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…)

10/14/15 10:42am
Some of the spirits haunting Sylvestor Manor include a female servant, a haunted mirror and even pirates! (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Some of the spirits haunting Sylvestor Manor include a female servant, a haunted mirror and even pirates. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm’s history and ghost stories will converge this Halloween for its Mysteries of the Manor tour.

On Saturday, October 31, the manor will host ghost tours and take visitors on a haunted hayride of the farm.  Sylvester Manor has more than just rumors of ghosts; there is actual documentation of ghostly occurences dating back hundreds of years.

“It allows us to weave entertainment into history and the cultural landscape here,” explained Maura Doyle, Sylvester Manor’s historic preservation coordinator. (more…)

02/24/15 4:24pm
The Mississippi Delta, the cradle of the blues, brought here from Africa, and Highway 61, the well-traveled pilgrimage route through the Delta. Sylvester Manor is celebrating the music the weekend of February 28. (Credit: Charles Tumino illustration)

The Mississippi Delta, the cradle of the blues, brought here from Africa, and Highway 61, the well-traveled pilgrimage route through the Delta. Sylvester Manor is celebrating the music the weekend of February 28. (Credit: Charles Tumino illustration)

Before it went north from the Mississippi Delta to go electric in Chicago, before it had a baby named Rock ‘n Roll, long before it came out of fields, cabins, shanties and Saturday night juke joints, and much longer before Bob Dylan revisited Highway 61, the origins of the blues were carried by enslaved people from West Africa to the New World in ships.

“To know yourself you have to know the past,” says Corey Harris, a young musician in Martin Scorsese’s monumental study of the music, “The Blues,” a seven-part series originally broadcast by PBS in 2003. (more…)

03/06/14 10:00am
In the late 1800s, this stone was erected to memorialize "the colored people of the Manor from 1651." A service this month may have been the first public ceremony at the burying ground. (Sylvester Manor courtesy photo)

In the late 1800s, this stone was erected to memorialize “the colored people of the Manor from 1651.” A service this month may have been the first public ceremony at the burying ground. (Sylvester Manor courtesy photo)

This week I had planned to write about Long Island Winterfest’s series of wine and music events, which have now been extended through March 23. But you can go to the Winterfest website yourself, at www.liwinterfest.com, and choose the concerts to chase away the winter doldrums.

I’d rather tell you about “The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island,” a mind-blowing biography of Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor that highlights our region’s far earlier dependence on alcohol in various forms. Author Mac Griswold takes us on a voyage of discovery in such a riveting way that it will leave you stuck at home in that armchair until you have read all 319 pages of the narrative — and the 90 pages of footnotes, too. Only then will you leave home for Winterfest.  (more…)

01/06/14 4:25pm

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The Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in cooperation with the Shelter Island Town Recreation Department, will present an evening of contemporary country fusion with the Grammy-nominated SteelDrivers, from Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shelter Island School auditorium. (more…)

11/26/13 12:30pm
Photo by Beverlea Walz | Harrison Weslek negotiating with Santa at the PTSA Breakfast with Santa.

Photo by Beverlea Walz | Harrison Weslek negotiating with Santa at the PTSA Breakfast with Santa.

Holidays on “The Rock” include some of our favorite events and activities of the entire year. Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, our quiet island revs up. Come on over for festive fun and maybe even some snow. (more…)