Friday, August 29, 2014

Snowy Owl shows up at Singer Castle Wedding

Joanna Mills and Michael Treon
Photo credit: Tammy Kukula of Remember When Photography
(Click on photos to see them larger)

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon Joanna Mills whose
family summers of Halfway Island and Michael Treon were
married surrounded by family and friends in a Rose
Garden Ceremony at Singer Castle. The ceremony was
followed by a catered reception on the Castle Green.

Snowy Owl on Dark Island
Photo by Scott Garris

Shortly after the bride arrived on Dark Island to
prepare for the ceremony a fisherman pulled up to the
dock and told castle staff that a large white bird was
on the ground near the west side of the island and we
were able to get pictures of the Snowy Owl there.

Snow Owl attends wedding at Singer Castle
Photo by Scott Garris

As soon as the wedding ceremony commenced the Snowy Owl
flew up and perched on the roof of the Squash Court
with a bird’s eye view of the proceedings. Then the
owl flew around the grounds to perch east of the
Pergola. It continued watching the festivities all
through the evening allowing staff and wedding guests
to take numerous photos as the day went on. As soon
as all of the wedding guests departed, the owl flew
away and has not been seen since.

The following morning Mike mentioned to castle staff
members that the Snowy Owl had been his late mother's
favorite bird.
      ---Jean Papke, Administrative Assistant, Dark Island

NEW MOVIE BEING FILMED AT SINGER CASTLE on Dark Island in the 1000 Islands

Jonathan Dee (Director and co-writer) , Meg Wechter (Producer), 
and Diana Golts (Co-Producer) on location at Dark Island.
Photo by permission from Jonathan Dee.

The Columbia University film crew is filming a new movie on location at Singer Castle. The movie is titled "The Year I Grew An Inch" and the film's setting is a French castle during WW2. 

WWNY 7 News reports: 
"'It's the story of a young boy who is trying to get in the resistance to fight against the evil Nazis,' said Ferran Mendoza Soler, assistant director. In the movie, a young boy falls in love with the daughter of a Nazi who owns a castle in France. In reality, the castle is actually Singer Castle on Dark Island on the St. Lawrence River. ... 'It's great having them here because it gives exposure not only to us, but to the region and the Thousand Islands,' said Thomas Weldon of Dark Island Tours. ... The movie will be shown at the Columbia Film Festival in 2015."

For more details, check out these links:

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

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