08/10/17 6:02am

Anyone can walk into a big box store and buy a run-of-the-mill four-piece dinnerware set. It’s much harder to find a mug featuring raindrop dimples or one made with clay found along Peconic Bay.

Ceramic artist Chris Fanjul, 39, specializes in just such pieces — including bowls, mugs, plates sculptures and more — all of which are anything but ordinary. Fanjul, who creates his comely yet functional pieces at his Mattituck home studio, contends that ceramics is as much of a form of creative communication as any traditional art.

“Its been seen for so long as a functional craft, but you can be as expressive with it as you’re able, as you chose to be,” he said during a late July interview. (more…)

07/24/17 10:12am

The corn eating contest at the annual Harbes Sweet Corn Festival. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Harbes Family Farm held its annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mattituck on Saturday and Sunday.

The family has been growing sweet corn for over 30 years and celebrates with a festival that includes live music, a corn eating contest, family activities and a pig race.

We sent local photographer Madison Fender on Sunday to capture the fun.

See the photos below. (more…)

07/20/17 6:03am

Developer Richard Behmoiram pets one of his horses in the Estates at Royalton barn. Residents will be able to board their horses here if they do not wish to house them in their backyards. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

The equestrian community is getting a new home on the North Fork.

The 11-unit Estates at Royalton development is breaking ground on Cox Neck Road in Mattituck. These houses will be connected by a bridle path to a state-of-the-art equestrian center, for horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike.

“This is the first place of its kind on Long Island,” said developer Richard Behmoiram. “The North Fork is agrarian, so it’s a nice fit; the horse community fits into the farming community.” (more…)