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.

Monday, May 12, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM, COMMUNITY BANK, N.A. TEAM UP TO PRESENT COMMUNITY DAYS



CLAYTON,New York (May 12, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today a new partnership with Community Bank, N.A. for the 2014 season.

The ABM and Community Bank, N.A. will partner to host a new way of welcoming the local population to the River and the museum via “Community Days at the ABM.”

During one (1) day each month throughout the summer – May 18, June 28, July 27, and August 23 – the ABM will offer visitors $3 off regular adult admission into the museum and $5 off regular adult and youth speedboat rides. In addition, the Bowline Boutique – the museum’s store, will offer 10% off all purchases.

A special coupon, which is required for admission and boat ride discounts, will be available from all Jefferson County Community Bank, N.A. locations, while supplies last, and be valid for any of the four listed dates.


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

Monday, April 21, 2014

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM ANNOUNCES OPENING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES, 2014 EVENT SCHEDULE & MORE


Calendar of the Antique Boat Museum Events for 2014 found below.


CLAYTON, New York (April 21, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today details of the upcoming 2014 season.

The ABM will kick-off the 2014 season with a free magnetic calendar giveaway, Symposium, store sale, and more, beginning on May 2.

Opening Weekend/Symposium

The first 500 visitors to the ABM in 2014 will receive a complimentary magnetic event calendar, featuring one of the Museum’s speedboats, courtesy of Watertown Savings Bank.

Symposium, which focuses on engines, is scheduled to be held May 2-4 and will be instructed by highly regarded professionals in the field. Registration remains open for this event and those interested should contact Julie Broadbent at 315-686-4104 x235.

Along with Symposium, the ABM will celebrate the re-opening of its store, now known as Bowline Boutique, with a blowout sale on all remaining inventory from 2013. Plus, author Tony Mollica will make a visit to sign books on May 3 from 3-4 p.m.

2014 Events

This season, the ABM embarks on a full calendar of activity that will see more than 40 public and private events, not including the multiple ABM education courses, occur at the Museum in the 24 weeks between May 2 and October 11. Nearly every weekend not slated to host a Museum event is scheduled for a wedding or other private gathering.

In May, the ABM will play host to a benefit concert featuring local rock band Minus Mike. This event will assist local radio personality Holly “Cricket” Gaskin as she fights a genetic disease and mounting medical expenses. It is open to the public and admission is just $5. Also in May, KeyBank and the ABM will host the annual Volunteer Breakfast on May 22. This annual affair serves as a recruiting event, as well as a time for past volunteers to declare their interests in helping for the season.

On May 23 from 5-7 p.m., the ABM and Community Bank N.A. invite the public to attend the formal opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit during a free reception. Curator Emmett Smith and Assistant Claire Wakefield have prepared an astonishing exhibit in the Launch Building, which will be known as The National Motor Boat Show. The opening of this exhibit comes after a long off-season of work by the ABM, including painting of the building, creation of signage, research, and moving boats out of storage.

In June, the popular 1000 Islands Family Day returns on June 14 and will fall on Clayton’s busiest weekend of the summer. This free admission day is presented by Watertown Savings Bank and will feature numerous displays and activities, as well as discounted speedboat rides. Also, the Great International Steamboat Flotilla returns for its third consecutive year on June 15-21.

July Jubilee returns on July 3 with live music, lawn games, food, drinks, and the Clayton fireworks display. On July 12, the Museum will host the 4th annual Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show presented by RBC Wealth Management. Corvette is the marque car of 2014.

The biggest event of the summer sets sail on August 1, as the 50th annual Antique Boat Show & Auction gets underway. Known as the longest running Antique Boat Show in North America, this year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best. The fun will continue over the course of 10 days as numerous events and activities continue to be planned. The celebration will wrap up with the running of the Antique Raceboat Regatta August 8-10.

A current event schedule is shown below, but subject to change.

2014 Event Schedule

May 2                                                    Museum Opens
May 2-4                                                Symposium: Engines
May 6                                                    National Tourist Appreciation Day – Buy one, Get one admission for out-of-state visitors with valid ID
May 10                                                 Benefit Concert featuring live music by Minus Mike
May 22                                                 Volunteer Breakfast presented by KeyBank
May 23                                                 Exhibition Opening Reception presented by Community Bank N.A.

June 10                                                 National Iced Tea Day – complimentary iced tea for visitors
June 14                                                 1000 Islands Family Day presented by Watertown Savings Bank - Free admission all day courtesy of WSB
June 15-21                                          Great International Steamboat Flotilla
June 29                                                 USCG Auxiliary Free Boat Inspection Day

July 3                                                     July Jubilee/Clayton Fireworks
July 12                                                   1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show presented by RBC Wealth Management

August 1-10                                        50th Annual Antique Boat Show Celebration
August 1-3                                          50th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction presented by RBC Wealth Management
August 2                                              Boat Show Block Dance featuring 1960s cover band Dunes & the Deltunes presented by RBC Wealth Management
August 6                                              20th Anniversary Celebration of the “Friends of the Museum”
August 7                                              Showing of raceboat themed movie Madison (2005)
August 8-10                                        Antique Raceboat Regatta presented by RBC Wealth Management

September 4                                      Volunteer Appreciation Dinner presented by KeyBank

October 11                                          Workboat Show

December 19                                     Museum Closes

2014 Admission Rates

General admission rates for the 2014 “summer” season are shown below –

Adult                                                     $13
Senior (65+)                                       $12
Youth                                                    $7
Youth (6 & under)                            Free
Family (2 adults, 2 youth)             $33
ABM/Fredric Remington Art Museum Combo Pass
                                                                $16
Group                                                   Call ahead for rates
Military (active/retired)                Free
Retired Military Spouse                 $7

Museum Store now Bowline Boutique

The shopping experience at the ABM takes on a new look and feel in 2014. The Museum Store has been renamed Bowline Boutique and now features a green and white color scheme, historical photographs on display, and boats serving as both d├ęcor and merchandising displays.

In addition, the ABM has named Tish Michelson as Store and Admissions Manager.


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 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Antique Boat Museum and Clayton Chamber of Commerce hosting event for those in hospitality field.




CLAYTON, New York (April 17, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, will host a hospitality event aimed at increasing awareness of destination attractions within the local community.

On Thursday, April 24 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., the first-ever “Destination River” event will be held at the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary Street, Clayton. This event is intended to promote area attractions and increase tourism opportunities in the region. Displaying at the event will be local wineries, tour boat operators, Boldt and Singer Castles, and more.

The event, which is free and open to hotel, motel, and resort operators/managers from Cape Vincent to Ogdensburg, and Kingston to Brockville, was developed in hopes of further educating those in the hospitality field of the multiple destinations in the region and encouraging their guests to stay longer.

“An event such as this is intended to benefit all forms of business,” explained Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing and Communications. “As people stay in hotels, they turn their attention on things to do nearby and by bringing everyone together we will be able to better inform those on the front line who are providing their guests with suggestions and destination ideas, which in turn will result in more visitors to our communities, through our gates, and in our stores and restaurants.”

At this event, participants will have the ability to pick up information and special offers to provide to their guests for the 2014 summer season. In addition, there will be door prizes throughout the afternoon.

Prior registration is encouraged. Please contact Kirsti Touhey at 315-686-4104 or kirstitouhey@abm.org.

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 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta.

The Museum will open for the 2014 season on May 2.


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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Frederic Remington Art Museum and the Antique Boat Museum Team Up





CLAYTON, New York (April 11, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, along with the Frederic Remington Art  Museum in Ogdensburg, NY, announced today a partnership for the 2014 tourist season.

The ABM and Frederic Remington Art Museum have entered into a partnership that will provide North Country visitors with the opportunity to experience two of the region’s cultural assets at a discounted rate beginning in early-May and running through September 15.

“A partnership such as this allows for our organizations to extend the potential reach of new visitors, while further exposing our collections,” explained Frederick Hager, ABM Executive Director. “In addition, the 47-mile stretch between the two museums provides sight seekers with the ability to ride along the river’s edge and ingest the beauty of the Thousand Islands.”

Laura Foster, Fredric Remington Museum Director/Curator, commented “It is likely that visitors to either of our museums would greatly enjoy a visit to the other, yet visitor itineraries might put one of the museums off an obvious route.  Many of our visitors are passing through town from the Adirondack region into Canada at the Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge, and ABM visitors are already at their 1000 Islands destination when they visit the Antique Boat Museum. We hope the 1000 Islands visitors will find unexpected delight in Remington’s river paintings.”

Visitors will have the option of purchasing a “combo pass,” which includes an adult admission to both museums for a discounted rate of only $16. This offer provides a $6 savings.

The ABM, located at 750 Mary Street, Clayton, will open for the 2014 season on May 2, while the FredericRemington Art Museum, located at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, is open year-round.