Monday, April 27, 2015

Antique Boat Museum Announces 2015 Event Schedule & More



CLAYTON, New York (April 26, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today details of the upcoming 2015 season.
The celebration of the Museum’s re-opening, which is presented by Vintage Doors, will include a number of giveaways on the ABM’s Facebook page leading up to the first day of the 2015 season on Friday, May 1. Facebook followers will have the opportunity to win merchandise, books, and event tickets.
The ABM officially re-opens on May 1 at 9 a.m. and will be open 7 days a week through Columbus Day. 
2015 Event Schedule
This season, the ABM embarks on yet another full calendar of activity that will see more than 40 public and private events, not including multiple ABM education courses, occur at the Museum in the 23 weeks between May 1 and October 12. Nearly every weekend not slated to host a Museum event is scheduled for a wedding or other private gathering.
In May, the ABM will play host to the annual Volunteer Breakfast. This affair will take place on May 21 and serves as a recruiting event, as well as a time for past volunteers to declare their interests in helping for the season. On May 22 from 5-7 p.m., the ABM invites the public to attend the formal opening of the Museum’s newest exhibits during a free reception, catered by DiPrinzio’s.
In June, the popular 1000 Islands Family Day returns on June 13. This free admission day is presented by Watertown Savings Bank, Fidelis Care & WWNY-TV and will feature numerous displays and activities, as well as discounted speedboat rides. Also, the Great International Steamboat Flotilla returns for its fourth consecutive year on June 14-20. The month will be capped off by a new event this summer, Halfway to Christmas Boat Parade, which participants are encouraged to light up their boat in Christmas d├ęcor.
POSH Picnic returns on July 3 and will feature an auction with extravagant items. On July 11, the Museum will host the 5th annual Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show. British cars are the marque of the year. And, the biggest event of the summer sets sail on July 31, as the 51st annual Antique Boat Show & Auction gets underway. Known as the longest running Antique Boat Show in North America, this year’s show is shaping up to be an encore to last year’s event.


Finally, the Caravan Stage Company (www.caravanstage.org) will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August 14 & 15 for two nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that is sure to be the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season. The performances are already this summer’s hottest ticketed event and has sold more than 600 tickets as of April 25.
A current event schedule is shown below, but subject to change.
2015 Event Schedule
May 1                                       Museum Opens
May 8-10                                   ABM/ACBS Symposium
May 21                                      Volunteer Breakfast
May 22                                      Exhibition Opening Reception
June 10                                     National Iced Tea Day – complimentary iced tea for visitors
June 13                                     Watertown Savings Bank “1000 Islands Family Day” presented by Fidelis
Care & WWNY-TV - Free admission all day courtesy of WSB
June 15-21                                Great International Steamboat Flotilla
June 27                                     Halfway to Christmas Boat Parade
June 28                                     USCG Auxiliary Free Boat Inspection Day 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July 3                                        POSH Picnic/Clayton Fireworks
July 11                                      1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show
July 31 – August 2                      51st Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction
July 31                                      Fleet Fete and Auction Preview – fundraising reception to benefit the
ABM’s in-water fleet
August 1                                    Boat Auction presented by Antique Boat America 1 p.m.
August 1                                    Boat Show Block Dance featuring 1960s cover band Dunes & the
Deltunes       8 p.m.
August 14 & 15                          Caravan Stage Company performance of ‘Hacked’
September 5                              Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
2015 Admission Rates
General admission rates for the 2015 “summer” season are shown below –
Adult                                         $14
Senior (65+)                              $12
Youth                                        $8
Child (6 & under)                       Free
ABM/Frederic Remington Art Museum Combo Pass
$17
Group                                       Call ahead for rates
Military (active/retired)               Free
Retired Military Spouse               $9


Museum Hours of Operation
9 a.m. until 5 p.m.          7 days a week beginning May 1 through Columbus Day
About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. 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, April 14, 2015

BOAT RESTORATION SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD MAY 8-10 AT ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM IN CLAYTON NY



CLAYTON, New York (April 14, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced details of the 2015 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted symposium to be held May 8-10 in Clayton.
Symposium 2015: Boat Restoration will officially kick-off the 2015 event calendar at the Museum.
This weekend-long symposium is for people with a passion for boating and building boats, boat owners, and everyone in-between. Presentations will cover carvel and lapstrake planking, as well as steam bending among other topics. Instructors include Bo & Kathy Muller of Muller Boatworks and Rueben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop. They will be available all weekend to answer boat restoration questions.
The weekend will also consist of speedboat rides (weather permitting) and a tour of the ABM’s Doebler storage facility.
Registration is only $199, if registered prior to April 20 ($225 after), and includes dinner on Friday night at The Clipper Inn, breakfast at the ABM on Saturday and Sunday, along with lunch on Saturday.
For more information or to register, log on to abm.org or contact Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org.
About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. 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.

CLAYTON NY TO SERVE AS PORT OF CALL FOR 2 LUXURY CRUISE SHIPS




CLAYTON, NY (April 14, 2015) – Mayor Norma Zimmer and the Village of Clayton have announced that the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal located at Frink Park in downtown Clayton will welcome two luxury cruise ships over the course of the 2015 summer and early fall. MS Saint Laurent and Pearl Mist will make port calls into Clayton between May 10 and October 17. In total, 13 large cruise ship visits are slated for the Regional Dock this summer.

MS Saint Laurent, a 286-foot cruise ship, which was recently refurbished after being purchased by Haimark Line, will be making its maiden voyage under its new name and owner in 2015 and will dock in Clayton a total of 11 times between May 10 and October 17. The five-deck, 105 stateroom luxury liner will make numerous trips along the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the upper Great Lakes. The ship previously sailed the St. Lawrence Seaway while known as Cape May Light and Sea Voyager.

Pearl Mist returns to Clayton after making two visits in 2014. The 335-foot ship features six decks with 108 staterooms. The vessel, which is owned by Pearl Seas Cruises, will again make two port visits, both of which will be overnight stays.
Both ships carry up to 210 passengers.
In addition to the cruise ships, Clayton is also expected to receive a visit from a US Coast Guard Cutter over the July 4th holiday.

2015 Port Schedule for Clayton, New York (as of April 14, 2015; subject to change)
Date                                     Hours in Port                  Vessel

May 10                             8am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
May 17                             7am – 6pm                       MS Saint Laurent
May 26                             9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
June 22                             9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
July 1                                 9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
July 3                                    TBD                                       US Coast Guard Cutter
July 16/17                        8pm – 8pm                       Pearl Mist                          (overnight visit)
July 28                                 9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 11                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 13/14          8am – 8am                       Pearl Mist                          (overnight visit)
September 20                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 29                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
October 8                          9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
October 17                        9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent

About the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal
The Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal became a U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard certified 105c Port of Entry in October 2011.
Recent vessels to call upon the port include; tall ships – Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II and Empire Sandy; yachts – Blue Moon, Lady Sandals, Unity, Battered Bull, Freedom; tugboats – Robinson Bay, Performance and Commodore Straits. In 2014, the port welcomed cruise ship Pearl Mist on two separate occasions.

The Regional Dock is conveniently located just off the main shipping channel at Frink Park along Riverside Drive in downtown Clayton.
For more information on the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal, contact the Village of Clayton at 315-686-5552 or visit www.villageofclayton.org.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Springtime shots of Singer Castle on Dark Island


These photos of Singer Castle, by Jean Papke, were taken just this morning from the St. Lawrence River shore in the Thousand Islands. What a contrast to her recent pictures when it was all so winter-like. Jean reminds us that it is only 34 days until Opening Day. Click on photos to see them larger.





"The beautiful Spring came;
and when nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also."
       ---Harriet Ann Jacobs


Monday, March 30, 2015

Antique Boat Museum & River Hospital To Be Honored For Collaboration



CLAYTON, New York (March 29, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Museum and River Hospital, located in Alexandria Bay, will be honored during the 7th annual Nonprofit Awards for their 2014 collaboration relating to the River Community Wellness Program (RWCP) for soldiers suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



In May 2014, the ABM and River Hospital kicked-off a publicity campaign highlighting the importance of the RWCP and for the first time provided public access to the emotional compositions created by soldiers in the program.

The RCWP at River Hospital was instituted to provide intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, while providing 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. RCWP is the only program of its kind in the United States and 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.

Through this partnership, the artwork and creative writing that had been created in recent years as part of Creative Arts Therapy went on display to the public at the ABM in an effort to share the pain and effect of being a soldier. Also, participants in the RCWP were given the opportunity to explore the region’s beauty by climbing aboard one of the Museum’s in-water fleet boats to cruise the islands for relaxation and meditation time, as required by the program.

In addition, River Hospital served as the Official Sponsor of the Armed Forces at the Museum throughout the 2014 season, underwriting admission fees for more than 500 soldiers, as well as the admission fees of all active and retired military members during the historic 50th annual Antique Boat Show which was held August 1-3. As part of the Boat Show festivities, Boston Legal actor Mark Valley made an appearance to sign autographs and help raise funds for RCWP.

The 7th annual Nonprofit Awards are presented by M&T Bank, with support from Business Journal News Network, ABC Creative Group and BizEventz. The awards luncheon will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the SRC Arena on Onondaga Community College campus, Syracuse.




Friday, March 13, 2015

Singer Castle on Dark Island in the Winter Time - 2015


These photos by Scott Garris (caretaker of Dark Island) and Jean Papke (Administrative Assistant) were recently taken of Singer Castle. Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger.

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

Photo by Jean Papke (Elm Tree Island foreground, Dark Island background). Camera perspective from the river's shore makes them look much closer together than they actually are. Note that the St.Lawrence River is totally iced over.

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

To tremble from cold in the icy snow,
In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;
To run, stamping one's feet every moment,
Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold    ...
We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously, for fear of tripping and falling.
Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and, rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
We feel the chill north winds course through the home despite the locked and bolted doors...
this is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.
---Vivaldi, the Four Seasons sonnets, 1700s

DANIELLE M. WILLS APPOINTED TO NORTH COUNTRY ARTS COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Danielle M. Wills

CLAYTON, New York (March 13, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that Danielle M. Wills has been appointed to the North Country Arts Council’s (NCAC) Board of Directors.

Wills joined the ABM in June 2014 as Membership & Finance Assistant, a role in which she is heavily involved in both the membership and finance departments, focusing on member and donor relations, as well as general office management.

Frederick H. Hager, the ABM’s Executive Director, commented: “We are extremely proud to have Danielle on the Board of this important regional organization. This is a wonderful opportunity for her personally and professionally, and for the ABM as an institution.”

"Danielle's degree in Art History, her track record as a team player, and her obvious love of the arts, makes her a perfect choice to join the NCAC board," explained Kris Marsala, NCAC Board President. "Danielle understands that it's not just the quality of the art work in your gallery or arts center that can help you succeed. Financial responsibility, creative marketing, and building positive relationships in your community are also important components of success in the art world."

Wills is a 2003 graduate of Alexandria Central Schools and a 2012 graduate of SUNY College at Buffalo where she received a B.A. in Art History. Prior to joining the ABM she was Executive Assistant at Martin House, the Frank Lloyd Wright historic landmark in downtown Buffalo. Wills currently resides in Alexandria Bay.



About NCAC

The North Country Arts Council (NCAC) began as the North Country Artists' Guild in 1948. It served the area by providing opportunities to fine artists. In 2009, the mission was expanded to promote growth in and through all creative art forms including, but not limited to, music, theater, dance, literature, and visual arts. A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, the NCAC is a tool for developing and celebrating cultural opportunities in the community, making it a better place to live.

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 111 year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. 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.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

ONE-OF-A-KIND THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE COMING TO THE DOCK OF THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM THIS AUGUST 2015



CLAYTON, New York (March 12, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Caravan Stage Company will dock and perform at the Museum this coming August.


The Caravan Stage Company (www.caravanstage.org) will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August 14 & 15, 2015 for two nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that is sure to be the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season.

Since its founding in 1970, the Caravan has provided invaluable opportunities for young people from all sectors of their multi-faceted society and has traveled the globe reaching audiences of all walks of life. The Caravan embodies a long tradition of traveling theatrical productions with their combination of innovative stylistic staging, imaginative music and dance, and colorful entertaining themes. The shows are all original productions expressing the issues and concerns of people inhabiting the environment of the 21st century.


 One of the most unique aspects to this theatre is that all of the performances are done aboard a 100-foot long, 90-foot tall ship, which serves as their stage.

“The uniqueness of the Caravan is unmatched in the region and we are privileged to be the host site of these fascinating performances,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing & Communications. “Nowhere else will you find the opportunity to enjoy a summer evening along the water’s edge while being caught up in an exciting performance with music, lights, and aerial acrobatics. By bringing this show to the Museum, we are able to serve a different form of cultural importance in the North Country, while combining it with our everyday cultural role.”

The Clayton shows will be the only scheduled shows in Northern New York and on the United States side of the St. Lawrence River, making these shows more special and unique to the region.

The Caravan performance known as ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ integrates text, poetry, video, humor, music, movement, masks, props and special effects into a magical theatrical experience that is both compelling and inspirational.

Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be ordered online at abm.org or by calling the ABM at 315-686-4104. In-person ticket purchases can be made when the Museum reopens on May 1. This event is lawn seating only and it is suggested to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The event is supported in part by Watertown Savings Bank, Bella’s of Clayton, Vintage Doors, and 7News/Fox28.

About ‘Hacked’ by Caravan Stage Company

'Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire' plot revolves around the machinations of the Mammon trying to find the stolen treasure, the whereabouts known only to the Hackers. The Mammon must find it or else the Mammon Corp Regime will collapse.

This original Caravan show explores the quest for freedom of expression, in political & social discourse, within the world of the internet & virtual media; examines the ubiquitous presence of surveillance in our lives; and probes the ethics of the dissolution of the public, democratic control over the justice and penal systems.

'Hacked' features the entire pallet of Caravan theatrical stereographic treats such as passionate characters, poetic lyrics, exotic and melodic music, multiple video screens with a global array of imagery and visual trickery, unique aerial acrobatics, surreal lighting and sound, and a giant mega puppet that spies, swags, savages, swears, swoons and sings.

A video trailer of the show can be seen here - https://vimeo.com/119560599

About ABM


Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. 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, March 3, 2015

Singer Castle on Dark Island open dates for 2015. Employment applications accepted.




Singer Castle on Dark Island in the Thousand Islands will be open for tours during the 2015 season from Saturday, May 16th to Sunday, October 11, 2015. Details as follows:

May 16th – June 20, 2015 The castle will be open 4 days a week: Saturdays and Sundays 10-5 with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tours are also available by appointment for groups.

June 26th through Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the castle will be open seven days a week 10-5 with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m.

After Labor Day, the castle will be open 4 days a week: Saturdays and Sundays 10-5 with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tours will also be available by appointment.

The last scheduled day of operation for the 2015 season is Sunday, October 11th.

Call 1-877-327-5475 or 315-486-3275 for more information.


Applications are being accepted for employment during the 2015 season.  Please e-mail tom@singercastle.com to request an application.

Information per Dark Island Tours.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seaway Splash Event to Return to Clayton NY - Dog Jumping Competition




Clayton, New York (February 18, 2015) – Michael J. Folsom, organizer of the popular Clayton summer festival known as Sailing SeawayClayton/Seaway Splash, along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, has announced the return of Seaway Splash, the dog jumping competition segment of the festival, which debuted at Frink Park in 2012. The event will take place June 12-14, 2015. "It is with great pleasure that I can say we will continue with an event for 2015 after receiving numerous requests to do so and thanks to support of the Clayton Chamber,” Folsom said. “Seaway Splash has been a highlight of the summer in downtown Clayton over the past three years and I am excited to have the opportunity to personally reach the five-year mark of organizing this June event for our community.”

Over the past three years, Seaway Splash has seen dogs from across the state, as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, Ontario and Quebec take part in the competition, which had been run by DockDogs. In 2015, Seaway Splash will become an event operated by Ultimate Air Dogs, which was founded in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox, who was a World Series Champion in 1984.

“The event quality and concept will remain the same, while participation costs will be lower in an effort to encourage more locals and non-competitors to try their dogs at the sport of dock diving. It is sure to be just as fun and entertaining. “

Ultimate Air Dogs is widely known and has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. The competition will feature categories similar to those held in Clayton in the past.

“We have been extremely pleased with the level of enthusiasm from event sponsors, participants and spectators over the past 3 years. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to bringing this family friendly event back to Clayton again this year,” Clayton Chamber President Chris Bogenschutz added.

Seaway Splash made its biggest ‘splash’ during the inaugural event in 2012 when Taz, a then 5-year old black Labrador, leaped 31-feet during the DockDogs Big Air competition. That jump set a new world record for the sport and landed the event and Clayton in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since its inception, Sailing Seaway Clayton/Seaway Splash has attracted more than 20,000 visitors. 

Event registration information will be announced at a later date.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Antique Boat Museum and TILT to host Winter Break Camp February 16-20, 2015


ABM photo: Kids learning by playing.

CLAYTON, New York (January 27, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that it will host a science-themed camp during the upcoming winter school break, February 16-20, 2015.

This two-hour craft, reading, and special activity time from 9:30-11:30 a.m. will explore the science of boating.  Each day, school-aged children will experiment and explore various topics, such as learning about local ecosystems and how to build simple machines that make our lives easier.  Participants will have the opportunity to try building a model barge and see how much freight it can carry down the river or how much sail is needed aboard a sailboat.

This camp is being held in partnership with the Thousand Island Land Trust (TILT). 

Each session is $7 per child for members and $10 for non-members; with a family maximum charge of $21 per family, per day.  If interested in participating in all five days, ask about our discounted rate. Children under the age of 7 must have an adult stay with them. 

For more information or to pre-register, contact Julie Broadbent at 315-686-4104 x235 or email at jbroadbent@abm.org.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Michael Folsom appointed to NY State Tourism Industry Assoc. Board of Directors


Michael J. Folsom

CLAYTON, New York (December 5, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that Michael J. Folsom has been appointed to the New York State Tourism Industry Association’s (NYSTIA) Board of Directors, representing the ABM and New York’s Thousand Islands region.

Folsom joined the ABM in March 2013 as Director of Marketing & Communications and oversees all marketing and communication functions, as well as overseeing the museum store and special events, including the annual Antique Boat Show & Auction. In addition, he works closely with the ABM’s more than 150 volunteers.

Frederick H. Hager, the ABM’s Executive Director, commented: “We are extremely proud to have Mike on the Board of this top-level, State-wide tourism organization.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Mike professionally and for the ABM as an institution.

Prior to joining the Museum, Folsom was best known throughout the Thousand Islands region for operating the website, The Ship Watcher (www.theshipwatcher.com), which is considered a news source for St. Lawrence Seaway shipping information. He also founded the heavily attended Sailing Seaway Clayton festival at Frink Park in downtown Clayton in 2011. During the first four years of the festival, he helped to lure more than 28,000 people to the 1000 Islands region by bringing historic tall ships, live music, DockDogs competitions and more to the riverside park.

Folsom currently serves as a Board member for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of the international tourism organization, 1000 Islands RiverQuest. He is a recent past Board member of the Lynx Educational Foundation, operators of the tall ship Lynx.

His term on the NYSTIA Board will begin in 2015 and expire in December 2017.

About NYSTIA

NYSTIA is a 501c6, New York State not‐for‐profit corporation with more than 150 members which was created for the purpose of bringing together New York State tourism industry interests to: advocate government policies and programs which will strengthen the industry; to raise the level of professionalism within the industry; to encourage the development of cooperative relationships and partnerships among its members; and to raise consumer awareness and appreciation of travel and vacation opportunities in New York State. For more information, visit nystia.org.

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River, along the Canadian border of upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 111 year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. 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, December 2, 2014

Museum Parade Float to Carry Special Guests: Local Military Family & TV Personalities


Photo: Gadfly, antique boat.

LOCAL MILITARY FAMILY & TELEVISION PERSONALITIES TO SERVE AS GUESTS OF HONOR ABOARD MUSEUM PARADE ‘FLOAT’

CLAYTON, New York (December 2, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that a local military family and two of the North Country’s well-known television personalities will ride aboard the Museum’s parade ‘float’ during this Saturday’s [12/6/14] annual Clayton Christmas Parade.

The family of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Executive Officer, Major Sean Morrow, will ride aboard the Museum’s 33-foot sedan commuter, Gadfly, serving as special guests of the Museum. Sean, and his wife Meghan, will be joined by their three children. Sean currently serves our country with the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum.

In addition, local television personalities Anne Richter and Brian Ashley of WWNY-TV (7News - Watertown) will join the Morrows. Anne and Brian have served as longtime North Country household names while spending the past 30 years in front of the camera. The wife/husband news team has engraved their ties to the community through various contributions to organizations which they devote their time and efforts toward. Both also share a strong passion for the water and spend an ample amount of time sailing on Lake Ontario.

“We are honored to have the Morrow family, along with Anne and Brian, join us for this festive holiday tradition in Clayton,” Executive Director Frederick Hager shared. “This is our small way of recognizing them for all that they do.”

Gadfly, built in 1931 by Hutchinson Boat Works of Alexandria Bay, will serve as the Museum’s parade float. Donated to the Museum by Margaret H. Wallace in 1994, the boat recently underwent restoration work and returned to service this past August.  Serving as part of the Museum’s in-water fleet and a flagship vessel of the ABM, Gadfly has provided hundreds of Museum patrons with the opportunity to enjoy traveling on the River. The boat recently represented the ABM at the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Boat Show in Skaneateles this fall.

This will be Gadfly’s first appearance in the Clayton Christmas Parade.

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.