The Witch of Wellesley Island: Intoduction

For me, the summer season ends too quickly each year in the Thousand Islands.  Just as the leaves begin changing, we pack up and winterize the cottage in Clayton, NY, pull the boat, and head south to Pennsylvania.  

[Illustration by Marie-Anne Erki, Kingston, ON]

This Thousand Islands story however, begins on Halloween.   When I was a kid, there was a television commerical for a popular candy, which was often handed out for Trick-or-Treat, that boasted that it featured two great tastes (chocolate and peanut butter) that taste great together.  

That's what I'm aiming for here.  A somewhat scary (but fast-paced and fun) mystery set in the heart of the Thousand Islands. And what a better setting?  First, there's the scenic beauty of the St. Lawrence itself.  But also making an an excellent backdrop are charming river towns, ancient forests, granite cliffs, castles with towers and secret passage ways, and ghost stories and legends of all sorts! However, I do have an admission to make.  

As I write this introduction, I'm not entirely sure where this story is going.  Only two and a half chapters are written.  My nine-year-old son, Lee, and I talk about it.  He has contributed some pretty good ideas that have already been incorporated.  In the midst of this strange year, I have made writing this story, and enjoying Halloween, a priority, as traveling along this road seems to make everything else seem a little less weird by comparison.  So please come along on this journey.  We will find out where it leads together, and I am confident you will be entertained along the way!

Patrick Metcalf
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
October 14, 2020