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Mary's "Fish Out of School" quilt
Mary's "Fish Out of School" quilt

Watertown quilter inspired by math, science

A Watertown quilter uses science and the outdoors as inspiration. Mary Knapp's quilts are on display through May 23rd at TAUNY in Canton. She'll share stories of inspiration behind her quilts, and give a tour of the display on Saturday. Mary is a retired high school biology teacher who's been quilting for more than 25 years. She told Todd Moe that her quilts share a theme of art and science.  Go to full article

New CD celebrates old Adirondack music

Musician and folklorist Dave Ruch's new CD includes song material found in dusty archives, diaries and obscure songbooks. The Oldest was Born First includes traditional songs and tunes interpreted with guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and voice. Ruch lives in Buffalo but spends summers in the Adirondacks, and travels the state for research and concerts. Thursday night, from 7-9, he'll play and tell the stories behind some of the songs from his new CD at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York in Canton. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article
Some trick and fancy fiddlin' by the Potsdam Fiddle Club
Some trick and fancy fiddlin' by the Potsdam Fiddle Club

Fiddlers share favorite tunes

The Potsdam Fiddle Club visited Traditional Arts in Upstate New York during an open house on Saturday. The group is composed of musicians who range from pre-schoolers to grandparents. They were accompanied by family members on guitar, piano, limberjacks, spoons and washtub bass. Here they perform Swallowtail Jig and Geese in the Bog.  Go to full article
A mock A-frame cabin at the TAUNY gallery in Canton
A mock A-frame cabin at the TAUNY gallery in Canton

TAUNY exhibit celebrates back-to-the-land movement

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's fall exhibit, "Back to the Land: Hippie Houses and Homesteads for the 21st Century," is a photo exhibit of homestead architecture in the North Country. Todd Moe toured the exhibit and spoke with TAUNY director Jill Breit about collecting stories and photos for the exhibit that trace the evolution of homestead architecture from crude cabins in the '60s to today's "green" homes. Tune in and call in during a special on-air conversation with Jill Breit about this new exhibit on Friday, October 10 at 11 a.m.  Go to full article

Story-swapping: True or tall tales from the Adks

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, is hosting a story-swapping session Wednesday night (7 pm) at the Horicon Community Center in Brant Lake. You're invited to share stories about encounters with mountain lions and other unusual or rare Adirondack creatures, like moose or wolves. Officially, mountain lions have been extinct in the Adirondacks since the late 1800s, but local reports of big cats have increased in the last few decades. Folklorist Nicole Farrell will lead tomorrow night's story-swapping session and she told Todd Moe she'll share her own story.  Go to full article

Celebrating French heritage in the North Country

A number of communities across the North Country and New England are celebrating the contributions of French-speaking immigrants from Quebec to the cultural life of the region this summer. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, The Vermont Folklife Center and the RISCA Folk Arts Program are hosting a Franco-American Homecoming this month in Plattsburgh and Tupper Lake. The events will include Quebecois music, art and food. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit about the cultural exchange project.  Go to full article

Preview: No-Octane Regatta in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for the No-Octane Regatta this Saturday at Little Wolf Lake just outside Tupper Lake. The event is open to all people-powered small craft, with a special emphasis on wooden boats. Todd Moe talks with co-organizer Hallie Bond about what's new at the regatta this year.  Go to full article
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.

Eating the North Country: wild food foraging

For nearly 30 years, Jane Desotelle has been collecting herbs in the Adirondacks for teas and sometimes an entire meal of found food. Desotelle owns "Underwood Herbs" and also runs a botanical sanctuary. She's a gardener, artist and plant expert. She recently led a plant walk for TAUNY on Falls Island in downtown Canton. Todd Moe tagged along to learn more about weeds that are good for you. Reminder: It's often illegal to pick wild plants on public lands, and always ask permission before venturing onto someone else's property.  Go to full article

TAUNY moves into new home

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, is moving this month. The arts group closes this weekend for the move just up the street in downtown Canton. The new 7,000 square foot space over three floors includes more room for exhibits and classes, and lots of Victorian charm - arched windows, tin ceilings and hardwood floors. Todd Moe toured the new space and spoke with TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit.  Go to full article
Capterton Tissot will sign copies of her book at TAUNY in Canton this Saturday, noon-2pm
Capterton Tissot will sign copies of her book at TAUNY in Canton this Saturday, noon-2pm

New book explores women?s lives and Adk customs

Artist, writer and historian Caperton Tissot and her husband visited the Adirondacks for nearly 20 years before finally settling in Saranac Lake five years ago to be closer to family. She says she instantly fell in love with local history and culture. Her new book, History Between the Lines, Women's Lives and Saranac Lake Customs, is not about people of great power or privilege. It's filled with ordinary stories that trace what she calls Saranac Lake's "spirit of goodwill" from the mid-19th century to the present. The 16 profiles, based on interviews with women and their families, illustrate the important role women play in carrying on traditions that define the unusual character of a small town. Todd Moe spoke with Capterton Tissot about her book.  Go to full article

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