06/22/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Western Bascome blows out the candles.

COURTESY PHOTO | Western Bascome blows out the candles.

Western Bascome, who has lived on Shelter Island all of his life, celebrated his 50th birthday on May 23, 2017. A group of local friends gathered at the Center Fire House to surprise Western a few Saturdays ago. Western has been an avid volunteer for several important community groups as an honorary fireman and Lions Club member. Members of both organizations and others in the community enjoyed an afternoon barbeque, ice-cream cake, and wished Western another 50 years.

06/11/17 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dering Harbor on a typically busy summer weekend back in 2006.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Dering Harbor on a typically busy summer weekend back in 2006.

“This Coke needs a little bit more syrup,” the customer said.

“If you don’t like it, don’t drink it and get the hell out of here,” the soda jerk said.

This bit of repartee did not happen recently here. Rather it occurred some time in the 1950s to a tourist visiting Shelter Island. It was told to me a few years later.

The Reporter’s editorial last week brought this to mind as we begin to get our influx of visitors here. (more…)

06/09/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Sicilian pan pizza

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Sicilian pan pizza

Of all the things I tell people I’ve cooked, nothing evokes more of a reaction than pizza. Not soufflés. Not the temperamental hollandaise. Not even a delicate consommé of shellfish. Nope. It’s pizza. It’s become apparent to me that the thought of making pizza from scratch terrifies most home cooks. So I thought it would be a good time to set the record straight. (more…)

06/06/17 4:30pm

 

Cornelia Horsford and an unidentified sister rowing on Gardiner’s Creek ca. 1900. (COURTESY OF SYLVESTER MANOR)

Cornelia Horsford and an unidentified sister rowing on Gardiner’s Creek ca. 1900. Courtesy: Sylvester Manor.

The voices of women are generally those most easily lost to history. Deeds, lawsuits and business interests are the documents of men and these are what often can be found in archives when one is doing historical research.

But this weekend, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm opens an intriguing exhibition that focuses on the particularly strong matriarchal lineage that dominated the property for centuries.  (more…)