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Remington Comes To Brockville

Remington Comes To Brockville

The work of famous American artist Frederic Remington is on display at the Brockville Arts Centre this month. Exhibits f...
by: Kim Lunman
A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

There may be a simple way to thank community members for acts of generosity - a thank you letter; perhaps a plaque to ha...
by: Janet Sullins & Susan Smith
Join the Paint Out

Join the Paint Out

NOTE:   We have been notified that the Paint-Out for this year has been cancelled.  We will keep you informed ...
by: Bruce Sherman
And More…

And More…

Yes, we have more news.  National Geographic Event…Sea-Doo Ride...Boat Parade… and a Wedding Celebration. David Do...
by: Susan W. Smith
New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

The launch of a St. Lawrence skiff has fittingly marked the launch of the first phase of the new Thousand Islands Boat M...
by: Kim Lunman
Health Habits start early…

Health Habits start early…

This is my first summer interning with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT), but for years I have periodically spent m...
by: Kelly Kearns
Evolution of an Arts Fest

Evolution of an Arts Fest

Mary Ann Evans - known as Mare - is living her father’s legacy and extending her heritage at Evans House, a North Countr...
by: Karan Marie Cross
War Talks… April 25th and 26th 2014

War Talks… April 25th and 26th 2014

The War of 1812 from Sackets Harbor to the Saranac River New York’s North Country looms large at the sixth annual War o...
by: Michael Whittaker
Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Events of the 2013 Commemoration of the War of 1812 The second year of the War of 1812 began on the St. Lawrence, with ...
by: Morley Verdier
A Gift from Brockville

A Gift from Brockville

Winters grasp begins to take hold. The boaters are long gone, either to a distant land or are squirreled away inside, be...
by: Michael Chahley
The Library grows a tree

The Library grows a tree

“How can we help the Library and the community?” asked the the Friends of the Hawn Memorial Library
by: Susan W. Smith
Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Cannon fire, presentations and re-enactors commemorated the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of French...
by: Dennis McCarthy
TILTKids Camp at Zenda

TILTKids Camp at Zenda

My sister, Smith, and I have been coming to the Thousand Islands since we were little, following the tradition of spendi...
by: Henney Hambrose
Jazz Age slang lesson for ‘Rockport Prohibition Days’

Jazz Age slang lesson for ‘Rockport Prohibition Days’

Get your zoot suit on or dress as a flapper and ‘roar’ in Rockport Aug. 16-18
by: Geraldine Last
“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

Editor’s Note: Thousand Islands  Life is pleased to publicize this important “Save our Casino Rally”.  Kevin ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

A moment long-awaited by enthusiasts of Rock Island Lighthouse came the morning of Tuesday, June 4th, when a Grand Reope...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Help Count Loons…

Help Count Loons…

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) has once again announced their Annual Loon Count for July 20, 2013. Observers across...
by: Susan W. Smith
Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

When something is prohibited,....
by: Dianne Phillips
Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

A “flapper” was the new woman of the 1920’s. The First World War had just ended. The world had lost its innocence....
by: Geraldine Last
Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

To celebrate the 4th of July, Dennis & I took a Rockport Boat Line cruise to watch the fireworks over Boldt Castle, ...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddlers, local and visiting, novice and expert, can choose from a new selection of paddling tours this season within th...
by: Celia Medcalf
Polar Bears in A-Bay

Polar Bears in A-Bay

These polar bears give “helping the community” a whole new meaning to the word "courage".
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
Quilting the River Region…

Quilting the River Region…

Readers of Thousand Islands Life well know how the St. Lawrence River inspires artists, poets, writers . . .
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Excursion to England, 2012

Excursion to England, 2012

In August 1958, my family of five, mom, dad, brother, sister, and myself sailed aboard the Cunard’s famous RMS Queen Elizabeth liner to Southampton, England.
by: Rex Ennis
Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

A few weeks ago, just after sunset, I saw a gorgeous ship upbound at Clayton... It was unusual because it was bathed ent...
by: Richard L. Withington
Cattail Caper

Cattail Caper

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a hand. Low water levels on the St. Lawrence presented environmental groups the perfect op...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Story Book Wedding

Story Book Wedding

Bob, raised in Endicott NY often tent camped at Wellesley Island State Park. I am from small town Nebraska. Today we div...
by: Jill and Bob White
The Antique Boat Parade…

The Antique Boat Parade…

When you live on an island, boats are important. In the early days, most people got to and from the island via a steamer...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Writers find the River…

Writers find the River…

You see there are any number of distinct advantages to living in the Thousand Islands region, as attested to by the number of articles in this magazine...
by: Russ Disotell
100 Years Improving

100 Years Improving

Sam Grenell first laid out lots for summer cottages on Grenell Island in 1879. By the turn of the century there were ove...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Where it all Began

Where it all Began

Long dresses, top hats and lots of red, blue and grey uniforms made their way into Joel Stone Heritage Park on Monday, J...
by: Morley Verdier
How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

From September 3rd to 9th, Smuggler's Glen Golf Club near Ivy Lea (Ontario) will be the site of the inaugural Great Wate...
by: David P. Dargie
Ready for the War of 1812?

Ready for the War of 1812?

If well coordinated, the St. Lawrence region is perfectly poised to foster a unique brand of heritage tourism...
by: Alicia Wanless
The War is Coming…

The War is Coming…

Yes, towns around the Thousand Islands in 2012 are getting ready to “celebrate, learn and/or participate” in the 200th a...
by: Michael Whittaker
Seeing Underwater…

Seeing Underwater…

“So spooky to see boats just sitting on the bottom, waiting for the end of time”, was the reaction of one of the visitor...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Grenell Island Regatta

Grenell Island Regatta

Island life is all about boats, so why did it take Grenell Island Improvement Association 91 years to come up with the i...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come - June 14, 2011 – a day I will remember. I woke up just after 6 a.m. to begin my day. I was ho...
by: Michael Folsom
Motor Heads and Car Buffs

Motor Heads and Car Buffs

If you ask Elliott Hillback how to begin collecting cars he answers with a question: Do you want to drive the car or sho...
by: Susan W. Smith
Save The River is growing!

Save The River is growing!

I carry around a little notebook with me everywhere I go that contains my current ‘to do’ list, which includes everythin...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
New Leaders in Town

New Leaders in Town

A visit to Clayton NY on a beautiful day in April gave me the opportunity to take a photograph of the newly appointed ex...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

This year the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque celebrates a major landmark - its 30th Anniversary Season.  A...
by: Lin Bennett
“…flying by the seat of our pants”

“…flying by the seat of our pants”

Karen Bockus and her friends have cooked up a creative way to give people a chance to observe professional artists at wo...
by: Liz Huff
Readings on the River…. a writer’s festival

Readings on the River…. a writer’s festival

It is not often that the best and brightest assemble in the Thousand Islands – but this year they are coming to the Rive...
by: Russ Disotell
Annual Loon Count on Grenell

Annual Loon Count on Grenell

I remember the first time I saw a loon. It was in the early 1980’s, because we still had that small aluminum fishing boa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Cape Vincent's French Connection

Cape Vincent's French Connection

Baguettes, berets, French pastries, Canada's flag flying while “O’Canada” is being belted out from a singer on a main st...
by: Kim Lunman
The Clayton River Festival

The Clayton River Festival

What do you get when a whole town collaborates to put on a River Festival?
by: Star Carter
Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Beijing,China-Vancouver,BC-Chicago & Brockville-Clayton These are just a few of the stops on The Great Lake Swimmers’ 2010 Tour.
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

“Number please?” “Hello... Hello Mabel?” the female voice on the other end of the line was near panic. “Can you get Doctor Regan?
by: Brian Johnson
Poker Run’s Poker Stakes

Poker Run’s Poker Stakes

Despite the intentions of the Poker Run, it is frequently cited by environmentalists as an example of conspicuous consumption and pollution.
by: James Rappaport
Seaway’s Birthday Party

Seaway’s Birthday Party

There was no cake with candles, no singing around the table to the birthday child and no gifts wrapped in multi-colored ...
by: Michael Folsom
"Meetups" in the Islands?

"Meetups" in the Islands?

A note from a young Grindstone Island summer resident was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago, citing a need f...
by: James Rappaport
Navigating Lost Channels

Navigating Lost Channels

Great Lake Swimmers Back in River Tony Dekker, the lead musician of the Great Lake Swimmers, rests his hand on the helm...
by: Kim Lunman
Masts Motors & Music

Masts Motors & Music

Great Lake Swimmers are coming June 6th! Celebrating the Maritime Discovery Center of the Thousand Islands. Eighteen m...
by: Ian Coristine
The Tallest Cathedral...

The Tallest Cathedral...

The tradition of worship in Half Moon Bay began in 1887.  People came from neighbouring islands and from Gananoque ...
by: Carolyn Pratt
Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

The year was 1959. The Barbie doll debuted;
by: Michael Folsom
Who Won the War?

Who Won the War?

Whoever controlled the St. Lawrence River controlled Canada. The Americans never cut the lifeline of British supplies during the War of 1812...
by: Michael Whittaker
Music & Art in Clayton

Music & Art in Clayton

July 17th will be a special day in Clayton. Two regional arts organizations,
by: Susan W. Smith
Reporting Trouble on the River

Reporting Trouble on the River

Have you ever wanted to help the River, but you were not quite sure what to do?  Save The River, an environmental o...
by: Sarah Walsh
Concours d'Elegance

Concours d'Elegance

What do Pebble Beach, California; Amelia Island, Florida; Michigan's Meadowbrook Hall; Lake Como, Italy; and hopefully t...
by: Ian Coristine