From the Editor, July 2022

By: Susan W. Smith

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022

July did start with a bang! Fireworks on both sides of the River were loud and clear – often delighting both young and old – but probably not the dogs! July also has seen a return of mariners from Toronto, Montreal, Rochester, and all points in between. Mind you, there are not as many as last year, with the price of fuel keeping some people from traveling. Welcome to all those who have arrived or those still to come.

Photographs by Michael Street, who first shared them on the St. Lawrence Seaway Ship Watchers Facebook page. (A great page to join for the summer!)

[Thomas K. Hunt sent this to us and it describes the feelings so many of us have when we return to the River.]

Home in the Islands Again

I'm back on the streets where I first laid my feet
Back in the hood, and it's feeling so good
Back home with all my family and friends
I'm back home in the islands again

It's been too long since I've been back
My longing to return has never lacked
Now here I am, right where I need to be
Back in the islands with you beside me

Smiles now surround me that I've longed to see
Souls that are connected once again close to me
This is the way it's supposed to be
It's the only place where I feel like me

Back home in the islands again
On the St Lawrence River, where the fishing never ends
I'll be on my way to Potters Beach
Let everyone know I'll be out of reach

The streets have changed since I was a boy
What they've done here brings so much joy
I've always been proud to call Clayton my home
It's for reasons like this, and I'm not alone

As I walk down Riverside Drive, memories turn to visions
seen through my mind's eye
Taking me back to comfort and the innocence of mine
Holiday parades and a fish on the line

On a sunny day when the sky was blue
I remember a day on the river with you
I looked at you and saw a true blue friend
It's nice to be back home in the islands again

Copyright © 2022 Thomas K. Hunt

Pies for God's Sake!  

In September we will give you a full article about the Pie Ladies from the Grace United Church in Gananoque who have frozen pies for you to enjoy for Canadian Thanksgiving and Christmas - but we learned they are also on sale right now!

Apple Crumble, Apple, Raisin, Raspberry, Bumbleberry, Cherry, Rhubarb, Peach, Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and if that is not good enough, then how about Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble.  The pies are $15, and we suggest you call Carol at 613-382-4376 to order.

When we see this view each summer, in the first week of July, we know that Kris Pinkney and her family are “in residence.” Kris published the May Dewey's Diary in 12 installments in TI Life, beginning in December 2008. It was a diary that her parents, who were North Country booksellers, had found in their hunt for interesting books. If you didn’t read them in the early years, do so now!

Event Calendars

Once again we are listing the different calendars for you to find the perfect family outing.

Kingston, ON
Gananoque, ON
Brockville, ON
1000 Islands Regional Tourism Council, US & ON
Cape Vincent, NY
Clayton, NY
Alex Bay, NY

1000 Islands Museum Gala!

And, as Editor, I am allowed to plug my favourite, right? YOU’RE INVITED to Brian and Lynn Knudson's home on Flying Mallard Island, in Ivy Lea for the 1000 Islands Museum Annual Gala! This promises to be another amazing evening. Take home home memories of the evening from the Live and Silent Auctions, emceed by Alisha Gordon of Gordon’s Estate Services, and know that your support keeps the museum strong in preserving our collective history. What’s in the auction? A trip to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with accommodation for two, an autumn or winter cooking class at cozy Furnace Falls in Lyndhurst, a generator from Home Hardware, and more, plus a chance to win an attaché case with $500 in cash . . . The event is Thursday, August 11, 2022, 5:00-8:30PM. Call the Museum at 613-382-2535 for details.

Help with updating!

When was the last time you explored our TI Life Pages? We  need help to update: The Place, Communities, and if you go on a special Excursion this summer and you think others would enjoy the same journey - let us know. We will be happy to add it to the site.


We have 15 articles this issue. Please leave comments on articles or send them to me to post (there is a little glitch using some web browsers.)

By Susan W. Smith, Editor,

And the TI Life Team:

Elspeth Naismith, "Real Editor"; Georgia Barker, Dane Zabriski, and Rick Taylor are our proofreaders. Jennifer Caddick has taken over our Social media; Beth Lavos is posting books; Marie-Anne Erki is our illustrator; and last but not least is Mike Cox, our IT Magician. It is all fine and dandy to help TI life in the winter and fall, but mid-summer is tough, so we certainly appreciate the team effort.
Do you have one of these on your boat every morning? This one is mine!

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