Around the Island

What’s happening: May 16, 2019

National EMS week is soon and Shelter Island Town is hosting an EMS open house on May 18. Pictured, early this year Supervisor Gary Gerth accepted a $60,000 check to be deposited into the EMS capital reserve fund to assure money will be on hand when a new ambulance is next needed.

Events and activities on Shelter Island.



National EMS Week runs from May 19 to 26 and Shelter Island Town is hosting an EMS open house on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at EMS Headquarters located at #18 Manwaring Road. It is a time to honor local EMS professionals and promote awareness of their everyday services to the public. It is an opportunity to educate the public on emergency technique awareness, safe driving rules and other safety topics. Ambulance displays at local locations will take place throughout the week for the public view of the ambulances and to gain information. Details: [email protected]


The dodgeball tournament to benefit the Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center takes place at noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Shelter Island School gym. Contact: Kelly Surerus, (646) 957-5787, [email protected]


The Perlman Music Program offers its Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. with violinist Hannah Tarley at the Clark Arts Center. Admission: $25; free for 18 and under. Details: (212) 877-5045, [email protected]


Mashomack Preserve offers Birds and Breakfast, its annual birdwatch, on Sunday, May 19, from 6 to 10 a.m. Featuring a guided walk and breakfast in the Manor House. Admission: $35. (631) 749-1001.



Kids can visit Mashomack Preserve with the Youth Center for “Tracks!” to look for animal tracks on Thursday, May 23, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Kids will be brought from school to the Preserve on the Recreation bus, parents pick up at the Preserve. (631) 749-0309, 


Richie Surozenski has been named citizen of the year by the Shelter Island Lions Club. The Lions’ 2019 Citizenship Award Dinner will take place Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Pridwin Hotel. Admission is $45 per person and tickets are available at the Shelter Island Library. (631) 209-7452, [email protected], 


The Annual Shelter Island Presbyterian Church Yard Sale is on May 25 of Memorial Day Weekend from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Donations are appreciated and accepted from Monday, May 20,  to Friday, May 24. Clean, unwanted items from your home, cellar, garage and sheds are welcome. We are accepting cookbooks and small furniture items also. No electronics, exercise equipment or bedding. (631) 749-0805.


Visit Mashomack Preserve to celebrate summer on the Manor House lawn on Sunday, May 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Learn about wildlife and help haul a 300’ haul seine (fishing net). (631) 749-1001.



Kids can visit Mashomack Preserve with the Youth Center for “Prowling for Owls” to learn about owls and have a snack on Thursday, May 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids will be brought from school to the Preserve on the Recreation bus, parents pick up at the Preserve. (631) 749-0309, 


Great Decisions at the Shelter Island Library kicks off on Thursday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. with “Global Migration” as its first session. Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?  Kirk Ressler, who will again moderate this season’s series of discussions. Details: Jocelyn Ozolins, [email protected] 


Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop kickoff concert and reception on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. Featuring young artist participants presenting a musical soiree from the Age of Enlightenment including works by Haydn and Mozart. Free. At Clark Arts Center. Details: (212) 877-5045, [email protected]


Calling all vendors and crafters! St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is holding its annual Summer Craft/Vendor Fair on Saturday, June 1. Indoor and outdoor space available. If you are interested in selling your wares, please contact Meredith Page at [email protected] or (631) 433-1504.


The Forest to Table dinner to benefit the Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center takes place on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at KKs the Farm, 59945 Main Road, Southold. Tickets are $150 and are available at


The Shelter Island Friends of Music presents lyric-coloratura Alejandra Sandoval with accompanist, Andrés Sarre for its third concert in its 2019 Concert Series on Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Ms. Sandoval was born in Mexico and has been awarded top prizes from many prestigious international vocal competitions. Ms. Sandoval will perform music by Strauss, Donizetti, Poulenc, Korngold and Beydts. A meet-the-artist post-concert wine and cheese reception will follow. Free, donations appreciated.


5th Annual Plein Air Workshop at Smith-Taylor Cabin, Taylor’s Island, Coecles Harbor will be held on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m each day. Inclement weather will cause rescheduling. $100 per person includes transportation to Taylor’s Island. The workshop will be headed by Linda J. Puls. It is open to acrylic, oil and watercolor painters, age 18+ and all skill levels are welcome. To reserve your space, send a check for $100 to the Taylor’s Island Foundation, (check made out to the Foundation) P.O. Box 524, Shelter Island Heights, N.Y. 11965-0524. E mail Linda at [email protected] for more info.


The Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center registration opens Tuesday, June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Preschool. Meet the teachers and see the classrooms. The Preschool is accepting students turning 2 by December 1 through age 4.


The Paul R. Carey Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 17, at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club. Registration begins at 10:30 am.; BBQ lunch at 11:30 a.m.; tee off at 1 p.m.; cocktails at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. The outing benefits the Paul Robert Carey Foundation and its local grantees: Our Lady of the Isle Outreach Program; Fighting Chance and KiDS NEED MoRE Camp Adventure. For more information, contact Ahna Affinito at (518) 465-4747 or [email protected]


The Shelter Island Fire Department’s annual chicken BBQ will take place on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Firemen’s Field.



Bay Street Theater presents “The Prompter,” the first production of the 2019 Mainstage Season. The World Premiere will be May 28 – June 16. Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Walking Dead, Golda’s Balcony) and Wade Dooley (Jersey Boys) star in the show. Single tickets on sale now or tickets can be purchased as part of the three-play subscription package for the 2019 Mainstage Season. Call the Box Office at (631) 725-9500 or log on to