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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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On July 23, 24 and 25, the Shelter Island Historical Society will present “A Hill of Beans,” a musical that tells the story of a farming cooperative that sprouted on Shelter Island in 1950, employed upwards of 70 people, and died on the vine in 1954 after mildew, two hurricanes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Charity Robey
Ben Gonzalez,left, and Dave Daly with Paco at their Shelter Island home. (Credit: Charity Robey) WHEN BEN GONZALEZ and Dave Daly decided to start an oyster farm, Dave knew exactly where he wanted to raise bivalves. His great-grandfather, Thomas Daly, bought a large Southold property in 1919 to get his... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Charity Robey
(Credit: Charity Robey) Mabel is a 40-pound beagle/coonhound mix who has been top dog (and the only dog) in our two-human household since we adopted her five years ago. She is a beautiful and queenly creature, used to being admired, and more comfortable giving orders than obeying them. Here is... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2021 at Charity Robey
Capt. Roni King and South Ferry President Cliff Clark.(Credit: Charity Robey photos) On Friday, April 30, Capt. Roni King walked off the ferry at the end of her last shift to congratulations from family, friends and a crew of current and former captains. The ride was short and sweet from... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2021 at Charity Robey
Ben Gonzalez of Southold Bay Oysters holds a cage of farmed oysters. (Credit: Charity Robey) FOR SOME PEOPLE on the East End, speaking out against oyster farming is like opposing the adoption of rescue puppies. But at a series of public hearings before the Suffolk County Legislature this winter, yacht... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Charity Robey
The Ram’s Head Inn in the 1980s, the first decade under Ekland ownership. (Courtesy Photo) IN 1979, SIX weeks after buying the Ram’s Head Inn, James and Linda Eklund opened for the season, welcoming a wave of guests eager to see what the new owners had done with the place.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2021 at Charity Robey
My 50-year old dracaena on May 13, 2020, and one year later. (Credit: Charity Robey ON MARCH 13, 2020, I left a much-loved 50-year old houseplant standing near the bedroom window of my New York apartment and didn’t return for two months. I left in a hurry, and my plant,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at Charity Robey
Outstanding in her field: Cristina Cosentino at Sylvester Manor Farm. (Credit: Charity Robey) Cristina Cosentino is a farm manager who works with her hands as well as her independent heart, so when she found herself mired in Sylvester Manor’s Windmill Field without enough weight over the rear wheels of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Charity Robey
IF IT TAKES a village to raise a child, it certainly takes one to raise an immune response in the herd of seniors, school-teachers, front-line workers and other COVID-vulnerable Shelter Islanders. And boy, am I grateful I got to join the herd last Friday. On an island with one doctor,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Charity Robey
A team assembling at Sylvester Manor’s Dominy windmill Feb. 13 to install the fourth sail. (Credit: Charity Robey) On Saturday, Feb. 13, a team of 10 people led by a millwright from Saugerties, N.Y. maneuvered an enormous handmade wooden lattice high on a windy hill across a sheet of ice,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Charity Robey
Brian Westervelt and Cathy Driscoll stand by at 18 Bay Thanksgiving morning to deliver hot meals, as soon as Mary Faith Westervelt and Father Peter DeSanctis get them packed and blessed. (Credit: Charity Robey) THE UNMISTAKABLE FRAGRANCE of roast turkey flowed through the kitchen door at 18 Bay on Thanksgiving... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Charity Robey
Last spring, a man commenced to walk the roads of Shelter Island every day. Accompanied by a beautiful brown dog, he carried a camera. Hirotsugu Aoki, (everyone, including his wife calls him Aoki) follows a daily ritual — walk seven miles, and take pictures. Soon he noticed that he had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Charity Robey
I WOULD NOT wish any companion in the world but you. — Miranda to Ferdinand in “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare There’s something special about finding true love on an island. Here are the stories of four Island couples whose love was kindled on Shelter Island. Some required more kindling... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 15, 2021 at Charity Robey
Forrest Compton, the actor who played Mike Karr on The Edge of Night, is dead at 94 of COVID-19. Forrest Compton, the television actor who for 12 years played Mike Karr in the soap opera The Edge of Night,died on April 4 in Stonybrook Southampton Hospital from complications of COVID-19.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at Charity Robey
A deserted Congdon Creek dock at sunrise on Monday’s Opening Day of scallop season. (Credit: Charity Robey) AS THE SUN rose on the first Monday in November, Shelter Island’s Congdon Creek town dock was deserted — not what you expect on opening day for bay scallop fishing. A few minutes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at Charity Robey
(Credit: Charity Robey) THE THANKSGIVING SPREAD at my house this year may be heartbreakingly modest, but I’ll still take pictures of the toy turkey and the mini-marshmallows on my sweet spuds. I’m not just making dinner, I’m making history. There is nothing like the weight of history to feed my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Charity Robey
Turkey Pot Pie, Onion Raisin Pie and Apple Pie. (Credit: Charity Robey) THANKSGIVING AT MY house will be the same as every year in one way only. There will be turkey. Missing will be the crack team of side-dish cookers, and the army of eaters. Missing also will be the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Charity Robey
YOU COULD GO about your business on Shelter Island for years without thinking about your neighbor’s political party or who they are likely to vote for. You might know where the person who delivers your propane stands on the question of whether yard sales should be regulated, or the school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Charity Robey
WHEN MARY FRAN Gleason came to live on Shelter Island in 1969, she was the 13-year old daughter of a family in crisis. Her mother, Marion Gleason, had sold their home in Virginia, moved the family of six to Shelter Island, and found work teaching second grade. At the center... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Charity Robey
(Credit: Charity Robey) I ENJOY A little competition in my life, so after six months with every athletic fundraiser moved online, no 10K, no 5K, and not even a Snapper Derby, I’ve been feeling low. As I rode my bike down Manhanset Road last Wednesday, I was outrun by a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Charity Robey
Laurie Fanelli at the Senior Center. (Credit: Charity Robey photo) Laurie Fanelli makes a habit of ascribing anything she accomplishes to someone else. Like her assertion that she got the leadership skills and compassion that made her the town’s director of Senior Services from her mother, Loretta Gillman. Laurie has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Charity Robey
On Shelter Island, private ferries are the only way to reach the mainland. With a greatly reduced tourist season, they might be out of business soon. via Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 11, 2020 at Charity Robey
BECAUSE OF WHERE I live, I’m privileged to eat fresh wild-caught seafood, so when a new kind of fish swims into our waters, it gets my attention. Until recently cobia was a rare visitor to the bays of Long Island. Commonly found in temperate and tropical waters, cobia is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at Charity Robey
Martha and I love to collaborate in the kitchen, especially on dessert, my favorite meal of the day. We had a pint of local honey, some Ceylon cinnamon and some whole pecans. This is what we made with it, possibly our best ice cream ever. 1 cup whole milk 1/2... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Charity Robey