03/21/18 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS  |  Doing the cooking honors in the kitchen (above) were, from left, Fred Ogar, Western Bascome, Mr. Ogar’s son-in-law Henry Jacobs and Father Peter DeSanctis, pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS | Doing the cooking honors in the kitchen (above) were, from left, Fred Ogar, Western Bascome, Mr. Ogar’s son-in-law Henry Jacobs and Father Peter DeSanctis, pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church.

It’s a time-honored St. Patrick’s Day tradition here on Shelter Island — the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner — and this year was no exception. Sponsored by members of the American Legion and Our Lady of the Isle Church, there were two seatings at the Legion Hall on March 16 for those who couldn’t get enough of the traditional Irish fare (and beverages). (more…)

04/19/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled.  (more…)