03/30/16 9:28am
Nile Rodgers at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rodgers at the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers is joining forces with East End Arts this spring and summer.

In May the community arts organization will present a “Master Class” with Rodgers, in which the public can learn about songwriting and the music industry directly from the Chic guitarist himself. The class will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. (more…)

03/24/16 1:49pm

Fred Ruvolo, the last cobbler left on the North Fork, uses the same hammer today that he had when he started in his profession at age 14.

It’s tradition, just like the antique machinery that clicks and clacks in his downtown Riverhead shop each day. The shelves in his cramped space are stuffed with odds and ends of all shapes and sizes: nails and toe protector plates and various bits of metal.  (more…)

03/16/16 10:45am
Christine Tylee, program and stewardship coordinator for the Group for the East End, mixes up an all-purpose cleaner of white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Christine Tylee, program and stewardship coordinator for the Group for the East End, mixes up an all-purpose cleaner of white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In a country where convenience is king, making your own cleaning products probably sounds like a chore. But that’s actually not the case, says Christine Tylee of Group for the East End in Southold.

“They’re simple to make,” said Tylee, the nonprofit’s program and stewardship coordinator. “When it’s ‘do-it-yourself’ some people can be overwhelmed, but then they realize how easy it is.”  (more…)

11/23/15 6:40am
Dale Leavay inside her Southold basement workshop. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Dale Leavay inside her Southold basement workshop. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Strewn across Dale Leavay’s basement workshop are the bags and wrappers of potato chips, pet food, cookies, candies and more. Though much of it appears to be garbage, the Southold resident has taken what others tossed and turned it into a viable business.

“I’ve always been fascinated by what people discard,” she said. “I was in New York City one day and just saw so much garbage. I knew I could do something.”

That’s how “Moreland’s Upcycling,” Leavay’s side business, was born. (more…)

10/14/15 7:26am

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Have a creative talent but don’t know where to show your work? Mattituck Presbyterian Church has you covered.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the church will host its first-ever East End Emerging Artisan Fair, a festival designed to give local artists and artisans a chance to showcase and sell their work.

Caren Heacock, the church’s pastoral care assistant, stressed that the event is not a fundraiser — participants will keep all the money they earn from sales — which she hopes will place the focus on the artisans themselves. (more…)

10/03/15 7:00am
17-year old Raven Janoski of Laurel with her masterpiece (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

17-year old Raven Janoski of Laurel with her masterpiece   (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

As the 2015 summer season began on the North Fork, Long Season Farms co-owner Laurie Cirillo was looking for a way to compete with larger farmstands who have huge vegetable displays and attractions.

So instead of expanding the size of her operation, Cirillo enlisted the help of her part-time worker and Laurel resident Raven Janoski, 17, who has a great interest and aptitude for art. Raven, a Mattituck High School senior, came up with the idea for a giant postcard with a “folk art rendition and a Long Island feeling,” referencing landmarks from all around the North Fork and making them her own. (more…)