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TI Life Happenings November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. Islanders! This is a time of year when family and friends join to enjoy a harvest dinner and of course, Football.  November in the Thousand Islands is no different than in other communities – only quieter.  Most cottages are now closed and the weather alerts include “Freezing Rain, and/or Snow Flurries!”  We ask that you enjoy the holidays and stay safe. We also suggest the November Issue will be of interest. Judy Orr wild turkeys

This Issue:

December will see our 7th Annual Photo Contest & Gift judged by Ian Coristine.  Deadline: December 6, 2018; Number of Entries: Maximum 3 and please send email entries to

Jean Papke Singer IslandOther articles include Lynn E. McElfresh’s The River at Night – relating a scary night’s paddle in a kayak and Jessica Phinney, curator at Boldt Castle takes us on a unique tour explaining how Closing Boldt Castle is not easy….

We will have two new team members providing articles over the winter months. Photographer Chris Murray presents his first lesson in  Depth of Field: The Story Behind the Image and THE RIVER GAL, Nicole Hartshorn will share a River Recipe each month. This month it is Ham Grindstone Grinder.

For those who are fascinated by Thousand Islands history, Canadian historian Dr. John C. Carter gives us one more in his series: Patriot Chronicles with Battle of the Windmill’s 180th Anniversary; Linda Twichell continues her monthly articles on Westminster Park, with Early Westminster Park Families: Gallup and Bronson and John Kunz provides Oswegatchie Yacht Club’s Veiled History.

And there is more Dan LeKander does it again… giveing us a difficult one with Sudoku Puzzle #46; and we conclude with Poetry by Robert Daly, Shady Shores.

Nicole Hartshorn

Nicole Hartshorn - Ham Grindstone Grinder

Nicole Hartshorn if  THE RIVER GAL.   She is a wife, mother of two small children and author of “RIVER ENTERTAINING - Food and Drink Ideas for Boaters in the Thousand Islands.” Her work is featured in every issue of “The Great Lakes Scuttlebutt” Magazine and has also been highlighted in Sea Ray Living.  Her book was published by Friesen Press in 2014.  Over the winter, Nicole will share some of her favorites with TI Life.

Jessica Phinney

Jessica M. Phinney - Closing Boldt Castle is not easy….

Jessica M. Phinney is a lifelong resident of the Thousand Islands. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in anthropology, with specific expertise in museum curation, preservation and in interpreting historic documents. Throughout the last decade, Jessica has served as Curator at several regional institutions. Her passion is researching, interpreting and sharing with visitors the very special story the Thousand Islands has to tell from the mid-1800s, to the present. She currently serves as Curator of the Boldt Facilities, a place of wonder which she fondly refers to as “a museum without borders” holding endless possibilities for interpretation and future restoration.

Sad News, Dave Smith 1935-2018

Dave Smith GrindstoneGrindstone Island lost a longtime and faithful volunteer with the news that Dave Smith passed away on September 23, 2018 in Rochester, NY.  Dave and his wife, Sue, spent many years volunteering for several Thousand Islands organizations.  In addition to being a regular attendee at the Men’s Breakfasts on the Island, he assisted with dozens of the Island’s events.  Dave attended Hobart and William Smith College and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thousand Islands Land Trust and/or Save the River, both in Clayton. NY. This editor certainly enjoyed his teasing as I was always the other Sue Smith! Dave you will be missed.

Yes, Santa is coming back to the Alexandria Bay

The 2018 event will be the 4th Annual 1000 Islands River Santa Festival. It will run from 10 am until 1 pm on Saturday 12/15/18 in downtown Alexandria Bay, NY.Santa 2016

Santa Claus will arrive at 11 am with a United States Coast Guard escort at the Upper Village Dock with gifts for all children 12 and under. The event is open to all North County children; US and Canada. the only criteria: both year-round and summer residents who believe in Santa Claus and are considered River Kids…!!

This year there will be Hay Wagon Rides through the village. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. There will be a return of the giant frog and now the Abominable Snowman will roam the streets entertaining the crowds. Face painting will be available.

This is a Chamber of Commerce event and is 100% donation funded. There are multiple ways to make a contribution. A check can be mailed to the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce at 7 Market St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.

PayPal is set up on the Alexandria Bay chamber website. The day after U.S. Thanksgiving a GoFundMe page will go active and that can be found on (TYPE in 1000IslandsriverSanta).

Late October

First snow fall Jan Staples

Janet Staples shares a late October snowfall in the Admiralty Islands.

November Winds…

Kristen Callender Filippi

Our thanks to Kristin Callender Filippi for sharing her November 10th video at Clayton's waterfront.

Congratulations to Taylored Architecture, Clayton

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central New York (CNY) Chapter honored local architecture firm, Taylored Architecture, and its principal, Jonathan Taylor, with two design awards at its November 3rd ceremony at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. The firm took home a Citation of Design for the Thurso Bay Love Shack and an Award of Excellence for the St. Lawrence Barge Yacht.  Full Framework Photograpy J Meirose IV

The AIA CNY awards ceremony honored St. Lawrence Barge Yacht project architect and firm, as well as clients, Julia Purcell and Richard Rossmassler as designers and for the design concept; contractor Timothy Purcell as construction manager; Jason Vigil with Jensen BRV Engineering PLLC as the consulting structural engineer; and Joseph T. Meirose IV with Full Frame Works Photography for capturing beautiful images of the Barge Yacht.  The second award was for Taylored Architecture after being asked to design a “tiny house” or “love shack” for a client on Grindstone Island as a surprise gift for she and her husband’s 20th wedding anniversary. The client desired a contemporary aesthetic with efficient spaces. The Thurso Bay love shack is 328 square feet. The standing seam roof wraps down the back exterior wall of the structure to add to the contemporary aesthetic. Large windows and doors bring the outside in. Interior finishes include plywood walls— in various species and stains in traditional, Mondrian, and chevron patterns—a mix of extraordinary tiles, and brushed stainless steel fixtures. The good news… The client’s husband loves it.

Another Photograph Request for the December 2018 Issue


Please share those photographs that say “Holidays” for you.:  Christmas or Hanukkah, and those I don’t know. Photos of Christmas Trees, Decorations, Parades, Gift Wrapping, Family Dinners and Baking… whatever you wish … )

Please Remember

We certainly appreciate having you hit our button at the top of each article and Supporting TI Life – although we: Authors, Photographers, Proof Readers and Editors – including this one(!) all publish TI Life as Volunteers, there are costs, including our Email Program - Constant Contact, and our software, now working in its 11year. (I say that each month… but now we are almost there.  We will need some volunteers to help us on our way, so stay tuned!)Coast Guard D. McCarthyclip_image011

We also encourage you to Remember our Facebookclip_image012  page throughout the month, as we post information and photographs, and follow us on clip_image013.

I thank those who send photographs for TI Life – they really are better than 1000 words… Send photos of interesting happenings to

And, this Editor is looking forward to receiving new submissions throughout the year. I bet our readers are too!

By Susan W. Smith, Editor,

Special thanks to editor Bill Stallan and proofreaders Rick Taylor, Georgia Barker, and Dane Zabriskie.  I especially thank Mike Cox who is the magician behind the website. What a team
  • Dennis McCarthy Coast Guard going up River on November 10, 2018

    Dennis McCarthy Coast Guard going up River on November 10, 2018

  • Rick Doyon's from Howe Island shows and early winter.

    Rick Doyon's from Howe Island shows and early winter.

  • Mary Crawford Ferber captures an October snowfall

    Mary Crawford Ferber captures an October snowfall

  • The view from Ash Island is just about perfect. PHoto by Nora Detlor.

    The view from Ash Island is just about perfect. PHoto by Nora Detlor.

  • No BBQ today, but a lovely scene. Photo by Penny Stallan

    No BBQ today, but a lovely scene. Photo by Penny Stallan

  • Lynda Crothers on Wolfe Island. (Lynda we think the view out your window is perfect!)

    Lynda Crothers on Wolfe Island. (Lynda we think the view out your window is perfect!)

  • Lynda Crothers gives us our first Snowy Owl photo of the season. Please keep them coming.

    Lynda Crothers gives us our first Snowy Owl photo of the season. Please keep them coming.

  • Dennis McCarthy Rose Bay Heron

    Dennis McCarthy Rose Bay Heron

  • Jackie Woodside captures the River on October 24,  a few days later it was snowing...

    Jackie Woodside captures the River on October 24, a few days later it was snowing...


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