It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me!

Alex Mosher throws “pirate treasure” into the crowd during the pirate invasion for Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days in Alexandria Bay.

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5 Things Friday- December 2

Holiday Illuminations

1. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Public Square, Downtown Watertown
What: 6:30 p.m. – Musical Performance by General Brown 6th grade Chorus, Directed By Lindsey Davis K-6 Vocal Music Teacher; 6:45 p.m. – Announcement of Downtown Decorating Contest Winners; 6:45 p.m. – Musical Performance by the Northern Blend Chorus, Directed by Mary Ann Wert and Katie Taylor; 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Parade organized by Stanley Zaremba and sponsored by Benefit Services Group; 7:45 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony and Count Down; 7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo in Public Square Park. Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association; 7:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Music and Light Display every 30 minutes featuring thousands of LED lights that are synchronized to a variety of music. Hot chocolate, coffee and mulled cider provided free of charge courtesy of the Downtown Business Association.
Cost: Free

Friday / Watertown

2. 54th Annual Clayton Christmas Parade and Fireworks

When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Clayton
What: Enjoy a “A Patriotic Christmas” themed parade of floats lit with lights. Following the parade, a fireworks display will take place over the St. Lawrence River.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

3. Parish Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Veteran’s Park
What: Tree lighting ceremony and celebration. Crafts, children’s games, stories, Santa and more.
Cost: Free
INFO: Kathy Allardice, 278-6632

Saturday / Parish

4. Light Up Pulaski

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave.
What: Mr. and Mrs. Clause will attend. Music, reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” punch and cookies.
Cost: Free
INFO: 268-4650

Sunday / Pulaski

5. Christmas Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 4:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Whitton Place, 7320 E. Main St.
What: Christmas Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting. Christmas caroling at 4:15 p.m.; High Falls Apartments, 4061 Cherry St., 5 p.m.; caroling under the village Christmas tree, 5:30 p.m.; lighting of the tree, 5:45 p.m.; Santa arrives, 6 p.m. Refreshments, visits with Santa at St. John’s Church, 5838 McAlpine St.
Cost: Free

Sunday / Lyons Falls

Celebrate the Holidays

1. 8th annual Christmas Masquerade Ball

When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St.
What: The community is invited to the festive celebration and fundraiser that features live music by Fred & the Ed’s, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auction items from local businesses. A photo booth will be provided by Bova Photography to capture the evening. Formal wear is required and masquerade masks for $5 are available at the door.
Cost: $40 at door

Fridfay / Alexandria Bay

2. North Country Festival of Trees

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St.
What: Public viewing of decorated Christmas trees, voting and silent auction. Festivalof Trees Holiday Gala Friday at 6 p.m.
Cost: Viewing, free; Gala, $75 each

Friday through Sunday / Watertown

3. 2016 Holiday Reception

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.
What: Christmas music, Victorian decorations, hors de’oeuvres.
Cost: $5
INFO: 782-3491

Friday / Watertown

4. Christmas in Clayton

When: All Day Saturday
Where: Clayton
What: Christmas cookie sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church; Kris Kringle Holiday Market: Thousand Islands Winery; Tiny Tim’s Emporium: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawn Memorial Library; Horse and carriage rides: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawn Memorial Library; St. Lawrence Pottery Holiday Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thousand Islands Museum Juried Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus; Wares and Wears exhibition and marketplace: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thousand Islands Arts Center; Holiday food fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mary’s Church; Chicken barbecue: 2 p.m., O’Brien’s parking lot; Santa Central: 3 to 5 p.m., Clayton Opera House; Snapshots photo booth: 4 p.m., O’Brien’s.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

5. Village-wide caroling

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Starting from Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134.
:  Sing holiday songs throughout the community.
Cost: Free
INFO: Lisa Gallagher, 244-4416, or Rev. Evon, 342-5662

Sunday / Hammond  

Something to Eat

1. Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital, new entrance off Hospital Drive.
What: Hosted by the CAH Auxiliary.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000

Friday / Carthage

2. Sixth Annual Breakfast with Santa

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134.
What: Menu: French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, and beverage. Face painting, gift bags, and photos.
Cost: $5
INFO: Lisa Gallagher, 244-4416, or Rev. Evon, 342-5662

Saturday / Hammond

3. Spaghetti dinner

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: First Church of the Nazarene, 960 State St.
What: Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, drinks, dessert. Eat-in or take-out.
Cost: Meals for adults, $10; children’s meals, ages 5-15, $5; children ages 4 and younger eat free. Proceeds benefit Haiti mission trip.
INFO: 778-6707

Saturday / Carthage

4. Chicken barbecue

When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: Copenhagen Fire Department, 9950 Route 12.
What: Eat in or take out. Benefits Cubs Drill Team.
Cost: Dinners, $9.50; senior citizens, $7.50; children 11 years old and younger, $5.50; halves only, $5.
INFO: 688-4103

Sunday / Copenhagen

5. Fish fry

When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: John C. Londraville American Legion Post 832, 248 E. Broadway St.
What: Menu: fried or boiled haddock, clam strips or chicken tenders, with coleslaw, French fries or baby browns, bread and butter. Benefits veterans’ and/or community projects and scholarships.
Cost: $10; seafood platter, $14.
INFO: re-order: 654-2101

Friday / Cape Vincent

The Arts

1. Gifts from the Gallery

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square.
What: Hosted by North Country Arts Council. Shopping, hot chocolate entertainment by Gino Cappuccetti.
Cost: Free

Friday / Watertown

2. Build your Own Snowman Clay Class for Kids

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E
What: With artist/instructor Tracey Jean.
Cost:  $10
INFO: 649-5454

Friday / Chaumont

3. Shoulder Season

When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John St.
What: Exhibit of cashmere paisley shawls.
Cost: Free
INFO: 686-4123

Friday through Sunday / Clayton

4. Musical Cinderella

When: 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: South Lewis Middle School
What: South Lewis Middle School musical, “Cinderella.” chicken and biscuit prior to Friday’s performance, cafeteria, 5-7 p.m., sponsored by South Lewis varsity baseball team.
Cost: $6 adults; $5 seniors and students. Discount passes available.
INFO: 348-2500

Friday and Saturday / Turin

5. 6th annual elf workshop

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St.
What: All materials supplied. Families welcome. Children leave with two wrapped gifts. Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit following workshop.
Cost: Free
INFO: 785-7709

Saturday / Watertown

Learning Something New

1. Diabetes education class

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St.
What: Learn about diabetes and how to maintain health.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000, ext. 3222

Saturday / Carthage

2. Children's Fall Craft Classes

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Gallery Lake Saint Lawrence Arts, 10 Main St.
What: Classes held every other Saturday afternoon. Materials are provided. No reservations required, just bring your kids.
Cost: $5

Saturday / Waddington

3. No Worries

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 1/2 E. Main St.
What: Local Living Venture, tools for reducing stress with Kathy Montan. Dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing, bring drinking water.
Cost: $22; couple/family of two, $40; students, $10.
INFO: or 347-4223

Saturday / Canton

4. Tutoring and computer instruction

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St.
What: Have your questions answered and learn new computer techniques.
Cost: Free
Info: N/A

Saturday / Clayton

5. Childbirth education classes

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital conference room, 1001 West St.
What: Childbirth education class
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000

Saturday / Carthage

5 Things Friday- October 14

It’s the weekend!! 


Harvest Festivals & Fairs

1. Oktoberfest for a Cause

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort
What: Craft beer tastings from New York State Breweries, Bad Husbands Club playing live, partial proceeds to benefit River hospital in support of mammography services.
Cost: $20
Info: 800-955-4511

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

2. Punkin Chunkin

When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Clayton
What: Watch as local teams catapult pumpkins into the St. Lawrence. There’s an adult division & kids division. Lots of activities for the whole family – face painting, craft Show & vendors on the streets & in the Clayton Opera House, & BBQ competition and BBQ meals. 9 a.m. kids catapult; 11 a.m. adults.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

3. Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Near Orvis/Andrews Streets, along Main Street
What: Haunted house, clown, candy land, pumpkin painting, crafts, booths, a haunted walk, live music with Atom Ghost and more!
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-3525

Saturday / Massena

4. Trunk or Treat

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Candlewood Suites, 26513 Herrick Drive, Evans Mills
What: All families invited to participate in a costume contest and parade starting at 1:30 p.m. Promotional prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in 5 different categories. There will be food vendors handing out candy.
Cost: Free
INFO: Nellie Mathous, 629-6990

Sunday / Evans Mills

5. Community Health Fair

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Park
What: Free screenings, education, kids’ activities, DJ, NNY photo booth, insurance information, giveaway’s, free lunch.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000, ext. 2349 or 493-1000, ext. 2316.

Saturday / Carthage


Outdoor Activities

1. ‘Fall’ in Love with Nature!

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Otter Creek Preserve
What: Join TILT staff for a hike in search of vibrant fall foliage on the Otter Creek nature Trail. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.
Cost: Free
INFO: Register in advance, 686-5345; email,

Sunday / Alexandria Bay

2. Trail Tails

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100
What: For younger children, accompanied by adult. Two stories, then group activity themed to match stories.
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday / Wellesley Island

3. Discover An Old Growth Forest Autumn Hike

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center, 1486 Osceola Road,
What: 4-mile hike – off-trail hiking, moderately difficult terrain. Bring brown bag lunch, water. Wear comfortable hiking clothes, boots. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust to provide snacks and extra water.
Cost: Free
INFO: RSVPs encouraged, 779-2239 or

Saturday / West Leyden

4. Fall Leaves Hike

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where:  Baker Woods Preserve, Natural Bridge
What: Indian River Lakes Conservancy member and Baker Woods Preserve steward Matthew Carney. Observe the fall foliage at its peak season.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Natural Bridge

history Hustle 5K

When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Remington Recreation Trail, Partridge Run Golf Cource, 70 Sullivan Drive
What: The St. Lawrence County Historical Association will host the 5k. 8 a.m. registration for, walkers, 8:30 a.m., runners, 9 a.m.
Cost: $22; children 11 and younger, $11.

Saturday / Canton


The Arts

1. Evening of Silent Film

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: United Presbyterian church, 101 S. Broad St.
What: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Pilgrim” and Buster Keaton’s “The Goat”.  All ages welcome, refreshments available.
Cost: $10 suggested donation
INFO: Melodie Long, 646-2077  

Friday / Sackets Harbor

2. Northern Blend’s Annual Chapter Show, Sing Fling

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dulles State Office Building auditorium, 317 Washington St.
What: Featured quartet: LiveWire. Also, chapter quartets For Heaven’s Sake, Lip Service, A# Arrangement, Resonance and Outburst.
Cost: $15, 12 and younger admitted free with adults.
INFO: 681-3242, or

Saturday / Watertown

3. Fall Raku Festival

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John St.
What: Join the Arts Center’s Pottery Studio for an afternoon of hands-on fun. Glaze a handmade piece of pottery and then experience the unique, exciting process of Raku Firing. Bring your friends, drink of choice, and enjoy a live band!
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

4. Squabbles

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday;  2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
What: The Little Theatre of Watertown presents “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp
Cost: $15 general; $12 members/military; $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at Kinney Drugs, Sherwood Florist or cast
INFO: 775-3212

Friday, Saturday / Watertown

 5. Black River Valley Fiddlers concert

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge, 1762, 511 Fulton St.
What:  Black River Valley Fiddlers Concert. Raffles, door prizes with proceeds benefit Deferiet Senior Citizens Club.
Cost: $4

Saturday / Carthage


Fundraising Fun

1. Dance Marathon

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St.
What: To benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center. Opening ceremonies start at Noon; all ages Noon to 8 p.m., those 16 and older, 8 p.m. to midnight. Closing ceremonies held at midnight.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Watertown

2. 17th Annual ‘First Frost’ AIDS Walk/Run

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, 1 thompson Park
What: Participate as an individual or team member and raise funds to help support ACR Health’s Adolescent Prevention Programs and Client Support Services.  Whether you compete in the 5K timed Run, 5K walk, or the virtual walker/runner, your steps are making a statement! 100% of funds raised stay in Northern New York.
Cost: Donation based or 800-475-2430

Sunday / Watertown

3. 2016 March for Babies

When: 10 a.m. Sunday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St.
What: To benefit March of Dimes. Kid Zone will be available.
Cost: Donations

Sunday / Watertown

4. Benefit for Erika Marin

When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lowville American Legion, 5383 Dayan St.
What: Benefit for 6-year-old Erika Marin. Chicken and pork barbecue. Chinese auction, Lottery board, 50/50. Live auction starting at 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 dinners; $6 halves.
INFO: 486-8692; 486-4882; 725-3842.  

Saturday / Lowville

5. Quarter auction fundraiser

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Double Play Community Center, 5439 Shady Ave.
What: Quarter auction fundraiser. 50/50 drawing, refreshments. Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks and American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Cost: $5 donation; includes one paddle and one ticket for door prize. Additional paddles $2, door prize tickets $1 each, 6/$5, 15/$10.

Friday / Lowville

Community Dinner

1. Annual Harvest Dinner

When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Evans Mills United Methodist Church, 8668 Church St.
What: Annual Harvest Dinner to benefit the Ladies Group in world mission.
Cost: $8; Children 5 to 12, $4; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 642-3204  

Friday / Evans Mills

2. Hospice Wing Ding

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Caprara’s Waterside Bar and Grill, 13471 County Route 123, Henderson
What: To benefit Hospice of Jefferson County. Food, live entertainment, raffles, and cash bar available.
Cost: $15
INFO: Penny, 938-5069 or; or Hospice, 788-7323

Saturday / Henderson

3. Covered Dish Dinner

When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134
What: Hosted by the Hammond Fair Association for those who have participated in the fair. Bring a dish to pass and own table service.
Cost: Free
INFO: Joan Hadlock, 324-5517

Friday / Hammond

4. Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brownville United Methodist Church, 333 Brown Blvd.
What: Enjoy homemade chicken and biscuits at the church.  Takeout’s begin at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $9
INFO: 788-9076

Saturday / Brownville

5. Turkey Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Macomb Community Wesleyan Church, 12 County Route 7
What: Takeouts available, silent auction, benefits building fund for church.
Cost: $9; children 6 to 12, $4; children 5 and younger, free.
INFO: 578-2255

Saturday / Gouverneur

Artists on the River Open Studio Tour opens Saturday

Michael Ringer’s studio will be one of several open for the Artists on the River tour Saturday and Sunday at Dingman Point. Above is Mr. Ringer’s ‘Hacker-Craft.’ Submitted Photo.

Michael Ringer’s studio will be one of several open for the Artists on the River tour Saturday and Sunday at Dingman Point. Above is Mr. Ringer’s ‘Hacker-Craft.’ Submitted Photo.

The 21st annual Artists on the River Open Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the studios of Dingman Point artists.

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Summer 2016: Homes Feature Story

A Wellesley Island Wonder

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

Stump Road home boasts top amenities, acreage for $1.9m

By Karee Magee, NNY Living Premier Properties

Photos by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living Premier Properties

Heading east from the Thousand Islands Country Club along a dead-end stretch of pavement called Stump Road on Wellesley Island, you’ll get a glimpse of a modern-style home partially obscured by the island’s vegetation, hidden away from the outside world.

The home of Carol and David Richardson is a remote oasis from the busy life that takes place on the St. Lawrence River, with the road hidden from view and the stretch of water bordering their property free from the cacophony of the main channel.

When the Richardson’s were looking for a place on the St. Lawrence in the summer of 2000, they were told that they would want a place along that main channel, but after witnessing the busyness of the area, they decided against it.

“It was so noisy that we decided we wanted something quieter,” Mr. Richardson said.

The house at 46150 Stump Road, Wellesley Island sits on an area of the river that only allows traffic at 5 mph, a perfect place to watch the boats go by without the noise, Mrs. Richardson said.

Though construction on this little refuge from the world began in 1997, when the Richardson’s bought the place in 2000, it was still very unfinished, which allowed them the opportunity to add a personality to their home from top to bottom.

Over a total of seven years, the Richardsons created a unique construction that revolved around all-natural materials, solid woods and stones. Although at the time it wasn’t for an environmentalist reason, the Richardson’s said they consider that a happy accident that came about from their desire to use materials that made the house natural, friendly and comfortable.

No room in the house epitomizes naturalness better than the screened-in porch, they’re favorite room, located off the kitchen.

0617_Homes_Homes11 WEBThe porch is made with solid woods including mahogany and cedar, as well as a fir ceiling. The floor is made entirely of local stone, including the flagstone from Hammond and the granite from Alexandria Bay.

Continuity of materials and quality were an important part of the house’s design, Mr. Richardson said. This can be seen walking back through the kitchen and into the dining room where crafted woodwork can be seen, including cabinets and custom-made columns, that was designed by a local craftsman from Cape Vincent.

Leading off from the dining room, the living room opens on an open floor plan, looking directly out on the river from a large glass window. The room was designed with the same idea of friendliness and comfort in mind that generated the use of natural materials. The Richardson’s classify the three-room area as formal, but informal.

The master bedroom is the last room on the ground floor, but it leads into the simply, luxurious master bath, with granite counter from South America, a German limestone floor and walls of cherry wood.

A large steam shower was also installed with a peaked roof to help with Mrs. Richardson’s allergies, but her favorite feature is the small window cut in the wall looking onto the lawn.

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESWhile the ground floor, though, is very natural and open, it’s the downstairs that takes the cake. Going down a flight of stairs you’re greeted to a view of the lower level of the outdoors patio through a set of glass doors leading off of the Richardson’s library.


Wall-to-wall cherry wood bookshelves are the dominant feature in the room with lower cupboards to store any number of knickknacks and collections, while the focus in the center of the room are two armchairs.

It’s the perfect place to read, Mr. Richardson said, because it’s always cool. It stays between 68 and 70 degrees.

When the Richardson’s originally bought the house the basement was empty. The library was part of a three-year plan that also included a home theater room.

Perfect for a family movie night, the theater room has a drop ceiling, sound-proof wall boards and two rows of Danish furniture, with the second row raised on a movable three-piece platform.

All of the electronics were wired by Mr. Richardson including a Klipsch sound system, a fixed screen and a projector that can be raised up into the ceiling. The rest of the electronic system is located in a cupboard in the back of the room.

Also in the back is the theater room’s bar made of black walnut wood. A wine cellar is located off of the room, which is also convenient for cold storage, Mrs. Richardson said.

0617_Homes_Homes9 WEBWhile the downstairs is very unique, in the middle of summer the dominant feature of the property is property’s land and water access, particularly for the Richardson’s grandchildren.

The stone patio is located on two levels with two doors leading onto it, one from the library and the other from the screened-in patio, and the stonework was done by Rusty Johnson Masonry of Clayton.

Walking down from the screened-in patio, the built-in steps have lights installed for safety in the evening.

On the lower level, there is a slightly raised platform outside of the library made of Brazilian hardwood and designed to resemble a boat. To its side stands a gazebo that houses an outdoor fireplace, which is perfect for the cooler weather of October and November, Mr. Richardson said.

Farther down the lawn, though, is the beautiful sight of the St. Lawrence River and its islands, some of which can be seen from the property, including Nobby Island.

Located on the water is the floating dock, which was built locally to accommodate the Richardson’s various water craft, including a hydro hoist for antique boats that can’t sit in the water for long periods and two lower floaters that make getting into their kayaks simpler and less wet.

Even considering all of the views of the property and the lake, though, the best view of the St. Lawrence River remains in the Sundown Room, a short hallway-like room above the living room that leads to a guest bedroom on one side and to the Richardson’s offices on the other.

0617_Homes_Homes6 WEBThe Sundown Room includes a sectional couch next to a half-circle window looking toward Canada that mirrors the same window above the living room’s large rectangular window, giving the person who sits there a perfect view of the river at sunset and a nice lookout toward the north.

Despite all of the work and love the Richardson’s put into their house on Wellesley Island, they’re selling the property after more than 15 years to make room for a new adventure in their life.

“We bought in Florida two years ago and we’re liking it a lot down there,” Mrs. Richardson said. “We want to downsize a bit. It’s a lifestyle thing.”

The Richardson’s won’t be strangers to the Thousand Islands region, but being gone most of the year in Florida and traveling makes it hard to maintain a house.

“We love this place, but it’s just another new adventure,” Mrs. Richardson said.

Karee Magee is a magazine associate for NNY Magazines. Contact her at 661-2381 or

Summer 2016 Feature Story: Cavallario’s Cucina

Authentic fare with a dash of love

Above, Brenda T. Cavallario in the kitchen with her grandsons at her restaurant, Cavallario’s Cucina, Watertown. Opposite page, from left, Brenda T. Cavallario, daughter, Gina Vann, and husband, Peter G. Cavallario. The family restaurant features homemade authentic Italian food. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Living.

Above, Brenda T. Cavallario in the kitchen with her grandsons at her restaurant, Cavallario’s Cucina, Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Living.

Family first at Cavallario’s Cucina where ‘everything we do’ is homemade

By Karee Magee, NNY Living

There was no cooking class or culinary school that
transformed Brenda T. Cavallario into a restaurant chef. Instead, it was her parents’ kitchen. [Read more…]

Tourism advocate says NYT story had major impact


A tourism advocate for the Thousand Islands region said a feature story on the area by the New York Times that led the paper’s travel section Sunday was valuable exposure. [Read more…]

Alexandria Bay teen carving out a niche with expertly crafted waterfowl

John F. Slate Jr., left, and his mentor, Glenn Sweet, owner of Thousand Islands Decoy Co., Alexandria Bay, show a decoy carved by John as well as ribbons that he has won for his decoy carvings, locally and, as of last month, nationally. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

John F. Slate Jr., left, and his mentor, Glenn Sweet, owner of Thousand Islands Decoy Co., Alexandria Bay, show a decoy carved by John as well as ribbons that he has won for his decoy carvings, locally and, as of last month, nationally. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

John F. Slate, who turns 16 next month, has been carving waterfowl since he was 8.

“He’s got great dedication,” said acclaimed St. Lawrence River decoy carver Glenn Sweet, owner of Thousand Islands Decoy Co., Alexandria Bay, and whom John describes as his mentor. “He’s the only kid I know who does it.” [Read more…]

Winter 2016: North Country Notes

Our north country is a ‘land of many borders’ within itself

“Border country.” I overheard this phrase once, a discernible fragment of conversation in a noisy restaurant. It’s another name for the north country. When we use it, we are probably thinking of our border with Canada. [Read more…]

Catholic Church in Croghan undergoing $1.4m ceiling restoration project

CROGHAN —  While this small village in northern Lewis County may be best known for its bologna, its most visible landmark is likely St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church. [Read more…]