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donna of Ruby's Cove Greenport

Q&A with Donna, the Keeper of the Cove at Ruby’s Cove Bed & Breakfast

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Q: Have you always been on the North Fork? A: No.  I was living in Santa Cruz CA, and had  been traveling for the five years prior to visiting Greenport. I came into town to meet an old friend’s new finance and for an event for my godson. So I was just coming for a few days. I fell in love with the north fork area and three days easily became three weeks.  I started…

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Pat Moriarty, Bauer's Love Lane Gift Shoppe, Mattituck NY

Q&A with Pat Moriarty, Owner of Bauer’s Love Lane Shoppe

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Q: Did you grow up on the North Fork? A: Not year round; I was what they call one of those ‘summer people’ for 60 years. When I was a little girl we rented out in Greenport in place called Breezy Shores. We used to have a little song that my uncle penned; it was ‘Beautiful Bountiful Breezy Shores/ There’s gnats at night but that’s alright/At beautiful bountiful Breezy Shores. “ Little unheated cottages that…

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Roz Dimon, Digital Artist

Q&A talks art and Shelter Island with artist Roz Dimon

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“I’ve got a pixel in my heart”   Q: Have you always been an artist? A: Yes. I was born an artist. That came from both of my grandmothers. But I became serious about myself as an artist when I was in college, my first year. I went to the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and did a program in Cortona, Italy. That year when I came home to Atlanta,…

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Q&A With Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste of the North Fork

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Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste The North Fork. Q: Have you always been on the North Fork? I’ve been on the North Fork almost 30 years; I’ve always been on long island, not just always on the East End. We’ve got family out here and we moved out here when my husband retired. Q: Why do you stay? I love living out here; it’s the combination of the land, the farmland, the water, and the people….

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Old Field Vineyards

Q&A With Ros Baiz of The Old Field Vineyards

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(From left to right, the Baiz family: Chris, Ros, Rozzy, Ryan, Perry, Zak. Check out The Old Field here.) Q: How did you get to the North Fork? A: I married Chris. Chris’s great grandmother bought The Old Field in 1918. They came here during the great flu epidemic to get out in the fresh air. It had been known as Mrs. Kreutzer’s Park Hotel & tavern. The buildings are all 1850s and 40s–pre-civil war;…

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Q & A with Mike Acebo, General Manager Brewer’s Greenport Marinas

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(Brewer’s Greenport Marinas = Brewer’s Yacht Yard & Brewer’s Sterling Harbor Marina) Q: Have you always been in the boat and marina business? A: No. I got into boats and marinas when I decided to settle down, get married. Q: What were you up to before that? A: I was a mountaineering instructor in Colorado. I worked for Outward Bound. I was a back country ski instructor, ran rafts in the Grand Canyon, anything else…

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Greenport Harbor Brewing guys

Q&A With Rich Vandenburgh, Co-Founder Greenport Harbor Brewery

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(Rich is the guy on the right; head brewer DJ Swanson is in the middle, and co-founder John Liegey is on the left.) Q: How did you get into the brewery business? A:  Funny story is in seventh grade I talked my science teacher into brewing beer with me after school as a science project. Almost got him fired and me suspended. But it all worked out fortunately. I didn’t know I wanted a brewery…

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Holly Browder, Browder's Birds

Q&A With Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds

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Q: How long have you been farming on the North Fork? A: My husband Chris & I have been farming on the North Fork for five years after we left our previous careers in the city. Q: What careers were you in? A: Chris was an investment banker at BofA and I worked at McKinsey & company. But we both wanted to do something we were passionate about instead. We were members of a CSA…

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Q&A With Captain Dave Brennan of Peconic Star Boats

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Q: How long have you been a captain? A: I’ve been a captain since 1974. Q: Wow. 40 years. Surely you could retire by now. Why do you keep being a captain? A: I grew up as a hunter, and I’m still a hunter. I like tracking down fish. We’re in the mostly in the porgy business, but earlier in the year it’s fluke, and later in the year it’s blackfish. Blackfish is a little…

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Chef Noah Schwartz, Noah's, Greenport NY

Q & A with Chef Noah Schwartz, Noah’s

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Q: Did you always know you’d be a chef? A: I always had a passion for food, but I ended up working in restaurants sort of as a fluke. My friend’s family invested in a restaurant in our town, and I and my friends were all lucky enough to get jobs when we were young. I was a busboy, but my big draw was the kitchen. I really wanted to be on that side of…

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