Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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




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

CLAYTON, New York (May 20, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, along with River Hospital of Alexandria Bay, NY, announced today that their award winning partnership will re-launch and span the 2015 summer calendar in support of our armed forces.



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

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

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

In addition to the exhibition, participants in the RCWP will also be given the opportunity to explore the region’s beauty by climbing aboard one of the Museum’s in-water fleet boats to cruise the islands for relaxation and meditation time, as required by the program.

In the spring, the ABM and River Hospital partnership was recognized in Syracuse as a Non-Profit Collaborative Award recipient.

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

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

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

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

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

About ABM

The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 51st year this July 31 – August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

About River Hospital

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


About Blue Star Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

About Canoes to Go

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

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

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

About Paintings by John Cooper Upham

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

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

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

About the ABM


The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GILDED AGE HOUSEBOAT TO CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDER FOR DRYDOCKING


112 year old artifact headed to Kingston, Ontario


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

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

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


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

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


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

About ABM


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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Antique Boat Museum Announces 2015 Event Schedule & More



CLAYTON, New York (April 26, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today details of the upcoming 2015 season.
The celebration of the Museum’s re-opening, which is presented by Vintage Doors, will include a number of giveaways on the ABM’s Facebook page leading up to the first day of the 2015 season on Friday, May 1. Facebook followers will have the opportunity to win merchandise, books, and event tickets.
The ABM officially re-opens on May 1 at 9 a.m. and will be open 7 days a week through Columbus Day. 
2015 Event Schedule
This season, the ABM embarks on yet another full calendar of activity that will see more than 40 public and private events, not including multiple ABM education courses, occur at the Museum in the 23 weeks between May 1 and October 12. 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 the annual Volunteer Breakfast. This affair will take place on May 21 and serves as a recruiting event, as well as a time for past volunteers to declare their interests in helping for the season. On May 22 from 5-7 p.m., the ABM invites the public to attend the formal opening of the Museum’s newest exhibits during a free reception, catered by DiPrinzio’s.
In June, the popular 1000 Islands Family Day returns on June 13. This free admission day is presented by Watertown Savings Bank, Fidelis Care & WWNY-TV and will feature numerous displays and activities, as well as discounted speedboat rides. Also, the Great International Steamboat Flotilla returns for its fourth consecutive year on June 14-20. The month will be capped off by a new event this summer, Halfway to Christmas Boat Parade, which participants are encouraged to light up their boat in Christmas d├ęcor.
POSH Picnic returns on July 3 and will feature an auction with extravagant items. On July 11, the Museum will host the 5th annual Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show. British cars are the marque of the year. And, the biggest event of the summer sets sail on July 31, as the 51st 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 an encore to last year’s event.


Finally, the Caravan Stage Company (www.caravanstage.org) will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August 14 & 15 for two nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that is sure to be the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season. The performances are already this summer’s hottest ticketed event and has sold more than 600 tickets as of April 25.
A current event schedule is shown below, but subject to change.
2015 Event Schedule
May 1                                       Museum Opens
May 8-10                                   ABM/ACBS Symposium
May 21                                      Volunteer Breakfast
May 22                                      Exhibition Opening Reception
June 10                                     National Iced Tea Day – complimentary iced tea for visitors
June 13                                     Watertown Savings Bank “1000 Islands Family Day” presented by Fidelis
Care & WWNY-TV - Free admission all day courtesy of WSB
June 15-21                                Great International Steamboat Flotilla
June 27                                     Halfway to Christmas Boat Parade
June 28                                     USCG Auxiliary Free Boat Inspection Day 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July 3                                        POSH Picnic/Clayton Fireworks
July 11                                      1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show
July 31 – August 2                      51st Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction
July 31                                      Fleet Fete and Auction Preview – fundraising reception to benefit the
ABM’s in-water fleet
August 1                                    Boat Auction presented by Antique Boat America 1 p.m.
August 1                                    Boat Show Block Dance featuring 1960s cover band Dunes & the
Deltunes       8 p.m.
August 14 & 15                          Caravan Stage Company performance of ‘Hacked’
September 5                              Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
2015 Admission Rates
General admission rates for the 2015 “summer” season are shown below –
Adult                                         $14
Senior (65+)                              $12
Youth                                        $8
Child (6 & under)                       Free
ABM/Frederic Remington Art Museum Combo Pass
$17
Group                                       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 1 through Columbus Day
About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOAT RESTORATION SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD MAY 8-10 AT ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM IN CLAYTON NY



CLAYTON, New York (April 14, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced details of the 2015 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted symposium to be held May 8-10 in Clayton.
Symposium 2015: Boat Restoration will officially kick-off the 2015 event calendar at the Museum.
This weekend-long symposium is for people with a passion for boating and building boats, boat owners, and everyone in-between. Presentations will cover carvel and lapstrake planking, as well as steam bending among other topics. Instructors include Bo & Kathy Muller of Muller Boatworks and Rueben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop. They will be available all weekend to answer boat restoration questions.
The weekend will also consist of speedboat rides (weather permitting) and a tour of the ABM’s Doebler storage facility.
Registration is only $199, if registered prior to April 20 ($225 after), and includes dinner on Friday night at The Clipper Inn, breakfast at the ABM on Saturday and Sunday, along with lunch on Saturday.
For more information or to register, log on to abm.org or contact Julie Broadbent at jbroadbent@abm.org.
About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.

CLAYTON NY TO SERVE AS PORT OF CALL FOR 2 LUXURY CRUISE SHIPS




CLAYTON, NY (April 14, 2015) – Mayor Norma Zimmer and the Village of Clayton have announced that the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal located at Frink Park in downtown Clayton will welcome two luxury cruise ships over the course of the 2015 summer and early fall. MS Saint Laurent and Pearl Mist will make port calls into Clayton between May 10 and October 17. In total, 13 large cruise ship visits are slated for the Regional Dock this summer.

MS Saint Laurent, a 286-foot cruise ship, which was recently refurbished after being purchased by Haimark Line, will be making its maiden voyage under its new name and owner in 2015 and will dock in Clayton a total of 11 times between May 10 and October 17. The five-deck, 105 stateroom luxury liner will make numerous trips along the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the upper Great Lakes. The ship previously sailed the St. Lawrence Seaway while known as Cape May Light and Sea Voyager.

Pearl Mist returns to Clayton after making two visits in 2014. The 335-foot ship features six decks with 108 staterooms. The vessel, which is owned by Pearl Seas Cruises, will again make two port visits, both of which will be overnight stays.
Both ships carry up to 210 passengers.
In addition to the cruise ships, Clayton is also expected to receive a visit from a US Coast Guard Cutter over the July 4th holiday.

2015 Port Schedule for Clayton, New York (as of April 14, 2015; subject to change)
Date                                     Hours in Port                  Vessel

May 10                              cancelled                        MS Saint Laurent
May 14                                                                       MS Saint Laurent
May 17                             7am – 6pm                       MS Saint Laurent
May 26                             9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
June 22                             9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
July 1                                 9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
July 3                                    TBD                                       US Coast Guard Cutter
July 16/17                        8pm – 8pm                       Pearl Mist                          (overnight visit)
July 28                                 9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 11                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 13/14          8am – 8am                       Pearl Mist                          (overnight visit)
September 20                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
September 29                  9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
October 8                          9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent
October 17                        9am – 1pm                       MS Saint Laurent

About the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal
The Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal became a U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard certified 105c Port of Entry in October 2011.
Recent vessels to call upon the port include; tall ships – Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II and Empire Sandy; yachts – Blue Moon, Lady Sandals, Unity, Battered Bull, Freedom; tugboats – Robinson Bay, Performance and Commodore Straits. In 2014, the port welcomed cruise ship Pearl Mist on two separate occasions.

The Regional Dock is conveniently located just off the main shipping channel at Frink Park along Riverside Drive in downtown Clayton.
For more information on the Thousand Islands Regional Dock and Clayton Cruise Ship Terminal, contact the Village of Clayton at 315-686-5552 or visit www.villageofclayton.org.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Springtime shots of Singer Castle on Dark Island


These photos of Singer Castle, by Jean Papke, were taken just this morning from the St. Lawrence River shore in the Thousand Islands. What a contrast to her recent pictures when it was all so winter-like. Jean reminds us that it is only 34 days until Opening Day. Click on photos to see them larger.





"The beautiful Spring came;
and when nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also."
       ---Harriet Ann Jacobs


Monday, March 30, 2015

Antique Boat Museum & River Hospital To Be Honored For Collaboration



CLAYTON, New York (March 29, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Museum and River Hospital, located in Alexandria Bay, will be honored during the 7th annual Nonprofit Awards for their 2014 collaboration relating to the River Community Wellness Program (RWCP) for soldiers suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



In May 2014, the ABM and River Hospital kicked-off a publicity campaign highlighting the importance of the RWCP and for the first time provided public access to the emotional compositions created by soldiers in the program.

The RCWP at River Hospital was instituted to provide intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, while providing 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. RCWP is the only program of its kind in the United States and keeps military members close to home while they are healing and learning to cope, using multiple forms of therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Group and Individual Therapy, Movement Therapy, Peer to Peer Therapy, Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure Therapy, as well as Psychiatry and Medication Management.

Through this partnership, the artwork and creative writing that had been created in recent years as part of Creative Arts Therapy went on display to the public at the ABM in an effort to share the pain and effect of being a soldier. Also, participants in the RCWP were given the opportunity to explore the region’s beauty by climbing aboard one of the Museum’s in-water fleet boats to cruise the islands for relaxation and meditation time, as required by the program.

In addition, River Hospital served as the Official Sponsor of the Armed Forces at the Museum throughout the 2014 season, underwriting admission fees for more than 500 soldiers, as well as the admission fees of all active and retired military members during the historic 50th annual Antique Boat Show which was held August 1-3. As part of the Boat Show festivities, Boston Legal actor Mark Valley made an appearance to sign autographs and help raise funds for RCWP.

The 7th annual Nonprofit Awards are presented by M&T Bank, with support from Business Journal News Network, ABC Creative Group and BizEventz. The awards luncheon will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the SRC Arena on Onondaga Community College campus, Syracuse.




Friday, March 13, 2015

Singer Castle on Dark Island in the Winter Time - 2015


These photos by Scott Garris (caretaker of Dark Island) and Jean Papke (Administrative Assistant) were recently taken of Singer Castle. Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger.

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

Photo by Jean Papke (Elm Tree Island foreground, Dark Island background). Camera perspective from the river's shore makes them look much closer together than they actually are. Note that the St.Lawrence River is totally iced over.

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

Singer Castle photo by Scott Garris

To tremble from cold in the icy snow,
In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;
To run, stamping one's feet every moment,
Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold    ...
We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously, for fear of tripping and falling.
Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and, rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
We feel the chill north winds course through the home despite the locked and bolted doors...
this is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.
---Vivaldi, the Four Seasons sonnets, 1700s

DANIELLE M. WILLS APPOINTED TO NORTH COUNTRY ARTS COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Danielle M. Wills

CLAYTON, New York (March 13, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that Danielle M. Wills has been appointed to the North Country Arts Council’s (NCAC) Board of Directors.

Wills joined the ABM in June 2014 as Membership & Finance Assistant, a role in which she is heavily involved in both the membership and finance departments, focusing on member and donor relations, as well as general office management.

Frederick H. Hager, the ABM’s Executive Director, commented: “We are extremely proud to have Danielle on the Board of this important regional organization. This is a wonderful opportunity for her personally and professionally, and for the ABM as an institution.”

"Danielle's degree in Art History, her track record as a team player, and her obvious love of the arts, makes her a perfect choice to join the NCAC board," explained Kris Marsala, NCAC Board President. "Danielle understands that it's not just the quality of the art work in your gallery or arts center that can help you succeed. Financial responsibility, creative marketing, and building positive relationships in your community are also important components of success in the art world."

Wills is a 2003 graduate of Alexandria Central Schools and a 2012 graduate of SUNY College at Buffalo where she received a B.A. in Art History. Prior to joining the ABM she was Executive Assistant at Martin House, the Frank Lloyd Wright historic landmark in downtown Buffalo. Wills currently resides in Alexandria Bay.



About NCAC

The North Country Arts Council (NCAC) began as the North Country Artists' Guild in 1948. It served the area by providing opportunities to fine artists. In 2009, the mission was expanded to promote growth in and through all creative art forms including, but not limited to, music, theater, dance, literature, and visual arts. A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, the NCAC is a tool for developing and celebrating cultural opportunities in the community, making it a better place to live.

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 111 year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

ONE-OF-A-KIND THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE COMING TO THE DOCK OF THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM THIS AUGUST 2015



CLAYTON, New York (March 12, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Caravan Stage Company will dock and perform at the Museum this coming August.


The Caravan Stage Company (www.caravanstage.org) will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August 14 & 15, 2015 for two nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that is sure to be the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season.

Since its founding in 1970, the Caravan has provided invaluable opportunities for young people from all sectors of their multi-faceted society and has traveled the globe reaching audiences of all walks of life. The Caravan embodies a long tradition of traveling theatrical productions with their combination of innovative stylistic staging, imaginative music and dance, and colorful entertaining themes. The shows are all original productions expressing the issues and concerns of people inhabiting the environment of the 21st century.


 One of the most unique aspects to this theatre is that all of the performances are done aboard a 100-foot long, 90-foot tall ship, which serves as their stage.

“The uniqueness of the Caravan is unmatched in the region and we are privileged to be the host site of these fascinating performances,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing & Communications. “Nowhere else will you find the opportunity to enjoy a summer evening along the water’s edge while being caught up in an exciting performance with music, lights, and aerial acrobatics. By bringing this show to the Museum, we are able to serve a different form of cultural importance in the North Country, while combining it with our everyday cultural role.”

The Clayton shows will be the only scheduled shows in Northern New York and on the United States side of the St. Lawrence River, making these shows more special and unique to the region.

The Caravan performance known as ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ integrates text, poetry, video, humor, music, movement, masks, props and special effects into a magical theatrical experience that is both compelling and inspirational.

Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be ordered online at abm.org or by calling the ABM at 315-686-4104. In-person ticket purchases can be made when the Museum reopens on May 1. This event is lawn seating only and it is suggested to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The event is supported in part by Watertown Savings Bank, Bella’s of Clayton, Vintage Doors, and 7News/Fox28.

About ‘Hacked’ by Caravan Stage Company

'Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire' plot revolves around the machinations of the Mammon trying to find the stolen treasure, the whereabouts known only to the Hackers. The Mammon must find it or else the Mammon Corp Regime will collapse.

This original Caravan show explores the quest for freedom of expression, in political & social discourse, within the world of the internet & virtual media; examines the ubiquitous presence of surveillance in our lives; and probes the ethics of the dissolution of the public, democratic control over the justice and penal systems.

'Hacked' features the entire pallet of Caravan theatrical stereographic treats such as passionate characters, poetic lyrics, exotic and melodic music, multiple video screens with a global array of imagery and visual trickery, unique aerial acrobatics, surreal lighting and sound, and a giant mega puppet that spies, swags, savages, swears, swoons and sings.

A video trailer of the show can be seen here - https://vimeo.com/119560599

About ABM


Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.