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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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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 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