01/05/17 6:12am
COURTESY PHOTO | The Cornucopia's storefront.

COURTESY PHOTO | Cornucopia’s storefront decorated for the season.

The winners of the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce’s third annual ‘Decorate your Door, Store or More’ contest have been announced. Chamber members throughout the Island decorated their businesses for the holiday season and a panel of judges named top efforts in three categories: classical, original, and whimsical. (more…)

12/12/16 3:28pm
The Chequit christmas carolers

Carolers Eileen Hanley, Chris Wade, Megan Brunning, Chris Harris and Kirsten Egnes help celebrate the lighting of the Chequit’s Christmas tree. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

A quintet of Victorian-clad carolers helped kickoff the Shelter Island holiday season during the Chequit‘s second annual Christmas tree lighting on Saturday. (more…)

12/01/16 2:33pm
Shelter Island holiday

Stars Cafe welcomes hungry customers with a decorated entranceway (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

In this day and age, events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday with their endless “door busters” and cut-throat stampede consumerism may be a blood sport for some shoppers, but for many of us, that sort of thing is hardly an effective way to evoke the holiday spirit.

What ever happened to good old-fashioned civilized shopping? The kind where you didn’t have to jump in your car, sit in traffic and fight for a space in a jam-packed parking lot (to say nothing of engaging in fist-fights over the last reindeer sweater on the rack).

Personally, we prefer strolling along picturesque lanes beautifully adorned for the holidays as we pop in and out of mom and pop shops in search of just the right gift — be it the magical, unexpected or delightfully original. Along the way, we relish the opportunity to catch up with shopkeepers by finding out more about the products they sell or offering our best wishes for the year ahead. (more…)

11/29/16 12:14pm
Shelter Island pharmacy door decorating

Shelter Island Pharmacy won the contest in 2015. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

From tinsel and animatronic Santas, to full-on audio/visual displays replete with amplified disco carols and lights that blink to the beat, ringing in the season with the biggest, baddest holiday home display has become something of a competition around the nation in recent years.

Yes, tis the season … to impress the neighbors with your finest (and fanciest) decorating skills. But here on Shelter Island, there’s an entirely different take on the decorating craze. (more…)

12/24/15 2:30pm
All of North Ferry's vessels are decorated with Christmas greenery (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

All of North Ferry’s vessels are decorated with Christmas greenery (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Christmas on Shelter Island is a quiet time of year.  The crowds are long gone and many shops, restaurants and hotels have shut for the season.

But left to celebrate are the year-round residents, business owners, town officials and public servants who have made the beautiful town looks festive and homey for the season. (more…)

11/24/15 1:58pm
A Shelter Island tradition comes to light next Wednesday with the annual Christmas tree lighting (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

A Shelter Island tradition returns Dec. 2 with the annual Christmas tree lighting (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

If you’re looking for a real down-home Christmas tree lighting, nothing beats Shelter Island’s annual event, which unofficially ushers in the holiday season on the island.

Hosted by the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce, a live Norway Spruce grown outside the town police department will be lit Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. WLNG Radio will be there and members of the Shelter Island High School band will perform. As many as 120 people attended last year’s event.