01/21/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Tom Pandolfi performing at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church during the Shelter Island Friends of Music concert on April 23.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Tom Pandolfi performing at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church during the Shelter Island Friends of Music concert on April 23, 2016.

Sometimes, in the bleak midwinter, a reminder of the joys of this Island help lead us to the sunlight of the spring. The recent Shelter Island Reporter review of the major events of 2016 emphasized the lively, committed nature of our people toward making this such a unique place. (more…)

01/20/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

Welcome to the first installment of Island Bites, my food column for the Shelter Island Reporter. I’m excited to be sharing the space with Charity Robey, and I hope you enjoy my easy-to-follow recipes. The column’s name stems from the distinctive local sources of food available here, many of which, besides being highly nutritious, require minimal cooking and preparation. In upcoming installments, I’ll feature simple recipes for Island staples like clams, fish, blackberries, vegetables from Sylvester Manor and much more. (more…)

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01/17/17 10:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band in performance Saturday night at the Shelter Island School auditorium.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band in performance Saturday night at the Shelter Island School auditorium.

An inch of icy snow coated Shelter Island Saturday night, but it would have taken a blizzard to keep Islanders away from the annual January bluegrass concert, an event that never fails to blow away the bleak. (more…)

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01/12/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The cure: They don’t call chicken soup ‘Jewish penicillin’ for nothing.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The cure: They don’t call chicken soup ‘Jewish penicillin’ for nothing.

Neither flu shots, nor surgical masks, nor repetitive handwashing can save me from my January fate.

Sooner or later, someone in my house will require a life-saving dose of chicken soup, and it’s up to me to come through. They don’t call this stuff Jewish penicillin for nothing. (more…)