Manor Hunting Season Opens October 1
Clean Water System Groundbreaking
Library Event Features Clean Water Initiative
Good Things in Store at The Gatehouse
Mysteries of the Manor - 10/29
63rd Annual Tea & Tree - 12/10
Notes from the Farm
Hunting Season Begins Saturday
Hunting season on the Sylvester Manor grounds will begin on Saturday, October 1.
The property will be closed to the public daily after dark and on weekends.
Sylvester Manor's Clean Water System
Groundbreaking Draws a Crowd
Manor Executive Director Jo-Ann Robotti kicks off a roster of speakers that included Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty, NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Peter Scully, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, NYS Attorney General’s L.I. Director T.J. Hatter, EPA Chief of Watershed Management Chris Balla, Peconic Estuary Program Director Alison Branco and Sylvester Manor’s planner Sara Gordon, who shepherded the project through the approvals process.
Photo credit: Courtney Wingate
A strong showing of public officials and environmental group representatives joined Sylvester Manor Educational Farm staff last Friday the 23rd for the ceremony announcing the Manor’s groundbreaking for Suffolk County’s first non-proprietary constructed wetlands, an alternative wastewater treatment system. This innovative Clean Water System will reduce the harmful impacts of excess nitrogen on the East End’s groundwater and bays. Aligned with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s “Reclaim Our Waters” campaign, this is an important step in protecting our coastal waters for the long term. The project is supported by grants from the State and the County, contributions from private donors, and by funding provided by the Long Island Community Foundation, for project outreach and education to the public and to schools in collaboration with Group for the East End and Peconic Green Growth.
Stay tuned as the project completes construction this fall and goes online in Spring 2017 with restroom and kitchen facilities serving the Manor’s resident farm crew, program participants and the public.
Library's Friday Night Dialogue features
Sylvester Manor's Clean Water Initiative
Jennifer Garvey, John Cronin, and Sara Gordon at Shelter Island Library's Friday Night Dialogues
Photo credit: Beverlea Walz
Sylvester Manor's new Clean Water initiative was the focal point of a presentation on Suffolk County water quality issues on Friday, September 23 at the Shelter Island Public Library. Residents concerned about Long Island water quality learned about emerging technologies offering alternatives to conventional home sanitary systems that leach excessive nitrogen and other nutrients into our groundwater and surrounding bays. The speaker panel included Sara Gordon, Planning and Conservation at the Manor; John Cronin, Shelter Island Town Engineer; and Jennifer Garvey, Associate Director of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University. A lively Q&A followed.
The Manor's new system, under construction this fall and going online in Spring 2017, will be accompanied by a broad-reaching educational program for the public and area schools.
Our concert season was a rousing success, with six terrific shows throughout the year in varied locations. We're so appreciative of Shelter Island School and Shelter Island Presbyterian Church for hosting Frank Solivan and Meara Meara, and to the Manor staff for an intimate house concert with Cricket Tell The Weather and three Creekside Concerts featuring Ten Strings and a Goatskin, The Freewheel Trio (pictured above) and finally, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project.
A huge thank you to all of our donors and sponsors including Steven and Jennifer Eiesenstadt, the County of Suffolk, the Gawler Sisters, Saunders Realty, The Pridwin, The Chequit, One Source Tool, Wolffer Estate Vineyards and Southampton Publick House. The addition this year of the Vine Street Cafe's food truck along with local libations for sale at the Creekside Concerts made for a festival-like atmosphere!
We are already hard at work on next year's concert slate, with some amazing acts on tap. Be sure to mark Saturday, January 14 on your 2017 calendar and join us at Shelter Island School as we start the year with an up-and-coming bluegrass band from Boston, the Lonely Heartstring Band. Stay tuned for future updates . . .
A big “thank you” to all who supported Shakespeare at the Manor, Youth Programs, Manor Movie Nights, Creekside Concerts, CSA, Manor House Tours, and more!
Photo credits: Eleanor Labrozzi
Discover all the good things in store . . . The Gatehouse is open Friday - Sunday!
If you haven’t been to The Gatehouse boutique located at 8 Manwaring Road, come browse for amazing gifts, unique kitchen accessories, handmade children’s toys, artisanal food products, and special stationery.
If you have shopped with us, come again! We have new arrivals weekly, and this is an ideal time to get a jump on your holiday shopping.
Store hours Friday 12pm-6pm
Photo credit: Stella Quinn
Mysteries of the Manor - October 29 An afternoon of family fun in the spirit of the season
Join us on the Manor House grounds for an afternoon of frightful fun for the entire family. Mysteries of the Manor is a ghoulishly good time with kid-friendly games, creative creepy crafts, local ghost stories, tricks, treats, and howlin' hayrides, too.
Food and beverages (warm and cold) will be available for purchase.
Saturday, October 29 12-3pm
Sylvester Manor House Grounds
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island
Admission: $5 per person. Kids 12 and under are free!
This afternoon celebration of holiday cheer includes music by Lisa Shaw, Tom Hashagen and “Holiday Jam," traditional tea service, and delicious holiday bites.
Fall Farmstand Hours
Beginning this Saturday, October 1, our farmstand will be open
Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and closed the rest of the week.
NYU Food Studies Graudate Students Visit: 10/1 at 7:45am
As part of their annual visit to the East End, NYU Food Studies graduate students and their professor Susan Yager will join our Farm Manager Julia Trunzo and the farm crew on October 1 for a tour through Windmill Field and a talk about Sylvester Manor Educational Farm as a whole. NYU Food Studies graduate students will annual East End visit as a weekend portion of their graduate class.
According to Professor Yager, “The class is comprised of 14 graduate students getting Master's degrees in Food Studies at NYU, with a focus either on Food Systems or Food Culture. This course centers on the meanings and controversies around 'sustainability,' the challenges faced by food producers at the local level, the innovative things people like Sylvester Manor is doing to overcome these challenges, and the historical context of farming culture on the East End. Sylvester Manor's history and place as a stakeholder in the community is important to the class. Our visit is always a highlight!” She explained it's "an unusual course in the program in that it is experiential rather than theoretical, and gives the students a very real overview of contemporary issues in agriculture.”
Professor Yager also shared that Consumer Education - Farm to School, one of last year's final paper topics, was inspired in part by work Sylvester Manor is doing with children. Other topics included: Ocean Acidification, Soil Health, Genetically Engineered Salmon, and Small Scale Slaughterhouse Feasibility on the East End The group has included chefs, cheesemakers, farmers, writers, and people in numerous other fields of expertise, and they do have a lot to share.
Field Walk and Potluck - October 5 at 5:30pm
Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) and the farm community will continue their fall East End CRAFT season on October 5 with a tour of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a cooperative effort of local organic and sustainable farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farm apprentices. The goal of the East End CRAFT group, which is coordinated by AFI, is to support education and community building among farmers and apprentices on the East End through farm tours, workshops, and social events.
Each CRAFT farm tour focuses on a topic that the host farm excels at or that is unique to it. This year the farm crew turned co-managers will lead the CRAFT participants through a field walk and discuss their roles as they evolved during the season.
Field Walk from Windmill Field at 5:30pm. Afterward, everyone is invited back to Windmill Field for a potluck. Please bring a dish to share along with your own table settings and chairs. Dinner will begin around 6:30pm.