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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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My latest for the New York Times Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Charity Robey
Abby Kotula is the vice president of the Shelter Island Class of 2020. (Credit: Charity Robey) ABBY KOTULA IS vice president of the Shelter Island Class of 2020, a multi-sport athlete, and although she doesn’t consider herself a great cook, when it’s time for macaroni and cheese, her considerable project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at Charity Robey
When Peter Miedema was a high school student in Accord, N.Y. (population 562) he worked at an IGA owned by a local family and over the years became part of their clan. But when they invited Peter to travel with them to India to celebrate their daughter’s arranged marriage, he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at Charity Robey
The author shares her signature with us. (Credit: Charity Robey) Published in the Shelter Island Reporter and the Suffolk Times on January 9, 2020. OVER THE HOLIDAYS I found a writing assignment from my grade school years and saw that my 4th-grade signature was perfection. After years of struggling mightily... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at Charity Robey
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Brad Kitkowski is the owner and manager of Isola, a restaurant in its third year as a warm and welcoming year-round Shelter Island refuge of rustic Italian fare. But Brad’s working life has not always been hospitality and good times. In his 30s, a couple of years into a successful... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at Charity Robey
SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY COURTESY PHOTO Adolph Schwarzmann built a cottage in a section of Dering Harbor known as Germantown in the 1890s. By Charity Robey, published in the Shelter Island Reporter on October 10, 2019 A Dering Harbor “cottage” built in the 1890s by a magazine publisher and attributed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A royal view. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter in August, 2019 I was 11 when my father parked a brand-new Pontiac in our driveway. He named her Yvonne because he liked the way Yvonne LeMans rolled off his tongue. On our first ride I sat on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO Autumn dawn at Congdons Creek. The fall equinox happened right before my eyes at the Heights post office on Saturday, Oct. 19, when Jim Eklund, still dressed in his three-season uniform of shorts, nearly collided with a person wearing a bulky, hip-length Fair Isle sweater as she... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at Charity Robey
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COURTESY PHOTO Emily Hyatt, in Boston’s Kendall Square near BGI Genomics where she worked this past summer. Emily Hyatt, Shelter Island Class of 2016, is a biochemistry major at one of the best science and engineering colleges in the country, but her love of science started when teacher Dan Williams... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Charity Robey
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CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mary Kanarvogel A stuffed giraffe named Melvin, completely swathed in toilet paper, stood by the window of Mary Kanarvogel’s office in the Shelter Island School on Halloween as a stream of students came to see him. But the students, from every grade, shy and soft-voiced, bold and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Charity Robey
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There have been lean years in Peconic Bay, on Long Island. But fishermen have never seen a failed harvest like this one. via www.nytimes.com Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 30, 2019 at Charity Robey
SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO A May 1944 letter from Ignatius Avona, US Navy, to his brother Charles Avona, US Army. There is an affinity between veterans and haircuts, and Louis Cicero understands both. He’s been cutting hair at his barbershop in the Heights since 1959. “I had an old-timer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Newsday's Feed Me magazine. By Charity Robey Special to Newsday Updated July 21, 2019 5:00 AM When Gosman’s Dock, 14 acres of restaurants and shops at Montauk Harbor, went on the market for $52.5 million in 2015, it signaled the latest evolution in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gerry and Roni Siller on the front porch of their Shelter Island home. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on August 29, 2019 Gerry Siller was in high school when he decided to apply for a job at a new restaurant near home in Massapequa. He’d worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Charity Robey
Julia Weisenberg Published in the Shelter Island Reporter, September 19, 2019 Julia Weisenberg likes big dogs, and Rita, at 93 pounds, certainly qualifies. When Julia and her family stopped in a pet store a few years back to “let the kids touch the dogs” and left with a Labrador retriever... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 5, 2019, entitled, 'A long way travelled in a very short time' CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Aterahme Lawrence at The Islander. Growing up in Greenport and Shelter Island, Aterahme Lawrence dreamed of beauty pageants, acting and singing, but had little reason to think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Charity Robey
A quiet Crescent Beach one late afternoon this week. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 12, 2019 Last Wednesday, two women paused on their evening walk, and leaned on the whitewashed fence that runs along Crescent Beach to admire the sunset. “I haven’t been down here all summer,”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Feed Me magazine. There was a time when an East End fisherman who caught a lot more than he could sell would buy a fryer, set up some picnic tables and open a restaurant. A few of those joints, such as Commander Cody’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Charity Robey
Zac Posen at his parent's farm in Bucks Country, PA. Photo Credit: Vanina Sorrenti Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Feed Me magazine. Zac Posen grew up in a creative household in New York City, with a father who cooked every day. The 38-year-old designer dresses the best, from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Charity Robey
Clam chowder made from Melva Sherman’s recipe. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 5, 2019 On the East End of Long Island, people have been opening clams and eating them for a very long time, starting with native Americans who left piles of clamshells behind to attest to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Charity Robey
A sea of shining Dickerson relatives and their partners From the August 22 issue of The Shelter Island Reporter The sound that emerged from Jean Dickerson on Monday afternoon was like something out of a bullhorn, summoning upwards of 70 relatives to arrange themselves around her twin sister Jane, brother... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Charity Robey
Basil leaves steeping in beach plum sorbet, just before it goes into the freezer. Although I did not pull a 10-hour shift waiting tables even once, or mow and trim overgrown lawns all day, all summer, I’m still ready to raise a glass to the end of the season. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Charity Robey
edible long island TELLING THE STORY OF HOW LONG ISLAND EATS • NO. 27 SUMMER 2019 INNO VATION the MAD SCIENTIST MICROGREENS THE NEW FACE OF FARMING AYAHUASCA-ASSISTED HEALING THE TRUTH ABOUT CBD COCKTAILS LET THEM EAT FOOD WASTE Member of Edible Communities issue via digitaleditions.sheridan.com My story about how... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2019 at Charity Robey
Indian Runner ducklings stand adorably upright, aligning their heads, wings and webbed feet in a way that would make them the stars of any yoga class. Fifty of them race in a tight pack around the barn of Abra Morawiec and Chris Pinto, co-owners of Feisty Acres in Southold. Morawiec... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in The Shelter Island Reporter on July 27, 2019 It’s a bear market. By which I mean when I go to the market, I behave like a bear; gathering berries with my paws, bringing them home to my den, and consuming them quickly and voraciously. Gooseberries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Charity Robey