11/03/16 4:41pm
Horton Point Lighthouse

A view up the staircase inside the Horton Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For centuries lighthouses have thrilled and fascinated people with their sense of mystery, sea lore and romance.

Author Eric Jay Dolin writes about these beacons of light, including some on Long Island, in his new book, “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

He comes to the North Fork this weekend to discuss America’s lighthouses and sign copies of his book. (more…)

10/31/16 6:00am
Old burying grounds like this one in Cuthogue are located on the North Fork. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Old burying grounds like this one in Cutchogue are located on the North Fork. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

In the midst of carving pumpkins and picking out Halloween costumes, the fall season’s brisk weather is also ideal for strolling through the North Fork’s oldest and most historic cemeteries.

Here’s a roundup of a few recommended sites and some notable headstones to look out for during your visit.

Click on the tabs below for details about Old Burying Ground in Cutchogue (2); Southold Presbyterian Cemetery (3); Old Bethany Cemetery in Mattituck (4); East Marion Cemetery (5); and more (6).

10/24/16 1:32pm
El Galéon near Orient Point Monday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

El Galeón near Orient Point Monday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Due to the popularity of its visit, El Galeón, a replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, will remain in Greenport Harbor for an extra week.

The boat will offer tours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 30, according to its Facebook page.

The real-life moving museum’s visit, sponsored by the Village of Greenport and the East End Seaport Museum, was originally supposed to only host tours through Oct. 23. (more…)

10/19/16 9:32am
Custer Observatory in Southold (File photo)

Custer Observatory in Southold (File photo)

Reach for the stars at the Custer Institute and Observatory’s 38th annual Astronomy Jamboree weekend, set for Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6.

The annual three-day event, hosted by the Southold astronomical observatory, includes lectures, celestial observations and the chance to get to know other astronomy enthusiasts. The event is open to both those new to astronomy and seasoned star-gazers. (more…)

10/13/16 4:17pm
Credit: Allen Forest Flickr/flickr.com/photos/al904/

Credit: Allen Forest Flickr/flickr.com/photos/al904/

Another tall ship is headed for the North Fork.

El Galeón, a replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, is expected to dock in Greenport Harbor on Monday, according to village officials. Tours will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, according to Greenport Village Administrator Paul Pallas. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under five are free. (more…)

09/22/16 6:02am
Credit: Courtesy photo

Underwater rover pilot Campbell ‘Buzz’ Scott takes the controls of a remotely operated vehicle exploring the sea floor. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Underwater rover pilot Campbell “Buzz” Scott has been all over — or, more accurately, under — the world’s oceans, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Antarctic. But Mr. Scott, the president of an educational program designed to teach youngsters about marine life and the environment, said he’s excited for his next adventure.

“We’ve never been to Greenport,” he said.

At this year’s East End Maritime Festival, Mr. Scott and Long Island-based scuba diver and shipwreck explorer Brett Curlew will give kids a chance to see Greenport Harbor like never before, from cameras mounted on an underwater rover.

And children won’t just get to look at the bay bottom: they’ll get a chance to pilot the remote device — a roughly 250-pound 3-foot-square device called a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR. (more…)