05/09/16 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO High fives all around from the Bucks at a game last year at Fiske Field.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO High fives all around from the Bucks at a game last year at Fiske Field.

Heads up, Islanders, spring is here and we’re set for new season for the Shelter Island Bucks.

This year’s team — the defending Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League champions — will soon be arriving with the 2015 HCBL trophy and a bat signed by each member of last year’s team.

Fiske Field has been rolled and the grass is a brilliant green thanks to all those rainy spring days. There are new dugouts ready and waiting and the players are expected to be on the Island the first day of June. The first two games, both at home, will be played that week.

That’s the good news. Now we have to take a short look at the bad news and come together to solve a problem. (more…)

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05/06/16 12:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO World-renowned Egyptologist, and Island resident, Jack Josephson.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO World-renowned Egyptologist, and Shelter Island resident, Jack Josephson.

Hard to believe but true: Shelter Island is not only the home of one Egyptologist, but two, and both of them have had front row seats at one of the most interesting, still-developing archeological stories of the decade.

Like all good stories, it’s filled with questions to keep you interested. Is there a chamber full of untold treasure? Has a centuries-old mystery been solved? Has a scientist, derided by some, been proven right? (more…)

04/27/16 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is the log I’m working on. The holes still have about half or maybe three quarters of an inch more to go.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is the log I’m working on. The holes still have about half
or maybe three quarters of an inch more to go.

Onward with succulents…

So many surprises!  First — and perhaps best — the discovery that Stephanie Needham Sareyani, with whom I have been joined at the garden hip for several decades, was an enthusiast and, as usual, knowledgeable. (more…)

04/01/16 10:00am
Succulents displayed on the author's shelves.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Succulents displayed on the author’s shelves.

Last fall, I spent a lot of time composing that farewell letter to all of you, my fellow gardeners. Now you see I can’t be trusted. I’ll be writing a column every fourth week for the season, which means we can’t do the same old, same old, in which I harry, instruct, insist and otherwise make a nuisance of myself telling you what to do and when. We’ll have to do something different. (more…)