Monday, September 28, 2015

North Country Troopers assisting Troops - Troops treated to guided fishing tours.

Troopers assisting Troups, photo by Patty Mondore

The third annual "North Country Troopers Assisting the Troops" guided fishing trip for our servicemen and women was held at Frink Park in Clayton, on Saturday, September 19th.   Over 80 soldiers were taken out fishing by local charter fishing guides from three area communities (Clayton, Alexandria Bay, and Cape Vincent).  They were then brought back to the main dock in a parade of the fishing boats where they were cheered by a large crowd of troopers, firemen and  civilians who came to support our troops.

Gold-Mountain  (Bob and Patty) produced a short video clip of the event:

Shortly after uploading our video we received a note from Mike Pastuf who is the Secretary of Troopers Assisting Troops.  He thanked us for our production and encouraged us to help get the word out so that more people will be there to cheer next year.  You can stay tuned to this blog for more details about next year's event as they become available. Patty has also written an article about it with more pictures for the Thousand Islands Life Magazine

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


CLAYTON, New York (September 22, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, has announced its Fall/Winter dates of operation.

Beginning October 13, the Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. Select exhibits will be taken off display for the season and a discount admission rate will be in effect.

The extended calendar will take the Museum through 194 days of operation in 2015.

Fall/Winter Dates of Operation

Wednesday, September 30                         LaDuchesse Houseboat Tours Conclude

Monday, October 12                                      Ride the River Boat Rides Conclude

Tuesday, October 13                                      Fall/Winter Season Begins

Friday, November 20                                      Museum and Bowline Boutique Close for the Season

Hours of Operations

Tuesday-Saturday                                           10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Monday                                              Closed

Fall/Winter Admission Rates

Adult                                     $8.00                                     
Youth                                    $4.00                    
Child (under 6 yrs)           FREE                                      
Groups                                 Call for pricing
    Active Military & Immediate Family    FREE                                     

Retired Military                                               FREE

Military Spouse                                                $7.00    

Note: Select summer season discount offers do not apply

The Bowline Boutique will also remain open through November 20, allowing for visitors to shop ahead of the holiday season.

Thus far in 2015, the ABM has seen an increase in attendance, including a 20% boost in the month of July compared to 2014 totals. In addition, the annual antique boat show entertained more than 6,000 visitors this year.

About ABM

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 also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 52nd year next August 5-7, 2016. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at

Friday, September 18, 2015


CLAYTON, New York (September 18, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) announced today that Frederick “Fritz” H. Hager, the Museum’s Executive Director since January 2012, has resigned his position effective immediately.

Hager will remain with the museum in a consulting role through the end of the year.

Rick W. Tague, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said “Fritz and the Board have thoughtful, professional difference of opinions regarding the operational priorities and strategic direction of the ABM. As a result, the Board made the decision to seek new leadership and Fritz agreed to step aside as executive director.”

John C. MacLean, the ABM’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2010, will serve as interim executive director while the ABM conducts a search for a permanent successor.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


See below to download FREE ticket
to the Antique Boat Museum!

CLAYTON, New York (September 2, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, will once again open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

“We encourage our North Country neighbors, as well as visitors from afar, to come and see what the ABM has to offer,” explained Michael Folsom, director of marketing and communications. “This nationwide event is a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore your local institutions and further educate yourself on their mission and purpose.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is now available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entry for up to two (2) at participating venues for one (1) day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

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Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.