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Growing Places with Ben Gonzalez and Dave Daly of Southold Bay Oysters

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Q: What made you want to get into the oyster business? A: After we purchased a home on the North Fork we decided we wanted to live here full time. We got tired of the long commutes on the LIRR or the Jitney every Friday and Saturday just to stay for the weekend. So in 2015 we moved out East to start Southold Bay Oysters, with the hopes of eventually making it a commercial oyster…

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Beth Young of the East End Beacon on Slow News

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Q: You founded and publish the website and print newspaper the East End Beacon.  How did you get into journalism? A: I started by delivering the Sag Harbor Express—I was working on boats about 20 years ago, answered an ad for delivering papers, and in a couple weeks they had me writing stories. I was there for about 8 years. While I was working there I finished my bachelor’s degree and went to Columbia’s Journalism…

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The Experienced William Ris Gallery Plants New Roots on the North Fork

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Chatting with Mary Cantone (pictured), the gallery owner & director Q: The William Ris Gallery is relatively new on the North Fork, but it’s not a new gallery, right? A: This year is the gallery’s 51st anniversary. My mother and brother founded the gallery in 1966 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Harrisburg. William Ris was my brother; we renamed it for him after he died, very young, in 1970. I was 14 when they founded the gallery. I was exposed to exceptional work from the…

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Inside Honoring the Hands, Thursday at Martha Clara

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David Page of Shinn Estate Vineyards, Anne Kauffman Nolon, President and CEO of HRHCare Community Health, and New York Times Chief Wine Critic Eric Asimov at Honoring the Hands 2016 Interview with Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH. If you can’t attend, please consider donating. Q: Honoring the Hands is a fundraiser for HRHCare. So, what’s HRHCare? Anne: HRHCare is 501c (3) nonprofit health care organization designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). We started in Peekskill in 1975,…

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Greenport’s First Fridays Gallery Walk

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The photo is a JoAnne Dumas work from the Making Waves Exhibit, which opens at Sirens’ Song Gallery during the Gallery Walk this Friday July 7. Caroline Waloski, artist & proprietor of Sirens’ Song, and participant in the Greenport Business Improvement District supporting the event, chats about it: Q: How did the Greenport Gallery Walk get started? Who is participating? A: Over 10 years ago, we artists decided to cooperate and promote each other to make…

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Conch Candles NoFo and the North Fork’s Entrepreneurial Culture

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Michael Maroutsis of Conch Candles NoFo on Mattituck Beach at sunset A striking feature of the North Fork is our dearth of chain stores and big corporate genericness. Filled with mom and pop shops and creative startups so small they retail through other shops and fairs, the North Fork is the place to find unique foods, art, clothes and items of all kinds. Though each entrepreneur here has her own story, they all share a love for the…

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American Beech’s Brent Pelton on Transforming Stirling Square into a Greenport Community Social Hub

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Brent is on the right; his manager Iris Welcome on the left Q: American Beech is such a great space, particularly your plaza with a beech tree & bar at its heart. So warm and welcoming—what a change to Stirling Square. Remind people what used to be here, and tell us how the current incarnation came to be. A: When I went into contract on the property in June 2014 there were five commercial vacancies and…

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Inside Caci North Fork and its ‘One Actor’ Theory of Food; a chat with Chef /Partner Marco Pellegrini and Owner/Partner Daniele Cacioppo

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Caci North Fork Executive Chef Marco Pellegrini, photo by Randee Daddona  Q: Marco, your accent reveals you’re from Italy—how did you get to the North Fork? Marco: From when I was a child, I had the American Dream—I wanted to come to the USA—but I didn’t like any of the opportunities until I met the Cacioppo family. I worked in Italy at one of the most exclusive places–The Castello di Reschio—it’s on the border line of…

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The Rites of Spring Two Years In, and the Laurel Lake Vineyards Concert

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Cover photo is the view from the Laurel Lake deck Tickets available here. In 2015, Paolo Bartolani started crafting a musical festival designed for the North Fork: The Rites of Spring. The first iteration ran in spring 2016 and featured four multi-dimensional concerts in settings as diverse as Brecknock Hall, Historical Society buildings, Custer Observatory and Laurel Lake Vineyards. The music ranged from classical to contemporary and was accompanied by food, wine and beauty. This…

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Rites of Spring, 2x: Thought Experiments at Custer, Quogue Nocture at the Wildlife Refuge

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The cover photo is the Quogue Nature Center, where Sunday’s concert will be. Photo credit Marisa Nelson Enjoy interviews profiling the coming two Rites of Spring Concerts, this Saturday and Sunday. The first multidimensional experience begins with an exhibit, opening at 5 pm, followed by a talk at 6:30, the concert at 7, and a reception and stargazing thereafter. Tickets for that event here.  Sunday’s starts with a talk & meet the animals at 4:30 pm, a…

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