Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thousand Islands Life Magazine > Latest Issue Features Loon article by Patty Mondore


Loon photo by Patty Mondore

The very popular online magazine, Thousand Islands Life, is currently featuring an article by Patty Mondore reporting on her encounters with Loons on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands. Be sure to check it out for great pictures and videos, along with many other excellent articles. Go direct to her article through the following link:



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

CROSS-RIVER, CROSS-BORDER (USA/Canada) FIELD TRIP COMING to Antique Boat Museum


Ontario, New York State, St. Lawrence River from space.
Photo courtesy of NASA.

CLAYTON, New York (October 9, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, will host a cross-river, cross-border field trip on Tuesday, October 14.

Students from the Gananoque Secondary School in Gananoque, Ontario will venture across the St. Lawrence River aboard a Gananoque Boat Line tour boat to the ABM for an educational visit.

As part of an outreach program being offered by the newly formed Thousand Islands Boat Museum (TIBM) in Gananoque, students in wood shop classes (grades 9 through 12) will be working on building an International Optimist Dinghy, better known as Opti, throughout the school year. The goal will be to have a small fleet of boats ready for use in a sailing program at the TIBM in 2015.

The primary objective of the trip will be to introduce and educate students about the Opti and to expand their knowledge of the unique boating history in the region, which touches international borders, through their visit to the ABM. The field trip will be led by ABM Educator Julie Broadbent, along with staff of the TIBM.

This will mark the second trip in as many years for Gananoque students.


Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Taking the Gold, by M.A. Noble - Exciting new book with Singer Castle as its setting.


Author M.A. Noble presenting Singer Castle president Tom Weldon with her new book, Taking the Gold. Set on a tall ship, the plot culminates with numerous scenes in Singer Castle.

Maybe you know about Singer Castle’s hidden levers and secret passages. Maybe you know the manicured north lawn hides tons of imported topsoil. But have you ever wondered what that dirt conceals? Have you heard claims of a ghost that stalks the grounds on full-moonlit nights?

Fact blends with fiction in M. A. Noble’s novel Taking the Gold, set on a tall ship returning to the 1000 Islands. The author, also known as Margaret (Mag) Hockett, fell in love with the castle as a young woman employed by Dr. and Mrs. Harold Martin in the 70s to do housecleaning.

“Every detail of this replica of an old English castle and its island setting arouses a sense of romance, mystery, and magic. I was thrilled when Tom Weldon invited me to revisit the castle. I learned things I never knew as I dusted and vacuumed each room.”

Margaret worked for several educational publishers in California before returning to the North Country. She now writes novels, nonfiction, and lyrics. In her first novel, Taking Hart, also set in the Islands, teenaged Corey Worder solved the mystery of his War-of-1812 ancestry and his mother’s disappearance. Now, in Taking the Gold, he must set sail to face his father. As they race to find the British gold, an SOS from Singer Castle means Corey must forfeit the treasure. Or does it? The castle holds more secrets than anyone could have guessed.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blount Small Ship Adventures Catalog and Singer Castle


Image of Blount Small Ship Adventures 2015 catalog.
Click on catalog link below to see actual catalog online.


Singer Castle on Dark Island is featured on the cover of the 2015 Blount Small Ship Adventures Cruise Catalog.  

Blount’s elegant ships, the Grande Mariner and the Grande Carribe stop at the castle during September and October each year bringing visitors from all over the US and from as far away as Australia. The ships also stop at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Classic Boats Cruise to Singer Castle


Photo by Jean Papke
(Click on image to see it enlarged)

On Saturday, September 27th a group of 24 classic boat enthusiasts took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and cruised from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton to Singer Castle on Dark Island for a tour of the castle.  The five classic boats looked right at home tied up at the castle’s South Boathouse while the group enjoyed the tour. 
---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant to the president at Singer Castle, Dark Island Tours.

Antique postcard picturing the South Boathouse & castle on Dark Island.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Antique Boat Museum GOES PINK IN OCTOBER FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS



CLAYTON, New York (September 30, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that it will “go pink” in the month of October as part of the annual nationwide push of breast cancer awareness and its ties to the North Country.

Beginning Wednesday, October 1 and running throughout the entire month, the ABM will seek donations at the Museum’s Admissions Desk to benefit the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund. Visitors making a donation will receive a pink ABM logo cutout to sign their name to, which will be displayed in the front lobby.  Any visitor making a $10 or greater donation will also receive a free commemorative 50th Boat Show or National Motorboat Show pint glass.

In addition, the ABM will be hosting a select number of breast cancer survivors in October, via Samaritan Medical, for a relaxing cruise on the St. Lawrence River.




About Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund

The mission of the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund is to raise funds and allocate those funds toward improving the health and well-being of all cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. 

Samaritan's Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness group hosts an Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner, which will be held on October 16. For more information, please visit samaritanhealth.com.

About Antique Boat Museum


Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Antique Boat Museum ANNOUNCES FALL/WINTER DATES OF OPERATION & RATES


 


CLAYTON, New York (September 29, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced its Fall/Winter dates of operation. The ABM also announced that the Workboat Show originally scheduled for Saturday, October 11 has been cancelled.

The ABM will again lengthen its operating season into December with a Fall/Winter calendar beginning on Tuesday, October 14 and extend through Friday, December 19. The Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday.

Also, the ABM will again launch “B is for Boat,” an education-based program featuring nautical-related books and crafts for pre-school age children. The program will be offered weekly on Monday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. beginning on October 20.

The extended calendar will take the Museum through more than 200 days of operation in 2014.

Fall/Winter Dates of Operation

Tuesday, October 14    Fall/Winter Season Begins.
Friday, December 19    Museum and Bowline Boutique Close for the Season.

Hours of Operations

Tuesday-Saturday                                           10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Monday                                              Closed

Fall/Winter Admission Rates

Adult                                     $8.00                                  
               Youth                                    $4.50                    
Child (under 6 yrs)           FREE                                      
Groups Call for pricing

Active Military & Immediate Family            FREE                                      
Retired Military                                               FREE
Military Spouse                                                $7.00    

Note: Select summer season discount offers do not apply


The Bowline Boutique will also remain open through December 19, allowing for visitors to shop during the holiday season.

Thus far in 2014, the ABM has seen a nearly 15% increase in attendance, including a 10% boost in the month of August compared to 2013 totals. In addition, the annual antique boat show entertained more than 7,400 visitors this year.


Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Monday, September 15, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S MUSEUM DAY LIVE!




Free admission for visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on September 27

CLAYTON, New York (September 15, 2014) — The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, proudly announced today that it will again open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!, which will be held on Saturday, September 27. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“We are honored to once again be a part of this nationwide program and believe the Smithsonian magazine has cultivated a fantastic idea to engage new or repeat museum visitors,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing and Communications.

Located along the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands region of upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, making it the premier boat museum in the country. This past August, the Museum will hosted its 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is now available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the ABM will receive free admission for two (2) on September 27, 2014 only. One (1) ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Museum Day Live! tickets presented on a smartphone at the ABM will be accepted. A Museum Day Live! ticket is required in order to take advantage of this offer.

For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tall Ship Peacemaker sails through 1000 Islands


Peacemaker passing by Singer Castle, Dark Island,
Photo by Patty Mondore.
(Click on photos to see them larger).

The tall ship passing by Sisters Island Lighthouse,
Photos by Bob Mondore 


Sailing vessel under way in the St.Lawrence River.
Video clip: Patty Mondore.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

TBF EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP FISHING TOURNAMENT COMES TO CLAYTON NY SEPTEMBER 10-12



Free admission to the Museum for visitors during tournament days

 CLAYTON, New York (September 5, 2014) — The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, proudly announced today that it will serve as the host site of The Bass Federation (TBF) Eastern Division Championship fishing tournament this September 10-12, 2014.

The ABM, along with the Town and Village of Clayton, and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce have worked closely to coordinate the tournament’s selection of Clayton as the host community and ensure a successful event.

“The ABM and Clayton community are excited to welcome anglers and fishing enthusiasts from across the Northeast. This community cherishes the opportunity to play host to such events and is best known for providing top of the line hospitality,” explained Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing & Communications. “Anglers and spectators will not be disappointed in what Clayton has to offer during their stay.”

Anglers will begin to arrive in the region this weekend for the chance to test the waters and locate their fishing hot spots. On Tuesday, anglers will gather at the Museum for registration and a banquet, which will feature a classic St. Lawrence River shore dinner put on by Clayton fishing guide Jeff Garnsey.

Beginning Wednesday, September 10 through Friday, September 12, all visitors to the ABM will receive complimentary admission as the Museum plays host to the event. The public is invited to gather each afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. for tournament weigh-ins, which will take place on the main campus.

Boats will take-off from the ABM and Mary Street Dock each morning around 6:30 a.m.

About The Bass Federation

TBF is the oldest broad-based, independent, grassroots organization in bass fishing, and considered to be the backbone of the sport. The success of the Federation in improving and furthering the sport of fishing has been monumental and continues to be felt worldwide. Efforts put forth by Federation members in conservation have included everything from habitat projects, to fighting polluters, to working with fish and game departments, to weighing-in on local, state and federal legislation.

Antique Boat Museum Volunteers Recognized




On Thursday evening, the Antique Boat Museum (Clayton NY) honored their volunteer corps of more than 150. The event, hosted on the grounds of the Museum, included a catered dinner by Savory Downtown, live music by the Sam Hopkins Band, a red carpet entry, and a photo booth.

ABM Volunteers of the Year – Mike & Phyllis Deruytter.
Paddle art award by artist John Miller III.

ABM Top Ten Volunteers, contributing the most individual hours, (left to right) Barton Haxall, Mike Michelson, Vicki Doyle, Warren Stewart, Pat Sheldon, Duane Chalk, Rob Goodyear, Steve Bull, George Ronson, and Linda Schmitt.

In 2014, ABM volunteers documented nearly 11,000 work hours. Total likely exceeds 12,000 if undocumented totals were turned in. Between Boat Show and Regatta alone, ABM volunteers logged roughly 2,000 work hours over the span of 600 work shifts.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Snowy Owl shows up at Singer Castle Wedding


Joanna Mills and Michael Treon
Photo credit: Tammy Kukula of Remember When Photography
(Click on photos to see them larger)

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon Joanna Mills whose
family summers of Halfway Island and Michael Treon were
married surrounded by family and friends in a Rose
Garden Ceremony at Singer Castle. The ceremony was
followed by a catered reception on the Castle Green.


Snowy Owl on Dark Island
Photo by Scott Garris

Shortly after the bride arrived on Dark Island to
prepare for the ceremony a fisherman pulled up to the
dock and told castle staff that a large white bird was
on the ground near the west side of the island and we
were able to get pictures of the Snowy Owl there.

Snow Owl attends wedding at Singer Castle
Photo by Scott Garris

As soon as the wedding ceremony commenced the Snowy Owl
flew up and perched on the roof of the Squash Court
with a bird’s eye view of the proceedings. Then the
owl flew around the grounds to perch east of the
Pergola. It continued watching the festivities all
through the evening allowing staff and wedding guests
to take numerous photos as the day went on. As soon
as all of the wedding guests departed, the owl flew
away and has not been seen since.

The following morning Mike mentioned to castle staff
members that the Snowy Owl had been his late mother's
favorite bird.
             
      ---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Dark Island

NEW MOVIE BEING FILMED AT SINGER CASTLE on Dark Island in the 1000 Islands


Jonathan Dee (Director and co-writer) , Meg Wechter (Producer), 
and Diana Golts (Co-Producer) on location at Dark Island.
Photo by permission from Jonathan Dee.

The Columbia University film crew is filming a new movie on location at Singer Castle. The movie is titled "The Year I Grew An Inch" and the film's setting is a French castle during WW2. 

WWNY 7 News reports: 
"'It's the story of a young boy who is trying to get in the resistance to fight against the evil Nazis,' said Ferran Mendoza Soler, assistant director. In the movie, a young boy falls in love with the daughter of a Nazi who owns a castle in France. In reality, the castle is actually Singer Castle on Dark Island on the St. Lawrence River. ... 'It's great having them here because it gives exposure not only to us, but to the region and the Thousand Islands,' said Thomas Weldon of Dark Island Tours. ... The movie will be shown at the Columbia Film Festival in 2015."


For more details, check out these links:


Monday, August 4, 2014

World Record Holding Speedboat MY WAY to Appear at Antique Boat Museum [CANCELLED]


"My Way" on the St. Lawrence River

CLAYTON, New York (August 4, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that My Way, a 50-foot Mystic catamaran with twin Lycoming T-55 turbine engines, will make an appearance on the ABM docks this Thursday, August 7.

[ Update 8/6/14....

It’s just not going “MY WAY”. The Antique Boat Museum has learned that due to some complications with the boat, My Way will not appear on Thursday, August 7 as originally scheduled. Owner Bill Tomlinson informed the museum earlier this afternoon and shared his regrets. ]

Owned by Bill Tomlinson of Ottawa, Canada, My Way currently holds the world record as the fastest propeller powered boat after clocking a pass at 224 mph in August 2013 at Lake of the Ozarks.

My Way’s visit to the ABM is part of the upcoming Raceboat Regatta festivities, which officially kick-off on Friday, August 8 at 8 a.m.

The ABM is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.




New York State Lt. Governor Bob Duffy and friends visit Singer Castle



On Saturday, August 2nd Jack and Connie Pease, summer residents of Morristown brought a group of long-time friends for their first visit to Singer Castle,  They were given an extended tour by Castle Guide Audrey Pease. 

Pictured from Left to Right:
Jack and Connie Pease, Lynn and Bill Walker, Barb and New York State Lt. Governor Robert "Bob" Duffy and Chris and Doug Burgasser.
---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Singer Castle

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DANIELLE WILLS JOINS ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM STAFF




CLAYTON, New York (July 27, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today the hiring of Danielle M. Wills as Membership and Finance Assistant.

Wills joins the Antique Boat Museum where she will play a key role in both the membership and finance departments, focusing on member and donor relations, as well as general office management.

A North Country native, Wills attended SUNY Buffalo and currently resides in Redwood, NY.


The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Award-Winning Game Designers Visit Singer Castle - Inspired designing of new game!


Left to right: Brenda and John Romero,
Dan and Kim McAuliffe.
Photo by Tom Weldon, President of Dark Island Tours

Awarding-winning game designers Brenda Romero and John Romero recently visited Singer Castle on Dark Island. The Romeros were accompanied by their close friends and fellow game developers Kim and Dan McAuliffe. While at the castle, the four are drawing inspiration from the Castle’s mystique, beauty and environment to create a new board game.

“Having grown up in the North Country, there is no place more beautiful in the summer months,” said Brenda Romero, a native of Ogdensburg, NY.” This visit home, we decided to fulfill a childhood dream of mine and stay in Singer Castle.” The couple rented the castle for several nights and already has plans to return. According to Scott Garris, caretaker of Singer Castle, the Romeros even requested Jreck’s subs be delivered to the Castle. “The castle provides a wonderful dinner for us, but if I’m home, I want Jreck’s.”

John Romero is best known for creating the first person shooter genre with games like DOOM, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D. He has created over 140 games, founded 10 game companies and won every major game industry award. Brenda Romero, on the other hand, worked on the Wizardry series, Dungeons & Dragons and has recently achieved notoriety with a series of analog board games. One of those games, Siochan Leat (The Irish Game), is in the National Museum of Play at The Strong in Rochester New York. Kim McAuliffe is a senior game designer at Microsoft and is working on the critically-acclaimed game Project Spark, a game which allows people to create their own game worlds complete with quests and stories. Dan McAuliffe is studio director, executive producer and veteran mobile game developer who has worked on dozens of major game titles. He is currently forming his next venture.

“The castle on Dark Island is so beautiful and provides great inspiration for game ideas,” says John Romero. “So, we are all collaborating on multiple game ideas based on the mystery and history of the castle.”


---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Singer Castle

And what would we do without the following update?! ...
 John Romero (right) visits Dave Johnson, 
owner of Jreck Subs, Alexandria Bay NY.
Photo by Cindy Johnson.

Singer Castle Displays Wood Carvings by carver Clifford Yates


Cliff Yates and his latest carvings.

A new collection of wood carvings by noted carver Cliff Yates is on display in the Gift Shop at Singer Castle on Dark Island in the 1000 Islands.  Cliff and his wife NeNe have spent their summers on Elm Tree Island in Chippewa Bay for the past fifty-nine years.  He is a self-taught woodcarver who specializes in birds, fish and wildlife.  In 1997 after a serious stroke left Cliff partially paralyzed and unable to use his left hand, he was unwilling to give up carving. Cliff underwent extensive physical therapy and worked until he was able to walk, talk and carve again.  The new collection shows how well he has succeeded in developing his art.
 ---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Singer Castle

Thursday, July 24, 2014

“From Cordwood to Castles” - Judy Keeler - Cornwall Brothers Store & Museum


Cornwall Bros. Store & Museum
Photo courtesy of Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD, Wikipedia

SINGER CASTLE HISTORIAN
WILL MAKE THE FINAL GALLERY PRESENTATION OF THE 2014 SEASON
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M.
AT THE
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
36 MARKET STREET
ALEXANDRIA BAY, NY

CALL (315) 482-4586 FOR INFORMATION

Complete Guide for Antique Boat Show/Auction and Raceboat Regatta



GUIDE TO THE 50th ANNUAL ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW & AUCTION and 12th ANTIQUE RACEBOAT REGATTA
PRESENTED BY RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Largest show in 50 years expected to draw people from near and far

CLAYTON, New York (July 23, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today a complete guide to the longest running Antique Boat Show in North America, to be held Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3 and the running of the 12th Antique Raceboat Regatta on Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10.
The 50th edition of the annual Antique Boat Show & Auction presented by RBC Wealth Management will feature a wide variety of antique and classic boats from near and far. In addition, the Marketplace returns with more vendors than in 2013, unique forums will be held, the popular boat auction conducted by Antique Boat America will take place on August 2 at 1:00 p.m., and the ABM education department has lined up an assortment of children’s activities throughout the weekend. Plus, live music rocks the Museum campus on Friday and Saturday.

Also, the ABM will host the 12th edition of the Antique Raceboat Regatta, an event that was cultivated in Clayton in 1992.

BOAT SHOW BY THE NUMBERS (as of July 23):

Exhibitors – boats (water and land display) and engines: 117

Cumulative boat lengths: More than 1,950-feet

Oldest registered vessel: Circa 1890


Registrations from across North America: CT, FL, IA, IN, MA, 
ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TX, VT, Ontario, Quebec    

For a complete guide, including days and times and events, 
click on the following:


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Singer Castle on Dark Island Redesigns Website



Singer Castle's redesigned webpage.

A redesigned Singer Castle webpage was just launched online. The webpage provides information about castle tours and hours of operation as well as weddings, special events and overnight stays in the Castle's Royal Suite. Visit www.singercastle.com and enjoy the updated photos, slideshows and videos.
---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Singer Castle, Dark Island.

Of course, stay tuned to this blog too for quick updates, anecdotes, photos and nature scenes from the Thousand Islands, plus your own stories and photos are welcome.


Friday, July 18, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM ANNOUNCES BOARD OF TRUSTEES RE-ELECTIONS/APPOINTMENTS




CLAYTON, New York (July 18, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today re-elections and appointments to the Museum Board of Trustees.

Re-elected to three-year terms, through 2017, during the Museum’s annual membership meeting on Friday, July 18:

Donald S. Ames
Robert G. Easton
Daniel J. French
Edward C. McNally
Mark E. Quallen
Paul J. Regan, Jr.
George C. Textor, Jr.

In addition, Charles S. Crow was appointed to a seat formerly held by Susanne Richter, who has been given an Honorary Trustee position, representing the Thousand Islands Antique Boat Museum Trust and serving as the Director of Strategic Planning for the Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque, Ontario.

Appointed as Officers for 2014-2015 at the Museum’s Board Meeting on Friday, July 18:

Harold B. Johnson, II – Chairman
Rick W. Tague – Vice Chairman
Kathleen R. Cross – Secretary/Treasurer


The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh, Say Can You See That Beautiful Wedding at Singer Castle?



(Be sure to click on photos to see them larger).

Oh, Say Can You See That Beautiful Wedding at Singer Castle?

Here at Singer Castle on Dark Island, various weddings and events are, while always exciting and unique, a rather common occurrence. On July 5 of our current 2014 summer season, however, a wedding all in its own rite came to our beloved castle. Amanda Nagle, from New Jersey and Cole Streit, from the Canton-Pierrepont area, honored us with their presence for their especially patriotic wedding ceremony. Not only was this wedding delightfully nationalistic due to the couple’s chosen date, just one day after the anniversary of America’s independence, and the groom's graciously appreciated service in the American Navy, but also because of their chosen colors. The groom and his best man, also the groom’s twin brother and fellow Navy member, were dressed in their dress whites. The bride was dressed in a lovely blue dress, with her maid of honor in red. As the bride walked down the rose garden isle to the tune of festive bagpipes magic filled the air. “It was a very patriotic wedding,” says Corbin Clemons, a tour guide at here at Singer Castle, “we were honored to have it here and to help facilitate their special day. It was very beautiful, filled with red, white, blue and love.”

---Meredith Ouderkirk, Tour Guide at Singer Castle.

The minister was my father, Craig M. Streit, he was also in the Navy years ago, the best man was Craig W. Streit my twin brother who is in the Navy and myself. The brides maid was Amanda's (Nagle) sister Brittany L. Nagle and the flower girl was my 2nd cousin Clair Polniak.

---Cole Streit, Groom.


Photos by Scott Garris, caretaker of the castle on Dark Island.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTH COUNTRY NATIVE TURNED HOLLYWOOD ACTOR TO APPEAR AT 50TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW


Mark Valley, actor: Boston Legal, et al.

CLAYTON, New York (July 2, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that Hollywood actor and North Country native Mark Valley will appear at the upcoming 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction presented by RBC Wealth Management.

Valley, a native of Ogdensburg, NY is expected to appear on Friday, August 1 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Best known for his role on the hit series Boston Legal, which he played Brad Chase alongside William Shatner, Valley has endured a longtime acting career playing characters on television shows such as Crisis, Body of Proof, Harry’s Law, Fringe, Human Target, and Days of Our Lives.

In addition, to name a few of his movie roles, he was the lead role in Jericho, the voice of Cyclops in the animated movie Shrek the Third, and had an appearance in the 2012 box office hit Zero Dark Thirty.

“It is exciting to welcome Mark back home to the North Country and a pleasure to have someone of his celebrity status eager to be a part of our historic event this August,” Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications said. “Coordinating Mark’s visit at the show has been enjoyable and we look forward to having him at the Museum.”

As a graduate of West Point and a former military service member, Valley and the ABM will utilize his appearance at the Boat Show as a fundraiser for River Hospital’s River Community Wellness Program, a program already supported by the Museum in various forms. Autographs and photo opportunities will be available and a donation is strongly encouraged.

Valley currently lives in Los Angeles and is active with several veterans advocacy groups including Volunteers of America, GI Film Festival, VFT Advisory Board, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild Armed Forces Committee.

About Antique Boat Museum

The Museum, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10.

For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

About River Community Wellness Program


The River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) at River Hospital provides intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Drum. RCWP provides continuity of care for soldiers transitioning from an inpatient stay. It also serves as an intensive intervention option for mental health services locally to reduce potential admissions of service members to an inpatient level of care, focusing instead on building coping skills and supports in the community. It is the only program of its kind in the United States. The program keeps military members close to home while they are healing and learning to cope, using multiple forms of therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Group and Individual Therapy, Movement Therapy, Peer to Peer Therapy, Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure Therapy, as well as Psychiatry and Medication Management.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Psst! Hey, get them here, ABM 3-day 2014 Boat Show/Regatta passes at a discount.



The Antique Boat Museum has launched advance sale passes for the 2014 Boat Show and Raceboat Regatta. By purchasing prior to the event, you can save up to $5 off a single event or $12 off 3-Day Event Combo passes (Boat Show & Regatta).

Advance sale ends July 25, 2014.


Monday, June 16, 2014

GET OUT ON THE WATER FREE OF CHARGE AT THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM




CLAYTON, New York (June 16, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today its free summer sailing and rowing opportunities for 2014.

Beginning on Tuesday, June 24, the ABM will kick-off its popular Tuesday Night Sailing & Rowing program. This free weekly event takes place June 24 through August 12 and begins each week at 5:30 p.m.

This program is open to the public and to those of all ages. No sailing experience is required. The ABM staff will be on hand to assist those in need of coaching or desire an experienced sailing partner.

Not interested in sailing, then give skiff rowing a try. St. Lawrence Skiff rowing is free daily at the Museum with paid admission, in addition to the Tuesday evening events.

Also, the ABM will host a wide-range of sailing courses throughout the summer including adult, junior, teen, and advanced courses. Courses run throughout July and August. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to check availability, contact Julie Broadbent at 315-686-4104 ext 235.

The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Northern New York State Photographer, Bruce Dana, captures (in photos) 2 huge Muskies!


Flora and Fauna in the Thousand Islands Series

Bruce Dana, photographer, has shared these recent photos of two large muskie fish off from his own dock in Morristown NY.

Bruce estimates the larger fish to be over 40 inches long based upon how they dwarf the tire in the upper left.

Fishing season for muskellunge opens on the third Saturday during June in his area, but it is never out of season to grab a great shot with the camera. Photos by his permission. Thanks Bruce!


Previously posted for this nature series: Eagles, more eagles, Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. (Frequent postings are now anticipated, so check back often). Your photos or stories are welcome too.



Monday, June 9, 2014

STEAMBOATS SET TO ‘BLOW OFF STEAM’ AT ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM



CLAYTON, New York (June 9, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum announced today that the Great International Steamboat Flotilla (GISF) returns to the Museum and 1000 Islands region for a third straight year beginning June 15 through June 21.

For the past two years, the GISF has made the ABM a gathering place and have captured the attention of those on the river.

“It (ABM) is a great venue for the GISF steamboat meet,” shared Carl Kriegeskotte, GISF spokesperson, last fall. “We all look forward to our return.”

Steamboats will come and go from the ABM docks over the course of the week as the group enjoys the region, as well as the Museum. On Monday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m., the public is invited to come to the ABM for a free “meet and greet” event with the steamboat captains and explore their boats.

Approximately 15-20 steamboats will make the ABM their ‘homeport,’ while traveling throughout the region daily. The boats will be fueled by firewood provided by Hazlewood Mechanical and Wood Boat Brewery.


The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Eagle Family in the Thousand Islands - Undisclosed location not far from Dark Island


New! Flora and Fauna in the Thousand Islands Series

Ma and Pa Eagles in the Thousand Islands.
Photos by Patty Mondore while kayaking 
on the St. Lawrence River.
Click on photos to see them larger.

Eagles Nest with parent and eaglets.
Recent photos by Patty Mondore.

Check back often for much more to follow in this series. Your wildlife and other photo/story submissions are welcome.

 "Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?"
---Job 39:27



Monday, June 2, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM TO HOST FREE VESSEL INSPECTIONS BY THE USCG AUXILIARY




CLAYTON, New York (June 2, 2013) – Have you had your boat inspected yet this season?

The Antique Boat Museum will sponsor a free courtesy vessel inspection for area boaters on Sunday, June 29 at the Museum’s floating docks, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Members of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary Flotilla09ER-01-06 from Alexandria Bay will be present to inspect vessels.

The USCG Auxiliary will check all required paperwork and safety equipment, including: your boat registration certificate and registration decal, personal flotation devices (life-jackets), Type IV flotation aids, fire extinguisher, horn or whistle, day and nighttime visual distress signals (flares), navigation lights, anchor and line.

Bowline Boutique, the Museum’s store, now carries select boating essentials in the event that items are needed in order to pass inspection.

Upon the successful completion of the inspection boaters will receive an official USCG inspection sticker to place on your vessel’s windshield. The sticker will not prevent future USCG stops out on the River, but will certainly facilitate the encounter.


1000 ISLANDS FAMILY DAY RETURNS ON JUNE 14 with Curious George




Special appearance by Curious George; Border agents to host panel discussion

CLAYTON, New York (June 2, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum invites everyone to come to Clayton on Saturday, June 14 for a fun-filled day of activities.

The popular free admission 1000 Islands Family Day once again highlights the June calendar at the ABM and will coincide with the ABM supported Seaway Splash event in Frink Park. This year’s 1000 Islands Family Day is presented by Watertown Savings Bank and WPBS.

Visit the ABM on June 14 for free admission all day and activities for the entire family between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Activities will include free skiff rowing, discount speedboat rides, food and beverages for a nominal fee, face painting, crafts, a special appearance by children’s book character Curious George, and much more.

In addition, the ABM, along with US and Canadian border officials, will host a panel discussion, Boating on the Border, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Canadian Border Services, U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard will each introduce their organization’s mission of work on the River. Boaters from both sides of the River are encouraged to come with questions regarding: enforcement, any recent changes of policy, crossing procedures (“in transit,” not stopping, anchoring for the day), what not to have onboard your boat, and more. This is a good time to dispel myths and educate boaters about how to safely and legally navigate and enjoy both sides of the River along the international border.

A free shuttle service will be available throughout the day to bring visitors to and from the ABM, NYS Food & Wine Festival (Cerow Arena), and Seaway Splash (Frink Park).

In addition to Saturday’s activities, the ABM invites you to stop by Seaway Splash at Frink Park on Sunday, June 15 for a special Father’s Day gift for dad. The first 50 dads to visit the park will receive a complimentary admission pass to the Museum for the 2014 season.

The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.