09/11/18 6:05am

Sawyer Clark pound traps on the Peconic Bay off of Shelter Island. On this day he brought in serval pounds of porgies, weakfisk, blowfish, and bunkers. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

When Sawyer Clark turned 16, he bought a boat and went into the family business: fishing. In the four years since, he has graduated from high school, given college a try and returned to the profession he was born for, despite having a pretty good idea of how dangerous and unpredictable the life of a bayman is. 

“I tried to stay out, but I fell in love with it,” he said.  (more…)

08/31/18 6:05am

Jimmy Hayward of Commander Cody’s on Shelter Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

As the sun rises, Jimmy Hayward is already on his boat, checking his pots.

The fisherman goes out three or four times a week, leaving the metal baskets in the water and returning to see what he caught. At 83, Mr. Hayward, owner of Commander Cody’s Fish Market on Shelter Island, still baits for porgies, weakfish, bluefish, blackfish and sea bass. 

But he’s not limited to catching just those species. (more…)

07/10/18 6:00am

A North Ferry boat makes the approach to Shelter Island. (Credit: David Benthal)

A short ferry ride from Greenport, Shelter Island feels like a different place and time. Visitors can sit at the Shelter Island Pharmacy counter and the staff will cook them breakfast, find serenity hiking the tranquil coastline and unwind at cozy inns full of understated sophistication. (more…)

06/23/18 6:10am

A North Ferry boat makes the approach to Shelter Island. (Credit: David Benthal)

It takes little more than a peek at a map to figure out how Shelter Island got its name.

The island is nestled between the north and south forks of Long Island with Robins Island to the west and Gardiners Island to the east. Its Native American name, Manhansack-aha-quash-awamock, literally translates to “island sheltered by islands.”  (more…)

06/22/18 6:10am

Okay visitors — and year rounders with faulty memories — here’s the skinny for those in bikinis.

Shelter Island has some 20 miles of coastline that ranges from sandy beaches with shallow waters and lifeguards to rustic spots that offer beauty and seclusion but with a little less polish. If you’re “just visiting” you may feel that beach access is a treat to be enjoyed only by residents but that is not the case here.

Whether you’re visiting for the summer or just a day, here’s a guide to the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of Shelter Island Town’s beaches. (more…)

06/19/18 9:52am

Nick MacAskill gathers sage leaves during the foraging at Sylvester Manor Saturday. (Credit: Charity Robey)

On Saturday afternoon at Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor Farm, herbalist Dawn Petter knelt before a fuzzy-leaved plant and asked permission to pull off a leaf.

Permission from the plant.

“Plants are our spiritual allies,” she said. “We should treat them with respect.”  (more…)