01/11/17 6:03am
Credit: Cyndi Murray file photo

Credit: Cyndi Murray file photo

With its rolling vineyards, rural farm fields, bay vistas and historic buildings, the NoFo can make a pretty backdrop for a TV show or movie.

That’s why location scouts have chosen our backyard to film scenes for the big and small screens many times over the years.

Here are 11 movies and television shows that have filmed on the North Fork. (more…)

12/19/16 6:01am

Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport hosted Rich Daly from Ice Melodies Inc. on Saturday. This is the fourth time Daly has visited the Jamesport tasting room to carve holiday-themed sculptures that guests can take photos with.

This year Daly carved a four-foot Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, Frosty the Snowman, an elf and an eskimo.

“It’s just a special time of year here at Sherwood house,” Kristen Hand, the general manager of the vineyard said. “The space lends itself to the holidays and Rich just enhances that for us.” (more…)

12/11/16 6:00am
Rich Daly ice sculptor sherwood house

Rich Daly at Sherwood House Vineyards in 2014. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

In what has become a Long Island Wine Country holiday tradition, ice carver Rich Daly will return to Jamesport’s Sherwood House Vineyards Saturday to create another frozen masterpiece.

Daly, who has been an ice carver for 15 years, is also a culinary arts teacher at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach. He learned the skill while studying at Johnson & Wales University and now runs his business, Ice Melodies, Inc.,which creates handcrafted ice sculpture for all occasions.

“It’s a nice way to get out of the freezer and interact with the community, so they see what we do,” he told us last year. (more…)

09/21/16 10:18am
Cobie Smulders and Keegan-Michael Key on set of the new Netflix series "Friends Form College." (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cobie Smulders and Keegan-Michael Key on the set of the new Netflix series ‘Friends From College.’ (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Fresh off his big win at the Emmy’s Sunday night, we spotted Keegan-Michael Key filming a scene for the upcoming Netflix series “Friends From College” at Macari Vineyards Wednesday morning.

The “Key and Peele” co-creator was seen chatting with his co-star Cobie Smulders of “How I Met Your Mother” fame in between rows of ripening grapes at the Mattituck vineyard. (more…)

09/13/16 6:02am
A ruby-throated hummingbird. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

A ruby-throated hummingbird. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

With an estimate of over 47 million people observing feathered wildlife, birding is quickly becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the country. Whether you are young or old, live an active lifestyle or one of a couch potato, you can be a birder.

For most people it is hard to see the appeal in bird watching. To the non-birder, there are only a couple different “types” of birds (sparrows, pigeons, sea gulls, storks, and hawks/eagles) and with the exception of hawks/eagles, those creatures are commonplace and not worth a second look. Surprisingly though, there are actually 914 different species of birds naturally occurring in North America, each with a unique set of characteristics.   (more…)