10/14/15 6:27am
A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

For the artistically inclined, fall is a fantastic time to make something decorative. That’s because the materials traditionally associated with autumnal crafts — think corn, hay bales, pumpkins and mums — are inexpensive and plentiful on the North Fork. Best of all, they don’t require a lot of know-how.

“At this time of year, there’s a lot of natural stuff available,” agreed Vicki Normandin of Riverhead, who’s been a member of Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild for the past six years. “The colors are absolutely beautiful. They’re so rich and vibrant.”

Eager to get started? The following ideas from local crafters are sure to help channel your inner Martha Stewart. (more…)

09/08/15 3:00pm
Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Palmer Vineyards will offer live music, local beer and shellfish and their own wines at discounted rates during the  “Journey Into Harvest 2015” festival on Sunday.

The festival is scheduled to run from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Riverhead winery. U2 and Journey tribute bands, named 2U and Almost Journey, respectively, will headline — hence the event’s name — though opening bands begin at noon. (more…)

09/04/15 6:12am
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North Fork chickens roam free, snacking on bugs and seeds. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Local farms and other artisanal food and drink purveyors will be the stops on North Fork Reform Synagogue’s ninth annual Foodie Tour, set for Sunday, Sept. 20. The self-guided event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with exclusive tours, demonstrations, talks and family activities. (more…)

07/30/15 7:21pm
Sheri Winter Clarry and Michele Pia at Pia's home in  Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sheri Winter Clarry and Michele Pia at Pia’s home in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

When I first met my friend Michele Pia, who owns the Greenwich Village eatery and celebrity hangout Bar Pitti with her husband, Giovanni, she was looking for an East End retreat.

I had the distinct privilege of helping her find that dream retreat, a home I helped design and develop.

Seven years later, Pia has transformed her Peconic home into her own little piece of central Italy on the North Fork. With a two-story stone fireplace, imported Italian urns dotting the backyard and natural light pouring into nearly every room, the meticulously decorated home she calls Casa Rustica is a sight to behold. (more…)

07/04/15 8:20am
From left, Humberto Rocha, executive officer of the Sagres; guest Selma de Silva; Paulo Portugal, Commanding Officer of Sagres; Ron Bruer from the East End Seaport Museum. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

From left, Humberto Rocha, executive officer of the Sagres; guest Selma de Silva; Paulo Portugal, Commanding Officer of Sagres; Ron Bruer from the East End Seaport Museum. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

The Tall Ships Captain’s Reception was held Friday night at Peconic Landing’s Brecknock Hall in Greenport. The reception serves as the kick-off for the Tall Ships festival. (more…)