December 2019
67th Annual Tea & Tree

Inspired by holiday traditions begun by Alice and Andrew Fiske, our 67th Annual Tea & Tree is a celebration where we express our gratitude to the members, donors, volunteers and sponsors who have supported us throughout the year.

Sunday, December 8
Manor House
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island

To receive a Tea & tree invitation, please become a member or make a donation by December 6. We appreciate your support!


Don't forget, #givingtuesday is tomorrow! Your donation will DIRECTLY SUPPORT the following for our 2020 season and so much more:
 • A month-long archaeological dig in June
• Educational internships in history, agriculture and sustainability
 • Doubling farm production, including adding a second greenhouse
• Hiring of additional personnel to help manage and maintain our 240 acres
• A world-class lineup of roots music bands for our best concert series yet

Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated. Help support our work with a fully tax-deductible contribution.

Year End Appeal

Take a moment to view our first-ever Year End Appeal video and you’ll be reminded of the reasons why YOU come to visit! You may recognize a few familiar faces from the Manor community and learn more about the Sylvester Manor story. We hope that you’ll watch it, feel an emotional connection, be inspired to give and share the video with your friends.

Thank you in advance for supporting our Year End Appeal. 

CSA Registration Opens January 1

Thank you to everyone who participated in our CSA this year. Registration for returning CSA members will open on January 1.

If you were not a CSA member this year and are interested in joining for the 2020 season, please follow 
this link to add your name to our CSA inquiries list. You will be notified should space become available.

Come Farm with Us

We are currently looking to build our 2020 farm crew. We are looking to hire 3 paid apprentices for the 2020 season (April 1 - November 1). Experience is not required but preference will be given to those who have worked at least one season on a farm. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of operating a small-scale vegetable operation. Duties will include planting, harvesting, weeding, livestock care and farmstand operations. For more information, please refer to our website.

Give the Gift of Music with Concert Tickets

Our 2020 Concert Series kicks off with the annual January Bluegrass show! This year’s concert will feature Brooklyn’s Damn Tall Buildings. The band radiates the energy of a ragtag crew of music students playing bluegrass on the street, but anchors that energy through their instrumental chops, their strong songwriting, and their varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass. 

This show will sell out so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Saturday, January 18
7:30 pm
Shelter Island School Auditorium
33 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island
Reserved seats: $30 - $45

Looking for Docents

We are looking for history enthusiasts to become docents and to help us tell our stories as tour educators and guides for the 2020 season. 

Please contact Curator/Archivist Donnamarie Barnes at for additional information.

Visiting Sylvester Manor This Fall & Winter

The grounds are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. To visit, enter through the pillars at 80 North Ferry Road. Follow the driveway to park near the yellow Manor House.

From November through March the walking trails will be closed due to hunting. We are working with the Town of Shelter Island's Hunting Program to control the deer population. Please take notice of the No Trail Walking signs when posted.

Considering Nitrogen

On November 14 and 15, Sara Gordon, who facilitates land use, master planning and sustainability at the Manor, participated in an immersive Water Leadership Training hosted by The Nature Conservancy at Mashomack Preserve. Along with 20 other Shelter Island 'water leaders,' Sara explored Island aquifer and water quality challenges, with a focus on sources of excess nitrogen, and saltwater intrusion. Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is working closely with the Town and County to employ best practices for wastewater treatment and water supply management, and to advance understanding of hydrogeologic flow patterns.

Among the many benefits of the training, it was fascinating to grasp another significant benefit of food production at Sylvester Manor — the more we eat foods grown from our local soil, or pastured on local fields, the less nitrogen we add to the Island's nutrient cycles from outside our ecosystem. Help us close the loop: eat local  and reduce nitrogen!
    3         #GivingTuesday
    8         Tea & Tree
   1         CSA Registration Opens
 18         Winter Bluegrass Concert: Damn Tall Buildings

    1         Summer Youth Program Registration Opens
Visit our online calendar for a complete listing of upcoming programs and events.
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We preserve, cultivate and share historic Sylvester Manor to ensure that food and art remain connected to community and the land. 
Post Office Box 2029 | 80 North Ferry Road | Shelter Island, NY 11964 | 631.749.0626
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