpaca fiber to finished

yarn. Products will be available for sale.


Download the flyer for the full weekend of events here.


These events are associated with the Extension exhibit In ‘Season: Our Rural System in Photos’ on display at The TAUNY Center in downtown Canton from May 14-October 29, 2022. The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617.


Read more about Local Foods Weekend at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Blog Page

 


 

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: https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs


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: https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs

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


Interested in booking a CRNY Artist at your event? Visit https://tauny.org/pages/237/3/crny-artist-program

 



 

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 cassiehelman@tauny.org for more information.


Stay up to date with the Massena UMC Carnival events at https://www.facebook.com/massenafumc/


Interested in booking a CRNY Artist at your event? Visit https://tauny.org/pages/237/3/crny-artist-program




 

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. 

 



 

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 wildlife and 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: https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs

            

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:

https://www.adkwatershed.org/wool-water

 


 

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 https://fb.me/e/2FicAeq67 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. http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/

 

 



 

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 publicCanton 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 https://tauny.org/pages/228/22/online-exhibit

 


 

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:

https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs

 


 

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: https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs

 


 

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:https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs/products/hammered-dulcimer-workshop-beginner-s-ii-with-dan-duggan-saturday-march-12th-10am-1pm


 


 

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: https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs/products/miniature-quilt-workshop-with-the-fiberistas-february-26-11am-2pm-at-the-tauny-center-canton-ny 

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, 2022

Opening 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 12th 11 am – 12pm

Get 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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1efPxSWZOo9o61L1V-9THIR0KCB-wK5Kx/view?usp=sharing

 


 

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 https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/programs/products/hammered-dulcimer-workshop-ii-with-dan-duggan-saturday-february-12th-1pm-4pm


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 info@tauny.org.


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 Center Photo 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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