01/20/17 6:00am
Credit: Sherry Pickerell courtesy

Guests pose in a photo booth this summer, thanks to Sherry Pickerell’s new business, North Fork Photobooth Company. (Credit: Sherry Pickerell courtesy)

From a guest’s perspective, one of the best aspects of a wedding is crowding as many friends and relatives as possible into a photo booth and snapping a few pictures with various silly props. But given the size of most machines, it’s difficult to involve more than three or four people.

That’s where Sherry Pickerell, who launched North Fork Photobooth Company in September, comes in. Instead of using a standard booth, the Southold resident simply uses a backdrop and props to create instant photo booth-style pictures.

“I enjoy seeing the happiness on people’s faces,” she said. “I like that I can provide people with happy memories that they can leave with physically in their hands.” (more…)

01/03/17 6:01am

4055 Aldrich Ext

This stunning Soundfront 3-bedroom, 3-bath contemporary offers an exclusive beach lifestyle in a beautiful setting.

Set on 2.25 acres of secluded manicured grounds, the gated North Fork property evokes images of Florida, the Caribbean and other warm locales. The property’s two listing agents couldn’t stop singing its praises.

“It’s supremely private,” said lead agent Mary Ann Bollman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It’s a very open, airy and comfortable home.” (more…)

01/03/17 6:01am
Chris Paparo Fish Guy Photo

A juvenile great black-backed gull. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

With temperatures dipping into the teens, it seems as if Old Man Winter has finally arrived on the North Fork.

For the “fair-weather” birder, these bitter cold temperatures can hamper their favorite activity. Hopefully these same birders read my article from September, when I described how to create an oasis in your backyard for our feathered friends. With any luck, their backyards are currently bustling with wildlife that they are enjoying from the comfort and warmth of their home.

For those that did not prepare ahead of time, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy birding on the North Fork. You will just need to bundle up. (more…)

12/28/16 6:04am
David Benthal photography

Gibson Campbell at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

One of the best parts of covering the North Fork’s food and wine industry is getting to know the passionate people who make it happen. Second to that is telling their stories, which are often illustrated with portraits that, at the very least, attempt to convey who they are and what they are about.

This year, contributing shutterbugs Randee Daddona, Katharine Schroeder, David Benthal and Madison Fender, as well as Times Review editor Jen Nuzzo, captured these faces at their respective places of business. In doing so, they created a visual representation of the subjects’ passion and dedication to their work.

Here are my 10 favorite portraits of the year. (more…)

12/21/16 6:04am
Times Review Deck the Halls

The Hartmann home in Riverhead. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Driving along the North Fork’s main drag, it’s clear that some families take Christmas decorating a little more seriously than other.

The Times Review staff toured the following six North Fork homes as part of our annual “Deck the Halls” competition. The winner, the Perivolaris family of Mattituck, received a $1,000 gift card to Riverhead Building Supply.

And now you can visit these pretty properties for yourself.

We also recommend touring these 10 beautifully decorated public spots. (more…)

12/20/16 6:00am
The back room of the opera house has a comfortable seating area. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

The back room of the opera house has a comfortable seating area. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

The Southold Opera Company hosted its first performance Sunday: a standing-room-only concert of holiday music in the former Southold United Methodist Church, which has undergone renovations since this past summer. The program featured the Southold Opera Choir, a local children’s choir and members of the French American Choir of New York.

Professional opera singer and teacher Anne-Julia Audray and her husband, Olivier Chazareix, purchased the church in July 2015 with plans to turn it into the opera company’s new home. When it came to redesigning the building, Audray said it was important for her to preserve much of the structure’s features.

“The original building was beautiful,” she said, adding that she was particularly drawn to the former church’s acoustics, which are perfect for opera performances. (more…)