11/08/18 6:10am

The sun hasn’t quite come up as Marin Brennan gets to work at Bedell Cellars on a brisk October morning. “It wakes you right up,” she says, unfazed by the autumn winds gusting through the vineyard and potent fermentation aromas swirling as grapes are pressed.

The harvest is nearly done, although a few stragglers — merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot — remain.

As grape clusters come off their vines, much work remains in the cellar. That work will be completed this year by a team of women.  (more…)

08/10/18 6:00am

It wasn’t your average paint night.

Trading canvas, paint and easel for rice paper, ink and a freshly caught sea bass, our class of about 20 got a hands-on look at the art of gyotaku last Friday.

Dissected, the Japanese word means gyo, fish, and taku, rubbing. Croton-on-Hudson based artist Joe Mullins has been making these fish prints for more than a decade. (more…)

05/13/15 12:10pm
Farmer Fred Lee leads a tour of Sang Lee Farms in Peconic last summer. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Farmer Fred Lee leads a tour of Sang Lee Farms in Peconic last summer. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

One of the best parts of a North Fork summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available to eat. Starting this week, Sang Lee Farms in Peconic will offer classes that focus on cooking with those locally sourced ingredients.

The first class in the series, “Improv Cooking: from Field to Kitchen,” will be Thursday, May 14. The class will continue on some Thursdays through June 18. (more…)

09/01/13 12:30pm
shelter island crescent beach

Photo by JoAnn Kirkland | The scene on Crescent Beach on a perfect beach day.

If you’ve been to Crescent Beach on Shelter Island lately, chances are you’ve seen fellow beachgoers using paddleboards. Some enthusiasts prefer their own boards, but for those who just want to try it out, that’s where Venture Out Shelter Island comes in. Now in its third season, the paddleboard rental and sales company has taken off, and according to manager Matty Stromberg, “We’re busier than ever.” (more…)

08/12/13 12:00pm
shelter island bike shed

Photo by Tara Smith | Cris DiOrio of the Bike Shed opens his doors to the public to use his shop and learn to repair their own bikes for free.

Do you know how to ride a bike? Who doesn’t? But can you fix your bike? Like almost everyone, when it’s time for necessary repairs, many are puzzled by the challenge.

That’s where Cris DiOrio comes in. For the fourth summer in a row, this Shelter Island native has opened the doors to his Bike Shed welcoming bicyclists of all ages and skill levels to use the shop, and learn to repair their own bikes at no cost. (more…)