05/23/17 6:02am
Hallockville Barn Dance

Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo

Historically speaking, contra dancing, a New England style of square dancing, was how settlers in the region socialized in those long ago days before Tweets and Facebook.

And though it’s decidedly low tech, it’s still a great way to get to know your neighbor and swing your partner.

You’ll have the opportunity to do just that on Saturday, May 27 when Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in cooperation with Shelter Island Town Recreation Department, presents a lively evening of barn dancing at the Shelter Island Youth Center. (more…)

05/18/17 6:00am

Sylvester Manor lamb

Space is still available for a summer of discovery for Young Farmers (ages 5 to 7) at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

The programs runs from July 3 to August 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and along with engaging in daily art, music, and yoga activities, children will plant and harvest vegetables, prepare and cook dishes using the produce they have grown, feed and care for livestock kept on the Manor property, and learn about the environment and history of Sylvester Manor.

The Little Sprouts program for ages 3 and 4 is full, but names are being taken for a wait list. Visit sylvestermanor.org to register. For more information, contact Caroline Scudder at cscudder@sylvestermanor.org.

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…)

03/30/17 6:00am
Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

There was a time when the phrase “get lost” was an insult. These days, it’s therapy.

When the world becomes too much for you, Shelter Island — the pearl in the prongs of the North and South forks — has thousands of acres of wooded trails, quiet country roads, and deserted beaches where you can treat your short fuse with a long walk. (more…)

11/17/16 11:11am
Sylvester Manor lamb

Lamb and pork shares are now available at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Take it from an insider. One of the greatest winter comforts on the East End is knowing that you have a generous store of fabulous locally sourced food stuffs to sustain you through the coldest days of the year.

Now, in addition to winter root veggies, which will be readily available across the area in the months ahead, also available at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm are whole and half lamb and pork shares.

If you’ve ever fantasized about buying the meat of a whole animal, here’s your chance. (more…)