05/20/15 6:00am
Kristin Sabat of Mattituck says, "We used cedar boards and 4x4s to frame it. There's a brick floor that's pitched to a drain in the middle that goes to a drywell. My husband and I use it every day from spring 'till fall unless it's pouring rain.

Kristin Sabat of Mattituck says, “We used cedar boards and 4x4s to frame it. There’s a brick floor that’s pitched to a drain in the middle that goes to a drywell. My husband and I use it every day from spring ’till fall unless it’s
pouring rain.

What’s not to love? You’ve just come back sandy from the beach or dirty from tilling the soil or sweaty from hiking the local trails (actually, no excuse needed) and you’re grubby, so you jump in the shower — make that your outdoor shower.  (more…)

05/12/14 5:00pm

July

Designing a garden that provides beauty and interest throughout all four seasons is a gardener’s dream. It often takes years of trial and error (not to mention weeding, watering and soil preparation) and experimenting with different plants and conditions to achieve this often elusive goal.

Master Gardener Alice Levien of Cutchogue has met the challenge and created a garden full of pleasing plant combinations, providing year-round visual enjoyment.  (more…)

05/07/14 9:00am
PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24, tests out the weighted hula hoops that were used in a contest at the East End Garden Festival last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24, tests out the weighted hula hoops that were used in a contest at the East End Garden Festival last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

From plant sales to garden festivals there are plenty of events happening this summer that can help you have the yard you’ve always dreamed of.  (more…)

07/27/13 2:00pm

waterfront restaurants north fork

Island = Water. Choosing to live (and visit) surrounded by water, it makes sense that we love to dine in a restaurant with a water view.

The North Fork and Shelter Island have many — and nothing sets the mood like a great view.

The shores are dotted with fine-dining and casual options to take in a meal on the water. (more…)

05/23/13 12:00pm

Noah's, Greenport exterior

Every region has its go-to eating spots. Known to locals and savvy out of towners alike, these North Fork mainstays are essential for your bucket list. You can’t be here without visiting each at least once. They’re high-end, high-quality and perfect when you have out-of-town guests or even when looking for just a quiet dinner for two.

04/10/13 7:22pm
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | One of the many ways to have fun on the North Fork in summer — dancing to live music in Greenport on Monday evenings.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | One of the many ways to have fun on the North Fork in summer — dancing to live music in Greenport on Monday evenings.

The over 50 crowd is a busy bunch. Here are a few excerpts — and great tips — on how seniors are keeping busy. (more…)