TAUNY is seeking an individual to fill a full-time position developing content for and managing the organization’s digital platforms. The successful candidate will be part of a team at TAUNY that works collaboratively to meet objectives of the organization as spelled out in its strategic plan. Starting salary for the position is $37,500. See details of the job description here.
TAUNY turns 35 this year! To celebrate the 35th anniversary, TAUNY board member Ruth McWilliams designed, painted and donated three different barn quilts (each measuring 3’x3’ with retail value of $350) to raffle in support of TAUNY's programs and operations. Take a look at this video. Ruth explains everything you need to know about the barn quilts and the special additional prize coming to the winner!
To purchase tickets, stop by the Folkstore or call 315-386-4289. For more information visit here.
The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore Are Open
Visit us Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Closed on Sunday.
In this final garden visit of the 2021 Grow and Tell Project series, the community is invited to participate in a walk and discussion at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY) focused on ideas and practices of seed-saving. Saving seeds strengthens the food system and helps preserve plant varieties that have special meaning to individuals, communities, and the region. Hear from littleGrasse farmers Bob Washo and Flip Filippi and others about how and why they save seeds, and join in a conversation about this vital topic while having a chance to see some examples of what the process looks like on a working farm.
Special guests will include Dan Kelleher and Rachael Jones. Dan, a North Country homesteader of over 40 years, has long been breeding his own corn and soy varieties and sharing knowledge about it with students and others. Rachael, an artist, St. Lawrence University Art professor, and founder of The Seed Bank Project, creates and plants unique seed banks to preserve not only seeds but a record of local ecologies and the stories that go with them. The event will also include planting one of these seed banks at the farm.
For this event, there is a “pay as you will” suggested donation of $0-25 to support TAUNY’s ongoing programs and projects, including the Grow and Tell Project. Please register for this event here.
It's Not Too Soon to Think About Gingerbread Houses!
Our annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread House display is a favorite of visitors to The TAUNY Center. Usually, we choose a specific theme each year, but this year we are leaving it up to wherever your imagination takes you. Our 2021 theme is … Maker’s Choice! We are taking a hiatus from competition and categories this year. All makers who enter will receive a prize. Whatever your skill level, TAUNY invites you to participate and make this tradition continue! We are excited to see the outcomes and look forward to all of your gingerbread houses.
Submissions can be dropped off at The TAUNY Center during business hours Friday, November 26th through Thursday, December 2nd.
Photo Captions: Some submissions from the “2020” Gingerbread Contest.
About Wool and Water with Michale Glennon
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our virtual event About Wool and Water with Michale Glennon. Thanks to Michale for the great conversation! If you missed the event, here is the video. If you are interested in joining the Wool and Water project or have any questions for Michale, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camilla here in the Folk to Table kitchen to bring you Crepes with Apple-Pear Cider Syrup, the final feature in the "Savor the Season" series, sponsored by Nature's Storehouse. For this one, I was inspired by seeing Canton Apples' incredible cider back on the shelves to make one of my own family favorites--my brother-in-law’s crepes--with a syrup made by cooking down said cider, along with fresh apples and pears, into a compote that distills the bright, rich flavor of fall coming around the corner. This is a tasty treat that is perfect for the season. Check here for the full recipe, and the story behind it!
Thanks to Nature’s Storehouse for sponsoring the monthly “Savor the Season” recipe feature, for providing the delicious apples and pears along with other key ingredients* in this dish, and for keeping such great local flavors on the shelves!
Poppa Rivezzi's Garlic
Garlicky Greens and More with Rose Rivezzi
“The smell of garlic simmering in oil is home to me.” -Rose Rivezzi of Big Spoon Kitchen (Potsdam, NY)
Thanks so much to Rose Rivezzi for joining us for a kitchen demonstration recently to share the incredibly rich, savory flavors of garlicky greens, a roasted tomato marinara, and garlic bread, using the treasured variety of soft-neck garlic she grew up helping her father tend in their Finger Lakes home garden. The seed of this garlic has now been going in Rose’s family for over sixty years, and she continues to sustain it not only in her own garden but with the help of littleGrasse Community Farm, where farmers Flip Filippi and Bob Washo also grow it on its own and now as part of a demonstration plot featuring over 100 garlic varieties. As she and her family did for many years with the garlic from home, she continues to harvest and braid a supply of it at the end of each season, to hang up in her kitchen and cook from throughout the year.
Photo Caption: Rosie holding up a braid of Poppa Rivezzi's garlic. The soft-neck garlic varieties lend themselves to braiding for curing and storing. Over many years, Rose and her siblings would each take a big garlic braid home from helping their dad harvest. She continues to braid the season’s garlic and stores it hanging up in her kitchen, out of direct light.
Check out the “Not a Recipe” recipe that our Folk to Table project Director described here.
SLC Arts’ Plein Air exhibit is on display in the upper level gallery of The TAUNY Center! The majority of pieces are for sale, and proceeds will support the artists, SLC Arts, and TAUNY. It’s a great opportunity to support the community that you love. Stop in to see the paintings in person--they are stunning!
Please note the prices for the paintings are not eligible for discount. Purchased paintings will be available for pick-up after the exhibit closes. Thank you.
The TAUNY Center’s Folk Arts All Around Us exhibition is on display from February 13 through October 23. It features over 120 items from the folk art collection of the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. We have picked some pieces from the exhibit to share with you and hope this will inspire you to see them in person.
Moose & Wolves by Ben Raino
Shovel Maker by Gary Rathbone
Woman with Quebec Bread Oven
Moose & Wolves, wood carving by Ben Raino (Whitehall, Washington County, NY).Ben Raino was an Adirondack outdoorsman, known for his expertise in trapping, hunting and fishing. He was also an award winning master carver and arts educator. Each of his carvings is a one-of-a-kind tribute to nature, and many pieces are on display in museums and craft shops throughout upstate New York. He has also been a featured storyteller at numerous county fairs and regional cultural events.
Shovel Maker, wood carving by Gary Rathbone (Burlington Flats, Otsego County, NY). Gary Rathbone’s wood carvings tell stories of places and people living and long dead, who live simple lives. As a boy scout he took up woodcarving inspired by Boys Life magazine, and in his late twenties he began carving gifts to match individual personalities. In 1988 he met nationally-renowned woodcarver Lavern Kelly, a meeting that led to a formal apprenticeship to learn more about carving techniques, philosophies, and styles.
Woman with Quebec Bread Oven by Unknown wood carver. Wood carving of a French Canadian woman with her outdoor Quebecois, wood-fired clay bread oven covered with a wooden roof. This carving is a reminder of the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library’s participation with the international program, Envoye a Maison! A Franco-American Homecoming! celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Quebec. The local celebration took place in Cambridge, Washington County, NY in partnership with Hubbard Hall Projects, October 2 to 5, 2008, when among many other music, craft and food activities, a team of volunteers constructed a traditional Quebecois, wood-fired clay bread oven in the Freight Yard behind Hubbard Hall, to be used as a communal bread and pizza baking oven.
See what else is new in the North Country Folkstore! Stop by the Folkstore or shop online at tauny.org/shop to find unique products made by North Country artists and makers.
Gift certificates for our online store are now available here.
Show your support for TAUNY and make a donation today at tauny.org/support or by mailing a check to TAUNY, 53 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617.