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 décor.
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 –
Senior (65+) $12
Child (6 & under) Free
ABM/Frederic Remington Art Museum Combo Pass
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
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.