12/21/16 10:27am
The Corchaug Singers, lead by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabama Church on Friday, Dec. 23. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

The Corchaug Singers, led by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church on Friday. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Remembering the true meaning of Christmas is the spirit behind Friday’s annual Candlelit Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue.

The concert is loosely based on the Nine Lessons and Carols service, which has been performed at Kings College in Cambridge, England, since 1878. It celebrates the birth of Jesus in nine short bible readings, interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

“We take a more secular approach; it’s less formatted,” said Southold resident William Roslak, who leads the group. “We don’t have nine lessons. We have five readings: one is biblical and the others are pieces of poetry.” (more…)

12/18/16 8:24am

Last month we filmed a segment of this series during a sunset at Downs Creek in Cutchogue. This week, we returned to the area to capture the beauty of Downs Farm Preserve in daylight.

The 51-acre property is a former Native American fort site featuring scenic woodlands and the creek, which serves as its eastern boundary.

12/15/16 10:54am
Long Island Wine

Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

In releasing our “Wine of the Week,” Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay ($24), the winery has brought back an old customer favorite — but with a bit of a fresh perspective.

This is the first reserve chardonnay Lieb has produced since the new ownership and management teams took over in 2013, but it’s not because they don’t like chardonnay.

“We had an overstock of Reserve Chardonnay and wanted to catch up before we produced more,” winemaker Russell Hearn told me. (more…)

12/05/16 12:16pm

Dried hydrangeas adorning a Christmas tree are some of the first things you will see upon walking into the Fig and Olive Bed and Breakfast in Cutchogue.

The flowers were grown and harvested by owner Lisa Haase, who cut and preserved them to use as decorations during the holiday season. The second tree in her house is decorated with fun, colorful lights.

Those are just some of the North Fork-inspired holiday sights participants saw on the fourth annual Cutchogue Holiday House Tour Saturday, which featured stops at local inns, gorgeously decorated for the holidays. (more…)

11/03/16 6:00am
Wickham's Fruit Farm apple press

Geraldo Rais supervises as apple pulp drops onto a waiting canvas tarp, where it is prepared for the cider press. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fresh-pressed apple cider isn’t a luxury on the North Fork. In fact, those who shop at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue — which has been pressing its own juice for more than 50 years — might consider it a necessity.

At 112 years old, Wickham’s cider press is just a few years older than the nearly century-old barn in which it resides.

“It was built in 1904 and has never missed a season of operation,” said farm manager Tom Wickham.

The press was originally owned and operated by the former Billard Farm in Cutchogue, where a King Kullen supermarket is now located. The Wickhams brought their apples to be pressed at the farm on an annual basis until the early 1960s, when owner Irving Billard sold them his press. (more…)