07/20/16 4:30pm
JON BURKE PHOTO | Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from left, Rowen Gallant, Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard.

JON BURKE PHOTO | Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from left, Rowen Gallant, Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard.

Islands tend to be great places for creating musicians. Especially isolated islands where long traditions and even longer winters feed the creative energy.

Making music on an island is something fiddle player and singer Rowen Gallant, 22, knows quite a bit about. Collectively, he, his brother Caleb, 20, and friend Jesse Périard, 22, are Ten Strings and a Goatskin, a bilingual three-piece band hailing from Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes.  (more…)

07/15/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Meet the pigs at Sylvester Manor on July 16.

COURTESY PHOTO | Meet the pigs at Sylvester Manor on July 16.

This week

EXPLORE THE FARM

This month, Sylvester Manor is offering Saturday morning farm programs in the Windmill Field that are free and open to the public.

During CSA pickup hours, 9 to 11 a.m., visitors can meet the pigs on July 16; join in an herb walk on July 23, and on July 30, stop in for a quick pickle demo and worksongs. Little ones can enjoy story time at the farm stand, in collaboration with the Shelter Island Library from 10 to 10:30 a.m. For more information call (631) 749-0626. (more…)

07/15/16 2:00pm
Summer treats in store

Summer treats in store

I was so happy last week to have my first corn of the season — tender, sweet and delicious! I decided to use it as a base for this recipe, adding local ingredients to make a succotash.

When helpmate saw that I was using beans and zucchini she said, “Why don’t you call it three sisters?” (more…)

07/15/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Gawler Sisters kick off Sylvester Manor’s Creekside Concert series on Sunday, July 31.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Gawler Sisters

Now into its second summer season, Sylvester Manor’s Creekside Concert series continues to provide an amazing way to wind down on a weekend. Bring the whole family with blankets or low-profile chairs, tote a picnic basket or sample offerings from the on–site food and beverage trucks, and watch the sun go down while listening to world class music. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35, and are available at sylvestermanor.org or by calling (631) 749-0626. Until July 31, a $70 season pass for all three concerts is available. Additional donations are always welcome. (more…)