05/19/16 2:00pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Stephen Barney, Jr.’s new book ‘The Barneys of Flushing Meadows, American History.’

Shelter Island’s deep and rich history has become increasingly familiar to us through the ever-expanding efforts of the Historical Society, Sylvester Manor, Island historians and indeed many Islanders and visitors whose families trace their roots to its earliest years. (more…)

04/17/16 3:00pm
MATT LANDRY PHOTO Tery Glackin, the captain of aboard Prospector, helped lead a 15-person crew across the Atlantic last month in the Transatlantic race.

MATT LANDRY PHOTO  |  Tery Glackin, the captain of aboard Prospector, helped lead a 15-person crew in the 2015 Transatlantic Race.

The renowned Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

Had he lived on Shelter Island, his lordship would more likely have penned romantic daydreams of the advent of sails puffed by summer winds, gliding on sky-blue waters… of sun-filled days, sunsets and star-lit nights. (more…)

10/15/15 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO |Author Kevin Fitzpatrick discusses his book, "The Algonquin Round Table" at Friday Night Dialogues on October 16.

COURTESY PHOTO | Author Kevin Fitzpatrick discusses his book, “The Algonquin Round Table” at Friday Night Dialogues on October 16.

Journey back in time to a grand metropolis of daring flappers, silent movies and speakeasies with Islander Kevin Fitzpatrick at Friday Night Dialogues at the Library at 7 p.m. on October 16. He’ll discuss his book, “The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide,” leading a virtual tour of the Jazz Age’s grand city, teeming with hidden bars, luxurious movie palaces and dazzling skyscrapers. (more…)

09/18/15 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| Dr. Ann and Dr. Nat at the opening of their Island medical practice in June 2014.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| Dr. Ann and Dr. Nat at the opening of their Island medical practice in June 2014.

Recognizing that few things matter more than our own health and well-being — and of those we hold dear — Shelter Island Town and the library have collaborated to present an eight-part series of lectures targeted to fit the needs of our community, “Health Matters with Dr. Ann.” (more…)

08/14/15 8:00am
Amanda Harris will discuss her new book, 'Fruits of Eden: America's Plant Hunters,' tonight at 7 p.m at the library.

Amanda Harris will discuss her new book, ‘Fruits of Eden: America’s Plant Hunters,’ tonight at 7 p.m at the library.

Much of what we eat today comes from the sea that surrounds our Island, from the rich land of our own gardens, farms as nearby as the North Fork or shipped fresh from Florida or the West Coast.

Until the end of the 19th century though, American menus were quite limited — standard seasonal farm fare, fresh or preserved through salting, smoking or “canning.” David Fairchild and a small group of other dedicated botanists changed all that. Now we can enjoy a cornucopia of tasty, colorful fruits and vegetables grown from seeds collected from around the world. (more…)