05/26/17 2:05pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island style on display at The Stand Mercantile, a new boutique at the Island Boatyard.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island style on display at The Stand Mercantile, a new boutique at the Island Boatyard.

It will be a summer of discovery for locals and visitors to Shelter Island with new restaurants opening and old favorites sporting fresh menus, plus new businesses alongside tried and true destinations with innovative takes on merchandise and presentation. (more…)

03/21/17 3:06pm
COURTESY PHOTO | A pair of eastern bluebirds captured on birdcam at Mashomack Preserve. WINGSCAPES BIRDCAM PRO CAMERA

COURTESY PHOTO | A pair of eastern bluebirds share a meal in an image captured by birdcam at Mashomack Preserve.

As Mashomack Preserve volunteers gear up in preparation for providing nesting sites for the eastern bluebirds, 57 boxes stand ready to welcome the returning birds for the 17th year of this project.

These nest boxes are set throughout the eight meadows on the preserve that provide excellent bluebird habitat. The past 16 years of monitoring the bluebird nests along with the tree swallows which nest close to them, and now, purple martins, are helping us to spot trends in their habits and movements. (more…)

02/25/17 11:26am
Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Donnamarie Barnes unlocked the door of the 18th century house at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and moved through rooms full of sheeted furniture, aged wallpaper and neat piles of very old books. She addressed the place as if she were visiting an old friend who has been shut-in.  (more…)

10/26/16 11:29am
sylvester manor hauntings

Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

She had just started working at Sylvester Manor as a housekeeper, now almost 40 years ago, when Rose Wissemann came in touch with something one afternoon that still haunts her.

She recently recalled that unforgettable day when she had been doing some work in one of the smaller houses on the Manor grounds. As suddenly as a shadow shifts across a floor, an unsettling feeling stole over her. It was a sense that even though she was alone in the place, something — someone? — was with her. She stood still in the room. More than one presence, in some kind of terrible distress, was very near. (more…)

10/05/16 7:47am
Leonardo DiCaprio on location in Indonesia for "Before the Flood" (Courtesy National Geographic Films)

Leonardo DiCaprio on location in Indonesia for “Before the Flood” (Courtesy National Geographic Films)

This week when the Hamptons International Film Festival comes to town, among the many offerings will be a selection of films under the festival’s new “Air, Land & Sea” category.

A highlight of the category is National Geographic’s “Before the Flood,” which follows actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic to gain a deeper, personal understanding of climate change. (more…)

09/22/16 9:29pm
Archaeologist Stephen Harvey holds up the stem of a wine glass found in his backyard. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

Archaeologist Stephen Harvey holds up the stem of a wine glass found in his backyard. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure … particularly if that other man happens to be an archaeologist.

Stephen Harvey, Ph.D, is an Egyptologist who lives on Shelter Island, and, as luck would have it, he has unearthed some pretty interesting finds in his own backyard. (more…)