TAUNY invites the community to a book signing and talk with writer, actor, and nationally known storyteller and workshop leader Fran Yardley on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Before the book signing, Fran will give a talk about her recently released memoir FINDING TRUE NORTH: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks, which reflects on her experience restoring a historic Adirondack great camp with her late husband Jay. Copies of Fran Yardley’s book will be for sale at this event.
In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. The Saranac Lake–area property had been in Jay’s family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and, eventually, a growing family. Fran chronicles their journey and, along the way, unearths the history of those who came before, from the 1800s to the present. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful, least-celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it. The Yardleys ran the renovated Bartlett Carry Club for 16 years.
In addition to her work as a performer and teacher, Fran Yardley co-founded Creative Healing Connections, a nonprofit organization offering retreats for women veterans and women with cancer and chronic illness. She is rooted into the shores of Middle Saranac Lake, where she lives with her actor/photographer husband, Burdette Parks, and her dog, Merlin.
The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore are 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 tauny.org.