Monday, June 6, 2016

Antique Boat Museum: 1000 ISLANDS FAMILY DAY RETURNS ON JUNE 11. 2016

CLAYTON, New York (June 6, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, invites everyone to come to Clayton on Saturday, June 11 for a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family.

The popular free admission 1000 Islands Family day, brought to you by Watertown Savings Bank and Fidelis Care, is set to take place at the Antique Boat Museum on June 11 featuring free admission all day and special event activities between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Activities will include free skiff rowing, $5 antique boat rides, light picnic lunch for nominal fee (while supplies last), face painting, crafts and games for kids, tours of the historic houseboat La Duchesse, and much more.

Below is a list of some of the booths and activities expected at the event:

Brush Strokes by Melina – face painting
Clayton Opera House
Cold Stone Creamery
Cross Island Farms
Fidelis Care
Friends of Hawn Library
Garnsey’s Classic Island Cruises – kids fishing
Minna Anthony Nature Center
NYS Troopers
Sam's Club
Save the River
Thompson Park Zoo – animals
Thousand Islands Art Center
Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Services
Thousand Islands Land Trust
Watertown Savings Bank – face painting and balloons
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

As part of 1000 Islands Family Day the ABM will host a third annual “Boating on the Border” forum beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the Gaffney Porch. The Boating on the Border forum is presented by representatives of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency along with representatives from other government entities who work in marine patrol along the St. Lawrence River. Each organization will introduce their mission of work on the River. Boaters from both sides of the River are encouraged to come with questions regarding: crossing procedures, any recent changes in policy, safe boating practices, enforcement, and more. This forum has proven to be a good opportunity to dispel myths and educate boaters about how to safely and legally navigate and enjoy both sides of the River along the international border.

For more information, contact the ABM at 315-686-4104.

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, including the world’s largest runabout, Pardon Me, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at