Friday, June 30, 2017

Author Patty Mondore to speak at Cornwall Brothers Store Museum, July 6, 2017.


Patty Mondore at the St. Lawrence River,
photo by Bob Mondore

The following article appeared in the Thousand Islands Sun - Vacationer, Alexandria Bay NY:

ATHS Gallery Presentations begin July 6 with Patty Mondore

Alexandria Bay - The 2017 Gallery Presentations hosted by the Alexandria Township Historical Society (ATHS) at the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum will begin Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Author Patty Mondore, who writes the weekly Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer "River-Lations" column will present "River-Lations Revisited: An Evening of Thousand Islands Inspiration." She will re-cap a number of past columns featuring stories, photos and clips from her music videos reflective of her connection with the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River.

Northwind Publishing has released her most recent book, "River-Lations Revisited." An element of mystery will be added to the evening by her invitations to: "Come and find out the link between a castle in the 1000 islands and an outreach to children in Uganda." This will be her third appearance at the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum.

Patty and Bob Mondore live in Jamesville, and summer in the 1000 Islands. Patty Mondore is and award-winning author of several books: "River Reflections, A Bird Lover's Reflections," and "Nature Reflections," "To Love, Honor, and Oh Boy!," "A Good Paddling," and "Proclaim His Praise in the Islands." She and her husband co-authored "Singer Castle" and "Singer Castle Revisited," have produced music videos and "Dark Islands Castle of Mysteries," a documentary DVD. The Mondores are co-owners of Gold-Mountain, a web based, multimedia business that features all of their movies, books and music about the 1000 Islands. She will sign any books purchased at the museum that evening.

When not at the river, she is pediatric residency program coordinator at SUNY Upstate Medical Center University in Syracuse.

Gallery Presentations are held at 7 p.m. on the handicap accessible first floor of the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum on the waterfront at 36 Market St., Alexandria Bay. Admission is free to ATHS members and a $3 donation is suggested for nonmembers.

[Credit: Thousand Islands Sun - Vacationer, newspaper published June 21, 2017]

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Art Showcase - Singer Castle on Dark Island, Summer 2017




This summer there will be four Art Showcases at Singer Castle on Dark Island; June 29th*, July 20th, August 3rd, and August 17th. Each night will feature a Dinner Cruise which will leave the Alexandria Bay docks at 5:30. All food will be provided by Mullin's catering (from Gouverneur NY). *June 29th showcase is cancelled due to forecasted stormy weather.

Once guests arrive on the island, they will be given a brief tour. Then they will be able to interact with the artists and view and purchase the array of unique art on display. The artists being featured on June 29th are David Liddy (piano), Joan Applebaum (paint), and Mary Mitchell (jewelry.) The boat from Uncle Sam Boat Tours will arrive back at Alexandria Bay docks around 8:30pm. 



Tickets are $73 and are now available for purchase. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. This can be done by calling (315)324-3275 or click on the following link for online reservation sheet: RESERVATION (on a Secure Server).

Above Singer Castle notice provided by Jean Papke/Carrisa Sweet of Dark Island Tours, Inc.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Singer Castle on Dark Island bulletin concerning the 2017 season opening!


Photo of Singer Castle on Dark Island 4/10/17
by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.

Opening for tours in 2003, Singer Castle has been increasingly popular with visitors to the 1000 Islands thanks to word of mouth, advertising, news coverage and travel documentaries. The 2016 season saw a marked increase in visitors with a total of over 26,000. The castle will open for a 15th season on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The castle will be open for tours seven days a week. Hours will vary based on boat tour schedules during May, June, September and October. Call the day before you plan to visit to confirm our schedule. During July and August tours will be offered hourly beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m. In addition to regularly scheduled tours, we offer extended private tours of the castle and grounds by appointment. Transportation to the castle will again be provided by Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Schermerhorn Harbor, Rockport Boat Lines and 1000 Islands and Seaway Boat Tours and there are over 600' of dockage available for private boaters.

A series of Art Showcase Evenings  will take place over the course of the summer. We will be having a total of 12 guest artists coming to showcase their talents at the castle. The Showcases are planned for four Thursday evenings: June 29, July 13, August 3 and August 17. Three artists will be showcased per night. There will be artisans, musicians, and/or others with special talents.

The evening will begin at the Alex Bay dock at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will board an Uncle Sam tour boat and start their journey to Dark Island. Dinner will be served on the boat and will be included in the ticket price. Once they arrive on the island, guests will be ushered through the castle to see three different artists perform or display their work. The boat will depart Dark Island at about 8:00 p.m. and guests will be served dessert and watch the sunset over the river as they return to Alexandria Bay. If you have any questions about the Art Showcase Evenings contact Carissa Sweet at singercastlearts@outlook.com or (315)663-4105 for more information. We are currently seeking interested artists and more information about the nights will be released later this spring. At that point, tickets will also be available for purchase.

Please visit our webpage www.singercastle.com or contact us at 1-877-327-5475 or 315-324-3275 with any questions about tours, overnight stays, weddings and special events at Singer Castle.

This bulletin direct from Dark Island by Jean Papke, Assistant to the president of Singer Castle.