07/29/19 6:00am

Marisa Striano of Spirit’s Promise is helping to heal people through her equine programs. (Credit: David Benthal)

When Marisa Striano purchased a rundown horse farm and former bed-and-breakfast on Sound Avenue in Riverhead nearly a decade ago, her intent was to make a positive difference in the world.

Unnerved by the stresses and pain consistently splashed across the news, the Long Island native, who holds a degree in psychology from Massachusetts’ Stonehill College, sought to combine her clinical and equestrian background to foster hope and healing. (more…)

07/24/19 5:55am

Palmer Vineyards will be the setting for a No Faux Mindful Beauty & Wellness workshop this weekend.

Health and beauty from the inside out is the mission of holistic wellness company No Faux Mindful Beauty & Wellness. Owner and Wading River resident Mariela Amato is a certified yoga instructor, meditator and makeup artist advocating wellness through mindfulness, movement and toxin-free beauty and skincare treatments. (more…)

07/18/19 2:00pm

Julia King performs at Porto Bello in Greenport. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Music may set the mood, but the venue sets the stage.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy live music with a glass of local wine at the vineyards, over a meal at a top-notch restaurant, or are in search of a real-deal concert experience, these five North Fork venues will suit any vibe. (more…)

07/15/19 6:00am

Points East at their Northforker July photo shoot at Treiber Farms in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

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Family band Points East — which is made up of brother/sister duo Brian and Heather Cummings and their dad Keith — developed its own brand of Americana meets Indie folk sound organically over the years. From casual jam sessions at family gatherings to widely seen performances at local vineyards, restaurants and festivals, the trio continues to gain recognition.   (more…)

07/10/19 5:55am

The Second Hands at their Northforker July photo shoot at Treiber Farms in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

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Husband and wife duo Geoff Schroeder and Laura Hoch began writing and performing their own brand of personal and poetic songs shortly after meeting on the North Fork in 2009. Characterized by warm vocals and deceptively simple folk melodies, Schroeder and Hoch combined their diverse musical backgrounds to form The Second Hands.  (more…)

07/08/19 6:00am

Rob Europe at his Northforker July photo shoot at Treiber Farms in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

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Southold native Rob Europe has been playing guitar since he was 14, guided by local teacher Raymond Penney, who encouraged his unusually talented student to kindly mention his name when interviewed by guitar magazines. Though Rolling Stone has not yet come knocking, Europe has no doubt made his mark as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, since he began playing locally five years ago at the age of 23.

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