The Beat Category - Thousand Islands-Seaway Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:09:45 GMT Harborfest Tall Ships Battle at Fort Ontario Oswego, N.Y. - Fort Ontario and Oswego Harbor will be the scene of a recreation of the May 5-6, 1814 Battle of Oswego during Harborfest 2014. On Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m., tall ships, gunboats, cannon, and re-enactors will follow in the waves and footsteps of American and British forces who defended and attacked Oswego in a desperate struggle for control of Lake Ontario. Royal Navy warships and gunboats will unleash broadsides and pound outnumbered and vastly outgunned American troops and sailors determined to defend Fort Ontario. The British will be met at the shore by Americans who will be pushed back to the fort as they were on that fateful day in 1814. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT Top Expert to Speak on the Battle of Oswego July 16 Oswego, N.Y. - Colonel Harold Youmans, U.S.A. Retired, will present an illustrated lecture entitled "Eight Days in May, the British Raid at Oswego, New York," Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Enlisted Men's Barracks at old Fort Ontario. Colonel Youmans will bring new information and insights into the May 5-6, 1814 British amphibious attack on Oswego intended to delay American ship construction at Sackets Harbor. The attack resulted in the destruction of Fort Ontario, military warehouses, and the capture of cannon, munitions, naval stores, and supplies. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT Marine Museum Hosts Kids’ Pirate Day Events July 10 and July 24 Be there or walk the plank! Oswego, N.Y. - Ahoy maties! The H. Lee White Marine Museum is swabbing the decks for a hearty morning of pirate carousing. Brush off your eye patch, grab your parrot and sign up for Kids' Pirate Day to be held Thursday, July 10 or Thursday July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT North Country Native Turned Hollywood Actor to Appear at 50th Annual Antique Boat Show Clayton, N.Y. - The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America's premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that Hollywood actor and North Country native Mark Valley will appear at the upcoming 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction presented by RBC Wealth Management. Valley, a native of Ogdensburg, NY is expected to appear on Friday, August 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT 1000 Islands named “Best Boat Ride” by USA Today Company Thousand Islands - Seaway Region, N.Y. - The Thousand Islands was named Wednesday as having the "Best U.S. Boat Ride" in an online competition hosted by 10 Best, a division of USA Today Travel. Online readers of USA Today and 10 Best picked the region over 19 finalists selected by the 10 Best editorial board. 10 Best provides USA Today Travel readers with original content about vacation destinations from a network of writers. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT Paddlers to ‘Rock the Locks’ on Oswego River Canal June 21 Oswego, N.Y. - For close to a century, the Oswego branch of the Erie Canal ran adjacent to the Oswego River and was an important part of the historic waterway. Only remnants of that canal exist today. Paddlers will have a chance to glimpse sections of the old canal Saturday, June 21, in the Oswego "Rock the Locks" Paddlefest. Paddlefest gives paddlers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to paddle sections of the river and through the locks as a group, followed by food and music at the Lock 7 park in Oswego. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT Everything's Coming up Roses with the Oswego Players New Contest Oswego, N.Y. - The Oswego Players have joined forces with Cali's Carriage House Florist to present am exciting new contest, inspired by the up-coming Oswego Players Production of the musical "Gypsy". From June 9th through June 29th, stop by Cali's Carriage House Florist, located at 116 West Bridge Street in Oswego, to participate in the contest. With any monetary donation, you will get the chance to pick a rose to see if you've won a prize. There are three prizes available and you can continue to try your luck - one person - per day - with donation. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Celebrating its 80th Anniversary with a Challenge Oswego, N.Y. - The first Lake Ontario Central New York Lighthouse Challenge will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and June 22, 2014. The challenge is to visit six unique New York lighthouses within two days. The official Challenge route starts with Oswego's West Pierhead Lighthouse and then moves East and West from the Thousand Islands to Rochester, N.Y.   To register, visitors can start at the H. Lee White Marine Museum located on the West First Street Pier in Oswego on Saturday, June 21 at 9 a.m. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT 'New Year, New Shopping' Challenge Oswego, N.Y. - On February 28, the first annual 'New Year, New Shopping' challenge, held at Fitzhugh Park Elementary, proved to be a success. The challenge, which was held from January 1 to February 28, included participating grades 4, 5 and 6. The vision of this challenge was to increase awareness of locally-owned and operated businesses in the city of Oswego. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT Flag Day School Event at Fort Ontario June 13th, Public Welcome Oswego, N.Y. - In commemoration of Flag Day, the many flags that have flown over Fort Ontario and the United States will be displayed and explained by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Oswego Lodge 271, Friday, June 13 at Fort Ontario. Nearly 500 school children from around central New York State will participate in the program at the old fort. The public is welcome to attend. Admission for all will be $1. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT