ROBERT EGBY'S PHOTO GALLERY
People, places and Events in
NY and the Thousand Islands Region.
Hello, Years ago, I used to scramble through the cities and deserts
of the Middle East photographing Kings, Princes, Politicians, wars, riots, victims of upheavals,
and yes -- death. Today, I take joy in wandering around upstate New York
-- Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands region -- taking photographs for pleasure and not for deadlines.
This is my photo album and it's always changing and under construction. Enjoy. -- Robert
CAPE VINCENT DOWNTOWN MARINA – The dock is a busy place during the summer season with boats bringing visitors from various places in the United States and Canada. The marina and dock open up onto the St. Lawrence River which starts near Cape Vincent and flows to the Atlantic.(June 26th 2009)
THE LITTLE WHITE CHURCH IN WINTER:The place is quiet as the cloak of winter descends. The sun shines, the air is fresh, and the old building sleeps waiting for spring and the summer crowds and services.(December 2005)
A popular place for exhibitions, craft and art shows, workshops
CAPE VINCENT ART GALLERY OPENS. The Breakwater Gallery in downtown Cape Vincent officially opened for the 2009 summer season on June 26th. An opening reception was well attended by residents, visitors and artists. The Gallery is open weekends – Friday through Sunday. The Gallery features the works of local artists.
SHOULD WIND TURBINES BE IN TOURIST AREAS? That’s the question which stirs controversy in Cape Vincent and St. Lawrence River communities. This photo, taken from the Tibbets Point road in Cape Vincent, looking across the St. Lawrence, shows some of the many wind turbines on Wolfe Island in Canada. It was taken in late June with a spectacular storm approaching. As one sightseer observed: “Even the God’s are angry.” (June 26th 2009)
CAPE VINCENT - A GREAT PLACE TO DIVE -- The waters off Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands
are littered with shipwrecks, a testimony to the once dangerous life on the St. Lawrence.
It's become a great training place for divers. Here, students with instructor Ken Hannan (pictured below) from Aquatic World in Syracuse, NY
take their first lesson checking out the wreck of the St. Louis which sank a few feet off
shore February 14th 1914. The Chamber of Commerce (315-654-2481) has a great map of the hundreds of wrecks lying on the
river bed of the St. Lawrence. Divers can be seen most weekends during the season at the riverside park at the east end of town. (August 18th 2007)
HERALDING WINTER WITH A RAINBOW -- On the Road to Millens Bay -- County Route Eight -- early in November,
a winter storm blows in from the north with hail and then rain. The Fall sun provides the rainbow.
A WINTER SPECTACLE FOR JANUARY: It's January 10th 2007 at noon, the sun is shining over the
St. Lawrence at Cape Vincent, and the spray from the wind-swept waves is creating an ice show.
TIBBETS POINT: One popular favorite of visitors to the Cape Vincent region
is Tibbets Point
Lighthouse which stands near the point where
Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. It makes a good photograph
in any season.
The Tibbets Point Lighthouse complex sees many visitors who stay overight. It is part of the International Hostels organization.
Visitors near Tibbets Point stand to watch a ship passing
on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Cape Vincent stands between Lake Ontario
and the St. Lawrence..
THUNDER IN THE BAY. An armada of sleek power boats
participated in the 2006 Poker Run event on the St. Lawrence
River between Ogdensburg, Alexandria Bay, Clayton and Cape Vincent over
the last weekend of June. The Run is not a race.
Participants travel to designated card stops where they receive a sealed envelope
with a playing card inside. The best hand determines the winner. These
photos were taken at the Cape Vincent stop where hundreds gathered
to watch. Above, spectators watch the arrival in Cape Vincent, and
below, Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Higgins pauses in the job
of handing out the cards accompanied by the Cape Vincent brochure.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION -- In the
early 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, Joseph,
took up residence here as an advance party for the French emperor seeking
refuge here. It never happened, but French and German members of Napoleon's army did come
and settle in Cape Vincent. Today, the French Cemetery at Rosiere has
Near the French Cemetery is the original altar of the church the first French settlers built.1>
A plaque was set up in 1932 to inform passers-by of what
happened here one hundred years earlier. Today, the community of Cape Vincent
celebrates with the French Festival.
THE FRENCH FESTIVAL: Every July Cape Vincent stages the French Festival,
attracting over 35,000 people to watch the colorful parade saluting the
area's French heritage. Entries come from various parts of New York
State and eastern Canada.
During the French Festival, saluting the community's early settlers, Cape Vincent's square and surrounding streets are packed with
tents and display
booths of crafters with such wares as jewellery,
ceramics, clothes, ornaments, paintings -- and
we saw jackets and sweaters made
from alpaca wool from South America.
The French Festival runs for two days, and wares include
-- french pastries, french bread, and lots of other goodies..
The weather was great for the French Festival 2006 and
the event drew record crowds.
MEMORIAL DAY 2006: The weather was sunny and warm and over 1,000 people turned out
for the Memorial Day Parade and Service and to join in prayers
for those who defended our shores.
"AUTOS ON THE RIVER" -- The Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Autos on the River -- a vintage car and truck show with entries dating back over three quarters of a century. Over 50 vehicles were registered and paraded on the Village Green August 12.
Prizes were awarded. Dan Clark of Sackets Harbor (pictured below) with his 1968 Pontiac Firebird took first place in the 1960s category and "Best of the Show" award. A full list of award winners was published in the Thousand Islands Sun, August 30th edition.
THE LITTLE WHITE CHURCH: It's on Route 12E between Cape Vincent and Clayton and it's old. The Millens Bay Union Church, built in 1869, is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. It's open July through August for Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. with non-denominational services. It is totally self-supporting. BELOW: A photo of part of one of eight stained glass windows of the church. The church is currently raising funds to have the windows restored and repaired. Total cost is between $32,000 and $45,000. If you would like to contribute to this worthy project, please call Bonnie Buschmann at 315-654-3875.
is Cape Vincent's Community House. It was here, in early Decmber (2006)
that the Cape Vincent Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce
held their Holiday House Gift Shop. Pictured below is the interior,
with elaborate and beautiful doll houses dominating the display
and sale which was held over two weekends.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS: Cape Vincent and the Thousand Islands region
is a great place for photographers and artists. The sun had just
gone down below the horizon and the light was bathing everything in
a soft glow. This old boathouse caught my eye. It stands well as a photo
in its own right, but during the winter I will get a canvas and recreate
it in oils. Memories of a summer's evening.
Postscript: This must have been one of the last photos taken of the old boathouse.
It was destroyed in the great winter storm of early 2006.
Sunset at Millens Bay, Cape Vincent, NY.
Photos by Robert Egby
Robert D. Egby DHP, CH. Rev
(Formerly of Chaumont, NY, now in Pemberton, NJ)
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