Since joining TI Life in September 2008, I have happily counted (close to 50) the people who have generously donated their time and talent to produce this monthly publication. Ian Coristine, Mike Cox, Mike Franklin, and Kim Lunman join me in thanking each. Last month’s mailbag had many (positive) comments on previously-published stories. Your comments not only are a pleasure to read, they also let us know that some of you take a look at the back issues.
In June, I was a guest speaker for the Thousand Islands Arts Center House Tour at Jeannie and Irving Rosen’s home on Wellesley Island. It was gratifying to receive so many comments about our writers and Ian Coristine’s photography in TI Life. We hope you enjoy our issues as much the “team” enjoys putting them together. FYI, we have 3,000+ subscribers.
Kim Lunman’s Great Lakes Swimmers “get it” This group was introduced to the region by Ian Coristine, last summer.
Michael Folsom’s “An Island Ghost Hunt” is an introduction to a real-life ghost busting team.
Lynn E. McElfresh reminds us of special memories in Island Nuptials
We introduce Photography by Dani Baker who is known for her passion for the outdoors and her steadily-growing (pun intended), organic-farm business that has helped revive the farming tradition on Wellesley Island.
James Rappaport introduces New Neighbors on Indian Point Road.
Kristen Pinkney presents the seventh month of May Dewey’s Diary, Part VII The Buckingham Hotel .
Lost Villages, Inundation Day by Brian Johnson provides background about the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
We share some early-island-settlement research in Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary.
Beth White, a new contributor, introduces us to Willow island in “One Tenth of One Acre”.
New Contributor Beth White
Beth, an elected member of the Gananoque Town Council, is her family’s historian/genealogist/story writer, and is developing a history of Chisamore Point. She authors “The Point” (Chisamore) newsletter. She loves to “be involved” – for over 25 years she has played Mrs. Claus and the takes on the role of Mrs. Joel Stone or Elizabeth Barnet, during the annual Heritage celebrations at the Arthur Child Heritage Centre.
Written by Kim Lunman posted in April’s edition.
Kim wrote : “It started out innocently enough with a cookbook. Then came the song sheets, photographs, playbills, postcards, not to mention cross-border bidding wars on eBay - all over Clayton’s best known celebrity: May Irwin. Karen Killian has been amassing May Irwin memorabilia since she purchased the vaudevillian’s vintage cookbook titled Home Cooking at the Clayton Antique Show in 1993. Killian, who manages Captain Spicer's Gallery near "May Irwin Road" in Clayton, has been collecting Irwin memorabilia of the Broadway star …”
In June, Karen wrote to TI Life. Leigh and Chris Dillenback from Clayton found a May Irwin Farms Milk Bottle Cap - bottled by the Cantwell Creamery. The Dillenbecks knew Karen would appreciate this “find” and Karen immediately sent TI Life a photograph of the Cap, saying, “This is a wonderful edition to the collection, and I grateful to the Dillenbecks and I want to share this with your readers."
Comment by: Wilma Grootegoed ( Chardon, Oh and Grenadier Island, ON )
Left at: 10:07 AM Tuesday, September 01, 2009
When the "locals" told June she was on the internet she wanted to know how that could happen - and by the way, what is the internet? Bob and I just spent the weekend there (Late Summer, 2009) and played Scrabble and Rummikub with her (she is very competitive) and we had a great time swimming with her while the water temperature (~69°) was warmer than the air (~66°). June is a wonderful lady with memories that will fill your vessel and she is not shy about calling it as it is! She certainly is the mayor (or boss) of Grenadier Island and we love her just the way she is. This is a magical island where the most important thing is listening to the loons sing and understanding that life is a wonderful gift. Thank you June, for being a wonderful part of our lives. We love this lady. Wilma and Bob Grootegoed
Comment by: Sue and Mark Saiter ( Dallas, Texas )
Left at: 7:33 AM Friday, August 28, 2009
I have been up at Manitouana for most summers of my 67 years. I am Howard Gowings granddaughter.
Now I am there with my 7 grandchildren and love it still.
I copied your stories and took them up to read as bedtime stories, kids all sleep in one big bedroom, and they loved to hear them too. One of the 10 year old triplets answered my, gee, it must be lonely, and said he loves the beauty and that keeps him company!!
Keep the stories coming , especially of the wintertime since most of us do not get to experience that part of the calendar up there.
Comment by: Dennis Sulewski ( Lakeside Park, KY 41017 )
Left at: 5:53 AM Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I have an oil painting, my mother did in 1951, from a post card of the SS. Rapid Prince, running through rough waters. I have the original post card with the painting. This is the first I've been able to ID the history of this steamer. I have been to the Thousand Islands area and along the St. Lawrence to Montreal. The painting she did now has some additional value.
Thanks for the information.
Comment by: Carlos Belsham (Capt Ret'd) ( Gananoque ON )
Left at: 11:43 PM Thursday, September 03, 2009Delete
Andy, I did not realize I was in contact with such a talented person. Your early mornings adventures, such as Aubrey campsite!, and your eye for the surreal sure pays off. Your pictures are full of life and dimension. BZ.
|Appreciation is given once again to David Ray, who provides a fine editing hand for Thousand Islands Life.