CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | John and Nancy Kotula, 5:20 a.m. Monday, opening day of the scallop season, at Congdon Creek Dock.
On the first Monday in November, New York baymen take their boats out in the dark to carefully considered scalloping spots.
At sunrise, over the side go the first dredges, seemingly empty as they sink, but always full of hope. This year there is cause for optimism. (more…)
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | A mysterious visitor seen walking down by the creek at the Manor.
Sylvester Manor’s history and ghost stories will converge this Halloween for its Mysteries of the Manor tour.
On Saturday, October 31 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Manor will host ghost tours and take visitors on a haunted hayride of the farm. Sylvester Manor has more than just rumors of ghosts, they have actual documentation of ghostly occurrences dating back hundreds of years. (more…)
Seldom Scene (Credit: Beverlea Walz photos)
They came, they shucked garlic and they shimmied at the contra dance.
Sylvester Manor’s seventh annual Plant and Sing, a music festival that celebrates the harvest season, drew hundreds of people from Shelter Island and beyond on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Headliners the Seldom Scene, Bryan Sutton and Michael Daves and Sylvester Manor’s own Edith and Bennett provided live music. (more…)
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Airbnbs on the Island? Codger is on the case
Codger hates to admit that he was shocked — shocked! — to read last month that the Island shelters scores of unlicensed bed-and-breakfasts, but he has been stewing about it ever since.
Now, when he patrols the Rock with his canine escort, they are alert to the clues of underground rooming houses — flocks of cars in a driveway, moony couples eating banana cake on a porch, drifty shoulder-to-shoulder bicyclists, the clink of ice in newly installed wet bars. The dog takes notes. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Make observations in your garden and keep a journal for seasons to come.
As the days grow shorter, the nights cooler, as carrots and greens begin to sweeten, and sections of your garden begin to rest, we reach a time for reflection and appreciation. The days spent working in the soil represent lessons learned. Some of those lessons will have built up confidence while others will have been quite humbling. (more…)