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"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.
"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.

Preview: "The Wind in the Islands" a new take on a classic children's novel

Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger -- immortal animal pals in Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The Wind in the Willows.

A Thousand Islands artist has created a North Country version of the book. Scott Ouderkirk grew up spending summers along the St. Lawrence River and has a hobby farm and studio near Hammond.

In his new adaptation, titled The Wind in the Islands, Mole and Rat have new adventures on the St. Lawrence in the Thousand Islands, with visits to familiar landmarks and historical river residents.  Go to full article
The series of original clam shell doorways at the South Boathouse at Singer Castle.  Photo:  Todd Moe
The series of original clam shell doorways at the South Boathouse at Singer Castle. Photo: Todd Moe

Soundscape: the closest thing to a drawbridge at Singer Castle

During a visit to Singer Castle on the St. Lawrence River this week, Todd Moe got a chance to explore some of the rooms, towers and secret passageways in the century-old stone structure on Dark Island. It was built as a private retreat for the Bourne family during the Gilded Age. Today, it's open to the public for tours, weddings and overnight stays.

Tom Weldon, president of Dark Island Tours, which manages the castle, was eager to explain some of its features, including a set of clam shell doors at the main visitors' entrance. Original doors that consist of two panels that open vertically. Vintage doors with a vintage sound...  Go to full article

Singer Castle for sale

One of the Thousand Islands most lavish pieces of real estate is up for sale. Frederick Bourne's hunting lodge on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence River has become known as Singer Castle, after the sewing machine company that made his fortune. It's become a tourist destination since a group of investors bought it in 2002 for $1.7 million. The castle features towers and spires, 28 bedrooms, 13 fireplaces, secret passageways, boathouses, and a squash court. Asking price - just $22 million.  Go to full article

Inside Dark Island's Castle

The details of a new tourism destination on the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay are starting to emerge. Buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave state and local officials a peek yesterday of what visitors could see as early as next summer. The media was also invited on the tour. David Sommerstein went along.  Go to full article

Big Plans For Dark Island Castle

A group of investors has purchased Dark Island and its Scottish-style castle on the St. Lawrence River for 1.8 million dollars. David Sommerstein reports the group has big plans to renovate the historic property.  Go to full article
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.

New Owners for Dark Island?

A turn-of-the-century castle and the private St. Lawrence River island it's built on may soon be opened to the public. David Sommerstein reports a group of businessmen want to make Dark Island Castle in the town of Hammond a tourist destination.  Go to full article

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