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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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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Forever young. Skip Tuttle, 79, heading out yesterday morning for the opening day of scallop season For East End families who fish, the first Monday in November — opening day for bay scallops in New York State waters — is a ritual not to be missed. This... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Charity Robey
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION One of America’s top companies is narrowing down the search for a location for its new headquarters — a choice that could bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion of construction investment to some lucky place in North America. How about here? Amazon, the company that generates 43 percent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS Roasting squash in a sheet pan is fast and you get a nice crust. Because I have tried to operate a motor vehicle on the North Fork during a weekend in October, I fear the pumpkin. The influx of visitors looking for parking generated by pumpkin-picking opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Alex Olinkiewicz at his home on Midway Road. When Alex Olinkiewicz was 16, he made an eight-minute video about what it’s like to have Asperger’s syndrome and posted it on YouTube. Not long after, he opened his email to see that his video, In My Mind, was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Charity Robey
SHELTER ISLAND PILATES & BARRE PHOTO Suzette Smith Suzette Smith, owner of Shelter Island Pilates & Barre has helped quite a few Islanders feel better about their bodies, and for this she has devoted and grateful fans. But as a child, she was an unlikely candidate for careers in dance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTOS Rebekah Brown and Captain Deno W Fischer who brought her to the ceremony in his Shelter Island Runabout. Rebekah and Abraham met and fell in love on Shelter Island and worked together at Vine Street Café during the summers of their courtship. Their wedding on the first day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
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 Sep 20, 2018 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 Sep 14, 2018 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