12/02/16 10:15am
Christmas Cutchogue helicopter

Santa arrives by helicopter in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

It may be the busiest time of year for Santa Claus, but he has managed to schedule some visits on the North Fork this holiday season. Get your wish list ready and head out to these locations to meet St. Nick!

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11/15/16 6:01am
Stay at the Ram's head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

Stay at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

The crowds have thinned, the summer heat is gone and the off-season is officially upon us.

Many hotels offer special deals to entice visitors to the North Fork during the fall. Here are three of them. (more…)

11/03/16 4:41pm
Horton Point Lighthouse

A view up the staircase inside the Horton Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For centuries lighthouses have thrilled and fascinated people with their sense of mystery, sea lore and romance.

Author Eric Jay Dolin writes about these beacons of light, including some on Long Island, in his new book, “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

He comes to the North Fork this weekend to discuss America’s lighthouses and sign copies of his book. (more…)

10/24/16 6:13am
Touch of Venice's Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Touch of Venice’s Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The first few weeks of autumn may have some people reaching for a sweater or rake, but here on the North Fork we make autumn-inspired libations.  (more…)

10/20/16 5:21pm

Almost 2,500 oysters were consumed this past weekend at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s third annual Oyster Festival. About 250 guests filled up Haven’s Barn on Saturday night to enjoy live music, a raffle, wine and food.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Nanette Lawrenson, the executive director of the historical society said. (more…)

10/19/16 6:02am
Sylvester Manor is allegedly haunted by some of Captain Kidd's murdered men. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Slylvester Manor is allegedly haunted by some of Captain Kidd’s murdered men. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky finds that, today, more people believe in ghosts than not.

“We are all at different stages in our journey and if it’s not your time to believe, it’s not your time,” she said.

A rather succinct answer for nonbelievers, but Flanagan Brosky is too busy investigating paranormal behavior and writing books about it to worry about skeptics. (more…)

10/12/16 9:20am
The costume parade returns for Riverhead's Halloween Fest (Courtesy Katharine Schroeder)

There will be a costume parade during Riverhead’s Halloween Fest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder , file photo)

Ready or not, here comes Halloween. From haunted houses to ghostly corn mazes to costume parties, there is something for everyone on the North Fork and Shelter Island this spooky season.

Here are 13 Halloween happenings. (more…)