Friday, May 10, 2013


Folks, As you have been seeing, this blog ( has become a major conduit of timely information and fun facts from the Antique Boat Museum located in Clayton NY. Stay tuned to this channel for all kinds of pictures and fascinating stuff from there, the castles, the St. Lawrence River, and the Thousand Islands. Much more fun to be announced!

Lonna McCary, Miss Thousand Islands 2013, former NFL Cheerleader
Photo source: the Antique Boat Museum

CLAYTON, New York (May 9, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced its 2013 dates of operation and event schedule.

The ABM will kick-start the 1000 Islands summer season this Friday [May 10th] at 9 a.m. when the Museum officially opens and begins the countdown to the 49th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running antique boat show in North America, to be held August 2-4.

This season will include new events and activities, as well as an extended operations calendar, which will take the Museum through more than 200 days in 2013.

2013 Dates of Operation

Friday, May 10                                                   Summer Season Begins
Tuesday, October 1                                         La Duchesse Closes (seasonal exhibit)
Sunday, October 13                                        Rideboat Operations Conclude
Monday, October 14                                      Fall/Winter Season Begins*
Friday, December 20                                      Museum and Museum Store Close for the Season

* Hours and dates to be finalized

2013 Event Schedule

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12              Opening Weekend
Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19              ACBS/ABM Symposium
Thursday, May 23                                            “Call for Volunteers” Breakfast
Friday, May 24                                                   Reception for New Exhibit Opening

Saturday, June 8                                               Free Admission Family Day
Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22       International Steamboat Flotilla “Blow Off Steam”
Sunday, June 30                                               Free Vessel Inspections, courtesy of USCG Auxiliary, 9-1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3                                          July Jubilee
Saturday, July 13                                              3rd Annual 1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show
Friday, July 19                                                    Movie Under the Stars, showing Night at the Museum

Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4        49th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction
Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, August 18
                                                                                Schooner Lois McClure Visits*
Friday, August 23                                             Movie Under the Stars, showing Pirates of the Caribbean

Thursday, September 5                                 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

* subject to change

The Museum will also announce new winter and off-season events at a later date.

In 2012, the ABM welcomed more than 30,000 visitors through the gates for various events, weddings, facility rentals, and museum admission.

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. The Museum also offers visitors a number of unique opportunities each summer to get out on the water and experience the St. Lawrence River aboard speedboats, skiffs, and sailboats. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at