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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
Recent Activity
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 IT’S BEEN BUSY here on Shelter Island; normal for August, but it’s been this way since March, and it seems like some of that busyness is going to be permanent. For the first time in my memory, people are living in every house in my neighborhood all week long,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Charity Robey
TODAY WE TAKE for granted that a woman can have a family and a career, but when Ann Brunswick was born in 1926, it wasn’t like that. Again and again, in her long life, she’s defied expectations, as a brilliant researcher and scientist, raising two very accomplished daughters, and retiring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Charity Robey
Inside Long Island's Fruit Farms May 2020 Feed Me magazine. Great food is slow food. A radish goes from seed to salad in few weeks, but an apple takes a decade. A peach tree needs five years to bear fruit, a cherry about seven. It takes an old farm to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Charity Robey
In a pandemic, act like an animal. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 16, 2020 Mabel, left, and the ospreys, are handling the pandemic quite well. (Charity Robey) I have a sister living in Arkansas, where the peak of the coronavirus hasn’t hit — yet. She says it’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Charity Robey
Billy Buck at a recent Opening Day with veteran batboy Tate Ford. (File photo) February is a poignant time for Shelter Island’s deer herd. Hunting season is over, fawns are on the way, and pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training. If you’re a baseball lover, and a white-tailed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Charity Robey
From The New York Times: Deer Overpopulation Meets Its Match: Women Who Hunt On Long Island, women have taken up gun and bow in record numbers. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at Charity Robey
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
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
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
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
There have been lean years in Peconic Bay, on Long Island. But fishermen have never seen a failed harvest like this one. via 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