07/22/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The ceremonial launch of the 100-year-old Little Kittie on June 16.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The ceremonial launch of the 100-year-old Little Kittie on June 16.

Tucked amid stately yachts and towering cruisers anchored in Dering Harbor, is a wooden 12.5-foot dinghy named Little Kittie discreetly rocking back and forth. Unremarkable at first glance, this boat, which is now fully operational, was built in 1914 and has been restored by the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in celebration of the craft’s centennial year. (more…)

07/22/14 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Jason Shields with the trappings of two his passions, fishing and writing, holding a rod and a copy of his new book, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings.”

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Jason Shields with the trappings of two his passions, fishing and writing, holding a rod and a copy of his new book, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings.”

The old expression that if you live long enough you become a stranger in your own place applies to Shelter Island as much —more? — than any other place. Physical changes in a landscape or on a street added to new customs and neighbors transform the familiar into the barely recognizable.

In Jason Shields’ slim, evocative, precisely written new collection of short memoirs, a story and two poems, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings,” the author remembers an Island now gone or passing quickly. (more…)

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JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

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As for last week’s photo (below), the logo of the Tuck Shop, Captain C. Stone felt an obligation to write: “It would be tragic if I couldn’t recognize the first place I visited on Shelter Island about 35 years ago. I eat ice cream almost every night all summer. Pat Sulahian is my second mom.”

And Lukas Hommertt also wrote in identifyng one of the Island’s summer sweet spots.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

07/18/14 5:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she’s been practicing for this weekend’s swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back).

COURTESY PHOTO
Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she’s been practicing for this weekend’s swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back).

The matriarch of the family — good old granny — always leaves a certain legacy behind. Whether it’s her perfect chocolate-chip cookie recipe or the slightly off-kilter jokes she made, grandmas are known to pass down fond memories.

This summer, Joan Archard of Patchogue is paying homage to her grandmother’s less conventional achievements through a feat of athleticism to be attempted in Greenport. (more…)