TAUNY hosts tour of area barn quilts

Barns quilts are displayed on the Iva Smith Memorial Gallery in Hammond.

TAUNY and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce invite anyone interested in learning more about barn quilts in St. Lawrence County to join them for a day-long tour on Sept. 14. The tour is open to both English and French speakers.

The tour bus will begin at The TAUNY Center in Canton at 9 a.m. and return there at 4 p.m.

Barn quilts are the focus of a grassroots effort in St. Lawrence County to increase tourism traffic. In addition to enjoying the graphic appeal of this public art form, participants on the bus tour will learn the stories behind their meaning.

The tour on the 14th will stop at Pickens Hall to learn about the Amish and see their quilts, which are the inspiration for many barn quilts; Bella Brooke Winery for lunch and wine tasting; and the Iva Smith Memorial Gallery to see a barn quilter in action and learn the stories behind the barn quilts at the gallery. There will also be stops at several barn quilts along the route.

There will be opportunities at each venue to buy souvenirs and local hand-made products, including barn quilts. Cost for the tour is $45. To register, visit tauny.org.

The price is possible due to The 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project funded by a Regional Economic Development Council Grant through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main St. in downtown Canton. TAUNY is a nonprofit 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.

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