09/12/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The week after Labor Day, and the only lack of parking spaces is at the school bike rack.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The week after Labor Day, and the only lack of parking spaces on Shelter Island is at the school bike rack.

When I ask people to name the best day of the year on Shelter Island, most of them don’t miss a beat. It’s the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Upon reflection, some say they’d trade in Tumbleweed Tuesday for a perfect fall day a little later in the season. (more…)

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08/25/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Megan Hergrueter with her work. The white and black vessel is an example of a raku technique — applying horsehair to red-hot pottery to create a singed effect.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Megan Hergrueter with her work. The white and black vessel is an example of a raku technique — applying horsehair to red-hot pottery to create a singed effect.

The week leading up to Shelter Island’s ArtSI open artist studios event, Megan Hergrueter had her hands full. As in full of clay. (more…)

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08/11/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO John Tehan aboard Tubby, his 34-foot trawler with a top speed of seven knots.

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John Tehan aboard Tubby, his 34-foot trawler with a top speed of seven knots.

When John Tehan moved to Shelter Island as a child, he was already anchored by four generations of his mother’s family, ties so strong they drew him back no matter how many times he got away.

A charter boat captain, fishing guide and bayman, John is as familiar with the waters of the Florida Keys as Gardiners Bay. He has lived in California, Arizona and Florida, but always seems to wash up on the Island he refers to as “Paradise.” (more…)

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08/29/14 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Fried blowfish with gremolata — parsley, garlic and lemon.

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Fried blowfish with gremolata — parsley, garlic and lemon.

Eating fish can be complicated and no fish is more daunting than the blowfish.

Aren’t parts of it poisonous? Why does it look nothing like a fish? Is it even edible?

To those who hesitate to eat a creature that looks like a spiny piñata, I say, you eat pineapple, right? (more…)