• Farm To Table: a whole new event on June 25
  • Traditional Irish Music on Friday, March 11
  • CSA wait list opens
  • Sylvester Manor celebrates Black History Month: on TV, in Brooklyn, in Sag Harbor
  • Sag Harbor history students tour the Manor
  • Summer Youth Programs update

Save the date of June 25 for the 2016 Farm To Table event, which promises to be better than ever this year with unique dining and entertainment experiences!   

Fire Roasted Caterers are bringing their hand-forged grills from Berkshire, Massachusetts to cook the entire menu by hand, over open flames (with wood salvaged from the Manor's grounds!) It’s guaranteed to be quite a show . . . and a delicious one at that!

Then, join Grammy-nominated band The Revelers and their energizing, foot-stomping, authentic Cajun beat for a night full of dancing. It's a party you won't want to miss. You’ll be able to eat, drink, dance and mingle on the Manor’s grounds while supporting our major fundraising event of the year. 

presented by Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day when Sylvester Manor Educational Farm proudly presents an evening of traditional Irish music with Méara Meara, at 7:30pm on Friday, March 11, at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Route 114/32 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, New York. Tickets are $20.

Although still in their teens, Haley Richardson (fiddle/vocals), Keegan Loesel (uilleann pipes/whistles/vocals) and Dylan Richardson (guitar/bouzouki/banjo) have been turning heads in the traditional Irish music community for several years. Haley is a two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and the 2015 Fiddler of Dooney. Keegan has been a Mid-Atlantic champion nine times and Dylan has also been a Mid-Atlantic medalist. Haley has performed with many of the best-known names in Irish music today including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Pride of New York, and is also a regular member of The John Whelan Band. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this rising young group on their way to the top of the traditional Irish music scene.  Their biggest challenge? Balancing their touring schedule with their schoolwork!

For tickets and information visit our website or call the office at 631.749.0626.
"Haley, Keegan and Dylan are absolutely astounding musicians and singers with skills and musical emotion that belie their years. Watching them play made me think
that here is a true contender to any modern celtic/roots band . . ." 
-Tim Edey, composer and multi-instrumentalist with The Chieftains
We will open up available shares to our wait list in early March. If you were not a CSA subscriber in 2015, but are interested in signing up, please follow the link to put your name on the wait list.

A friendly reminder to all returning subscribers: please complete your sign up and payment to secure your spot for 2016. If you successfully signed up, you will have received a confirmation email.

Please email Julia directly at with any questions or concerns.
Thank you, to our Partners and Audiences in Black History Month 2016
Black History Month offers us one opportunity to illuminate the untold stories of African Americans, and we thank our partners in this year's events -- the Brooklyn Historical Society, WABC-TV's Here and Now, and the Eastville Community Historical Society

In an effort to keep the conversation going about African American history at Sylvester Manor, on the East End and in New York, we partnered last month on three extraordinary programs. Our thanks to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm Board Member, Dr. Stephen Mrozowski, Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston, for representing and sharing the stories of Sylvester Manor at all three events.

Dr. Steve participated in a standing-room-only panel discussion, Why New York? Slavery on Long Island, at the Brooklyn Historical Society on February 4th, and appeared on Here and Now with Sandra Bookman on February 14. Also appearing on that program was Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director of the Eastville Community Historical Society (ECHS). 

Dr. Grier-Key and the ECHS also partnered with Sylvester Manor to host, How is the Story Told, An Observance of East End African American Burying Grounds on February 21 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. This panel discussion with Q&A, photo and artwork exhibition, and reception was widely attended by a diverse audience, many of whom expressed deep gratitude for this initiative, and for our ongoing efforts to tell everyone's stories.

PHOTO CREDIT Eleanor Labrozzi, from left to right, Dr. Mrozowski, Sandra Arnold, Zachary Cohen, Dr. Grier-Key, and Karl Grossman.  

Heartfelt thanks to panelists Sandra Arnold, Founder, The Periwinkle Initiative, Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans/Fordham U.; Zachary Cohen, East Hampton Town Nature Preserve Committee Chair; Dr. Grier-Key, Executive Director and Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society, Dr. Mrozowski, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research/UMass Boston;  and moderator, Karl Grossman, Professor of Journalism, SUNY/Old Westbury. Southampton Town Historian Zachary Studenroth, though unable to attend, provided slides and information on Southampton Town cemeteries. Thanks to Donnamarie Barnes for curating the lobby exhibition, David Cosgrove for lending his artwork, and to Bay Street Theater for their contributions and support.

See this local article for more about the February 21 event:
The Pierson Middle School History Club from Sag Harbor enjoyed a visit and house tour with Manor docent Donnamarie Barnes in late February. The club is studying the history of slavery on Long Island, and the students visited the Manor to experience in person the stories of the Manor as a provisioning plantation in the 17th century, walking in the footsteps of the slaves and servants who lived here. 

Pierson Middle School faculty advisor Kaitlin Daniels commented to Donnamarie, "Your tour really brought the world of Sylvester Manor alive. The students are so enthusiastic about the subject, thanks to you. They loved all the background history, as well the physical history that appears throughout the site. We could not have asked for a better tour."

If you or your group are interested in scheduling a tour or group field trip to Sylvester Manor in the Spring or Summer please contact us by email at, or by calling 631.749.0626.
The Pierson Middle School History Club students and advisors, with Sylvester Manor's Donnamarie Barnes, at the Manor for a historic house tour.
Young Farmers get ready! Registration for Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's 2016 summer programs is now open and early bird discounts are available.  

To register: click on the blue program heading and look for the link to the program's registration packet. Print the packet, complete it and mail it in with payment to Sylvester Manor, as instructed on the form. Some sessions fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged.

Ages 3 to 4
The Imaginarium
Monday – Friday, 9:15 – 11:45 am
Daily or weekly registration
Register by May 1 and save $25 per week!

Ages 5 to 8
Young Farmers
Monday – Friday, 9 am – noon, all invited to join Friday potluck lunch at noon
Register by the week
Register by May 1 and save $50 per week!

This summer, we are pleased to offer scholarships to Shelter Island School students thanks to a generous Edelman Community Investment Grant. An application for the scholarships is also posted on the program pages. 
Older than 8? 
We are also planning a weekly program for older children under age 14. We’d like your input on what we offer. Please click here to complete a brief survey.

Questions? Please direct all email inquiries to, or call the office at 631.749.0626.

Worms, an essential element of a healthy farm system, are just one of the
many educational topics at our summer youth camps.
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