Places

The Thousand Acre Challenge

TIWLT has done a lot for this area, and is about to do more with the launch of their latest initiative: The Thousand Acre Challenge.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Calder Schweitzer

Sea Smoke Rising, A River Odyssey

It was at the intermission, when I went out on the Playhouse deck, that I discovered considerable fog on the River. I could not see our lighthouse...

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Raymond S. Pfeiffer

TI Life Small World Department - 1962

What follows is a small world experience. The story spans generations, several of the Thousand Islands, a continent, and coincidences that defy the odds...

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Tom Robbins, Don Ross, & Callie Woodman Quarrier

Phat Boy, Thousand Islands Showman

At the time of his death in 1891, Phat Boy, Edward Fredrick Babbage of Rochester, NY, age 51, was regarded as the best tour guide on the St. Lawrence River.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

A Day in the Life of Boldt Castle, circa1934

38 passengers aboard Miss St. Lawrence II, thoroughly enjoying their cruise and eagerly anticipated the upcoming stop at the world-renowned Boldt Castle. The date was August 27, 1934.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Tom King

Halloween Storm of 2019: A Witches’ Brew First-Hand*

To know that a storm is coming is to apprehend mystery and fate... By bedtime, it was blowing a gale.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Raymond S. Pfeiffer

Dog Tales from Days of Yore

As I troll through the newspaper archives I see that dogs and the River has been a tradition for over a hundred years.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Patriot Chronicles: The Sad and Strange Story of John Berry

Locally, John Berry was known as an “ardent Patriot,” and he was regarded as a strong supporter of Republican causes.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
John C. Carter

About Mary Island...

Have you ever wondered about Mary Island and the canal that separates it from Wellesley Island?

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Linda Twichell

Thousand Islands Cup 2019

The Gar Wood Speedster race took the competitors over part of the Chippewa Yacht Club’s 1905 Gold Cup course. Spectators gathered in a flotilla off the front of Oak Island. Other guests enjoyed the event from nearby Owatonna, Rob Roy and Ojibway Islands.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
John Kunz

Wooden Boat Experience, Videos by Scott Ouderkirk

Scott has also produced a 5-part series of videos on "The Wooden Boat."

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Scott Ouderkirk

Sara’s Surprise, a new book by Susan G Mathis

When Sara becomes the assistant pastry chef, her boss abuses her in lots of ways, as was all-too common in 1873. Women had no recourse and often feared ...

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Susan G. Mathis

Ghost Stories

Islanders at the turn of the century didn’t wait until Halloween to enjoy ghosts. Ghost parties and ghost dances were popular...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Regretting a Rut in the Water

I have heard that the only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. This may be overstating things a bit, but we definitely fell ...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Donald Middleton

Oh Captain, Our Captain - Joanne Crack

When the news broke of her passing in September, most of those who knew Jo were shocked, or even blind-sided, by her quick departure from the dock of life.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Michael Folsom, Suzy Austin, Brian Johnson and Lynda Crothers

Sense of Place...

Define a "Sense of Place..." It was a beautiful day. People were out and about. Late in the afternoon there was a concert on a neighbor’s lawn...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Susan Schongalla

Starting to Face Climate Change

I put up a petition using this picture of a flooded boathouse and in short order found that a lot of us supported something that would encourage action.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Sherry L. B. Johnson

Two Ferries and a Vineyard...

Every summer my wife, Jean and I celebrate our anniversary by taking a day-long bicycle ride. This year we took two rides, each in opposite directions starting from where we married in 2001 in Thousand Island Park.

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Stewart Dutfield