Monday, September 29, 2014

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


 


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

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

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

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

Fall/Winter Dates of Operation

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

Hours of Operations

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

Fall/Winter Admission Rates

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

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

Note: Select summer season discount offers do not apply


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

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


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Smithsonian Media

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


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tall Ship Peacemaker sails through 1000 Islands


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

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


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

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Friday, September 5, 2014

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



Free admission to the Museum for visitors during tournament days

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Bass Federation

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

Antique Boat Museum Volunteers Recognized




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

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

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

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Snowy Owl shows up at Singer Castle Wedding


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

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


Snowy Owl on Dark Island
Photo by Scott Garris

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

Snow Owl attends wedding at Singer Castle
Photo by Scott Garris

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

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

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


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

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

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


For more details, check out these links:


Monday, August 4, 2014

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


"My Way" on the St. Lawrence River

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

[ Update 8/6/14....

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DANIELLE WILLS JOINS ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM STAFF




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

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

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


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


Friday, July 25, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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


---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Singer Castle

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

Singer Castle Displays Wood Carvings by carver Clifford Yates


Cliff Yates and his latest carvings.

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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


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

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

CALL (315) 482-4586 FOR INFORMATION

Complete Guide for Antique Boat Show/Auction and Raceboat Regatta



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

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

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

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

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

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

Cumulative boat lengths: More than 1,950-feet

Oldest registered vessel: Circa 1890


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

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


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Singer Castle on Dark Island Redesigns Website



Singer Castle's redesigned webpage.

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

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


Friday, July 18, 2014

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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



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

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

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

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

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

---Cole Streit, Groom.


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


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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


Mark Valley, actor: Boston Legal, et al.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Antique Boat Museum

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

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

About River Community Wellness Program


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


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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



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

Advance sale ends July 25, 2014.


Monday, June 16, 2014

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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


Flora and Fauna in the Thousand Islands Series

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

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

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


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



Monday, June 9, 2014

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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


New! Flora and Fauna in the Thousand Islands Series

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

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

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

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



Monday, June 2, 2014

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




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

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

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

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

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


1000 ISLANDS FAMILY DAY RETURNS ON JUNE 14 with Curious George




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

RIVER HOSPITAL & ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM Launch River Community Wellness Program Partnership



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.


CLAYTON, New York (May 20, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, along with River Hospital of Alexandria Bay, NY, have joined together to form a partnership that will span the 2014 summer calendar and be done in support of our armed forces.

Beginning May 20, 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 River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) at River Hospital provides intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Drum. RCWP provides continuity of care for soldiers transitioning from an inpatient stay. It also serves as an intensive intervention option for mental health services locally to reduce potential admissions of service members to an inpatient level of care, focusing instead on building coping skills and supports in the community. It is the only program of its kind in the United States. The program keeps military members close to home while they are healing and learning to cope, using multiple forms of therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Group and Individual Therapy, Movement Therapy, Peer to Peer Therapy, Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure Therapy, as well as Psychiatry and Medication Management.

Through this new 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.

“Having the ability to extend our assets to River Hospital will allow for more people to be touched, taught, and further understand the hardships that our military personnel go through to defend our freedom. It is truly an honor that the Museum will house the work of our soldiers and provide a new avenue for the general public to get a better understanding of the effects our soldiers endure,” Frederick H. Hager, Executive Director. “We look forward to working closely with Ben Moore and his staff throughout the summer and into the future in an effort to bring awareness to this essential program.”

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.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Antique Boat Museum to promote awareness of the vital PTSD treatment program at River Hospital for the active duty service members of our community,” stated Ben Moore III, River Hospital CEO. “More importantly, this partnership will also significantly expand the opportunities for the soldiers in our program to experience the beauty and serenity of the North Country through the activities that the Antique Boat Museum will be providing as part of their experience with us.”

“We are most appreciative for the generosity and support of the Antique Boat Museum Board of Directors, contributors, management and staff that has made this opportunity a reality for those who have served us so well.”

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.

Also, River Hospital will now serve as the Official Sponsor of the Armed Forces at the Museum throughout the 2014 season, underwriting those admission fees, as well as the admission fees of all active and retired military members during the upcoming 50th annual Antique Boat Show to be held August 1-3.


About Antique Boat Museum

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

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

BlueStar 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 2014 season. Nationally, the program is 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 http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .

Monday, May 19, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM TO HOST EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION


   
CLAYTON, New York (May 19, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum… Where Everyday is a Boat Show!

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of its new exhibition and formal opening reception.

Join the ABM on Friday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Dodge Launch Building, located at 750 Mary Street in Clayton, for a reception presented by Community Bank, N.A. and Coyote Moon as we celebrate the opening of our newest and largest exhibition – “The National Motor Boat Show.”

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The exhibition tells the story of the first 50 years of motor boating, from 1895 to 1945, whilespanning 8,000 square feet of display space. Central to the growth of motor boating as an activity were large indoor trade shows, where boat makers would come to display their new products. The Museum’s Dodge Launch Building has been transformed to resemble one of these trade shows, and the boats will be interpreted using original advertising material and a period electromechanical interactive device. On display will be 12 power boats and related engines.

Design work was performed by Partner & Partners of New York City, with fabrication done locally by Bud Gray at the Antique Boat Museum and Don Badour of Don’s Prop Shop/Northern Marine. Engineering and fabrication of the interactive by Von Muehlen Industries of New York City.  

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