Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hiking Macsherry Trail


Hiking the Thousand Islands:
The Macsherry Trail
1000 Islands #1000islands

Since the Macsherry Trail was our introduction to hiking in the Thousand Islands it seems like an appropriate place to start in introducing trails to our fellow hikers. This intro will be a little longer than others because this trail and its namesake have come to have a special place in our hearts.  The trail is located on the 1,525 acre Crooked Creek Preserve in the town of Hammond.  You can find it by taking Rt. 12 to the Kring Point State Park exit, and turn north toward the river. Take an immediate right onto Indian Point Road, and you will find a parking area in less than a mile on the right.  That is where you will find the trailhead. A short way in, you will also find a kiosk with more trail information. The Macsherry Trail consists of a 1.5 mile and a 3 mile loop through wetlands and woods, passing a beaver pond, crossing several bridges and ending  at Crocked Creek with a magnificent view of Chippewa Bay before looping back to the parking area.



Link to Trail Map (PDF)
 


The Crooked Creek Preserve is one of the largest Class 1 wetlands along the St. Lawrence River and has been designated as an area of international significance by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Macsherry Trail is open year-round to the public for hiking, exploring, and enjoying some inspiringly lovely scenery.  The land is owned by the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT).  It was donated to TILT by the children of Dick and Mary Macsherry in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
 
Link to TILT - https://tilandtrust.org/explore/preserves-trails/crooked-creek-preserve
The trail was built on the site of an old Boy Scout Camp and was first opened to the public in August, 2000. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Bob and I discovered the Macsherry trail for ourselves.  We opted for the full 3-mile trail which took us through what seemed like an unending variety of environments, twists and turns following the well-marked trail.  The prize, for us, came when we suddenly stepped out of the thick woods and arrived at the edge of Crooked Creek. An obvious photo op!


We were curious about who the Macsherrys were since this a name we frequently hear up in the Thousand Islands. We very quickly discovered that the Macsherrys are extremely well known throughout the North Country for their generosity and their life of philanthropy. Richard Macsherry passed away in late 2017 at 99. He and his wife left a legacy of charitable giving that has touched countless lives. Here are a couple of articles that celebrate the life of Richard Macsherry.

http://www.clevelandfuneralhomeinc.com/notices/Richard-Macsherry 

http://www.wwnytv.com/story/36593970/remembering-dick-macsherry

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Macsherry for your example of generosity to us all.  We hope to meet you one day at the trail’s end.  In the meantime, we’ll be hiking the Macsherry Trail!

Be sure to see Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hiking the Thousand Islands #1000islands




Hiking the Thousand Islands

1000 Islands #1000islands

Happy New Year! For us, January begins the countdown until we return to our summer camp in the Thousand Islands.  Even though we have been spending our summers at the River (the St. Lawrence Seaway) for almost 30 years, it wasn't until a few years ago that we began to discover just how many awesome hiking trails there are, in the area. And just when we think we've discovered them all, we learn of others. We have already had so many breathtakingly beautiful hikes within a relatively short distance that we figured we had better start a list so we could keep track of them all.  Figuring it might be of interest to others, especially those who are new to, or just visiting the area, we thought we would share our list here and then, in subsequent weeks, share pictures and more details of each specific trail. But for starters, here is our most up-to-date list with links, where available, to trail maps and park or site information. The majority of the sites are either State Parks or area Land Trusts (Thousand Islands Land Trust and Indian River Lakes Conservancy).  We are also including a map showing the general location of these trails.

While this list includes all of the trails we have hiked so far, even as we post it, we are aware of new trails being completed, along with a couple of spots we didn't get to yet. We will update this main page as needed and will continue to link to our own photos and details of our adventures on each of the trails. Please feel free to let us know of any corrections or Thousand Islands area trails we might have missed (we’d love to go hike them in addition to passing them on to you)! Stay tuned to this blog for further hiking updates. But for now, grab your walking sticks, bug spray, and hiking shoes, and let's head out to the woods!

Bob and Patty’s Most Excellent Thousand Islands Hiking Trail List



Trail map (PDF)


Wellesley Island State Park  

Trail map (PDF)

- Eel Bay Trail

- Middle Trail/Pond Loop

- Marsh/Cottage Trails

- South Bay Trail

- The Narrows

Chippewa Bay Trail

Redwood Hill Preserve (Overlook Trail, 7 Oaks Trail) 

Trail map (PDF)

Grand Lake Reserve


Trail map (PDF)

- Eagle Marsh Trail

- Butterfield Lake Trail 

- Grass Lake Overlook

- Sugarhouse Trail

- North Ridge Trail


Zenda Farms

Trail map (PDF)

Jacques Cartier  


Trail map (PDF)

- Krooked Kreek Trail

- Freedom Trail

- Old Tote Trail

- Tucker’s Trail

Grass Point StatePark  


Trail map (PDF)

Keewayden StatePark  


Trail map (PDF)

Kring Point State Park -Morgan Island .6 mile loop trail.


Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail 


Trail map (PDF)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Clayton)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Redwood)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Philadelphia)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Rivergate)

Pulpit Rock State Forest (including Paine Lake and Pulpit Rock) -


Includes Payne Lake’s public access (an awesome photo op site).
Note: At first we could not find it for quite some time (we think one of the roads no longer exists) - we’ll include our directions) so we never got to explore the two trails (seems like no one else has, either - maybe next summer). But we did stop at Payne Lake and visited the amazing Pulpit Rock itself (both were worth the trip). 


Coming soon -


Wellesley Island State Park new trails


Gerald Ingerson Preserve 



“When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!”

- Carl Gustav Boberg, 1885


Thousand Islands Trail Map (click on it to see it larger):
Legend:
1. Chippewa Bay Trail
2. Macsherry Trail
3. Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail (Four Trailheads)
 (Redwood, Clayton, Rivergate, Philadelphia)
4. Otter Creek Trails
5. Jacques Cartier State Park
6. Redwood Hill Preserve
7. Grand Lake Reserve
8. Foster Blake Woods Preserve
9. Zenda Farms Preserve
10. Keewayden State Park
11. Wellesley Island State Park
12. Grass Point State Park
13. Kring Point State Park -Morgan Island  
14. Pulpit Rock (including Pulpit Rock State Forest, Paine Lake and Pulpit Rock)

Be sure to see Hiking the Thousand Islands...The Macsherry Trail.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Update direct from Singer Castle concerning Dark Island.

 First snow on Dark Island for 2017
Photos of Singer Castle on Dark Islands by Jean Papke.

As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to share the latest news from Singer Castle.  In spite of a very rainy beginning to our season, over 23,000 visitors came to Dark Island either for a tour, a stay in our Royal Suite or to attend a wedding or party.  Film crews from French, German, and Chinese travel channels visited and in July the Travel Channel filmed at the castle as part of a program they called “Haunted Hospitality". The October airing of the show resulted in several reservations.
At the beginning of the season, the South Boathouse was flooded with over a foot of water and the south docks were partially under water. Castle staff quickly made adjustments. Floating docks were repositioned from the north side of the island, ramps and bridges were put in place over the hard dock areas covered by high water, and a temporary Gift Shop erected so that all who wanted to were able to access the castle. 
The condition of the dock area and boathouse was assessed when the St. Lawrence River began to return to normal levels in late July.  While the dock area required some repair, the decision was made to totally renovate the interior of the boathouse.  Castle staff started removing damaged walls and decking and in November contractors began the reconstruction.  The interior has been redesigned, moving the location of the office, video room, and access to the rest rooms.  The project is on schedule and should be completed in time for the beginning of the 2018 season in May when we look forward to welcome all to Dark Island. ---  by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From
Tom, Scott, Jean, Judy, Chris and the Castle Staff

Friday, June 30, 2017

Author Patty Mondore to speak at Cornwall Brothers Store Museum, July 6, 2017.


Patty Mondore at the St. Lawrence River,
photo by Bob Mondore

The following article appeared in the Thousand Islands Sun - Vacationer, Alexandria Bay NY:

ATHS Gallery Presentations begin July 6 with Patty Mondore

Alexandria Bay - The 2017 Gallery Presentations hosted by the Alexandria Township Historical Society (ATHS) at the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum will begin Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Author Patty Mondore, who writes the weekly Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer "River-Lations" column will present "River-Lations Revisited: An Evening of Thousand Islands Inspiration." She will re-cap a number of past columns featuring stories, photos and clips from her music videos reflective of her connection with the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River.

Northwind Publishing has released her most recent book, "River-Lations Revisited." An element of mystery will be added to the evening by her invitations to: "Come and find out the link between a castle in the 1000 islands and an outreach to children in Uganda." This will be her third appearance at the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum.

Patty and Bob Mondore live in Jamesville, and summer in the 1000 Islands. Patty Mondore is and award-winning author of several books: "River Reflections, A Bird Lover's Reflections," and "Nature Reflections," "To Love, Honor, and Oh Boy!," "A Good Paddling," and "Proclaim His Praise in the Islands." She and her husband co-authored "Singer Castle" and "Singer Castle Revisited," have produced music videos and "Dark Islands Castle of Mysteries," a documentary DVD. The Mondores are co-owners of Gold-Mountain, a web based, multimedia business that features all of their movies, books and music about the 1000 Islands. She will sign any books purchased at the museum that evening.

When not at the river, she is pediatric residency program coordinator at SUNY Upstate Medical Center University in Syracuse.

Gallery Presentations are held at 7 p.m. on the handicap accessible first floor of the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum on the waterfront at 36 Market St., Alexandria Bay. Admission is free to ATHS members and a $3 donation is suggested for nonmembers.

[Credit: Thousand Islands Sun - Vacationer, newspaper published June 21, 2017]

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Art Showcase - Singer Castle on Dark Island, Summer 2017




This summer there will be four Art Showcases at Singer Castle on Dark Island; June 29th*, July 20th, August 3rd, and August 17th. Each night will feature a Dinner Cruise which will leave the Alexandria Bay docks at 5:30. All food will be provided by Mullin's catering (from Gouverneur NY). *June 29th showcase is cancelled due to forecasted stormy weather.

Once guests arrive on the island, they will be given a brief tour. Then they will be able to interact with the artists and view and purchase the array of unique art on display. The artists being featured on June 29th are David Liddy (piano), Joan Applebaum (paint), and Mary Mitchell (jewelry.) The boat from Uncle Sam Boat Tours will arrive back at Alexandria Bay docks around 8:30pm. 



Tickets are $73 and are now available for purchase. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. This can be done by calling (315)324-3275 or click on the following link for online reservation sheet: RESERVATION (on a Secure Server).

Above Singer Castle notice provided by Jean Papke/Carrisa Sweet of Dark Island Tours, Inc.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Singer Castle on Dark Island bulletin concerning the 2017 season opening!


Photo of Singer Castle on Dark Island 4/10/17
by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.

Opening for tours in 2003, Singer Castle has been increasingly popular with visitors to the 1000 Islands thanks to word of mouth, advertising, news coverage and travel documentaries. The 2016 season saw a marked increase in visitors with a total of over 26,000. The castle will open for a 15th season on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The castle will be open for tours seven days a week. Hours will vary based on boat tour schedules during May, June, September and October. Call the day before you plan to visit to confirm our schedule. During July and August tours will be offered hourly beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m. In addition to regularly scheduled tours, we offer extended private tours of the castle and grounds by appointment. Transportation to the castle will again be provided by Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Schermerhorn Harbor, Rockport Boat Lines and 1000 Islands and Seaway Boat Tours and there are over 600' of dockage available for private boaters.

A series of Art Showcase Evenings  will take place over the course of the summer. We will be having a total of 12 guest artists coming to showcase their talents at the castle. The Showcases are planned for four Thursday evenings: June 29, July 13, August 3 and August 17. Three artists will be showcased per night. There will be artisans, musicians, and/or others with special talents.

The evening will begin at the Alex Bay dock at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will board an Uncle Sam tour boat and start their journey to Dark Island. Dinner will be served on the boat and will be included in the ticket price. Once they arrive on the island, guests will be ushered through the castle to see three different artists perform or display their work. The boat will depart Dark Island at about 8:00 p.m. and guests will be served dessert and watch the sunset over the river as they return to Alexandria Bay. If you have any questions about the Art Showcase Evenings contact Carissa Sweet at singercastlearts@outlook.com or (315)663-4105 for more information. We are currently seeking interested artists and more information about the nights will be released later this spring. At that point, tickets will also be available for purchase.

Please visit our webpage www.singercastle.com or contact us at 1-877-327-5475 or 315-324-3275 with any questions about tours, overnight stays, weddings and special events at Singer Castle.

This bulletin direct from Dark Island by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Singer Castle Winter Photos & Christmas Ornaments



Winter photos of Singer Castle on Dark Island
by Scott Garris


New Singer Castle ornament:  Ornaments are on sale through 12/13/16 for $13 each or $10 each if two or more are ordered.  Shipped free in US.  Anyone wishing to purchase the ornament should call 1-877-327-5475 (Singer Castle).



Article submitted by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.

Note: The above is served up as news only. This blog and blogger receives no compensation whatsoever. We were the first to report on this ornament, see article here.




Monday, September 19, 2016

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S 12th ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY LIVE!












ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S
12th ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Free admission for visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on September 24

CLAYTON, New York (September 19, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, will once again open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 24, 2016, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s twelfth 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 200,000 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 Antique Boat Museum has to offer,” explained Margaret Hummel, director of events and marketing. “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 available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 24, 2016. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Media is composed 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 and CBS/Showtime. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the Smithsonian annually.

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 famous 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 close for the 2016 season on Tuesday, October 11. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Amazing Singer Castle Christmas Ornament! - by Jessica Brown, Hammond Central School student


Singer Castle Ornament

Know any castle lovers? You can order a Singer Castle ornament to give as any holiday gift. The Castle’s gift shop is selling the new ornaments.

These ornaments are an incredible small scale reproduction of Singer Castle. The ornaments go by the size of 2x4x2. They also have full color and detail of the original castle and are made of resin. They could be the perfect ornament to add to your collection or maybe the start of a new collection.

Many visitors love these new ornaments and so do we! You can visit www.singercastle.com or call 1-877-327-5475 for more information about Singer Castle and the new castle ornaments.


--- Article by Jessica Brown, Hammond Central School  student and Singer Castle Tour Guide

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hammond Historical Museum Tea Party at Singer Castle


Donna Demick - Hammond Historical Society, President

The Hammond Historical Museum’s 3rd Annual Tea Party was held in the Breakfast Room at Singer Castle on Friday, August 19th.  Singer Castle Historian Judy Keeler dressed in one of the castle’s maid uniforms led guests on a special tour featuring information about the role of women on Dark Island.  Following the tour they were greeted by Hammond Historical Society President Donna Demick and served tea sandwiches, tea breads, scones, muffins and assorted cookies along with specially blended Dark Island Tea.  Mrs. Demick shared a poem about the castle and musical entertainment was provided by Rev. Evon who sang period pieces and the piano duo of Bridget Sherman and Jamie Ipsen who performed “Maple Leaf Rag.” A pleasant time was had by all.

Bridget Sherman and Jamie Ipsen

Part of Singer Castle’s “Lost History” Revived - by Garrett Wardell


Garrett Wardell, guide at Singer Castle.  Student at Alexandria Central School.  
Photo by by Jean Papke

      Singer castle; a structure of medieval architecture dating back to 1905; the year that commodore Fredrick G. Bourne (president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company) completed construction on his medieval style “hunting lodge” which is now known as Singer Castle. The castle contains 29 rooms furnished with original furniture, books, a network of underground tunnels, and secret passageways. Spanning over four floors, and providing covert access to our castles 29 rooms measuring in excess of 28,000 square feet, our passageway system allowed the 30 servants who lived on the island to go about their work without being noticed by the Bourne family, or their guests. To open these passageways, you may have to push a coat hook, or slide a latch behind a photo. For the first time in decades, you can open a passageway electronically. Our library, outfitted with over 2700 books, ranging from a 1st edition of the Old Man In the Sea by Hemingway, to a 2nd edition of the Raven by Poe, to a 1st volume of Ripleys’s Believe It or Not; but to some, the most interesting feature of our library may be the secret passageway entrance. Hidden behind a panel that is contiguous to the library’s marble fireplace, the passageway connects the user to almost every room in the castle. For years to access the passageway through the library, one would have to remove a false light switch mounted on a bookshelf neighboring the passageway entrance, reach in the hole that the light switch left and pull on a ring which would release the latch holding the door shut. Back in action for the first time in years, there is another way to open the passageway; through electricity. Inspired by the yearnings of hundreds of the castles guests to see the original mechanism in the passageway work in it’s original fashion; by placing a penny on two screws located under the adjacent fireplace’s mantle, which in turn completes a circuit powered by batteries which triggers a mechanism created in 1872 to release the passageway door’s latch, thus allowing it to open, I began work on the passageway entrance. Preventing the function of this electric mechanism was only a tangle of wires, insulated by cloth, and dating back to the early 20th century. The process of restoring the functionality of this mechanism simply consisted of replacing outdated wiring, and a liberal amount of WD-40, but it is my hope that this small, yet clever system will serve as a reminder that the early 1900s, an age of prosperity for the 1000 Islands region, was more advanced than what most perceive. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH COUNTY TROOPERS ASSISTING TROOPS ANNOUNCES MILITARY RECOGNITION DAY 9/18/16



PUBLIC INVITED TO CLAYTON NY TOWN DOCKS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016, 1:00 PM, TO SHOW APPRECIATION TO OUR SOLDIERS
ACTIVE DUTY FORT DRUM SOLDIERS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP  
In April 2013, the North Country Troopers Assisting Troops (NCTAT) was formed by a group of local New York State Troopers in collaboration with U.S. military members. The mission of this group is to raise local and regional awareness, as well as to provide local recreational activities and events for Fort Drum service members, and other Armed Forces Members (active or retired), that were wounded, injured, or became ill while protecting our freedom and country. We have further been able to help the families of these service members, often during times of personal tragedy.  
Throughout the summer, this group, with the support of many local organizations, persons, and businesses, has successfully raised the necessary funds to provide a day of recreational activity to soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, other former or active Armed Forces Members, and family members of fallen soldiers. On September 18, 2016, selected guests of North Country Troopers Assisting Troops will partake in a day of fishing on the St. Lawrence River. Every year we have grown this event, and this year approximately 25 Professional Fishing Guides from Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay have agreed to assist us in taking approximately 100 of our heroes on a chartered fishing trip. The Fishing Captains will depart their home town docks, with our guests, at approximately 9 AM.
We will honor our heroes’ arrival by fishing charter boat at the Village of Clayton Town Dock (Riverside Drive-East End) at about 1:00 PM. Local emergency responders will assist us in making this a special day in honor of our Service members, and their arrival to Clayton will be memorable.
Our guests will then be taken to an outdoor event tent on the lawns of the beautiful Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY, where we will prepare for them and Old Fashioned Shore Dinner, prepared by the Fishing Guides, and provide them an opportunity to enjoy the day.   
We are inviting and encouraging the public to assist us with this event, by showing their support for our Armed Forces Service members when they arrive at the Clayton Town Dock at approximately 1:00 PM on September, 18, 2016. The attending public actively participated in this event last year when technical difficulties resulted in approximately 50 people holding our Nations flag, on the shore. This was a spectacular sight in honor of our arriving guests.   

Last year's successful event in Clayton NY

Currently, Ms. Erin K. Barrett, Special Events Coordinator/Installation Gift and Donation Coordinator, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, 10783 Chapel Drive, Fort Drum, New York 13602, 315-772-0789, is assisting us to secure 60 Active Duty Fort Drum Soldiers that wish to participate in this event. Active Duty Fort Drum Members, E-6 and below, are encouraged to contact Ms. Barrett to secure a spot to fish with us on this date, as available spots are filling fast. There is no cost to this program, and transportation will be provided from Fort Drum. Troopers Assisting Troops only ask that you sign up, join us, and have a great day, as we, and the community, show our appreciation for your service.    
If you wish to learn more about North Country Troopers Assisting Troops, information is available on our web site: www.nnytroopers.com. This web site was recently re-designed by Checkpoint Graphics, and it contains many memorable pictures of the day’s events, from past years. We can further be contacted through the “Contact Link” on this web site, and we would encourage anyone to contact us for more information, or to offer support in the form of donations for our soldiers. All money raised by our organization stays local to support our Service members, Active or Retired.  
This is the fourth year North Country Troopers Assisting Troops has hosted this event, and our fiscal growth has allowed us to provide monetary assistance to soldiers, and support their families, during troubled times. It is our desire to continue to provide like events and support to the Armed Forces members who make sacrifices protecting our freedoms.
Submitted by Michael Pastuf

Secretary - North Country Troopers Assisting Troops

This blog's article for this event from last year (includes video and photo): 
http://singercastle.blogspot.com/2015/09/troopers-assisting-troups-photo-by.html


Thursday, August 11, 2016

GUIDE TO THE ANTIQUE RACEBOAT REGATTA AT THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM 8/19-21



CLAYTON, New York (August 11, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today a complete guide to the home of vintage and historic racing, the Antique Raceboat Regatta, to be held Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21.


The 13th edition of this biennial event is a sanctioned event of the Vintage and Historic division of the American Powerboat Assocation and will feature a wide variety of vintage and classic raceboats including outboards, tunnel drives, jersey speed skiffs, and hydroplanes.  On Friday visitors can tour the grounds and see the raceboats on display on land and at the docks for the price of regular Museum admission. The main action of the Regatta will be on Saturday and Sunday when the raceboats take to the water of French Bay to run demonstration fly-bys according to boat class. The Museum will also come alive with vendors, unique forums, an auction featuring racing memorabilia, a very special exhibit opening with longtime Regatta attendee Buddy Byers, and the popular Legends Banquet on Saturday night.


SHOW HOURS
Friday, August 19             9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Land displays and test runs
                                Saturday, August 20        9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vintage fly-bys
                                Sunday, August 21           9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Vintage fly-bys

Note:     ABM will remain open to visitors until 5:00 p.m. on August 20 & 21

ADMISSION RATES         
Museum Members                                         Free
Adult                                                                     $14 (Friday); $15 (Saturday/Sunday)
                                Youth (7-17)                                                       $8 Friday (Friday); $10 (Saturday/Sunday)
                                Child (6 & under)                                              Free
                                Military w/ ID (Active, retired, veteran) Free
                                Military Spouse                                                 $10 (each day)
                                Military Youth                                                    $5 (each day)
                                Adult 3-Day Pass                                              $30
                                Youth 3-Day Pass                                             $20


ADMITTANCE TO THE REGATTA
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.

The south side of Mary Street and the Marketplace will remain open to public access at all times throughout Regatta.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES                        
Kids ages 9-12 have the opportunity to learn to drive a raceboat! A J-Class course will be taught on Friday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. (check-in at 8:00 a.m.). The course will be taught by four world-record drivers and will feature time spent in the classroom followed by the opportunity for kids to actually learn to drive the boats on the water. Pre-registration is required; contact Educator Deb Rantanen at 315-686-4104 x235. $50 registration fee + $20 fee for an APBA one-time event fee. A parent or guardian must attend the course with their child.
                                                               
                                                                An auction featuring racing memorabilia will be held on Friday at 5:00 p.m. outside the Morgan Building on the south side of campus. Admission is free to attend the auction; a cash bar and light snacks will be provided.

                                                                Immediately following the conclusion of the auction, a reception will be held in the Morgan Building to celebrate the opening and dedication of the exhibit featuring the original artwork of the Antique Raceboat Regatta posters along with historic photographs and memorabilia of legendary raceboat driver Buddy Byers. Admission to the reception is free and all are encouraged to attend; complimentary refreshments will be provided.

                                                                On Thursday two instructional forums will be held in the Cox Theatre: at 10:00 a.m. Marv Hart will make a presentation for Drivers & New Drivers, at 1:00 p.m. Rich Evans will make a presentation for Inspecting Your Boat, Owners, & Prospective Inspectors.

On Saturday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. the Legends Banquet will be hosted in the ABM Tent. Dinner will be served by The Clipper Inn. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $35 per person.

PARKING                                             Free Shuttle during Antique Raceboat Regatta 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, August 18 through Sunday, August 21 at 5:00 p.m.

DOCKING                                            Minimal docking is available for visitors coming to the show by boat. Dock space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the south side of the Mary Street Municipal Dock. All boaters will need to check-in through admissions in the Boat Shop before proceeding into the event.

No docking will be permitted on the ABM docks, including the seawall, for the general public during Regatta.
                                                               
BOATER SAFETY                                Boaters cruising the water of French Bay should not cross the race course while the course is active. Boaters should look for picket boats and patrol jet skis who will direct them safely around the course. For the safety of the raceboats running on the course, boaters are asked to proceed slowly and minimize their wake.

SMOKING                                           Smoking is allowed only in limited areas of the event. Absolutely no smoking is allowed on the interior of campus. Smoking is allowed on the street except in proximity of the parking lot (Inboard Pits).

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, including dogs in carriers.  Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog and keeping them leashed at all times.

NOTES OF INTEREST                        The main entrance to the Regatta 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.