Around the Island

What’s happening: March 7, 2019

Los Hacheros will play at Sylvester Manor’s upcoming fundraiser at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Thursday, March 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.



Mashomack Preserve director Jeremy Samuelson presents Mashomack: Views of a Changing Coastline, on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Eroding bluffs and wetlands, rising groundwater and invasive pests affect the systems we rely on for clean drinking water and storm protection and they’re changing rapidly. Mr. Samuelson will share updates on new climate research and the steps The Nature Conservancy is taking at Mashomack and throughout the region to adapt to changing conditions. Community members are also invited to join him at Mashomack for a guided walk exploring these challenges on Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.


Paint the day away in “Rip it Up!” a painting workshop at the Library sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with artist and author Joyce Raimondo. Explore works of famous women artists of the East End and beyond. See Georgia O’Keeffe’s giant flowers and Frida Kahlo’s powerful works. Discover how famous East Hampton artist Lee Krasner, expressed her feelings with bold, abstract art. Inspired by Ms. Krasner, get your feelings out as you create a colorful abstract collage by ripping, cutting, dripping paint and more. Class is free, sign up is required. Limited to 25.


Tuesday Documentaries at the Library features “American Masters: Julia Child” on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Learn about America’s favorite chef in honor of Women’s History month. Scooping up a potato pancake, patting chickens, coaxing a reluctant soufflé or rescuing a curdled sauce, Ms. Child was never afraid of making mistakes. The French Chef TV series made her an unlikely star. Her early attempts at cooking were near disasters, but once she learned to cook, her passion for cooking and for teaching brought her into the hearts of millions and made her a culinary icon.



Celebrate and support Sylvester Manor during an evening of cocktails in support of its upcoming season and to celebrate the past 10 years. This fundraiser will be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Tickets are available now at Contact Courtney Wingate at [email protected] for more details.


Discuss “All Passion Spent” by Vita Sackville-West with the Classics Book Club at the Library on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. Funny and surprisingly moving, the book tells the story of a woman who discovers who she is just before it is too late. After the death of her husband everyone assumes that his 88-year-old widow will fade away in her grief, remaining as proper as she has been her entire married life. But she defies the patronizing meddling of her children and escapes to a rented house in Hampstead. There, to her offspring’s utter amazement, she revels in her new freedom, recalls her youthful ambitions, and gathers some very unsuitable companions — who reveal to her just how much she had sacrificed under the pressure of others’ expectations.


Got Cabin Fever? Get out of the house and come play board games with Serge Pierro of Game Nite Magazine at the Library on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. Featuring a selection of games for all ages and refreshments. One lucky participant will bring home a game donated by Mr. Pierro. Registration requested but not required. 


Learn about Irish Ancestry and food at the Library on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the club will explore Irish food – hearty favorites like Irish Stew, corned beef and cabbage and more. Wear some green, bring a dish and enjoy a feast of traditional dishes as well as modern Irish cuisine.


Chef Maria Serano from Maria’s Kitchen will be cooking up delicious Mexican food at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s next Celebrity Chef Dinner on Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. The menu will feature guacamole and chips, vegetable or chicken fajitas and homemade flan. Admission is $30 per person, reservations are limited to 50 people. Details: (631) 749-0805.



Listen to Virginia Gerardi speak about Burning Man on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The gathering in a temporary city in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert is an annual event that draws nearly 70,000 people. Rooted in the values expressed by its Ten Principles, Burning Man is a celebration of inclusiveness, self-expression and self-reliance. Dreamers and doers create art and join in civic initiatives. Ms. Gerardi, who built her own yurt, will share her experience of Burning Man and explain the Ten Principles that inform the Burning Man culture. She’ll also share some stunning visuals of this grand experiment.


Those with an income under $55,000 in 2018 are eligible for tax help by appointment at the Library on Saturday, March 23, from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. A staff member from the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island will scan documents to their secure online system and assist in completing intake forms. An offsite preparer will call within three days to complete your return over the phone. Bring your social security card (or Medicare card, social security letter or benefit statement). For details and a complete list of what to bring contact Jocelyn Ozolins at 749-0042, ext. 108.


The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church will welcome the Juniata College Concert Choir from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.

The popular choir has toured throughout the U.S. and abroad and will perform a cappella music from several cultures and traditions. At a past concert, an appreciative audience heard the 44-member choir sing a cappella songs from different cultures drawn from across the ages, including spirituals, sacred and folk music. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated. Call (631) 749-0805 for more information.


A DMV-approved defensive driving class for drivers of all ages takes place at the Library on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. John Wallace of the Amaden Gay Agency is the instructor. Fee: $45, payable on the day of the class. Register: (631) 749-0042 or sign up at the Circulation Desk. Attendees should bring their own lunch or snacks.


A Shakespeare in the Community discussion covers “Timon of Athens” at the Library on Saturday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m. Though categorized as a tragedy, the story is also at times a bitterly funny satire. Timon is a beloved and generous nobleman who, through his generosity, spends his entire fortune on corrupt hangers-on. Writer Becky Cole leads the discussion. New members are welcome. Pick up copies of the play at the Circulation Desk.



Makers and vendors are needed for “CREATE: Maker Fair” on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at Peconic Community School, 269 Main Road, Aquebogue. Fair benefits the school and celebrates the maker movement. Crafters, welders, artists, engineers, scientists, designers, chefs and all makers are invited to register by March 16. Vendors must donate 25 percent of all sales to the school. Call (631) 779-2934 or email [email protected]

The school will host an open house on Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Learn about PCS’s place-based, community focused, project-based educational model. Interested families with children in Early Childhood (age 3) through 6th grade are welcome to attend.