CHARLES TUMINO ILLUSTRATION | The Mississippi Delta, the cradle of the blues, brought here from Africa, and Highway 61, the well-traveled pilgrimage route through the Delta. Sylvester Manor is celebrating the music the weekend of February 28.
Before it went north from the Mississippi Delta to go electric in Chicago, before it had a baby named Rock ‘n Roll, long before it came out of fields, cabins, shanties and Saturday night juke joints, and much longer before Bob Dylan revisited Highway 61, the origins of the blues were carried by enslaved people from West Africa to the New World in ships. (more…)
KAREN KAIER PHOTO
‘Tables’ located behind the Presbyterian Church. The one on the right marks the graves of Mary and Brinley Sylvester, on the left are Thomas and Mary Dering. Note the bases of the tables — the grass has been removed. A significant percentage of damage in cemeteries is due to lawnmowers and weed whackers.
This is the first column of an occasional series, courtesy of the Shelter Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, updating Islanders on who’s who in the Presbyterian Church cemetery and why it’s such an essential place. Careful readers will also find out how to win a prize. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Baby, it’s cold outside. But there are ways to say warm and enjoy the winter.
How can we stay warm in this brutal winter without going broke and without looking like a fugitive from Vermont?
There is no simple solution, but there are better ways than layering to the point of immobility and dropping the thermostat to 58 degrees. Yes, I know people who do that! (more…)
The film we have chosen for Wednesday, February 25 is “Return To Me,” a sweet story of true love. Bob Rueland (David Duchovny), a construction contractor, is building a natural habitat for the gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo. His wife, Elizabeth (played by Joely Richardson), is a zoologist and taught the gorilla to use sign language. (more…)
Here’s what’s happening around the Island from Thursday, February 19 to Saturday, February 28. (more…)