Hammond, NY, Jul 18, 2014 — 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
Jul 18, 2014 — 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
Jan 10, 2007 — 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