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Charity Robey
Shelter Island, NY
Writer, editor, food columnist.
Interests: Cooking, culinary history, baking and sourdough bread, farming and agricultural practices, fishing
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CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The week after Labor Day, and the only lack of parking spaces on Shelter Island is at the school bike rack. When I ask people to name the best day of the year on Shelter Island, most of them don’t miss a beat. It’s the Tuesday after... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Charity Robey
CHARTIY ROBEY PHOTO Bennett Karnis. Labor Day is game time for short order cook Bennett Karnis and the grill at the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy is his field of play. Speed, accuracy and skill will deliver the melted cheese and hash browns he is famous for. “I’ve got to lace... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Charity Robey
Sawyer Clark fishes off of Shelter Island. On this day he brought in porgies, weakfisk, blowfish, and bunker. (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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Charity Robey
Captain Tom McGriel aboard the North Ferry. (Credit: David Benthal) When the 5:30 a.m. ferry left Shelter Island for Greenport on Jan. 13, 2018, Captain Tom McGriel was in his wheelhouse, figuratively and literally. Cloudy and raw, with the wind predicted to blow all day and the temperature dropping into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Sweet corn ice cream. Sweet corn is here, and you know what to do. The best sweet corn of the season is coming in now. This is stuff you can eat raw, a practice I observed at Sep’s farm stand when one employee was so overcome by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A sign on Route 114 marks the entrance to the Friends outdoor meeting place. It was 38 minutes into the one-hour Quaker meeting before anyone said a word. Gathered on the grounds of Sylvester Manor, seated on a jumble of rough-hewn logs fashioned into long benches in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
The great thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you. The awful thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you. My bedtime, how long the television stays on, who is visiting me, all may as well be a matter of public record.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Stephen Searl beside Gardiner’s Creek at Sylvester Manor. Pre-Revolutionary-era houses held by the same family, and largely un-renovated are scarce on the East End of Long Island. The fact that Stephen Searl, executive director of Sylvester Manor, grew up in one and now has his office in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Francesca Frasco at home on Shelter Island. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 1, 2018 When Shelter Island High School senior Francesca Frasco and I sat down to talk at her family’s home on Wade Road, it was Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOThe best of the early summer vegetables, in a smooth tahini and yogurt dressing. Published on July 18, 2018 in the Shelter Island Reporter Some people do not like mayonnaise. For the mayo-sensitive, a glimpse of creamy white on a sandwich or in a salad is enough to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Charity Robey
Photo caption: Friends for life: Kirstin Zabel (left) with Stephanie McNicol in 2007. (Courtesy photo) Published in the Suffolk-Times on July 26, 2018. Also published in the Riverhead Review, Shelter Island Reporter, Sag Harbor Express and The Southampton Press. When Kirstin Elizabeth Zabel was born in December 1986, her parents,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Janet Hanley with Coach Darryn Smith. Janet and her husband D.J. are hosting Darryn for the season at their home on Smith Street. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 26, 2018 The first thing Hamptons Collegiate League Coach Darryn Smith did when he met with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Charity Robey
Nick MacAskill gathers sage leaves during the foraging at Sylvester Manor Saturday. (Credit: Charity Robey) Published on northforker on June 19, 2018 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Coping with the dog — and horse? — days of summer on Shelter Island. Published in the Suffolk-Times and Shelter Island Reporter on July 11, 2018 When it gets very hot on Shelter Island, chickens lay fewer eggs, turkeys call a temporary truce in the battle for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Charity Robey
Homemade hummus is worth the effort. This one has thyme leaves and a drizzle of olive oil to top it off. The one-m humus is a fertilizer, the two-m hummus is an appetizer. Both are a blend of organic ingredients and part of a healthy life style. Both can be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Charity Robey
Pat Sulahian at the Tuck Shop, an Island institution that she has run since 1980 Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 28, 2018 Pat Sulahian was a 48-year-old mother of five when she got out of a rehab program in Minnesota, returned to her husband and children and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Suffolk-Times and Shelter Island Reporter on June 7, 2018 Last week my dog Mabel found a starfish on a Shelter Island Beach. I measured, Googled and identified it as a knobby starfish, native to Malaysia. It was so perfect, and so far from home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Charity Robey
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO A plowed field at Hampshire Farms. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 14, 2018 Who owns the farm at 60 Smith Street and what are they doing with it? On 63.6 acres in the middle of Shelter Island lies one of the last open stretches... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY POST CARD In 1921, a crowd of bathers at what is now the Shelter Island Heights Beach Club witnessed the arrival by canoe of Miss Dorothy Stokes of Greenport. Said to be a former Queen of the Yale Ball, she paddled across, tied her canoe up to the floating... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers … so get grilling! Play ball! Memorial Day is the opening pitch of the summer grilling season, time for me to step outside, heft the spatula and connect with an orb of ground beef. If I’m doing it right, there will... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A bluebird nest with three eggs. Twice this spring I’ve sprayed myself with Deep Woods Off, tucked my pants into my socks and with fellow volunteers climbed into the cab of a pickup that smelled like wildlife and looked like the Recycling Center’s paper bin, to check... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built. Over 50 years ago, when John Kaasik first set eyes on Shelter Island, he was 11 years old, riding in his family’s Chevy Suburban on their way to visit a friend. After the visit, his Estonian immigrant parents,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The Lones family. Jason, Ebeth and their son Wilson. Every child is a miracle, but to parents who struggled to have a child and finally did, Mother’s Day is a reminder to take nothing for granted. Wilson Lones, son of Ebeth and Jason Lones, reminds his parents... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Charity Robey
| CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bliss Morehead long ago stopped wearing a fur coat around the Island, but still wears black. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 12, 2018 Bliss Morehead was an advertising executive, a city-loving, urban creature with a BA in English from Barnard when her fiancé... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Janalyn Travis-Messer and Nushka in her Heights office. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 29, 2018 Janalyn Travis-Messer’s office is full of activity. She’s in the middle of building a house on the Island and as she bustles around her office/exhibition space for local artists,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Charity Robey