Audiences love Shakespeare's As You Like It
Sylvester Manor exhibits at the Garden Club
Second Creekside Concert sure to be a stellar show
Tour the Manor House August 14
Manor Movie Night returns with local food film
Notes from the Farm
Enjoy Youth Program Potlucks every Friday
Shelter Island Trail initiative partners with Manor 
Coming Attractions
Audiences Love Shakespeare's As You Like It
Many thanks to arts program sponsors and supporters
Last weekend's Shakespeare at the Manor performances of "As You Like It" were, in a word, magical. Under perfect Summer evening skies, the 13-member professional cast performed one of the bard's best-loved comedies on the Manor House lawn, while audience members enjoyed the production, the setting and their picnic feasts. 

Special thanks go to:

Donna Emma and Edie Landeck
Co-chairs of this year's event

Pamela Sweeney and Peter Levenson,
who opened their beautiful Dering Harbor home
for a benefit cocktail party on Friday night

Samara Levenstein

 Aaron Rossini

Drew Foster
 Great thanks also to our committee members and
supporters for their time, talent and generosity: 
Larry Davis
Emma Davis
Hannah Dinkel
Margaret & David Doyle
Cynthia Flynt
Brenda & David Harms
Justine Kare
Valerie & Martin Levenstein
Melissa Mundy
Eleanor Oakley
Mark Pipher 
Tom Roush
Karolann & Alex Rubin
Carrots & Carats: Love at the Manor
Manor exhibit at SI Garden Club celebrates weddings
Sylvester Manor was delighted to take part in Shelter Island Garden Club's show last Saturday, a celebration of weddings with an "I Do! I Do!" theme. Kim Folks, who oversees the Manor's community outreach and volunteer engagement programs, made the playful exhibit above featuring "carrots" and "carats" along with birds, bees, Hershey's Kisses and heart-shaped sod. Her fanciful creation helped raise awareness that special events, such as weddings, can now be held on the Manor grounds. The Garden Club awarded the exhibit a Ribbon of Appreciation.
Freewheel Trio Plays Creekside Aug. 14
Our second Creekside Concert
is sure to please
Don't miss the next Creekside Concert on August 14, featuring the Freewheel Trio, a contemporary string band based out of Denver, Colorado. This extremely talented, versatile group explores and interprets bluegrass, old-time, classical and jazz traditions, and that versatility is evident in each musician's approach to their performance. Joe D'Esposito (violin), Mike Robinson (guitar) and Andrew Ryan (bass) foster a close connection with their audiences and a unique style from familiar instrumentation.  

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the link below.

Eventbrite - The Freewheel Trio

This will be the second time Mike has been to the Manor, having performed here in April with Cricket Tell The Weather, and the first of two visits for Andrew, who also plays base for Jayme Stone's Lomax project, the headliner for the final concert on September 17.  
Make sure you save the date for that show, our season finale!  Jayme Stone's Lomax Project pays homage to legendary folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax with creative arrangements of pure folk music history.  The Lomax project brings to the stage an eclectic repertoire that includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. Virtuosity, history and tradition make this band a perfect fit for the Manor, and an excellent way to finish the season!

Join us for a Heritage Tour of the 1737 Manor House
Sunday, August 14 from 3 to 5 pm
Join us for 40-minute tours of the historic Sylvester Manor House. Our docents are eager to share the sweeping history of Sylvester Manor, beginning outside the front door of the Manor house and including the first floor historic rooms, continuously occupied by Sylvester descendants since 1737. 

Advance registration strongly encouraged via button below or by calling the office at 631 749-0626. Admission is $20 per person.

Eventbrite - July 31 House Tours

Members of our nonprofit may purchase discounted tickets on-site for $10 per person.  For information on becoming a member, click here.  Members should call the office at 631 749-0626 to reserve a tour time.

Our final summer heritage tour will be on Saturday, September 17 from 3 - 5 pm. Please make your reservation via button below. Admission is $20. 

Eventbrite - September 17 Manor House Tours
We also welcome groups for private, guided tours, by appointment. Group tours for a minimum of six people may be arranged by calling the office or by email to:
Find your Place at the Table: Manor Movie Night Aug. 18 
50 million Americans — 1 in 4 children — don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans who maintain their dignity as they struggle just to eat. It shows how the hunger problem could be solved forever, once the American public decides that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.  

Join us for a screening of this important film followed by an informative and engaging Q&A session with director and screenwriter Lori Silverbush of the North Fork.


August 18, 7 pm 
Manor House*
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island
*This is a change from original venue. 
Tickets are $10, children under 12 free
and may be purchased through
our website or at the door.
For information, please call 631 749-0626.
Volunteers Begin to Blaze Trail through the Farm
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm held our first ever Trail Work Day on Saturday, July 16.  A small group of hard working folks braved serious heat to help us clear vines and non-native invasives.  We made great headway, but still have work to do.
The idea of a formal trail through Sylvester Manor was spearheaded by a local group of dedicated trail keepers led by Joe Denny and Dan Fokine. The Manor segment connects with public lands south and north of the Manor lands to complete a 6-mile trail. 
This map of the trail is approximate, but gives you a good sense of how the trail winds through the property.

The trail is not yet open to the public.  Please be on the look out for more Trail Work Days this summer. Once completed, the trail will be marked with blazes and posted with rules and hours on both entrances.
Summer Heats Up the Farm
July and August on the farm means hot sun, long days, and wishing every small cloud would develop into a rain shower.
The summer crops are producing beautifully.  Cucumbers, summer squash, and zucchini are in full swing.  Eggplants are just starting and peppers are right around the corner. We picked our first ripe tomatoes this week. Nothing says summer like sun-ripened tomatoes.
The lambs and cows are happily grazing in our new paddock fencing. The fencing was built over the last two springs. It neatly divides out center back field into six sections. The paddocks allow us to rotationally graze our animals more effectively.
Enjoy Friday Potluck Lunches with our Youth Program
Join us for Potluck Lunches at the Long Barn every Friday in August at 12:15. Enjoy sampling foods our Youth Program participants have made from farm fresh ingredients. Parents, caregivers, all friends and supporters of the Manor joyfully welcome! 

Please bring a dish to share and a chair or blanket. The Long Barn is located in the Manor's historic core; bear right at the first fork along the driveway to find the Barn.   

Last week, Youth Program participants made these muffins with zucchini harvested from their garden at the Manor.

Coming Attractions
Take Note of Future Happenings at Sylvester Manor
Watch for the opening of The Gatehouse at Sylvester Manor, a new farm store and visitor's center on the corner of Manwaring Road and Rte. 114, next to White Oak Nursery. The pop-up cottage shop, scheduled to open in early August, will sell an expanded selection of Manor and locally-sourced foodstuffs along with home and garden gifts in a rustic setting.  We are also hiring someone to man the Gatehouse shop and grow our farmstand sales team; read all about it on our website.
Upcoming Events
Manor House Heritage Tour
September 17, 3 to 5 pm

Creekside Concert Finale
September 17, 5 pm
The Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Mysteries at the Manor
October 29, 12 to 3 pm
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