07/11/15 6:00am
(Credit: Shelter Island Historical Society)

(Credit: Shelter Island Historical Society)

Visitors taking the North Ferry from Greenport to Shelter Island during the summer find beauty everywhere they look. The blue of the bay, the green of the Island, tall masts in Dering Harbor and a classic red-and-white awning ahead combine to let visitors know they’re arriving at a special place.

What many people don’t know is the awning marks the Shelter Island Heights Beach Club (SIBC), a long-standing and beloved establishment here. It also serves as a warm welcome, being one of the first things a visitor sees upon arrival. More than just a pretty picture, however, the SIBC has deep roots in the history of the Island.  (more…)