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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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Last Saturday on Wades Beach was a clear fall day with good visibility and volunteers as far as the eye could see, restocking the food tables, and eating at picnic tables, serving beverages and consuming them, thanking volunteers for their service, and being thanked. Scores of Shelter Island volunteers came... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2021 at Charity Robey
MICHAEL VERSANDI’S FRANKENBERRY PUMPKIN CREATED THIS MONTH. Last year, an estimated 150 million Americans carved a pumpkin, but it’s safe to say few of them approached the sculpting of winter squash with the enthusiasm and artistry of Michael Versandi. This year he’s already carved three, and he’s just getting warmed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2021 at Charity Robey
The corn maze at Krupski Farms in Peconic. (Credit: Grant Parpan) Looking for something to do with the last of the local corn? Get lost. A family visit to a North Fork corn maze is a great idea. In theory. The anticipation of a golden fall day, of an outdoors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2021 at Charity Robey
The North Fork’s best brewers make beer like chefs make a meal, drawing on a palette of ingredients and combining them to achieve a unique experience of flavor. This year’s fall releases reflect the incredible creativity of North Fork brewers, and are packed with tastes and aromas that go beyond... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2021 at Charity Robey
THE CHEQUIT IS BACK WITH A SOFT OPENING OF THE NEW RESTAURANT FROM CHEF NOAH SCHWARTZ. (CREDIT: CHARITY ROBEY) A major renovation is ongoing at The Chequit on Shelter Island, but a sampling of the food during a soft opening of the restaurant gives us hope for the future. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at Charity Robey
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In 1965, a 20-year-old Montclair Colony resident decided instead of paying 15 cents for ferry passage to Greenport, he’d take his date home in a motorboat he found tied up at the Bridge Street dock in Dering Harbor. A sign on the gunwales that he may not have seen in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2021 at Charity Robey
SAM KASS AT HOME IN HIS CUTCHOGUE GARDEN. (PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID BENTHAL) Sam Kass is standing in front of his Cutchogue home like Adam surveying Eden. A flowering row of corn plants marches down one side, a thicket of white strawberries adorns the far corner and a tangle of cucumber... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at Charity Robey
End of summer? Naaah, it’s the beginning of boating. The best time to float is here. August and September are prime-time for your water-based explorations, and the North Fork is surrounded by aquatic adventure on all sides, whether by motor, sail or paddle. Here are some options for taking to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2021 at Charity Robey
WHITE OAK WINE GARDEN OPENED EARLIER THIS SUMMER WITHIN THE POPULAR SHELTER ISLAND GARDEN CENTER. (PHOTO CREDIT: COURTESY WHITE OAK WINE GARDEN) By Charity Robey Winemaker Tom Spotteck, of Lenz Winery and Kristian Clark, president of White Oak Farm and Gardens, have created an outdoor wine-tasting area within the existing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2021 at Charity Robey
Peach season on the North Fork is now. The glorious local orbs are ripe, juicy and ready to ruin your favorite blouse. (That’s what you get for wearing a blouse in August.) If you’re all in for peaches, Wickham’s Fruit Farm has them by the bushel, $25 for enough fruit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2021 at Charity Robey
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The struggle to acquire a skill can be a powerful motivation, and when it comes to gnocchi, the pillowy Italian dumplings made with potato, flour, eggs and cheese, my struggle is real. When they are good, they are ethereal puffs. When they are bad they can’t be chewed, or they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at Charity Robey
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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 Jul 23, 2021 at Charity Robey
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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
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(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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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