Thursday, April 17, 2014

Antique Boat Museum and Clayton Chamber of Commerce hosting event for those in hospitality field.




CLAYTON, New York (April 17, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, will host a hospitality event aimed at increasing awareness of destination attractions within the local community.

On Thursday, April 24 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., the first-ever “Destination River” event will be held at the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary Street, Clayton. This event is intended to promote area attractions and increase tourism opportunities in the region. Displaying at the event will be local wineries, tour boat operators, Boldt and Singer Castles, and more.

The event, which is free and open to hotel, motel, and resort operators/managers from Cape Vincent to Ogdensburg, and Kingston to Brockville, was developed in hopes of further educating those in the hospitality field of the multiple destinations in the region and encouraging their guests to stay longer.

“An event such as this is intended to benefit all forms of business,” explained Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing and Communications. “As people stay in hotels, they turn their attention on things to do nearby and by bringing everyone together we will be able to better inform those on the front line who are providing their guests with suggestions and destination ideas, which in turn will result in more visitors to our communities, through our gates, and in our stores and restaurants.”

At this event, participants will have the ability to pick up information and special offers to provide to their guests for the 2014 summer season. In addition, there will be door prizes throughout the afternoon.

Prior registration is encouraged. Please contact Kirsti Touhey at 315-686-4104 or kirstitouhey@abm.org.

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 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.

The Museum will open for the 2014 season on May 2.


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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Frederic Remington Art Museum and the Antique Boat Museum Team Up





CLAYTON, New York (April 11, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, along with the Frederic Remington Art  Museum in Ogdensburg, NY, announced today a partnership for the 2014 tourist season.

The ABM and Frederic Remington Art Museum have entered into a partnership that will provide North Country visitors with the opportunity to experience two of the region’s cultural assets at a discounted rate beginning in early-May and running through September 15.

“A partnership such as this allows for our organizations to extend the potential reach of new visitors, while further exposing our collections,” explained Frederick Hager, ABM Executive Director. “In addition, the 47-mile stretch between the two museums provides sight seekers with the ability to ride along the river’s edge and ingest the beauty of the Thousand Islands.”

Laura Foster, Fredric Remington Museum Director/Curator, commented “It is likely that visitors to either of our museums would greatly enjoy a visit to the other, yet visitor itineraries might put one of the museums off an obvious route.  Many of our visitors are passing through town from the Adirondack region into Canada at the Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge, and ABM visitors are already at their 1000 Islands destination when they visit the Antique Boat Museum. We hope the 1000 Islands visitors will find unexpected delight in Remington’s river paintings.”

Visitors will have the option of purchasing a “combo pass,” which includes an adult admission to both museums for a discounted rate of only $16. This offer provides a $6 savings.

The ABM, located at 750 Mary Street, Clayton, will open for the 2014 season on May 2, while the FredericRemington Art Museum, located at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, is open year-round.


Monday, April 7, 2014

"National Cherish an Antique Day" - Antique Boat Museum prize package


Antique Boat Museum - Clayton NY

CLAYTON, New York (April 7, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, will celebrate “National Cherish an Antique Day” on Wednesday, April 9.

The ABM urges antique owners, and more specifically antique boat owners, to take a moment on Wednesday to cherish their aged masterpiece and relish in its historic roots.

Antique boat owners are also encouraged to submit a favorite photo of their boat to enews@abm.org prior to 10 a.m. on Wednesday for a chance to be entered in an online photo contest. Beginning at Noon on Wednesday, all submitted photos will be placed on the Museum’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/antiqueboatmuseum) for a chance to win an ABM prize package, which includes admission passes, a speedboat ride for two, and a piece of merchandise. The winner will be determined by the number of ‘likes’ the photo receives. Contest will conclude on Friday at 5 p.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 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.

The Museum will open for the 2014 season on May 2.


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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Canadian ice breaker plows though Thousand Islands ice, St. Lawrence River


Ice Breaker Pierre Radisson. Photo by Jean Papke.
(Click on photo to see it enlarged).


The Canadian Ice Breaker Pierre Radisson passed by Singer Castle around 12:30 p.m. today.  While there is still 40 inch thick ice in the bays, the river is starting to slowly open up.  The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open next week but there is a lot of ice to move throughout the Great Lakes Seaway system. ---Jean Papke, Assistant to the President of Dark Island.

Close up of Pierre Radisson Ice Breaker. Source: Wikipedia.


Robert Frost - To the Thawing Wind

COME with rain, O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
Make the settled snow-bank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate’er you do to-night,
Bathe my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ices go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit’s crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o’er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Antique Boat Museum To Host Another Fun-Filled Camp During Spring Break



CLAYTON, New York (March 24, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that it will host a Hawaiian-themed camp during the upcoming spring break April 15-17, 2014.

This two-hour craft, reading, and special activity camp will explore Hawaii over the course of three days from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-9 years and 1:30-3:30 p.m. for tweens ages 10-14 years.  Each day will explore the culture, farming, and native boats called “Outrigger” canoes, as well as nautical activities helping to prove how life in Hawaii is not so different than life on the St. Lawrence River.

On Tuesday, April 15, guest speaker Jeff Garnsey will provide his insight on life in Hawaii, while participants will learn how to build and use a traditional war club, see different types of marine life commonly found in Hawaii and discover how they are different than River marine life.

Then, on Wednesday, April 16, participants will compare different techniques used in “Outrigger” canoes and standard canoes used in New York.  They will also build an “Outrigger” canoe model to take home.

Finally, on April 17, participants will have the opportunity to party like the traditional Hawaiians do with a Luau, featuring a twist of River-style. The day will be highlighted by dancing, games, and prizes.

Each session is $5 per child for members and $7 for non-members; with a family maximum charge of $20 per family, per day.  Register a child for all three days for just $12 for members or $17 for non-members. Children under the age of 7 must have an adult stay with them.  Pre-registration is required for all days.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Julie Broadbent at (315) 686-4104 x235 or email at jbroadbent@abm.org.
Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Schematic (one of several types).

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 August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running antique boat show in North America, during a 10-day celebration spanning August 1-10 and capped off with the Antique Raceboat Regatta. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

The world’s largest runabout, Pardon Me, has hit the water for the first time in years!


Pardon Me runabout, source: ABM

The Antique Boat Museum received word late last night that the team at Brooklin Boat Yard, located in Brooklin, Maine, started the engines of Pardon Me, a 48-foot runabout known as the largest in the world, in their boat shop. Yesterday afternoon it was decided to drop her in the water for a test run as well, after determining the time in the shop was successful.

The boat, built in 1948, ran great according to mechanics. The engine performed “flawlessly.”

(See videos linked on our ABM Facebook page courtesy of Brooklin Boat Yard)

She ran in the water for some time at 1000 rpm and around 22 mph. A less than 10-second full throttle run made 51 mph at 2550 rpm, which further proved that the boat was drawing closer to being the way it used to be.

The boat left Clayton in 2012 to have its bottom restored to allow for in-water use again. In the time since its been gone, the boat’s entire bottom and keel have been replaced, her engines have been restored, and a new rudder was installed.


Work still to be done is mostly varnish and hardware installation. She is on target to be in Clayton well before the 50th annual Antique Boat Show this August 1-3.

Friday, February 28, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM OPENS REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER COURSES and the 50th ANNUAL ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW


Boat Show Photo (Credit: Matthew Stephan/ABM)

CLAYTON, New York (February 28, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that registration for upcoming 2014 summer courses and camps, along with exhibitor registration for the historic 50th annual Antique Boat Show, will open on March 1.

An extensive list of courses and activities will highlight the summer calendar at the ABM.

Join us as we host sailing, knot-tying, family boatbuilding, boater safety, and more. Kids also have the opportunity to participate in the popular Camp ABM program.

Plus, the ABM is seeking boats for the 50th annual Antique Boat Show, which will be held August 1-3.

The show is considered to be the longest running antique boat show in North America and the ABM will celebrate this historic year with events and activities over the course of 10 days, which will be capped off with the antique Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. Registration for the Boat Show will be open through May 15 and space is limited. Any remaining space after the May 15 deadline will be opened at a later date and at an increased registration fee.

“It is shaping up to be a fun and eventful year for the ABM and we hope to share the experience with both new and old visitors,” stated Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Our vision is to make this a year to remember.”

For more information or to register, visit abm.org or call 315-686-4104.

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 August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annualAntique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running antique boat show in North America, during a 10-day celebration spanning August 1-10 and capped off with the Antique Raceboat Regatta. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ice Cold - What a Difference a Year Makes.


Photos by Jean Papke demonstrate the difference a year can make. Note the open water around Singer Castle last year versus the frozen river around Dark Island now...

Then

Feb. 26, 2013

Now

Feb. 26, 2014

Photos of Singer Castle located on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence River, 1000 Islands. 

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
                    ---William Shakespeare, Sonnet 97

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Report from Dark Island - Singer Castle at the Central NY Boat Show


Photo by Tom Weldon, 
President of Singer Castle on Dark Island

This past week Singer Castle staff journeyed to Syracuse for the Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds. Tom Weldon covered the booth almost full time and put together an eye catching display that included two monitors. One that showed a looping series of photos of the castle and island and the other that showed videos of the island and the region. Pam Thomas, Logan Kring and I took over the booth in the Exhibition Center for several hours on Saturday and we had the pleasure of speaking with old friends and spreading the word about the "other" castle in the 1000 Islands. We also encouraged visitors to extend their visits to the region to include a trip to the Aquatarium which will be opening in Brockville, ON in the late Spring. 

There are plans for the castle to be represented at upcoming shows in and around New York State [so please stay tuned for further information].

---Report by Jean Papke, Assistant to the President

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Antique Boat Museum SYMPOSIUM 2014: START YOUR ENGINES



CLAYTON, New York (February 6, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced details of the 2014 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted symposium to be held May 2-4 in Clayton.

Symposium 2014: Start Your Engines will jump-start opening weekend activities at the ABM for the beginning of the 2014 summer season.

This weekend-long symposium is for people with a passion for boating and building boats, boat owners, and everyone in-between. Symposium 2014 will primarily focus on engines – covering all types including inboards, outboards, and diesel engines. 



Sessions will be taught by experts in motor maintenance and provide participants with hands-on demonstrations, as well as instruction on how to properly restore and maintain a marine engine. 

Instructors include:

Peter Hunn, author of The Classic Outboard Motor Handbook
Peter Leubner, Navy Point Marine Service Manager (Sackets Harbor, NY)
Tony Mollica, well-known boating and 1000 Islands author and historian
Dave Van Ness, owner of Van Ness Engineering (Ridgewood, NJ)
Hans Wahl, owner of French Creek Marina (Clayton, NY)

The weekend will also consist of speedboat rides and a tour of the ABM’s Doebler storage facility.

Registration is only $199, if registered prior to April 20, and includes dinner on Friday night at The Clipper Inn, breakfast at the ABM on Saturday and Sunday, as well as lunch on Saturday.

For more information or to register, log on to abm.org or contact Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org.


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 August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running antique boat show in North America, during a 10-day celebration spanning August 1-10 and capped off with the Antique Raceboat Regatta. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Visit the Antique Boat Museum's New Blog!


Screen shot of ABM's Watertown Daily Times new blog online.
(Click on image to see it larger.)

Congratulations to our friends at the Clayton NY Antique Boat Museum for the new blog at the Watertown Daily Times! We expect big things as this wonderful ship launches online with the very capable Mike Folsom at the helm. 

As always, we will keep you posted here too with everything from A to Z in the Thousand Islands (including news on the Antique Boat Museum). So stay tuned for fun and fantastic stuff with frequent future postings.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Singer Castle in the Winter Time


Be sure to click on photo to enlarge it.

Jean Papke, Singer Castle Administrative Assistant, recently took this photo of Dark Island as it currently looks in the deep freeze of Northern New York on the St. Lawrence River.

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"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'” 
-- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014 - See The Walleye Fish Drop



For the fun of it!


For our fishing friends (and for anybody looking for something unique), see the New Year's Eve walleye fish drop cam in Port Clinton, OH at midnight on the web. 

Or watch New York City's famous ball drop (in Times Square) if you are so inclined.

As another alternative, here is the countdown clock on the web that has already started the countdown to the New Year!

Check in often with this blog. Many new wonderfully surprising features are in the works! Be sure to give us a look at least once per week. You may participate too. Just drop me an email with your Thousand Islands / St. Lawrence region story/pictures (or any other fascinating nature story) to see yourself in print if selected. Happy New Year 2014!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Antique Boat Museum News: THERESA TORNATORE NAMED CONTROLLER




CLAYTON, New York (December 18, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today the addition of Theresa E. Tornatore as Controller.

Tornatore brings over 23 years of experience in accounting, financial reporting and controls, budgeting, cash management, and strategic planning for several businesses in the health care and financial service industries.  Eighteen years of her career were spent with two prominent Syracuse-area medical networks, which had multiple offices and tens of millions of dollars of annual revenues.  As Controller, Tornatore will be responsible for the ABM’s financial affairs and activities.  In addition, she will oversee the Museum’s information technology and human resource functions.

A native of Syracuse, Tornatore has family ties to the Thousand Islands region and Thousand Islands Park. 

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 August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.



Friday, December 13, 2013

Michael Ringer St. Lawrence Gallery ~ John Miller III, picture paddle artist ~ Gold-Mountain, All at Destiny USA


Through 12/29/13, disregard January 5 date.

Kevin Topa, Gallery Director
(Click on photos to see them enlarged)

Michael Ringer's Galleries is featuring a large gallery (already open) at the Destiny USA Mall for this Christmas season through December 29, 2013 with the gallery director from Clayton NY, Kevin Topa. Mall gallery phone for further information is (315) 424-0142. Special appearances by famous artist John Miller III, as well as Bob and Patty Mondore are scheduled Friday and Saturday as follows: 

John Miller III, renowned paddle artist, will be present Friday evening (12/13/13) and during Saturday (12/14/13) throughout the day. His famed paddles, which are for sale, feature various St. Lawrence River themed artwork on 22 inch long hand-made hardwood paddles. Paddles are painted with oils and varnished for protection. Themes include famous sites, wildlife, fish, buildings, etc. He also does commissioned custom art paddles using your own color photo print as a guide. He has a display of his paddles in the gallery, so you can go anytime the gallery is open.

John Miller III, of Thousand Islands Picture Paddles 


John Miller with special commissioned project
(Singer Sewing machine with Singer Castle artwork) 
This sewing machine is not for sale, but is an interesting tie-in to this blog.


 

Bob and Patty Mondore, Gold-Mountain featured books and videos.
(Singer Castle - Dark Island books and DVD, as well as Patty's devotional and inspirational books). We will only be present this Saturday (12/14/13) from 1 pm to 3 pm. Be sure to stop in to see us. Plenty of give-aways (freebies) while we are there! (Our multimedia will be there even when we are not present. So stop in anytime.)


Monday, December 2, 2013

Free Admission at the Antique Boat Museum with Food Donation! See Details:


CLAYTON, New York (December 2, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that food donations will be accepted for the local food pantry in exchange for admission in December.

Starting on Tuesday, December 3, visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the ABM admissions desk during regular museum hours, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., to receive complimentary admission. Those visiting without a food donation can still tour the campus for only $5 (up to $8 off peak-season pricing), which benefits the Museum’s mission.

For the first time in the history of the ABM, the campus and Museum Store remain open in the month of December. The Museum will officially close for the 2013 season on Friday, December 20 and reopen on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Admission is not required to shop in the Museum Store.

Buildings and select exhibits remain accessible, though limited in some areas, and proper dress for weather conditions is suggested, as most areas will not be heated in order to preserve the boats on display.


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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alan Jackson (Country Music Star) Makes Major Antique Boat Donation To The Antique Boat Museum


3-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, 2-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER MAKES SPLASH
WITH DONATION TO THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM IN CLAYTON, NY

Photos: Alan Jackson's "Flat Top" antique 1955 Chris-Craft wood boat.
(Click on photos to see them larger.)

CLAYTON, New York (November 21, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that it has been the recipient of a generous donation by one of country music’s biggest stars.

Alan Jackson, a multi-platinum recording artist known for being one of the most-nominated artists in Country Music Association (CMA) history and the winner of awards such as Entertainer of the Year and two Grammy Awards, has contributed a gorgeous 1955 29-foot Chris-Craft Semi-Enclosed to be added to the ABM’s already impressive collection of historic and classic boats.

“The Museum is grateful for Mr. Jackson’s gift of this remarkable boat, and for his continuing dedication to America’s boating history,” explained Emmett Smith, Curator. “Mr. Jackson has been a leader in restoring some of these classics and it is astonishing to see them appreciated by a musician who operates at the highest level of contemporary popular culture. Boating and country music are both important parts of the American lifestyle, and Mr. Jackson is clearly someone who loves the history of both.”

According to Jackson, "wooden boats have always been my first love.  I've really appreciated the Antique Boat Museum efforts at preserving the history of antique wood boats."

Flat Top, named in reference to the flat top steel-string acoustic guitars commonly used by Jackson, is one of just 36 of these boats ever built by Chris-Craft. The boat was used and stored on Lake Chautauqua, located in western New York, by its original owner.  In 2002, Jackson purchased the boat in poor condition and transported it to Tennessee to undergo extensive restoration work at Hickman Boat Works. Under the craftsmanship of Travis Hickman, Flat Top was revived through a nearly 3-year restoration project, leaving no details untouched.

Flat Top now features pristine woodwork and artistry, both interior and exterior, while retaining its original look and is considered to be show boat quality.

Jackson has been a longtime wooden boat enthusiast and has been engaged with the Antique Boat Museum in the past. In 2009, Jackson made a trip to Clayton for the annual Antique Boat Show & Auction, through ties with local boat broker Peter Mellon of Antique Boat America, which has listed a number of Jackson’s boats for sale over the years. That August, Jackson provided 5 antique boats to be auctioned. During his time in the 1000 Islands region that year, he also cruised with friends aboard his yacht, Neon Rainbow, which was docked at the Museum.

Flat Top arrived in Clayton last weekend and will remain in storage throughout the winter months. The boat is expected to be available for viewing in some form during the Museum’s 2014 season. Details and information will be available prior to the Museum’s May 2 re-opening.


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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Photo: Alan Jackson with one of his famed flat top steel-string acoustic guitars (Precious Memories II album).


Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Tribute - Photos from American Legion Post 904


I snapped these photos this summer 2013 at the American Legion Post #904Location: Alexandria Bay, NY.
(Be sure to click on the pictures to see them larger.) 
Respect. Reflect.





Above photo shows a sampling of stone pavers honoring those who have served. Note the paver giving tribute to Jack T. Sweet who gave his life for our freedom (whom we have noted for several years). Please also note our Veterans Day tribute last year to our local hometown veteran, Todd Torrance
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For an inspirational spiritual dimension and explanation of Veterans Day, see the article by Patty Mondore just published in the Syracuse Good News Paper by clicking here

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Antique Boat Museum (Clayton NY) Success: ATTENDANCE SPIKES AGAIN!




CLAYTON, New York (November 6, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, proudly announced today that it continues to show growth in attendance in 2013.

In October, the ABM witnessed a 21% increase in visitors at the gate compared to 2012 totals. That marks the second highest one month increase this year following a 24% spike in August numbers.

In addition, through October 31, ABM attendance has grown by 7% overall, since the Museum opened for the season on May 10.

The ABM also announced that it has seen a 15% boost in Blue Star Museum participation by active military members and their immediate families in 2013. The free admission program is offered across the country by multiple institutions. The ABM extended their program this year past the national end date of Labor Day in order to allow military visitors to take advantage of the offer through the closing of the Museum.

The Museum and the Museum Store will remain open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through December 20, the latest closing date in the Museum’s history. However, the Museum will be closed November 27-December 2 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Buildings and exhibits will remain accessible, though limited in some areas, and proper dress for weather conditions is suggested, as select areas will not be heated.


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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

B IS FOR BOAT: BOATS & BOOKS COME TOGETHER AT THE ABM


B is for Boat: Antique Boat Museum photo

CLAYTON, New York (October 23, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced a new children’s program, B is for Boat, which uniquely connects boats with literacy.

B is for Boat will consist of a story time connected with a fun craft, game and/or song. Children will be split into four groups based on grade level for appropriate games, books, activities, and fun.

The Baby Boat grouping is for babies to pre-kindergarten aged children.  Baby Boats will meet on Monday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m.  There will be coloring, toys to play with, singing and dancing to get little ones reading, playing, and working on social interaction.

Silly Skiffs will be for children in kindergarten - first grade.  This group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with plenty of crafts, games, and hands-on activities. The group will read a book with assistance, however encouraged to recognize words, helping to increase vocabulary. 

Clever Canoes will engage children in grades 2-3 on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  The group will focus on reading books by themselves and comprehension.  Each activity will be specifically designed to enhance the understanding of the nautical text through trial and error.

Finally, for grades 4-5, the Feisty Freighters program will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  This independent program encourages students to read books they are interested in and then taking the new information and turning it into a hands-on workshop.  Students will explore lighthouses, freighters, boat building, and sailboats.

B is for Boat will be held in the exhibits of the Antique Boat Museum, allowing children to have the chance to interact with the boats by climbing into them, touching them, and using them for inspiration. 

This is a free drop-in program and no preregistration is required. The program will run the first full week of each month starting in November through May.  B is for Boat will kick-off during the week of November 4.

The Scoop, located on Riverside Drive in Clayton, is a supporter of the B is for Boat program and will provide a free scoop of ice cream to students who participate in five weeks of the program.  Stop by the Antique Boat Museum for more information or contact Julie Broadbent, ABM Educator, at 315-686-4104 x235.



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Winners to 2013 Workboat Show Announced


Workboat: Steely Dane, ABM photo

CLAYTON, New York (October 12, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today the winners of the 2013 Workboat Show, held on Saturday, October 12.

Category                                                Boat                                 Owner

Most Unique Workboat                                        Carina                                 Dewitt Withington
Most Dings Above the Waterline                   No Name                            Larry Yehle
Dirtiest Workboat(s)                                              Stein/Stein II & barges    Pat Patch
Most Unique Piece of Equipment Onboard           Frankenboat                      Andy Greene
Ugliest Workboat (tie)                                           Steely Dane                       Dana Hellings
                                                                                               Frankenboat                     Andy Greene
Best Kept Workboat                                                  The Workboat                  Ken Larson
Workboat You Would Consider to Own          The Workboat                  Ken Larson

On what is considered to be the Museum’s final ‘summer’ weekend, the event helped to draw more than 100 visitors through the gate.  Beginning on Tuesday, October 15 and running through December 20, the ABM will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of a new extended fall schedule.

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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Workboat Show this Saturday at the Antique Boat Museum.


Photo: Former workboat Carina owned by Dewitt Withington appeared on the outer seawall during the Antique Boat Show in 2012 and is expected to appear on Saturday. (Click on photo to see it larger).

CLAYTON, New York (October 7, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced that it will play host to a small, yet unique, show on the Museum docks this Saturday (10/12/13) which will feature an assortment of St. Lawrence River workboats.

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 12, 2013 the ABM will host nearly a dozen well recognized workboats from the area as part of the Working Wonders of the River: Workboat Show. From small push boats and barges to large former military vessels, the show will provide visitors with a wide array of boats best known for being “work horses” on the mighty St. Lawrence River.

Curator Emmett Smith and local workboat owner Andy Greene have collaborated to put on the show.

Visitors will be offered the opportunity to vote for various awards, which will be handed out to the participating workboats, such as most dings above the waterline, most unique piece of work equipment onboard, and dirtiest workboat, just to name a few.

Admission to view the workboats will be included in your Museum admission rate.

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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Antique Boat Museum Announces Fall/Winter Dates of Operation & Event Schedule




CLAYTON, New York (September 25, 2013) – 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 and event schedule.

The ABM will extend its operating season into December for the first time ever in 2013. The Fall/Winter calendar will begin on Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day) and extend through Friday, December 20. The Museum’s calendar will be full of activity despite the change in temperature with numerous courses, children’s activities, and special events.

New this fall, the ABM will launch “B is for Boat,” an education-based program featuring nautical-related books and crafts for kids preschool age through grade 5. Plus, the popular Teen Night program returns on October 25 and will run once a month through April, excluding December.

Sailor Howard Rice returns to the ABM in October to host a boat building course. Rice was a featured guest during the Museum’s opening weekend in May and is best known around the world for sailing around Cape Horn, Chile.

The extended calendar will take the Museum through more than 200 days of operation in 2013.

Fall/Winter Dates of Operation

Monday, October 14                                      Fall/Winter Season Begins
Friday, December 20                                      Museum and Museum Store 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                                    $6.50                    
Youth (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

October-December Event Schedule

October 5            Story Songs in the Stone Building with Jen Chapin, presented by WPBS     6:30 p.m.        Cost $10, includes free drink
October 12          Working Wonders of the River: Workboat Show
October 12          Winterizing your Engine Course
October 19          Refinishing Course
October 21-30   SCAMP Build Course with Howard Rice
October 25          Teen Night: Fear Factor – Can You Handle It?!

Week of November 4    B is for Boat Education Programs
November 9       Basic Joinery Course
November 15    Teen Night: a combined evening with TI Arts Center
November 16    Clayton’s Holiday Shoppers Poker Run (ABM Store Participating)

Week of December 2     B is for Boat Education Programs

Note: dates and events subject to change.

The Museum Store will also remain open through December 20, allowing for visitors to shop during the holiday season.

Thus far in 2013, the ABM has seen a nearly 10% increase in attendance, including a 24% boost in the month of August. In addition, the annual antique boat show saw more than 6,000 visitors.


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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.

Friday, September 20, 2013

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM, WPBS PRESENT STORY SONGS IN THE STONE BUILDING


Jen Chapin
Daughter of famed musician Harry Chapin to perform benefit concert

CLAYTON, New York (September 20, 2013) — The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, along with WPBS of Northern New York and Eastern Ontario, announced today details of a concert to benefit the ABM, which will be held on October 5.

Story Songs in the Stone Building presented by WPBS will take place on Saturday, October 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the historic E.J. Noble Stone Building on the campus of the ABM.

Headlining the performance will be Jen Chapin, daughter of the late Harry Chapin. She will be joined by opening act Chris Brown (www.chrisbrownmusic.com), a fellow organist, songwriter, and producer, who has worked with the likes of B.B. King and The Tragically Hip.

Chapin’s music is considered to be urban folk soul, or story songs, that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller.” She has been featured on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” NPR’s “Mountain Stage,” WoodSongs “Old-Time Radio Hour,” and Sirius Satellite’s “The Loft with Mike Marrone.” In addition, she has been honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, has performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and has opened shows for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the Neville Brothers. Her cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" was also prominently featured in a recent episode of the new SyFy series "Defiance".

Her music reflects a diversity of experience. She is an activist, with a lifelong involvement in WhyHunger (founded in 1975 by her late father), an organization that champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty; and is also active in the local and sustainable food movement. She is an educator, leading workshops and presentations to college, community and church groups, with a background teaching full-time in Brooklyn classrooms.

Chapin (www.jenchapin.com) recently released a new album, Reckoning, produced by five-time Grammy Award winner Kevin Killen. The music on the album has drawn comparisons to the songwriting power of Paul Simon and Ani DiFranco.

Story Songs in the Stone Building presented by WPBS will benefit the ABM and tickets can be purchased the night of the show for only $10 each, which includes one free drink.

About WPBS

WPBS/WNPI-TV is licensed as St. Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council, Inc. and was founded in 1958 as a non-profit educational corporation established under an absolute Charter from the NYS Board of Regents.

For the first 13 years, the Council produced educational programs that were broadcast by WWNY-TV, a local commercial station. In August 1971, WNPE/WNPI-TV began operation as a public television station. Two transmitters were installed which serve a broadcast area throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. In 1978, the staff and equipment outgrew their facilities on Champion Hill and moved to the existing location on Arsenal Street in Watertown, New York. In September 1998, the FCC granted permission for WNPE to change its call letters to WPBS-DT.

Today, WPBS-DT employs the equivalent of 26 full-time employees. WPBS-DT is the producer of nationally syndicated programs and is widely recognized for it's children's programming, which is commercial-free, educational and entertaining.

About the ABM

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 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America, on August 1-3, as well as the Raceboat Regatta on August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at ABM.org.


Video: Jen Chapin, Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)