02/21/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Like father, like daughter. Marcus and Johanna Kaasik clamming at a local creek on Sunday.

EDA KAASIK PHOTO Like father, like daughter. Marcus and Johanna Kaasik, 9, clamming at a local creek on Sunday.

Marcus Kaasik sent us a note, a photo and a reminder that clamming is one of Shelter Island’s great winter activities that the whole family can enjoy, while experiencing a tradition that has to be learned to pass along to the next generation.

Marcus and daughter Johanna, 9, had a ball Sunday and good luck  digging out the bivalves. (more…)

02/17/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

An easy and elegant dish to serve in the dead of winter, bouillabaisse (fish stew) has its roots in the southern French city of Marseilles.

Historically, fishermen would sell the best parts of their catch at the market and then save whatever was left over for their own families — and from that came bouillabaisse.  (more…)

02/14/17 2:00pm

 

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Jeremy Samuelson is looking forward to his new job as director of Mashomack Preserve.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Jeremy Samuelson is looking forward to his new position as director of Mashomack Preserve. He begins his job on the Island this spring.

This spring, Jeremy Samuelson begins a new job on Shelter Island — and he couldn’t be more excited.

Mr. Samuelson has been named Mashomack Preserve director by The Nature Conservancy. He replaces Mike Laspia who retired last fall after 37 years in the position, along with his wife Susan, who worked as the preserve’s operations manager. (more…)

12/20/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island jigsaw puzzle designed by Jim Levine.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island jigsaw puzzle designed by Jim Levine.

Jim Levine is a puzzle man. Jigsaw puzzles, that is.

The Island summer resident is not only a fan of solving puzzles, not long ago, he created one himself.

Mr. Levine’s 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle debuted over Labor Day weekend at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s farmers market, and is currently being sold at the Historical Society’s Havens Store, with a portion of sales benefiting the society. (more…)