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The two-day FOLD Festival, featuring a star-studded lineup, kicked off at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Tuesday evening.

The big name acts included Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Paloma Faith and Nile Rodgers and Chic.

The festival continues today at 5 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

Read more about the festival here.

See our photos below (more…)

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Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It’s a testament to music producer Nile Rodgers’ sway and influence that he was able to convince some of the biggest acts in music — including the two most recent Grammy Album of the Year winners — to play a concert at a Riverhead vineyard better known for hosting weddings than music festivals.  (more…)

08/04/15 11:14am
Credit: Skye Gillispie

Credit: Skye Gillispie

One balmy July afternoon, I decided to embark on the Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail on Shelter Island aboard my standup paddleboard.

Located within the Peconic Estuary — which has been declared a “Last Great Place” by The Nature Conservancy — this five-mile marine trail takes thrill-seekers on an adventure through a wetland filled with a variety of birds, fish, shellfish and turtles. The trail, which also offers glimpses of Taylor’s Island, is a joint project of The Nature Conservancy, Shelter Island Town and Shelter Island Kayak Tours. One of their major restoration goals is the replenishment of the shellfish population through the use of shellfish nurseries and safe environments. (more…)

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The North Fork real estate market is heating up. (Credit: Craig Catalano photo)

The North Fork real estate market is heating up. (Credit: Craig Catalano photo)

The North Fork’s recovering real estate market still has a ways to go to make up for the losses that occurred during the housing market crash in 2007.

But that doesn’t mean the market is winding down. Quite the opposite, if you ask the North Fork realtors and real estate agents. Now, they say, is the perfect time for both buyers and sellers as the market slowly but steadily improves thanks to investors and second-home buyers. (more…)

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Credit: Skye Gillispie

Credit: Skye Gillispie

It’s not often you find a teenager who knows exactly what path they want to pursue in life, but recent Southold High School graduate and aspiring chef John Charles Funke, is. Today you can find him working as a grillman at The Market Whole Foods & Café ​​in Greenport.

His time in the BOCES Culinary Program, as well as working with local food enthusiasts, piqued his interest in the food industry. Funke recently received the outstanding internship award from BOCES for his work-study program at The Market, which he balanced with being a full-time student and athlete.

Come fall, he’ll be pursuing a degree through Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program.

We got into the kitchen with John to learn more about his passion for North Fork ingredients and how he strives to integrate them into his culinary career.

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