Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GUIDE TO THE 51st ANNUAL ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW & AUCTION PRESENTED BY RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT


Free koozie giveaway, live music, after hours events and more
CLAYTON, New York (July 21, 2015) – 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, July 31 through Sunday, August 2.
The 51st 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, unique forums will be held, the popular boat auction conducted by Antique Boat America will take place on August 1 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.
BOAT SHOW BY THE NUMBERS (as of July 20):
Exhibitors – boats (water and land display) and engines                 80

Cumulative boat lengths                                                              More than 2,000-feet

Oldest registered vessel                                                              
circa 1900

Registrations from across North America                                      CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WA, Ontario, Quebec
Below is a complete guide is below –
SHOW HOURS
Friday, July 31               9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 1         9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2           9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Note: ABM will remain open to visitors until 5:00 p.m. on August 2
ADMISSION RATES                 Members                       Free
Adult                             $15 (Friday/Saturday); $14 (Sunday)
Youth (7-17)                  $10 (Friday/Saturday); $8 (Sunday)
Child (6 & under)           Free


Active/Retired Military Free – courtesy of River Hospital
Military Spouse              $10 (each day)
Military Youth                $5 (each day)
Adult 3-Day Pass            $30
Youth 3-Day Pass           $20
ADMITTANCE TO THE SHOWS Visitors will be directed to the ABM’s Boat Shop located on the corner of Mary Street and Alexandria Street to purchase admission bracelets or check-in as a member.
Note: the entire ABM campus, including the Marketplace vendor area and the auction will be fenced in and admission will be required to enter.
The sidewalk along Mary Street will remain open to public access at all times throughout both shows.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES              Live music at the show – Gary Walts (July 31, 3-5 p.m. & August 1,
10:30-Noon); The Arrythmias (August 1, Noon – 2 p.m.); Dunes & the Deltunes performs at the Block Dance (August 1, 8 – 10 p.m.; free of charge).
Fleet Fete – Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. – a first look at the Boat Auction, after hours peek at the Boat Show, and great food. A fundraising event to benefit the ABM. Tickets $75/person and can be purchased by calling 315-686-4104.
First 500 visitors through the gate on August 1 receive a free 51st Boat Show koozie, courtesy of RBC Wealth Management.
Free souvenir photo booth on Saturday, August 1 from 11 – 3 p.m.
Boat Auction, conducted by Antique Boat America, takes place Saturday, August 1 at 1:00 p.m.; bidder paddles can be obtained in person the day of the auction
Forums include well-known author Tony Mollica on Friday, July 31, as well as Tom “Doc Lyman” Koroknay on both Friday and Saturday.
After Hours at the Boat Show with cocktails and dinner, catered by The Clipper Inn, on Saturday, August 1. Tickets available by calling 686-4104.
Boat Show concludes with the Grand Parade presented by Bernier, Carr & Associates on Sunday, August 2 starting at Noon.
PARKING                                 Free Shuttle during Boat Show – courtesy of Wood Boat Brewery –

available at Guardino Elementary and Lions Field Lot (Webb Street).

Village street parking is permitted, however the ABM asks that you be considerate of our neighbors and avoid blocking sidewalks and driveways.
The ABM Community Lot located on Riverside Drive behind Watertown Savings Bank will be utilized by the Museum and should remain clear of all vehicles and trailers beginning on Thursday, July 30 through Sunday August 2 at 5:00 p.m.
DOCKING                                Visitors coming to the show by boat may wish to reconsider as dock
space is likely to be minimal. If attempting, please know that dock space is on a first come-first serve basis along the French Bay end of the Mary Street Municipal Dock. All boaters will need to check-in through admissions in the Boat Shop before proceeding into the show.
No docking will be permitted on the ABM docks for the general public during Boat Show.
BOATER SAFETY                     The ABM asks that boaters be courteous and neighborly when cruising
near the Museum and keep wakes to a minimum.
SMOKING                                Smoking will only be permitted within designated areas on the grounds
during Boat Show. No smoking will be allowed on the main campus,
within exhibit buildings, or on the docks.
DOGS                                       Dogs will only be allowed in the Marketplace and street-side areas of
the event grounds. No dogs will be permitted into buildings or the interior main campus of the ABM. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog and keeping them leashed at all times.
NOTES OF INTEREST              The main entrance to the show will be at the ABM Boat Shop on the
corner of Alexandria Street and Mary Street. All visitors must obtain wristbands or badges to enter.
Mary Street Closed – the stretch of Mary Street between Alexandria and Theresa Streets, in front of the ABM, will be closed to traffic throughout the show, including overnight hours.
Clayton Public Boat Ramp will remain accessible via Theresa Street throughout the event.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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




CLAYTON, New York (July 19, 2015) – 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 July 2018, during the Museum’s annual membership meeting on Friday, July 17, 2015:

William J. Cosgrove, Jr.
Harold B. Johnson II
Eric Mower
Joseph M. Pal
Melissa Ringer-Hardy
John D. Simpson
Rick W. Tague
Addison F. Vars III

In addition, Edward C. McNally and Lee T. Hirschey were appointed as Trustee Emeritus, following extensive tenures and playing significant roles as members of the Museum Board.

Appointed as Officers at the Museum’s Board Meeting on July 17:

Rick W. Tague – Chairman
Kathleen R. Cross – Vice Chairman
Charles S. Crow III – Secretary
William J. Cosgrove, Jr. – 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 51st year this coming July 31 – August 2. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CARAVAN STAGE PERFORMANCES AT ABM BECOMING A 1000 ISLANDS MUST SEE SHOW



ADDITIONAL SHOW DATE ADDED; ONE SOLD OUT

CLAYTON, New York (July 9, 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 performances at the Museum have grown so popular that a third show has been added, while one has officially sold out.

The Caravan Stage Company (www.caravanstage.org) will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August for a total of three nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that has become the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season.

The third show, to be held on August 16, will go on sale today at abm.org and by phone. In addition, the August 15 show has officially sold out. Tickets for the August 14 show remain available.

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 response has been outstanding since we announced the shows back in March,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing & Communications. “By adding a third show, we hope to fulfill the interest and demand.”


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. This event is lawn seating only and it is suggested to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.


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.
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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

MUSEUM EXTENDS THANKS TO NYS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS



Discount admission to be offered

CLAYTON, New York (June 29, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) announced today that it will extend a special offer to all New York State-based law enforcement officials between July 1 and July 10.


Following a strenuous three-week manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies in northern NY, the ABM will offer half price admission to all law enforcement officers, with valid law enforcement identification, as a means of thanks for their work and dedication to keep our great state safe.

“For nearly a month, communities in northern NY were rattled by the fact that two dangerous individuals were hiding out and their whereabouts was unknown. It is a relief for all New Yorkers to now know the challenging work by law enforcement has paid off,” explained Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing & Communications. “This offer is just our small way of saying thanks and we encourage other attractions and organizations from across the state to find similar ways to participate.”

The half price admission offer is valid beginning on Wednesday, July 1 and will run through Friday, July 10. This offer is being extended to not just those who were a part of the search, but any and all law enforcement based within NY State, including US Border and Protection, correctional facility officers, NYS Park Rangers, etc.


The ABM, located at 750 Mary Street, Clayton NY 13624, is now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 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 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BRITISH CARS SET TO ROLL INTO CLAYTON


5th annual Concours Show to take place July 11

CLAYTON, New York (June 25, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) announced today that the fifth annual 1000 Islands Concours d' Elegance Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s theme has been crowned “British Royalty” and the featured marques of the year include Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Aston Martin. 

Entries for cars of any marque and age may be submitted, but must be at least 25 or more years of age to be eligible for judging. The judged awards will include the Brock Yates Best in Show Trophy, the Judges Choice Trophy, the Fred Petroske Memorial Trophy for the best British car, as well as three (3) 1000 Island Awards trophies. Previous winners of the Brock Yates Trophy include a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe, a 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 and a 1954 Corvette.

All entered vehicles (judged and unjudged) are eligible for the People’s Choice (Marque of the Year), People’s Choice (non-Marque of the Year) and “Car I Would Most Like to Drive Home” awards, which are selected by the public. All women in attendance will have the opportunity to select the Ladies Choice Award.
  
The show, brought to you by RBC Wealth Management, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, opens to the public at 10 a.m. and all trophies will be awarded prior to 3:30 p.m. Show admission, which includes the ABM and its general offerings, is $14.

On July 12, there will be a guided drive around the beautiful 1000 Islands area, which will include a driving tour through the town of Alexandria Bay following the old route of “Round-the-House” races that took place in the 1930s. Participant cars will also make a visit to the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum where a new exhibit relating to those races is expected to debut. 

Registration for the show is $40 per vehicle, which includes museum entrance, lunch and a boat ride, plus participation in the Sunday drive. Registration forms and additional information are available at abm.org or by contacting Margaret Hummel at mhummel@abm.org or 315-686-4104. 


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 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

STEAMBOATS SET TO ‘BLOW OFF STEAM’ AT ABM




CLAYTON, New York (June 11, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) announced today that the Great International Steamboat Flotilla (GISF) returns to the Museum and 1000 Islands region for a fourth straight year beginning June 14 through June 20.


As in years past, 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 Tuesday, June 16 from 5-6:30 p.m., the public is invited to come to the ABM for a free “meet and greet” event with the steamboat captains and have the opportunity to explore the steamboats more closely.

Approximately 8-10 steamboats will make the ABM their ‘homeport’ and they will once again be fueled by firewood provided locally 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 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FREE SAILING & ROWING PROGRAM SET TO RETURN

Courses also available in July/August


CLAYTON, New York (June 9, 2015) – 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 2015.

Beginning on Tuesday, June 23, the ABM will kick-off its popular Tuesday Night Sailing & Rowing program. This free weekly event takes place June 23 through August 11 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 are the boat with visitors teaching you and guiding you through basic sailing technique.

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

1000 ISLANDS FAMILY DAY RETURNS ON JUNE 13, 2015


Special appearance by Watertown Bucks; Border agents to host panel discussion.


Big Catch during Family Day with Captain Jeff Garnsey

CLAYTON, New York (June 5, 2015) - The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) invites everyone to come to Clayton on Saturday, June 13, 2015 for a fun-filled day of activities.

The popular free admission 1000 Islands Family Day, brought you by Watertown Savings Bank, Fidelis Care, and 7News/Fox28, is set to take place at the ABM on June 13 and feature free admission all day as well as activities for the entire family between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 


Activities will include free skiff rowing, $5 boat rides, food and beverages for a nominal fee, face painting, crafts, flyboard demonstrations, an appearance by the Watertown Bucks, and much more.

In addition, the ABM, along with US and Canadian border officials, will host their second annual panel discussion, Boating on the Border, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Canadian Border Services, U.S. Border Patrol, and other government entities will each introduce their organization's mission of work on the River. Boaters from both sides of the River are encouraged to come withquestions 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.



Slack Chemical to Underwrite Boat Rides for Soldiers - Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY



CLAYTON, New York (June 5, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY announced today a new initiative aimed at saluting our military members.

Throughout the 2015 season, the ABM and Carthage, NY based Slack Chemical Company will partner in an initiative geared toward making a soldier’s visit to the ABM more enjoyable and the full experience. Salute-A-Soldier presented by Slack Chemical will match visitor contributions of $10 to provide free rides aboard the ABM’s Miss 1000 Islands II, a replica 1930s speedboat that provides a daily schedule of 45-minute trips through the 1000 Islands from the ABM’s docks.

Miss 1000 Islands II

”We are extremely pleased to have Slack Chemical join us in this new program,” said Frederick H. Hager, the ABM’s Executive Director.  “Salute-A-Soldier will ensure that soldiers get out on the St. Lawrence River and fully-experience the beauty of the region, as well as the mystical joys of a wooden boat,” he added.

Throughout the summer, Slack Chemical will help to underwrite speedboat rides for our active military members, while museum visitors will be asked at Museum Admissions if they too wish to make a contribution to allow for a soldier to have the opportunity to experience the St. Lawrence River.

The Salute-A-Solider program will serve as an additional perk for active soldiers visiting the ABM. In May, the ABM announced that it will again serve as one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across the country providing complimentary admission to active military and their immediate families. In addition, the ABM and River Hospital currently serve as partners to ensure that soldiers specifically in the River Community Wellness Program for PTSD patients get out on the water during required relaxation sessions.

About ABM

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 51st year this July 31 – August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

About Slack Chemical


Slack Chemical has been in operation since 1944 serving as a chemical warehousing, repackaging and distribution company, while specializing in swift, reliable delivery of the highest quality products. Slack Chemical has more than 500 commodity items worth well over $7 million stored at their facilities in Carthage, Castorland, and Saratoga Springs, NY, which include three rail sidings; 650,000 gallons of liquid storage, and 385,000 square footage of packaging, warehousing and office space. For more information on Slack Chemical, please visit www.slackchem.com

Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTH COUNTRY (Upstate NY) MUSEUMS TEAM UP AGAIN FOR SPECIAL ADMISSION OFFER



CLAYTON, New York (May 29, 2015) - 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 the renewal of their partnership for the 2015 tourist season.


The ABM and Frederic Remington Art Museum will once again provide North Country visitors with the opportunity to experience two of the region's cultural assets at a discounted rate beginning now and running through September 15.

Visitors will have the option of purchasing a "combo pass," which includes an adult admission to both museums for a discounted rate of only $17. This offer provides a $6 savings.

The ABM is located at 750 Mary Street, Clayton, while the Frederic Remington Art Museum is a short 47-mile jaunt along the river and located at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY.


Monday, May 25, 2015

A Bird Lover's Reflections: A 90-Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love Birds, by Patty Mondore





North Wind Publishing releases the third nature book by PATTY MONDORE
A Bird Lover's Reflections:
A 90-Day Devotional and Journal for
People Who Love Birds

[See Free Video Below]

North Wind Publishing (Belfast, Maine) releases Patty Mondore’s newest book, A Bird Lover's Reflections: A 90-Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love Birds. A Bird Lover's Reflections is the third book in a series of devotionals that North Wind has released by Patty Mondore for those who love nature and the outdoors

A Bird Lover’s Reflections is the third book in Patty’s Outdoor Devotional Series written for those who love nature and the outdoors. From hummingbirds to herons, raptors to wrens, common loons to cormorants, and bald eagles to bluebirds, if you love bird-watching you will love A Bird Lover’s ReflectionsAs described by North Wind’s founder, Janet Robbins, “A Bird Lover’s Reflections is a 90-day Devotional and Journal to help you with your Bible study and meditations. Each day starts with a beautiful black and white bird photo and Bible verse. "Winging Through the Word" steers you toward portions of the Bible you should read that day while "Thoughts on the Fly" are the author’s personal experiences enjoying birds and where she relates that experience to biblical teachings. The Birder’s Journal is an area for the reader to write down personal thoughts for the day, so this book becomes a keepsake journal. May God bless you and yours” - JANET ROBBINS, Publisher.  As Patty shares some of her favorite birding experiences, fellow bird-lovers will learn more about each of these magnificent creatures and will also be drawn closer to the one who created them.  So, grab your book and be prepared for an inspirational and interactive birding experience.

The first two books in the series includes River Reflections: A 90-Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love the Water, and Nature Reflections: A 90-Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love NatureOther books by Patty Mondore include River-Lations: Inspirational Stories and Photos from the Thousand Islands, A Good Paddling, and Perennial FaithShe and her husband Bob, co-authored Singer Castle and Singer Castle Revisited from Arcadia’s Images of America Series, and the documentary DVD, Dark Island's Castle of Mysteries. They have also produced several Thousand Islands music videos.  Patty is a summer columnist for the Thousand Islands Sun's weekly Vacationer. 




A Bird Lover's Reflections retails for $14.95. It is available from North Wind Publishing, Amazon, and the Mondores' www.gold-mountain.com. Be sure to view the inspirational and very fascinating video trailer (see above or click on the following link): A Bird Lover's Reflections. It is now available from local retailers throughout the Central and Northern New York area. See the Mondores’ website for full listing of retailers carrying A Bird Lover's Reflections.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Antique Boat Museum and River Hospital Re-Launch Partnership; Blue Star Involvement




ABM continues to be one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer


[See 5/22/15 update at the end of this article: Contains Statement Regarding Partnership with River Hospital]
  
CLAYTON, New York (May 20, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, along with River Hospital of Alexandria Bay, NY, announced today that their award winning partnership will re-launch and span the 2015 summer calendar in support of our armed forces.



Beginning May 22, the Antique Boat Museum will feature a new exhibition located in the Haxall Building, which will run through the early fall, relating to the River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) based at River Hospital.

The RCWP at River Hospital provides intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel stationed at Ft. 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.

Through this partnership, the artwork and creative writing that has been done in recent years as part of Creative Arts Therapy will go on display to the public at the ABM.

In addition to the exhibition, participants in the RCWP will also be 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 the spring, the ABM and River Hospital partnership was recognized in Syracuse as a Non-Profit Collaborative Award recipient.

Along with the RCWP partnership, the ABM announced today that it will again serve as one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across the country, providing complimentary admission to active military and their immediate families.

“With our close proximity to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, the nation’s most deployed installation, and the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field, we feel as an institution that it is important to play a local role in the support of the troops we consider to be our friends and neighbors,” explained ABM Director of Marketing & Communications, Michael Folsom. “We look forward to engaging with those who visit us and hope to provide them with an enjoyable experience.”

In addition, River Hospital will again serve as the Official Sponsor of the Armed Forces at the Museum throughout the 2015 season, helping to underwrite those Blue Star admission fees, as well as the admission fees of all active and retired military members during the upcoming 51st annual Antique Boat Show to be held July 31 – August 2.

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet.
“It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year, museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

About ABM

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 51st year this July 31 – August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

About River Hospital

River Hospital was designated as a Critical Access Hospital in 2003. Holding 15 acute care and 9 swing beds, River Hospital also operates an active Emergency Room. Primary Medical Care, Behavioral Health, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Ambulatory Surgery and Radiology services are available.  For additional information, visit our website at www.riverhospital.org or call 315-482-2511.


About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families. The program will run at the ABM throughout the entire 2015 season. Nationally, the program will run Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members.

Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits or events may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

5/22/2015 Update:
STATEMENT REGARDING PARTNERSHIP WITH RIVER HOSPITAL

CLAYTON, New York (May 22, 2015) – “Despite the recent news regarding the potential changes to the River Community Wellness Program at River Hospital, the Antique Boat Museum and the hospital plan to proceed with their partnership as outlined in the news release dated May 20,” explained Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Both organizations are avid supporters of our armed forces and feel strongly about relaying the message this partnership portrays. With or without the program at River Hospital, all elements of the partnership – exhibition of artwork, river cruises for soldiers, and admission discounts – will remain in effect for the Museum’s 2015 season.”






Antique Boat Museum to Host Exhibit Opening Reception - Celebrating the opening of two newest exhibits



Event is free of charge and catered by DiPrinzio’s and Coyote Moon

CLAYTON, New York (May 20, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of its newest exhibits and formal opening reception.

Join the ABM on Friday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Haxall Building, located at 750 Mary Street in Clayton, for a reception as we celebrate the opening of our two newest exhibits – Canoes to Go and Paintings by John Cooper Upham.

The event is free and will feature live music by Sam Hopkins, food catered by DiPrinzio’s, and local wines by Coyote Moon Winery. All are welcome to attend.

About Canoes to Go

Over the past century, canoeists have taken advantage of new modes of water transportation. From collapsible to new age styles made of corrugated plastic, canoes have evolved and remain one of the most portable means of passage. Canoes have long been known as elegant and effective on the water, while typically being lightweight and sometimes even compact.

The Canoes to Go exhibit, on loan from the Canadian Canoe Museum located in Peterborough, Ontario, hosts a wide array of canoe styles from throughout the ages. This fun and interactive exhibit demonstrates how canoes were stowed away in duffle bags, taken apart and carried in pieces, or even tied alongside an older model car. In addition, visitors are encouraged to jump into a canoe to catch a fish or use a foot pump to inflate a cloak.

The exhibit, which is presented in English and French, is showcased inside the Dodge Gallery at the ABM.

About Paintings by John Cooper Upham

The Paintings by John Cooper Upham exhibit features 25 unique renderings of historic steamships, or better known as steamers, that used to frequent the 1000 Islands region.  

Born in 1900, Upham spent many of his years summering at the family’s cottage located near Point Vivian, along the main shipping channel, just outside of Alexandria Bay. The Watertown native was captivated by the steamers that would pass by on a regular basis and he began to document the vessels in detailed pastels and paintings.

Throughout the era, steamers served as the only means of transportation to island locations. These ships were known for moving both passengers and freight. By 1910, there were nearly a dozen steamers operating between Alexandria Bay and Clayton and making several stops at various island communities or the once majestic hotels. Over time each of the steamers was met with an unfortunate fate and now their stories live on through Upham’s brilliant work.

About the ABM


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 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Friday, May 15, 2015

FREE BREAKFAST, INFORMATION SESSION ON BECOMING A VOLUNTEER SET FOR MAY 21




CLAYTON, New York (May 15, 2015) – Calling all volunteers!

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) is seeking new and returning volunteers for the 2015 season.

Join the staff of the ABM and the Volunteer Council on Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m. to learn about the various activities and duties the Museum seeks assistance with this season. Each year, the ABM leans heavily on the willing helping hands of the river community to orchestrate numerous events, guided tours, boat rides and more.

In 2014, more than 150 people volunteered 12,000 work hours to the ABM, which allowed for successful events such as Family Day, 1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show, and the 10-day celebration of the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction. In addition to assisting with events, volunteers also played a key role in on-site boat building, various classes, grounds keeping, museum store operations, and other tasks necessary to the success of the ABM.

The ABM’s Volunteer Council will introduce new incentive programs for the 2015 season. Any current (as of 2014) volunteer, who recruits a new volunteer that dedicates a minimum of 15 hours this season, will receive a special two-hour wine and cheese cruise on an ABM ride boat. In addition, any volunteer to work 15 hours or more specifically over Boat Show weekend will be entitled to a 51st Annual Antique Boat Show commemorative souvenir.

If you are interested in joining us at the Museum this summer as a volunteer, be sure to attend on May 21 for a complimentary breakfast, catered by The Clipper Inn, and an information session.

To RSVP or for more details, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Judie Petersen at 315-686-4104 ext 246 prior to May 20.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GILDED AGE HOUSEBOAT TO CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDER FOR DRYDOCKING


112 year old artifact headed to Kingston, Ontario


CLAYTON, New York (May 6, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that its largest collection artifact, La Duchesse, will head to drydock at MetalCraft Marine in Kingston, Ontario for routine inspection and hull maintenance.

La Duchesse is expected to depart the ABM on the morning of Friday, May 8 and float across the St. Lawrence River, with assistance from Patch Seaway International, to Kingston. The boat will likely remain for at least 10 days before its return trip to Clayton.

Patch Seaway International, based in Clayton, will act as the towing service since La Duchesse does not have an engine. This trek across the international border for maintenance marks the second time in the past 10 years since becoming a collection piece of the Museum.


The 106-foot houseboat is an iconic piece relating to river lifestyles from more than one hundred years ago. Built in 1903 for hotelier George Boldt, manager of New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the houseboat had once been owned by E.J. Noble and later acquired by the McNally family.  The houseboat was the first planned gift made to ABM and was received as a bequest from the late Andrew McNally, III, who lived aboard during the summer months. The vessel opened for visitors at the Museum in July of 2005 and each year more than 10,000 visitors enjoy the opportunity to climb aboard to see her luxurious interior and one-of-a-kind furnishings, while hearing the story of this unique two-story summer home.

In recent years, local contractors, ABM staff, and multiple volunteers have worked to rebuild stairwells, refinish flooring, clean the interior, and work is currently being completed on a second floor balcony. Over the course of this past winter, all window casings were rebuilt in the ongoing effort to restore the boat to her original glory.


La Duchesse will reopen to visitors at the ABM later this month. Tours of the houseboat are included with the price of Museum admission.

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, including the world’s largest runabout, Pardon Me. 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.