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…)

11/02/16 6:02am
The Sylvester Manor farmstand is located at 21 Manwaring Road on Shelter Island (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Saturday, November 5 is the last day to shop Sylvester Manor’s farm stand. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Looking for something to do on Shelter Island this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Here are four events worth checking out. Or as always, you can visit our events page.

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09/28/16 6:01am
Credit: Sylvester Manor Educational Farm courtesy photo

Credit: Sylvester Manor Educational Farm courtesy photo

Lovers of locally sourced food have long enjoyed the bountiful produce that East End farms provide at this time of year. But this weekend, it’s also possible to bring home some locally raised lamb and pork as well — at bargain prices.

On Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sylvester Manor will be selling its farm-raised lamb and pork for 30 percent off regular prices at its Shelter Island Farmstand. (more…)

09/23/16 6:01am
There will be a seed saving work shop at the Shelter Island Library on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

There will be a seed saving work shop at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Looking for something to do on Shelter Island this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Here are three events worth checking out. Or as always, you can visit our events page.

(more…)