Special Service to Celebrate 130 years of Services at Half Moon Bay


On August 9, a special service was held at Half Moon Bay, a tranquil glacier carved bay of Bostwick Island.  Filming for the BBC documentary series, “Great American Railway Journeys”, took place to document the unique experience that is Half Moon Bay.  Even before the posted pick up time of 2 pm, eager participants without their own transportation started to gather at the Lions Launch in Gananoque and boats began shuttling them to the Bay.  The threat of rain wasn’t enough to
keep people away and clear skies prevailed.  As the service time neared, more and more vessels entered the bay and settled into a puzzle like arrangement to maximize space and allow everyone a clear view.  Antique boats from the Thousand Islands Boat Museum were in attendance as well as canoes, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats, and all manner of pleasure craft.  Guests without boats found seats behind the pulpit in chairs and on the rocks.  It was indeed a full house!  A beautiful service was  presided over by the Right Reverend Michael H. H. Bedford-Jones and locally written music was provided by Maestro Robyn Ableson of Kingston and organist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Gananoque.  Estimates of attendance topped 140, making it one of the highest attended services in recent history.  We are all looking forward to seeing this special local treasure highlighted for the rest of the world to see.