Photo submitted: Folklorist Camilla Ammirati (center) joins in on some tunes while visiting luthier and musician Dave Nichols (right) and his intern Tyler Dezago (left), 2017, for the research project that led to TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories.”

TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) invites SOAR members to a special behind-the-scenes look at TAUNY’s 2017-2018 research project and exhibit, “Instrumental Stories,” with curator and TAUNY Director of Research and Programs, Camilla Ammirati. The program will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 1:00-2:30pm at The TAUNY Center. TAUNY’s current exhibit focuses on the making and keeping of folk instruments in the North Country and will be on view through October 27, 2018. From fiddles to guitars, dulcimers to der-ders, instruments reveal the many ways people connect to North Country traditions, whether through crafting, playing, or holding onto an instrument that’s come down through a family. Participants in this program will learn about these instruments and their stories through discussion, field recording and video samples, and a live demonstration of selected instruments.

SOAR is a member-directed learning group, sponsored locally by SUNY Potsdam through the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR). This program is open to SOAR members only and registration can be completed through SOAR ( or 315-267-2690).

Funding for “Instrumental Stories” is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding has been provided by The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. Additional support from T. Urling and Mabel Walker.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at