Monday, April 15, 2013

Antique Boat Museum's Opening Weekend Festivities (Clayton, NY)

Photo: World record holding sailor, Howard Rice

CLAYTON, New York (April 15, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced details of its Opening Weekend set for May 10-12.

The ABM will kick-off the start of the 2013 season on Friday, May 10 beginning at 9 a.m. with a special giveaway for paying and member visitors. The first 25 visitors to the Museum will receive an autographed copy of Tony Mollica’s Boats of the Antique Boat Museum book.

On Saturday, May 11, join the Museum for the first-ever “All Daughters’ Day” event, for females of all ages. All Daughters’ Day, an event based on the popular American Girl doll Caroline and the knowing that all females are someone’s daughter, includes activities such a scavenger hunt, knot-tying demonstrations, burgee making, skiff rowing, a tea party, and so much more. Registration is required and cost is $50 per pair. Mothers are encouraged to bring their daughters, aunts bring their nieces, grandmothers bring their granddaughters – all pairs of “daughters” are welcome to participate in this afternoon of fun at the ABM.

Also on May 11, the ABM welcomes world record holding sailor, Howard Rice, who risked his life while sailing around Cape Horn, Chile in a 55-pound sailing canoe. Rice will host a lecture about his amazing journey around the southernmost point of South America in the Cox Theater on the Clayton campus at 4 p.m. The lecture is included in the price of museum admission.

Rice returns to the ABM on Sunday, May 12 to host an open boat cruising techniques seminar at 10 a.m. Rice will explain his many ways of open boat cruising for those interested in learning new ways to explore the 1000 Islands. Cost of registration for this activities is only $10.

The ABM will celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission for mothers with a paid child admission on May 12. In addition, the first 25 mothers through the gates will receive a free flower, courtesy of Gray’s Flower Shop.

All weekend long, the Museum Store will have a clearance sale. All purchases of $50 or more will receive a 25% off discount (offer excludes book purchases and all discounts valid only on original tag prices). Become a new member of the ABM during the weekend and receive an additional 25% off your purchase.

Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. This August, the Museum will host the 49th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at
Click the following for this summer's Antique Museum calendar of events