Monday, June 2, 2014

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