Thursday, May 5, 2016

Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY, opens for 2016 season.





CLAYTON, New York (May 5, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6 and will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Columbus Day. The ABM’s Bowline Boutique will also open and admission is not required to shop.

Ride the River boat rides will begin Friday, May 27, providing visitors with the opportunity to take a 45 minute boat ride through the 1000 Islands in the ABM’s triple cockpit runabout for just $25. Guided tours of the houseboat, La Duchesse, will also begin Friday, May 27 and are included in regular admission. Skiff rowing will be available to visitors later in the month of June. The Free Tuesday Night Sailing and Rowing program will run in July and August.

2016 Admission Rates

Regular admission rates for the 2016 “summer” season are shown below –

Member                                              Free
Adult                                                     $14
Senior (65+)                                       $12
Youth                                                    $8
Child (6 & under)                              Free
Group                                                   Vary, 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 6 through Columbus Day

A detailed listing of Museum special events and educational courses is available at abm.org

2016 ABM Event Schedule

Volunteer Breakfast                                                                                                                                                      May 26

1000 Islands Family Day with free admission                                                                                                       June 11

POSH Picnic                                                                                                                                                                           July 3

1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance featuring Italian made vehicles                                                                July 9

52nd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction featuring Disappearing Propeller Boats                    August 5-7
·         Antique Boat Auction presented by Antique Boat America    1 p.m.                                        August 6
·         Boat Show Block Dance featuring Bad Husbands Club   8 p.m.                                                 August 6

Antique Raceboat Regatta                                                                                                                               August 19-21

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner                                                                                                                     September 8


2016 ABM Education Schedule

Camp ABM See website for specific dates                                                                                    June 27 – August 12
·         Seven separate week-long sessions (ages 4-9)

Sailing See website for specific dates                                                                                              June 27 – August 18 
·         Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
·         Advanced Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
·         Teen Sailing (ages 12-18)
·         Comet Class (all ages, previous sailing experience required)
·         Adult Sailing

Boater Safety                                                             May 31-June 1, June 25, July 18-19, August 9-10, August 27

Paddle Making                                                                                                                                                                     July 9

Family Boatbuilding                                                                                                                                                   July 11-16

Make a Leather-Bound Journal/Sketchbook                                                                                                        July 13

Chesapeake Light Craft Kayak Building                                                                                                              July 25-29

Decorative Knot Tying                                                                                                                                July 12, August 2

Introduction to Caning                                                                                                                                             August 16                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, 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, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Debra Rantanen named Educator at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY


Debra Rantanen, ABM Educator

CLAYTON, New York (March 7, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today that Debra Rantanen has been named Educator.

Rantanen brings more than 15 years of educational and teaching experience to the Museum, having taught and developed educational programming in both the public and private school systems. As Educator, Rantanen will be responsible for the ABM’s educational courses including family boatbuilding, Symposium, and Camp ABM. In addition, she will play an integral role in developing programming related to the Museum’s exhibits and on-water offerings.

“I am elated to be joining the staff at the ABM. This is a tremendous opportunity to design educational programming which showcases the unique resources in the Museum’s collections, as well as promoting the cultural heritage of the St Lawrence River communities. One of the values of a museum is in its dedication to sharing and interpreting the unique cultural resources it has. I look forward to reaching out to the multiple groups – museum members, schools, local communities, and visitors to create exciting learning opportunities for all,” Rantanen said.

She and her husband, Andy, reside in Clayton.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CLAYTON/1000 ISLANDS REGION TO HOST EMPIRE STATE TOURISM CONFERENCE MAY 2-4, 2016




CLAYTON, New York (February 24, 2016) – The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) announced today that it will host the 2016 Empire State Tourism Conference, along with I Love NY, this coming May 2-4 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton.
“It is an honor for the 1000 Islands region to serve as host of this prestigious conference which will draw tourism professionals from all corners of this great state,” shared Michael Folsom, Conference Chairman. “By being in Clayton, this conference provides an ideal opportunity for the region to shine and share with fellow NY tourist destinations that the 1000 Islands is an extraordinary place everyone should experience and enjoy.”
The 3-day conference will kick-off on May 2 with opening remarks from NYS Senator Richard Funke (55th District), Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, and Parks & Recreation committee, as well as a presentation by I Love NY. Also on May 2, the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, a diamond level sponsor of the conference, will host evening festivities which include a tour boat ride and reception at the area’s most iconic attraction, Boldt Castle.
The theme of this year’s conference, “The Future is Now,” will be complimented by a number of breakout sessions and panel discussions on topics ranging from social media to audience targeting. Barbara Wold, an internationally known speaker and authority to the retail, consumer, hospitality and tourism industries with more than 40 years of firsthand experience in management and marketing, will serve as keynote speaker, as will Michael Johnson, Dean of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
“NYSTIA is looking forward to highlighting the tremendous assets of the 1000 Islands Vacation Region during our annual conference,” said Jill Delaney, President and CEO of NYSTIA. “As New York State’s 4th largest employer, tourism continues to drive the state’s economy, and our conference is sure to further support that momentum with cutting-edge educational programming and collaboration opportunities.”
Along with today’s announcement, a logo for the conference has been introduced, providing branding recognition for the region as the host site. The logo, created by Riverside Media of Clayton, features the 1000 Islands International Bridge connecting upstate NY to Canada, NYS Park’s Rock Island Lighthouse, the Antique Boat Museum’s commuter yacht Zipper, and a row of tall standing trees representing the landscape of the Islands. A blue ribbon encompasses the lower portion of the logo symbolizing the majestic St. Lawrence River.
To register for the conference or for more information, visit www.nystia.org/estc. Sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Dawn Borchert at dawn@nystia.org.
About NYSTIA

NYSTIA is organized for the purposes 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.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD MAY 13-15, 2016




CLAYTON, New York (February 22, 2016) - The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America's premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of the 2016 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted Symposium, a weekend full of in-depth and hands-on workshops, to be held May 13-15 at the Museum.
  
In response to member demand, this year's Symposium will offer workshops on repair techniques for vintage fiberglass boats, as well as basic restoration techniques in wood repair and finishing. Additionally, there will be sessions on getting the best performance from both inboard and outboard motors, marine castings and pattern making, and researching your boat. The weekend will also feature a presentation by Tony Mollica on the history of a local boat manufacturer, Fitzgerald & Lee, and its association with Gar Wood.
  
Registration is only $199 ($225 after April 25) for adults and $100 ($110 after April 25) for youth under 18 years of age. Fees cover all lesson materials and select meals - Friday (dinner), Saturday (breakfast and lunch), and Sunday (breakfast).
  
Online registration will open on Tuesday, March 1 at abm.org or contact ABM Educator Debra Rantanen at 315-686-4104 ext. 235.

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, 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, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6. For more information, please visit the Museum's website at abm.org.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Singer Castle on Dark Island represented at the Syracuse Boat Show, NYS Fairgrounds


Singer Castle, Dark Island display at the Syracuse Boat Show
New York State Fairgrounds 2/19 through 2/21/2016
Photo by Jean Papke

Yes, you can have a selfie taken with a life-size Frederick G. Bourne cutout. FG Bourne, of Singer Sewing Manufacturing fame, had the castle built in the Thousand Islands.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Antique Boat Museum ANNOUNCES NEW CLOSING DATE FOR 2015


ABM boat show, photo credit: Matthew Stephan/ABM

CLAYTON, New York (October 21, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, has announced a new closing date for the 2015 season.

The last day for visitors to tour the Antique Boat Museum will be Saturday, October 31. The Museum is currently operating under its Fall/Winter schedule and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. Select exhibits are being taken off display for the season and a discount admission rate is in effect.

Hours of Operations for Visitors & Shoppers

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

Fall/Winter Admission Rates

Adult                                     $8.00                                     Youth                                    $4.00                    
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

Following the October 31 closing date, shoppers who wish to make a purchase from the Bowline Boutique are still able to do so Monday-Friday through the holiday season. Please call ahead to ensure a staff member is available to help you: 315-686-4104.

An opening date for the 2016 season has been set for Friday, May 6.

About ABM


The ABM is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 52nd year next August 5-7, 2016. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Monday, September 28, 2015

North Country Troopers assisting Troops - Troops treated to guided fishing tours.


Troopers assisting Troups, photo by Patty Mondore

The third annual "North Country Troopers Assisting the Troops" guided fishing trip for our servicemen and women was held at Frink Park in Clayton, on Saturday, September 19th.   Over 80 soldiers were taken out fishing by local charter fishing guides from three area communities (Clayton, Alexandria Bay, and Cape Vincent).  They were then brought back to the main dock in a parade of the fishing boats where they were cheered by a large crowd of troopers, firemen and  civilians who came to support our troops.

Gold-Mountain  (Bob and Patty) produced a short video clip of the event:



Shortly after uploading our video we received a note from Mike Pastuf who is the Secretary of Troopers Assisting Troops.  He thanked us for our production and encouraged us to help get the word out so that more people will be there to cheer next year.  You can stay tuned to this blog for more details about next year's event as they become available. Patty will also be writing an article about it with more pictures for the Thousand Islands Life Magazine

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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




CLAYTON, New York (September 22, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, has announced its Fall/Winter dates of operation.

Beginning October 13, the Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. Select exhibits will be taken off display for the season and a discount admission rate will be in effect.

The extended calendar will take the Museum through 194 days of operation in 2015.

Fall/Winter Dates of Operation

Wednesday, September 30                         LaDuchesse Houseboat Tours Conclude

Monday, October 12                                      Ride the River Boat Rides Conclude

Tuesday, October 13                                      Fall/Winter Season Begins

Friday, November 20                                      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                                    $4.00                    
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 November 20, allowing for visitors to shop ahead of the holiday season.

Thus far in 2015, the ABM has seen an increase in attendance, including a 20% boost in the month of July compared to 2014 totals. In addition, the annual antique boat show entertained more than 6,000 visitors this year.

About ABM

The ABM is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 52nd year next August 5-7, 2016. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.



Friday, September 18, 2015

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS




CLAYTON, New York (September 18, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) announced today that Frederick “Fritz” H. Hager, the Museum’s Executive Director since January 2012, has resigned his position effective immediately.

Hager will remain with the museum in a consulting role through the end of the year.

Rick W. Tague, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said “Fritz and the Board have thoughtful, professional difference of opinions regarding the operational priorities and strategic direction of the ABM. As a result, the Board made the decision to seek new leadership and Fritz agreed to step aside as executive director.”

John C. MacLean, the ABM’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2010, will serve as interim executive director while the ABM conducts a search for a permanent successor.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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


See below to download FREE ticket
to the Antique Boat Museum!


CLAYTON, New York (September 2, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, will once again open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

“We encourage our North Country neighbors, as well as visitors from afar, to come and see what the ABM has to offer,” explained Michael Folsom, director of marketing and communications. “This nationwide event is a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore your local institutions and further educate yourself on their mission and purpose.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is now available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entry for up to two (2) at participating venues for one (1) day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday


About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. 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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Artwork added to Singer Castle Collection


Jousting Knights, photo by Jean Papke.

Thanks to the owners of Cavallario's Steak and Seafood, several pieces of medieval inspired artwork have been added to the collection of arms and armor at Singer Castle on Dark Island.  They will be hung in various places around the castle.  One piece showing jousting knights is now on display over the buffet in the castle’s Dining Room. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Macsherry Trail and the philanthropists behind it.


Bob Mondore hiking the Macsherry Trail.
(Click on photo to see it larger.)

More than once Bob and Patty Mondore have hiked the beautiful gem of a trail located in the 1,000 Islands called the Macsherry Trail. The story behind the trail leads to another beautiful 1000 Islands gem. Patty has written a wonderful article about the Macsherry family (Richard and Mary, et al) which has just been published in the Thousand Islands Life online magazine: 

No need to reinvent the wheel here. So without further ado, please click on the above link to read the article for a fascinating message, complete with pictures of the trail and the philanthropists behind it and so much more! 

Patty Mondore analyzes the root cause of the Macsherry trail.


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.