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TI Life in June 2010

What a month!  Wonderful weather, still going from hot to cold, but some rain and the water level is slightly higher. 

This month we present several follow-up articles.  The first is a result of some interesting comments about last month’s article by Kim Lunman  in Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again  which resulted in the sequal:  

In addition, the launch of Ian Coristine’s book on June 4th was a great success.  With music by Great Lake Swimmers and the photography from Ian Coristine, it was a wonderful show.  Here is a link to a Youtube video recorded that evening:  The Great LakeSwimmers "Still".  And for those who missed the event, you have a second chance to attend "The Very Best of Ian Corstine’s 1000 Islands at the Clayton River Festival on June 26th.  A full description of the Festival is presented in this issue of TI Life  by organizer, Star Carter.

Special Feature

TI Life is grateful to Gerry Fraiberg, of in Belleville Ontario, who interviewed photographer Ian Coristine and Great Lake Swimmers lead vocalist Tony Dekker.  This eleven minute video was filmed on Raleigh Island and tells the story of how the Great Lake Swimmers came to our River and in Tony’s words, “discovered the magic of the area”.

Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker In Conversation With Author/Photographer Ian Coristine from Gerry Fraiberg on Vimeo.


In November 2009 TI Life profiled Dr. John Carter in John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land …  The Story had a remarkable number of comments from Tasmania as well as from North America, thus kindling more interest in the military history of the war called: The  Patriot War or the Rebellion of 1837-38.  We asked Dr. Carter if he would provide additional information and he did so in Patriot Chronicles: Four Who Didn't Come Home.  We also received  Pirate Bill by Brian Johnson, who presents his quest for Patriot history in a unique way.

And the boating and cruising season has begun; Mary Alice Snetsinger returns to TI Life with Fiddler's Elbow and Lindoe Island Lights.

Lynn McElfresh provides the second answer to a question we were as in October 2009 when a New Jersey tour guide reported he brings bus tours to the Thousand Islands each summer and he wanted to find the answer for a question always asked: “Just what is it like to live on an island?”  Lynn’s reply is found in Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies.

Another wonderful addition this month is an introduction to the photography in the Thousand Islands.  I know you will enjoy Martin Zonnenberg’s Hobby as much as we did putting it together! 

I also have the opportunity to introduce Artouch in Gananoque,  a new gallery that will feature  important collections of Asian paintings, sculpture, ceramics and furniture.   I also review “Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis and explain how this new book has so much information that has never been published before and many important details.

In addition, we present one new contributor, well known Anthony Mollica Jr. TI Life is honored to have this builder, historian and writer join our team this month with Tony Mollica’s Boats.

New Contributors

Anthony Mollica Jr. -  Tony Mollica’s Boats

Anthony Mollica’s first wrote professionally in his teaching career in communications. Writing for pleasure evolved from his activities with the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Antique Boat Museum as well as his life-long interest in the history of boat building in American. He has published articles in various marine periodicals including Classic Boating, ACBS Rudder, Gar Wood News, The Antique Boat Museum Gazette Annual, MotorBoating, Lakeland Boating and The Chris-Craft Brass Bell Quarterly. He is also the author of eleven published books, many of which are available in local book stores. (See Anthony Mollica on our Publications page)

Readers Exchange

A reader requested help in identifying a framed original oil painting handed down from her grandmother, who may well have been a cousin by marriage of Alson Clark. The writer suggested this was a “wonderful example of his early works, and definitely shows the Whistler influence.” We contacted Patricia Tague and the Alexandria Historical Society ( Cornwall Bros Store in Alexandria Bay) for the answers. In a matter of minutes the question was answered!

This led us to inquire about the Alson Clark exhibit that was mounted in the Museum last year, and we are pleased to say this is the second year of the exhibit and we recommend a visit. Alson Clark is a well known artist and this is a unique opportunity to see an impressive exhibition, right here in the Thousand Islands.

A proud boathouse

Several readers have commented about the disintegrating boathouse on Ina Island. Both Tom Weldon (President Dark Island Tours) and Mary Crawford (TI Life facebook fan)

sent photographs. Mary wrote: “To me this building has become a friend who is suffering a terminal illness and I am compelled to visit her on a regular basis. I'm sure that she has stood proud in days gone past. I would love to know her history and see photos from the past.”

TI Life will see what we can do in a future issue. TI Life would appreciate readers’ contributions of information, anecdotes, and old photographs that could enhance this project.

Facebook: Thousand Islands Life Magazine Group

We have more than 450 fans… and counting on Facebook. Are you travelling in the Islands and their communities this summer? Let us know of those places that you think “raise the bar” in quality, service or uniqueness. We hope to award some “best foot forward awards”. Paul Malo created this category when TI Life was created. One of those that made the early is Victoria Rose, in Gananoque.



We conclude with some well wishes.  David Ray, our Kingston editor was hospitalized this month.  He volunteers his help to this editor/Smith with her grammar, spelling and insight and has done a fine job for the past two years.  We indeed wish him a speedy recovery. We also thank Jessy Kahn for assisting this month. 

Enjoy the rest of June, have a happy Canada Day on July 1st and enjoy the celebrations on July 4th in the United States.

Susan W. Smith, Editor.

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Catharine Van Sickle
Comment by: Catharine Van Sickle ( )
Left at: 7:31 AM Monday, June 28, 2010
Again, some wonderful reading!!!!