COURTESY of PETER WALDNER ‘Chequit in Winter’ one of the paintings featured in Peter Waldner’s new book, ‘Painting the Island’
In the mid-1960s, Peter Waldner created his first oil painting of Shelter Island. It was painted from the balcony of his parents’ home in the Heights and was an image of the steeple of the little church on Wesley Avenue.
Waldner was 10 years old at the time … and he hasn’t stopped painting since. (more…)
Turkeys walking at the intersection of Jaspa and Midway roads in the Center. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)
In certain parts of the Island it seems as if nature has gone haywire, and our human habitat is being overrun. We’re talking turkeys here.
At the Reporter’s office in the Center, it’s common to see a flock of meleagris gallopavo silvestri (impress your friends) moving through the front and back parking lots or up on the porch. A couple of the birds recently were even fighting a few feet from our front door.
Well, we think they were fighting, but it could have been the polar opposite, since none of us are conversant with the courtship rituals of the wild turkey. In any event, it was a lot of excited sounds, strutting and pecking. You be the judge. (more…)
Even if you have been utterly hardened by life, the approach to Shelter Island by boat feels like a voyage to paradise. Its beauty is obvious and when you arrive the people are nice. It’s also easy to find wholesome food and traffic is light. What more could you ask?
I should not complain. But I do, and I am not alone. (more…)
Shelter Island Library. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter File Photo)
Writers, are you looking to share and discuss your work and the work of others in a supportive, creative, non-competitive environment? The Shelter Island Library is now offering “Ferry Writers,” a new group facilitated by JoAnn Kirkland that will meet at the library twice a month on Thursdays. (more…)