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The Clayton River Festival

What do you get when a whole town collaborates to put on a River Festival?  If it is in Clayton N.Y. you get a host of exciting activities – all organized to provide a wonderful beginning to Summer 2010.

“We want to highlight the many recreational opportunities on and near the River, and promote the unique river communities like Clayton.” said Star Carter, Festival organizer.  “The Clayton River Festival weekend is packed with events and activities, and thanks to the strong community support, there is something for everyone!”

Be sure to read about the event here in TI Life, and check out the Festival webpage for more details.

Editor, Thousand Islands Life Magazine

Spend the weekend exploring the River and the historic village of Clayton, NY at the Clayton River Festival, happening June 24-27, 2010!

The Clayton River Festival weekend activities include Nature Boat Tours, live painting by Plein Air Artists, bird watching TILTreks with ornithologist Gerry Smith, kayak tours, and a traditional Shore Dinner on Grindstone’s Picnic Point. There will be free afternoon entertainment with a farmer’s market and vendor fair in Frink Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Antique Boat Museum will have a boat builder working at their location Thursday through Saturday, and they will also have a children’s model boat building activity on Saturday morning.

There are so many activities for the kids! Friday, from 3:30-5:30, the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park will set up their animal exhibit near the public docks in Clayton, across the street from activity sponsor The Scoop. Cross Island Farms will feature an organic farm tour at their 102 acre farm on Wellesley Island on Saturday. At Cross Island Farms, kids can meet the animals and learn about how they are raised on this special farm. They can even pet the baby goats! Also on Wellesley Island, The Minna Anthony Common Nature will host Rick West’s Birds Of Prey presentation at their outdoor arena, featuring hawks, owls and eagles. A shuttle will leave Clayton and take passengers to Wellesley Island on Saturday for these special events.

The Hawn Memorial Library will be having their Children’s Only Book Sale on Friday, June 25th starting at 10:00 am. The library is also sponsoring children’s activities on Saturday morning at their location, including crafts, a book reading, and snacks. Be sure to stop by the Thousand Islands Arts Center and see what they have to offer for the family this summer. Visitors can participate in a wheel throwing demonstration in the Pottery Studio and check out the current exhibit in the main building.

Saturday night will feature a concert by the Great Lake Swimmers with a presentation by photographer Ian Coristine, hosted by the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund at the Clayton Opera House. The Great Lake Swimmers are a Canadian band with strong ties to the Thousand Islands. Ian Coristine is a long time fan of the band, and he will join them at the Clayton concert event to debut a multimedia presentation of his photos with their music. Ian will be signing his newly released fifth and final book, The Very Best of Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands, after the concert.

A free shuttle bus will be available all weekend, provided by Clarence Henry Coach. The shuttle will be running from the Cerow Recreation Park Arena, where there is plenty of free parking available, and dropping off/picking up passengers at various places around downtown Clayton. Clarence Henry Coach will publish a shuttle schedule a few weeks before the Clayton River Festival.

Clayton Island Tours is organizing the event in partnership with local organizations and businesses, including the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund, the Thousand Islands Land Trust, the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Cross Island Farms, the Hawn Memorial Library, the Thousand Islands Art Center, Save The River, Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region, Coyote Moon Vineyards, and the Antique Boat Museum.

Many thanks go out to our event sponsors: Clayton Rotary Club, American Legion Post 821, Cross Island Farms, JMF Publishing Inc, The Scoop, Clayton Big M Supermarket, Grant E. Dier Insurance, Bill and Judy Munro, Dr. and Mrs. John E. Slattery, and Clarence Henry Coach.

For a full schedule of events, please visit the Clayton Island Tours ecology website, www.1000islandecology.com, and click on the “Clayton River Festival” page. Call the Clayton Island Tours office at 315-686-4820, or email islandtours@verizon.net, for more information.

By Star Carter, Clayton River Festival

Star Carter is the Director of Conservation for the Thousand Islands Land Trust. Originally from Hawaii, she is now a permanent resident of northern New York. Always drawn to water and wildlife, she feels lucky to be working on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Star has a degree in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii, and has recently started her Masters program at Penn State. Last year Star worked for the Clayton Island Tours and contributed Summer Eco-Tours for TI Life in October 2009.  In addition to her responsibilities at the Land Trust, Star is one of the organizers for this year’s Clayton River Festival. 



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