Meaningful Manor Movie Night
Gatehouse Pop-up Shop Open
Introducing Courtney Wingate
Thank You, Timothy Hill Ranch
Blues & Bluegrass at the Parrish - 9/2
Creekside Concert Series Finale - 9/17
Last Manor House Tour This Season - 9/17
Clean Water Technologies at Library - 9/23
Notes from the Farm
Farewell to Summer Youth Program
Making a Difference
at Manor Movie Night Screening educates & inspires
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Manor Movie Night on August 17. The screening of A Place at the Table offered a compelling look at starvation in America along with some suggested solutions. A special thank you to filmmaker Lori Silverbush and Executive Producer and chef Tom Colicchio for participating in anl engaging Q & A session. They are both true activists in this movement, and our audience was interested in knowing more about what they could do to help.
Chad Smith, drummer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, attended with his wife Nancy Mack. Chad is an advocate for keeping music in schools through his involvement in Little Kids Rock and other charities.
Food and music are both important aspects of our mission at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, and it was wonderful to collaborate on this program.
You can find out more about A Place at the Table and ways we can each make a difference in the battle against hunger here:
Photo above (left to right): Sylvester Manor's Kim Folks, Chad Smith, Nancy Mack, Lori Silverbush and Tom Colicchio at the Manor Movie Night on August 18. Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi
Sylvester Manor Gatehouse open through November 27 Pop-up shop purchases to benefit Sylvester Manor programs
We invite you to visit Sylvester Manor Gatehouse on the southeast corner of North Ferry and Manwaring Roads. Our pop-up cottage shop features unique home goods, food and gifts created by local artists and producers.
Morganstern's New York Ice Cream is a delicious recent addition, and new merchandise is arriving daily, so please stop in frequently. And remember, every purchase supports Sylvester Manor programs. (Shop now for the holidays!)
The Gatehouse will be open 10 am - 6 pm, 7 days / week through Labor Day and then weekends until November 27.
Introducing Courtney Wingate Sylvester Manor welcomes new Director of Development
Courtney Wingate joined Sylvester Manor Educational Farm as Director of
Development this month. Born and raised in East Hampton, Courtney has over 16 years of experience in business, education and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of Development at the Ross School where she was responsible for leading the parent and grandparent fundraising initiative, as well as running the Ross School Alumni Association, with all its related events and engagement efforts. Additionally, she oversaw all development-based events for the school, which accounted for one-half of the annual development budget of nearly $1.4 million.
Courtney expressed how she experienced an immediate connection to Sylvester Manor. “When I drove beyond the white gates for the very first time, I was completely enchanted. How could I have lived right in East Hampton nearly my entire life without knowing this place existed? Sylvester Manor makes you feel as though you’re stepping into the pages of a storybook, set back in time, in a place that is far, far away from the day to day world. Right away, I was sure that I wanted to be a part of the magic, part of the story, part of its future.”
Courtney holds a Master of Science in School Counseling from Long Island University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from SUNY Geneseo, and is also certified as a New York State School Counselor for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Prior to commencing a career in education, she held positions in marketing and finance in New York City for Titan Capital Group, Deutsche Bank Securities and the United Nations. Courtney happily resides in East Hampton with her two children, husband and dog.
Hats off to Timothy Hill Ranch
We are so grateful to the hard-working teams from Timothy Hill Ranch for all the work they have done this summer to help us clean up Sylvester Manor grounds and barns. Their staff and residents have been instrumental in getting several projects completed this season.
Timothy Hill Ranch is an 86-acre farm that serves as a safe haven for at-risk children and young people. Their program focuses on education, work-readiness training, life coaching and spiritual guidance. Their incredible staff teaches residents how to become productive citizens through career counseling, caseworker and caretaker support and by creating a plan for transitioning back into the community.
Bennett & Edith Band at the Parrish - September 2 Enjoy Blues & Bluegrass in Watermill
Revel in two classic American traditions, bluegrass and BBQ, with The Edith & Bennett Band as they kick off Labor Day Weekend at the Parrish Art Museum's final Sounds of Summer concert. This performance continues a long-running collaboration between Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the Parrish, celebrating food, music and art.
The Edith & Bennett Band will bring along a full bluegrass band including banjo player Max Wareham of The Morning Bugle and mandolinist Jeff Lewis of The Sun Parade.
Barbecue and specialty drinks will be available for pre-reservation and in-person purchase from the Café. Bring a lawn chair for the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace or a blanket for the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Foundation Event Lawn.
Friday, September 2 at 5pm
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
The concert is free with Museum admission. Meals may be pre-reserved and paid for in-person.
Creekside Concert Series Season Finale Jayme Stone's Lomax Project - Saturday, September 17
On Saturday, September 17, Sylvester Manor will wind up the 2016 Creekside Concert Series with a very special appearance by Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project. If ever there was a group that fit the overall “Manor mission,” this is the one! Virtuoso musicianship applied to a rich trove of historical folksongs combine for a riveting, not-to-be-missed performance.
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music.
Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of Bahamian sea shanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from well-known musicians and everyday folk.
Tickets for the Creekside finale are $35 online or at the gate. Children under 12 are FREE!
Grounds open at 4pm. Performance begins at 5pm. Please bring a blanket or low-profile beach chair for this alfresco performance. The Vine Street Café
Food Truck will be at the concer, and local beer and wine will also be available to purchase.
Join us for a Heritage Tour of the Manor House
Saturday, September 17 from 3 to 5pm
We invite you to experience a 40-minute tour of the historic Sylvester Manor House. Our docents are eager to share the sweeping history of Sylvester Manor with you, beginning outside the front door of the Manor house and including the first floor historic rooms, continuously occupied by Sylvester descendants since 1737.
The last Heritage Tours of this season will be scheduled every 20 minutes from 3 - 4:40pm on Saturday, September 17.
Advance registration strongly encouraged. Get your tickets today via the button below or by calling the office at 631 749-0626. Admission is $20 per person.
Sylvester Manor members may purchase discounted tickets on-site for $10 per person. To reserve a tour time, members should call the office at 631 749-0626. For information on becoming a member, please click here.
We also welcome groups for private, guided tours by appointment. Group tours for a minimum of six people may be arranged via email or by calling the office at 631 749-0626.
Come to Friday Night Dialogues at Shelter Island Library
on September 23 at 7pm: Advancing Clean Water Technologies in Suffolk County
Sylvester Manor will break ground this Fall on a '21st-century garden' - a constructed wetland system that greatly reduces nutrient levels in onsite septic systems, leading to improved water quality in the aquifer and the bays. Town Engineer John Cronin and Jennifer Garvey from the NYS Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) and Stony Brook University (SBU) will join Sylvester Manor's Sara Gordon for a conversation about the Manor's project, other Shelter Island clean water initiatives, and the research, development, and implementation work of SBU's CCWT.
Farmstand in the Fall
We will be open for all of Labor Day weekend including Monday, September 5. Please stop by to share in the fall bounty! We have our own beautiful vegetables grown right in the Windmill Field, our free-range eggs, and our pork & lamb for sale at the farmstand.
Any meal can easily be completed by added Milk Pail fruit, Catapano cheese, Carissa’s bread, or Joe & Liza’s ice cream. All the products we carry are East End-made and help support our mission and local business.
Fall hours begin Tuesday, September 6:
Monday - Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 8am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
CSA Potluck Dinner Celebrate Harvest on September 4
We are pleased to invite you all to Sylvester Manor's second CSA Potluck of 2016. This experience is free and open to the public. Please tell your friends and bring your family.
Each year, our CSA organizes a wonderful harvest dinner in the Windmill Field. This is a pop-up potluck event which means you bring a dish to share. (We suggest bringing something that will feed 8-12 folks).
You also bring your own chair, plate, bowl, cup, utensils, and napkins. We provide a beautiful setting, tables, and good company.
We gather right at the Farmstand. Set up starts at 5:30pm on September 4. Dinner begins at 6:15pm. This is a kid and family friendly event. In true Sylvester Manor style, musical instruments are welcomed and encouraged.
Farewell to Summer Youth Programs
Friday marked the end of the Summer Youth Programs at Sylvester Manor. Children in The Imaginarium and Young Farmers had a wonderful eight weeks!
We harvested tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, kale and potatoes from our garden and turned them into delicious things to share at pot luck lunches. In addition to collecting eggs and feeding the chickens each morning, we also fed and watered our goats, Copper, Mercury, and Silver.
Both groups composted the waste from their snacks each day and took turns feeding vegetable scraps to the pigs. We created farm journals, created water color paintings by the creek, learned Manor history through a variety of "mini lessons," and had a great time with each other. While it is sad to say goodbye, we are already looking forward to next year!