2016 Calendar of Events

Hashing Over History –January 20 – March 30  Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Thousand Islands Museum

Saturday Program –March 5th  at noon – Annual Meeting of TIDCA (Thousand Islands Decoy Collectors Assoc.) held at the Thousand Islands Museum

Museum Opens for season  – May 24th – Museum opens for 2016 season – open  Tuesday – Friday  – 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free!

Museum Summer Hours – After July 1  – Museum open 6 days a week –   Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4 pm Admission is free!

History at Noon  -Wednesday, July 6th – Local author, Tom French will do a presentation of regional historic 3-D photographs taken in and around Clayton during the 1870’s and 1880’s.

Sunset History Boat Cruise  -Wednesday, July 13th – We will be leaving the Clayton Island Tours dock at 5:30 p.m. for a unique tour of Boldt Castle. This will be a guided “behind the scenes” tour of this incredible castle. Enjoy the beauty of the area with some extras not usually available to the public. Boats fill up quickly so call 686-5794 for reservations.

48th Annual Decoy/Wildlife Art & Sporting Collectibles Show – Friday, July 15 from 9 am –  6 pm  & Saturday, July 16th from 9 am to 4 pm at Cerow Recreation Park Arena

Traditional Shore Dinner – Friday, July 15 from 4-8 pm – held at Coyote Moon Vineyards by Garnsey’s Classic Island Cruises to benefit the Thousand Islands Museum. Tickets available at event.

History at Noon  -Wednesday, July 20th – Paul Beers will be discussing the War of 1812 and  Cranberry Creek. He has a large collection of artifacts from Cranberry Creek.

History at Noon  -Wednesday, July 27th – Dean Wilkie will be doing a presentation on  “Catfish Falls” now known as Depauville, NY. Learn the history of this small village that was once bigger than Clayton.

Sunset History Boat Cruise  -Wednesday, July 27th – Leaving the Clayton Island Tours dock at 5:30 p.m. we will be heading for Grindstone Island. A tour around this large island will introduce you to its people, businesses and history. Space is limited so call and reserve your seat 686-5794.

Saturday Program  -Saturday, July 30th – Local artist and carver, Greg Lago, creator of amazing works of art will be at the museum from 1-3. Stop by and see what he might dream up to create.

History at Noon  -Wednesday, August 3rd – Brad Minnick who went to Sweden as a 16 year old foreign exchange student will relate his experiences staying with one of the wealthiest families in the country, the Brodin family. Famous for their shipping company that included ships that sailed the St. Lawrence River, they did not live in the manner you might think. Brad spent much of the summer on their 80 acre island in the Stockholm archipelago where he learned to skin an eel.

Saturday Program  -Saturday, August 6th – Tom Humbersstone, a decoy carver originally from Skaneateles, now living at Black Lake will be demonstrating his carving and/or painting techniques.

History at Noon  -Wednesday, August 10th – Local diver, Skip Couch will be talking about his experience and that of other divers at the time of the 1976 shipping accident which dumped over 300,000 gallons of oil in the St. Lawrence.

Saturday Program  -Saturday, August 13th – The Thousand Islands Woodturners Club will be bringing a lathe to Archive Alley next to the museum to demonstrate their skills at wood working. Program is being held from 1-3 p.m.

Sunset History Boat Cruise  -Wednesday, August 17th – We will leave the Clayton Island Tours dock at 5:30 p.m. for a look at the “Shipwrecks” in the Clayton area. Local diver, Skip Couch will be along on the glass bottom to relate the stories of the wrecks in the area.

Saturday Program  -Saturday, August 20th – A book signing will be held at the museum from 1-3 p.m. and will feature over 20 authors of varying genres. They will have their books available for sale.

Sunset History Boat Cruise  -Wednesday, August 24th – Join us at the Clayton Island Tours dock for a 5:30 departure. We will be heading “up river” toward Cape Vincent. From the only battle of the War of 1812 fought at Clayton to Linda Island across from Cedar Point State Park – you will enjoy an evening cruise while learning the history of the area.

Saturday Program  -Saturday, August 27th -From 1-3 p.m. at the Thousand Islands Museum, Daniel Grant a student at Thousand Islands High School will be putting on a violin (fiddle) concert. Daniel started playing at 8 years old and is a member of several orchestra and fiddle groups. He plays Bluegrass, old time, gospel and classical violin tunes. This will be Daniel’s second summer concert at the museum.

History at Noon  -Wednesday, August 31st – Local author and history buff, Judy Keeler will be doing a presentation on Dark Island and Singer Castle. Her video presentation includes incredible pictures of Mr. Bourne’s “duck hunting lodge”.

Sunset History Boat Cruise  – Something new this year – we will be doing a History Cruise in September on Thursday, Sept. 8th. The boat will leave Clayton Island Tours dock at 5:30 p.m. for an evening  cruise with a dose of history. We will be making a stop at Rock Island Lighthouse for those who care to make the trip to the top of the lighthouse.

911 Procession – Sunday,  September 11th –  details to be announced at later date

Roast Pork Dinner – Friday, November 4th –  Held at Clayton American Legion to benefit the T.I.Museum. Serving starts at 5 pm until all are served.

22nd Annual Festival of Trees – November 22nd – December 21st at Thousand Islands Museum – Call museum for details 686-5794. Delay is due to construction at the museum.

Thousand Islands Museum Juried Craft Show – Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am – 4 pm. Held at K of C Hall, 420 James St., Clayton

T.I. Museum will be closed from  Dec. 22nd until Tuesday January 4, 2017.