02/22/15 8:00am
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.

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…)

02/21/15 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Baby, it's cold outside. But there are ways to say warm and enjoy the winter.

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…)

02/20/15 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND

JO ANN KIRKLAND

Looking out the window on this February morning, the snow is lightly falling, kissing the windshield of my car. Red-throated woodpeckers, blue jays and a family of cardinals peck at fresh birdseed on our railing. It’s all so picture-perfect; it should warm me to the tips of my toes, despite the cold.

I hate snow. (more…)

02/15/15 4:30pm
James Bornemeier

James Bornemeier

One of the primal experiences — and joys — for New Yorkers is going to a Broadway play.

Of course the feelings drummed up by seeing actors embody characters invented by playwrights and authors can be just as moving in a play on Shelter Island. Broadway offers considerably more technical bells and whistles and the acting talent is a bit deeper. (more…)