11/02/19 11:00am

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Gardiners Island

I’ve been giving presentations about Gardiners Island at the East Hampton Library, Southampton History Museum and last week at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum.

Part of the talk involves the pirate Captain Kidd, who in 1699 famously buried treasure on Gardiners Island, which is east of Shelter Island. Years ago, for a TV shoot on the privately held island that’s been in the Gardiner family for nearly 400 years, Robert David Lion Gardiner, its “16th Lord of the Manor,” brought me to the spot where the treasure had been buried. (more…)

10/18/19 10:00am

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Journalist Karl Grossman will give a presentation on Gardiners Island on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead.

Journalist discusses ‘time capsule’

For residents of Shelter Island, who regard Gardiners Island as a distant, somewhat mysterious cousin, there can be few guides as well-acquainted with this 3,300-acre jewel as Karl Grossman, a journalist who first ventured there almost 50 years ago. Mr. Grossman, who has covered Long Island for more than four decades, writes the Suffolk Closeup column that appears weekly in the Reporter. He first met Robert David Lion Gardiner, the self-described “16th Lord of the Manor,” when he covered a large campout of Boy Scouts hosted by Mr. Gardiner in 1971.

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10/11/19 4:15pm

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The final concert of the 2019 Shelter Island Friends of Music season will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.

THIS WEEK

GRANTS AVAILABLE

The Shelter Island Education Foundation accepts grant requests twice a year from students, teachers and programs that inspire participants and enrich their futures. Projects must provide, or make possible, educational experiences beyond those available in the normal school curriculum and budget. Applications for grants became available Oct. 8 at shelterislandfoundation.org and at the Shelter Island School. It is prefer- able to fill out the application online and download for signatures. Appli- cations must be received by Nov. 4, 2019.

FALL FIELDS

Mashomack Preserve presents Fields in the Fall on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join grassland enthusiast Clark Mitchell and walk through the north and south fields of the preserve while in their fall color splendor.

BULB PLANTING

Sylvester Manor invites the public to Spring Bulb Planting on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Manor Gardens. Come and help plant an assortment of bulbs including vari- eties based on Horsford and Fiske documentation. We welcome any donations of bulbs given to the community by Mrs. Fiske. Free. sylvestermanor.org.

CELLO CONCERT

The Shelter Island Friends of Music presents “Four Cellos, A Global Musical Journey,” a four-virtuosi collaboration on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Ani Kalayjian, Laura Met- calf, Andrew Lee and Caleb van der Swaagh will perform music by Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Bartok, Schubert, Piazzolla and others. A meet-the-artists reception will follow the concert. Free, donations accepted. shelteris- landfriendsofmusic.org, facebook. com/SIFMconcerts.

SCALLOP DINNER

The Shelter Island Lions Club is hosting its 64th annual scallop din- ner on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Pridwin Hotel. Tickets are available at the Shelter Island Public Library and are $35 for adults and $15 for youth. Profits from the dinner go to support worthwhile causes on the Island. For more information, reservations or group purchases, call 631-209-7452 or email [email protected] terislandlions.org. A chicken dinner alternative is also available.

PMP CONCERT

The Perlman Music Program kicks off its fall concert series with a Chamber Music Concert on Mon- day, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark Arts Center on the Perlman campus. Free, no RSVP required. perlmanmu- sicprogram.org.

STAR STUFF

The Shelter Island Library hosts “Road Map to the Stars: The Night Sky” on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. When you wish upon a star, wouldn’t it be good to know which star it is and what constellation it lies in? Objects in the night sky can be pinpointed with a little understanding of the celestial sphere and its coordinates. Astronomer Kevin Manning returns to the library to present an unforgettable program suitable for the whole family (ages 8 and up). The program will include hands-on activities using star charts. Register at the circulation desk.

NEXT WEEK

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM

Friday Night Dialogues presents a screening of “The Bullish Farmer” on Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library. It is a feature-length documentary on sus- tainable agriculture. It journeys into the life of a Wall Street investment banker-turned farmer as he struggles to build and run a farm that feeds his family and his community. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Jocelyn Craig, Windmill Field manager at Sylvester Manor. This film is co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest and the Shelter Island Public Library. Free.

OYSTER TASTING

The Shelter Island Historical Society is hosting an oyster tasting on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Havens Barn. Join Mashomack shellfish enthusiasts at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s annual Oyster Event. Learn about the biology of this tasty mollusk. Admission: $60. shelterislandhistorical.org/oyster- tasting2019. RSVP by Oct. 12.

CELEBRITY CHEF

Fall Celebrity Chef returns to the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church featuring Chef Joe from the Ram’s Head Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. The menu features a first course of cauliflower and roasted garlic soup with mushroom popover; a second course of braised beef short rib with potato gallette, broccolini and natural jus; and a dessert of apple crumb pie with bourbon butterscotch, pecans and vanilla gelato. $30 per person.

COMiNG Up

PMP CONCERTS

The Perlman Music Program presents a Stires-Stark Alumni Recital on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark Arts Center on the Perlman campus. Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova present a dynamic preview of their Carnegie Hall debut. Admission: $25; free for students and Virtuoso Society members. Then on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m., PMP offers a Works in Progress concert in the Clark Arts Center. Free, no RSVP required. perlmanmusicprogram.org.

DRIVER SAFETY

The Shelter Island Senior Center is hosting an AARP Driver Safety Course on Monday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 44 South Ferry Road. Register: 631-749-1059. Par- ticipants may be eligible to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. Consult your insurance company for further details. Fee: AARP members, $20; nonmembers, $25. Class is good for a period of three years.

ACROSS THE MOAT

TEA & TALK

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum presents “Tea & Talk: Gardiners Island” on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. with Karl Gross- man, a Reporter columnist and professor of journalism at SUNY/ Old Westbury. Mr. Grossman will describe visiting Gardiners Island and speak about his long connection as a journalist to Robert Da- vid Lion Gardiner, who described himself as the island’s 16th Lord of the Manor. Mr. Grossman will also screen a segment of a documenta- ry series, “Can Suffolk Be Saved?” which he wrote and hosted in 1974. Admission: $25, includes fancy finger sandwiches, teas and sweets. Register by Oct. 12, 631- 727-2881, ext. 100, suffolkcounty- historicalsociety.org.

Featured Story
06/28/18 4:30pm
DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO Not many fish, but our columnist and his party were happily surrounded by a group of inquisitive seals near Gardiners Island.

DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO
Our columnist and his party were happily surrounded by a group of inquisitive seals near Gardiners Island.

I am not even going to mention how lousy the fishing continues to be because it is not my fault that the weather has been so totally uncooperative for the better part of two weeks.

So there. Glad I didn’t mention it. (more…)