04/26/17 6:03am
Shelter Island was recently named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast by Coastal Living magazine. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Shelter Island was recently named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast by Coastal Living magazine. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Well, it’s official! Shelter Island has been named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast.

The title was bestowed upon our little corner of the universe by the esteemed editors at Coastal Living magazine, and Shelter Island shares the honor with 19 other enjoyable seaside destinations, both in the United States and abroad. (more…)

04/21/17 6:02am

James Hull, owner of the Shelter Island Craft Brewery, likes to say that when people visits his brewery they are “tasting Shelter Island.”

By that he means every beer on tap is created from ingredients grown on the island, each with a different taste to offer.

The brewery is now entering its third summer and Hull said he’s excited about the progress he’s made, continuing to build his business and do what he loves.

“I’m not really a beer drinker myself,” he admitted. “But I was blessed with a very good palate.” (more…)

04/20/17 10:35am
Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled. 

For that reason, though the language of North American traditional music shares the same cultural identity, what we hear as audience members depends on whether we’re listening to music from the Canadian maritime provinces or the hills of Tennessee. (more…)