2019 Calendar of Events
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, January 16 – Tom LaClair will share some personal history, telling stories of growing up on LaClair Farms to sharing stories from his nearly 28 years in the United states Air Force. He will conclude by talking of both history and genealogy and his recent involvement with each. Join us and learn about our new Town/Village Historian. Program is free and starts at 10 a.m.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, January 23 – Tom will delve into some of the tragedies that have struck the Clayton area over the years, from building fires to boating and shipping accidents. Does anyone personally recall the 1943 Mercier Boat Company fire, the 1944 Ellis block fire, the 1980 Pearl’s Department Store and Driftwood Restaurant fire, the 1983 McCormick’s Restaurant fire or the 1988 Ben Franklin Store fire? How about the devastating 1976 NEPCO Oil Spill in the St. Lawrence River? Those who recall these or any other river tragedies can share their insights. Program starts at 10 a.m. and is free.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, January 30 – Dean Wilkie will talk about the life of Adam Danenwald, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the town of Clayton. Adam Danenwald performed hay pressing for local farmers, worked at Schafer’s Meat Market, privately contracted a school bus pickup service and amassed several farms totaling move than 300 acres. Danenwald Road, near the C-Way Golf Course, is named after Adam Danenwald. Program is free and starts at 10 a.m.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, February 6 – Dennis McCarthy, president of the Clayton Diving Club, along with Skip Couch, one of the original members, will discuss the history of the club from its origins in 1967 to the present day. The club continues to organize group dives, holds monthly meetings and participates in community efforts. Underwater enthusiasts then and now continue to dive into the waters of the St. Lawrence River to explore the many wrecks that rest on the riverbed. Program starts at 10 a.m. and is free.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, February 13 – Bob Kittle will talk about St. Lawrence River ice harvesting. Each winter, communities up and down the river plowed, cut and stored ice to sell and use during the summer months. There was a time before mechanical refrigeration that snow and ice, cool streams, springs, caves and cellars were used to refrigerate food. Mr. Kittle remembers the challenges and successes that come from the work of ice harvesting. Anyone with a curiosity about the topic can hear about it firsthand from a one time ice harvester Program starts at 10 a.m. and is free.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, February 20 – Mike Strouse, our guest historian, will talk about Calumet Island. Mike is the caretaker of the island and is continually learning the history. The island formerly featured one of the earliest examples of the large castles built in the Thousand Islands region during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The island is owned by the Rawson family who use it for summer holidays.
Saturday Program –March 2nd at noon – Annual Meeting of TIDCA (Thousand Islands Decoy Collectors Assoc.) held at the Thousand Islands Museum. Refreshments will be served.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, February 20 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, February 27 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, March 6 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, March 13 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, March 20 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Hashing Over History – Wednesday, March 27 – Topic will be announced at later date.
Museum Opens for season – May 21st – Museum opens for 2019 season – open Tuesday – Friday – 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free!
Sunset History Boat Cruises – Cruises are Wednesday evenings during June, July and August. Cruises this year will be a Wildlife Tour, three Canadian tours, a Island Post Office tour, a tour around Carleton Island, the Lost Fleet tour which was cancelled last year due to weather, our 2nd year for touring Casa Blanca a Victorian mansion on Cherry Island, and new this year a traditional shore dinner on Grindstone Island. Dates and prices for tours will be announced soon.
History at Noon -Wednesdays in July and August – topics and dates to be announced soon..
51st Annual Decoy/Wildlife Art & Sporting Collectibles Show – Friday, July 19 from 9 am – 6 pm & Saturday, July 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at Cerow Recreation Park Arena.
Traditional Shore Dinner – Friday, July 19 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.
Roast Pork Dinner – Friday, November 1st – Held at Clayton American Legion to benefit the T.I.Museum. Serving starts at 5 pm until all are served. Takeout available at 4:30.
25th Annual Festival of Trees – November 19th – December 20th at Thousand Islands Museum – Open Tuesday -Friday from 10-4 and Saturday from 1-4. Closed Thanksgiving week. Call museum for details 686-5794.
Thousand Islands Museum Juried Craft Show – Saturday, December 7th from 10 am – 4 pm. Held at K of C Hall, 420 James St., Clayton
T.I. Museum will be closed from Dec. 20th until Tuesday January 7, 2020.