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Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

The holiday season in the historic maritime village of Greenport, just 5 minutes drive from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast in Southold began Saturday, November 27th with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the holiday tree in Mitchell Park. Every weekend through to the New Year events are scheduled in the village for children and adults, including the opportunity for shopping, great dining (such as Noah’s and The Frisky Oyster) plus concerts, house tours, films, and much more for your entertainment.

The season culminates with a bang – literally – on New Year’s Eve with a party and celebration at the carousel in Mitchell Park, the traditional raising of the anchor, and spectacular fireworks over Greenport Harbor. For a complete list of events you can visit the Greenport Holiday Festival website and for photographs and more pictures, the Suffolk Times on line newspaper has a comprehensive spread on Greenport and the festival activities this week. Parade photo by Katharine Schroeder/Suffolk Times Review

Fireworks over the Harbor in Greenport

 

Visitors to Greenport and the North Fork discover a treasure trove of delights for all appetites; gifts for everyone on your list; decorations and gift wraps; antique stores and museum shops. All the villages along the length of Rout 25, one of the two east to west roads from Riverhead to Orient Point offer their own unique holiday festivities.

Each year the Southold Historical Society hosts a candlelight tour of the Historic District in December to coincide with the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Associations Holiday House Tour; also in Southold is the Custer Institute Observatory, which is open every Saturday evening for star gazing or catching the latest meteor shower. Southold is famous for its dark skies and lack of light pollution and star gazing is a favorite of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast or rental house guests from our beach on the Long Island Sound.

Speaking of things to do on the North Fork during the holidays and winter, we cannot forget to mention the wineries and vineyards. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is making its own wine this year with Lisa and Anthony Sannino of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard on Peconic Lane in Cutchogue, the only custom wine making facility on the North Fork of Long Island. We are just printing up our first label and hope to have some bottles ready to serve and gift in time for Christmas this year. Shorecrest and the other members of the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association (NFBBA) also offer to our guests an exclusive winery discount card, with special offers on purchases and complimentary tastings at over 20 wineries.

So come along and enjoy the festivities during the holiday season; we are open for visitors Christmas day and the week between Christmas and New Year, and every weekend throughout the winter. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest soon.

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and healthy and Successful New Year

Marilyn

Innkeeper and Manager, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Property Management

Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

Long Island Restaurant Week on the East End’s North Fork

There is still time this weekend to sample some of the great restaurants we have on the North Fork of Long Island during Long Island Restaurant week which ends on Sunday September 14th. Below is a list of participating restaurants and with a stay at Shorecrest this weekend you will receive either a 10 percent discount on a two night reservation or a ‘Welcome Picnic’, with local wine, cheese and something sweet. A stay at the Shorecrest also includes our Winery Discount card, which entitles you to free tastings and/or discounts to 24 local wineries.
Shorecrest, with our unique location overlooking the Long Island Sound, our own private beaches, within two to twenty minutes of almost fifty wineries and a short drive to Greenport and Southold villages is the place to stay on the North Fork of long Island.

To view a map of the North Fork showing the location of Shorecrest and a complete list with map of vineyards, restaurants, farm stands, sports, entertainment, nature preserves and other attractions in the area, please visit the ‘area attractions’ page of our website. To book your room visit our Reservation Calendar or call 631 765 1570.

Shorecrest is proud to announce that we have just been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. We want to thank our former guests for posting the reviews that earned us this award, it means a lot to us!

East End Restaurants participating in Long Island Restaurant week

Greenport

Noahs  (631) 477-6720

Scrimshaw Restaurant (631) 477-8882

Vine/First Street Restaurant (631) 477-6238

Jamesport

Jamesport Manor Inn  (631) 722-0500

Jedediah Hawkins Inn  (631) 722-2900

Mattituck: A Mano  (631) 298-4800

New Suffolk: Legends Restaurant  (631) 734-5123

Sag Harbor:

Lt Burger in the Harbor (631) 899-4646

Oasis Waterfront Restaurant  (631) 725-7110

Phao (631) 725-0101

 

Million Moderate March – Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear – in Washington DC today

Marilyn here, posting ‘live’ from Washington DC. It’s election time! I know it can get tedious seeing as no sooner has one ended than candidates seem to start campaigning for the next, but I do so believe in the process and that everyone should vote to keep our democracy healthy.

I  also think that maintaining a sense of humor and showing respect to the beliefs of others is an important part of the democratic process.

So as a bit of light relief from the Get Out The Vote effort I’ve been working on locally, and following a long busy summer I decided to take a break from the BnB and wine making this weekend, and my son Tom and I took a drive to Washington DC for the rally today. It took us twelve hours to get here from New York, partly because we aren’t very good with the GPS on the i-phone, but also traffic was really heavy. We noticed that the service stations we stopped at on the Jersey Turnpike were unusually busy and sure enough the crowd today was huge; much too big for all of them to fit on the Mall.

Our Metro trip from Crystal City to the Smithsonian took almost two hours, a journey that should have been no more than twenty minutes.

Despite the crush, and maybe because of the gratifyingly large turnout, everyone seemed in a really good mood, which reflected the spirit of the event. There were some great costumes too but the most creative and entertaining part of the whole thing was the thousands of signs people had brought. Signs supporting Moderation; signs for fun; signs for FEAR (usually tongue in cheek) and signs that were just – signs. Here are a few of them!

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!


Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Greenport NY Maritime Festival September 2010

Tents in Mitchell Park at the Greenport Maritime Festival

The Greenport Maritime Festival is a three day affair and a favorite destination for guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. Starting with the ‘Land and Sea’ Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, September 24th and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th with a street fair each day and events that include a kayak derby, whale boat race, a Clam Chowder contest and music provided by several bands, there is entertainment to suit everyone.

Each year the festival draws about 20,000 people and the crowd enjoys a variety of family activities in Mitchell Park, the home of the beautiful and fun Greenport Carousel, such as ‘Captain Kidd s Alley’, old fashioned childrens games, a snapper fishing contest, traditional art and craft demonstrations and appearances in unexpected places throughout the weekend by the fearsome ‘Greenport Pirates!

There is lots for grown ups to do too. On Saturday night there is dancing in Mitchell Park to the music of the band Melange and throughout the village many local merchants, galleries and food vendors will be open late for you to enjoy on your evening stroll.

Prestons Dock and many village stores and galleries will be open late during the festival

For a complete list of events please see the event calendar posted below. If you would like tickets to the opening cocktail party, guests of the Shorecrest can purchase them through the BnB. Here are the details regarding the reception:

Land and Sea and Reception, Friday September 17th, 2010:

Where: The Maritime Museum, Greenport

Cost at door:  $30.00

Time: From 6-8pm

Various local restaurants will be providing the food including fresh oysters and clams from our bays; Rums of Puerto Rico will be serving drinks as well as local wineries.

The boat raffle is always a popular attraction at the Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival Schedule of Events

Friday September 24th

10am – 5pm – ‘Plein Air’ Artists paint in Mitchell Park

6pm – 8pm – ‘Land and Sea Reception’ at the East End Seaport Museum

Saturday September 25

All Day – Classic, ice and small boat display – Mitchell Park

10am – Sea Stories and Shanties for children aged 4-7 years with Mira Dougherty Johnson in Mitchell Park

10am-3pm – Plein Air Artists paint in Mitchell Park

11am – noon – Opening Day Parade on Main and Front Streets

The Kayak Derby in Greenport Harbor

11am – 5 pm – Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Mitchell Park Treasure Chest, Street Vendors, The Village Blacksmith the Mitchell Park Museum and the Railroad Museum are all open.

1pm – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

1-3pm – Gyotaku T-shirt painting in the Mitchell Park Tent

3pm – The Kayak Derby at the Harborfront

4pm – 6pm  - ‘Plein Art’ show in Mitchell Park

4pm - ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

6pm – 8pm – Plein Air Silent Auction in Mitchell Park

Hold onto your horses! - the Greenport Village blacksmith will be open during the festival

6pm – 9pm – Gallery Walk

9pm – Fireworks over the Harbor

Sunday September 26th

All Day – Classic, ice and small boat display – Mitchell Park

10am – Sea Stories and Shanties for children aged 4-7 years with Mira Dougherty Johnson in Mitchell Park

11am – 5 pm – Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Mitchell Park Treasure Chest, Street Vendors, The Village Blacksmith the Mitchell Park Museum and the Railroad Museum are all open.

Noon – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

1pm – 2pm – Snapper fishing contest, ages 8 and under, Mitchell Park

1pm – 4pm – Chowder contest, Chase Bank Parking Lot on Main Street

2pm-3pm  – Snapper fishing contest, ages 9 – 16, Mitchell Park

3pm – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

4pm – Festival Raffle drawing in Mitchell Park

4.30pm – Eastern LI Hospital raffle drawing in Mitchell Park

5pm – Festival closing

Tall ships at night in Greenport Harbor

Getting around on the North Fork

Shorecrest is offering a special driver service for those of our guests who want to avoid the hassle of parking in the village on this weekend. A pick up or drop off from the BnB to Greenport is $10 each way. We are also offering this service for winery visits, at $20 per pick up or drop off for up to 6 people. We can also help you organize your wine tour using our winery discount card for best value!

For city dwellers that would like to come by bus or train and still want to be able to conveniently travel around the North Fork visiting different villages and wineries, this can be a great option, and for groups visiting together the price is excellent! We can also arrange for bicycle rentals for getting around on the roads and kayak rentals for paddling the creeks. Shorecrest’s own beach on the Arshamomoque inlet to the rear of the BnB is a great place to launch a kayak, canoe or paddle board.

Paddlers at Sunset - wish you were here....

Speak to the Innkeeper, or visit our website to learn more about your options for traveling while on the North Fork and all concierge services from wine tours to restaurant reservations and bike or kayak rentals.

We are here to help make your visit to the beautiful North Fork the best it could possibly be!

North Fork Foodie Tour 2010

The North Fork of Long Island, from Riverhead to Orient Point, is loved by those who have discovered this less famous part of Long Island’s East End, for its bucolic countryside, beautiful beaches and

Sacred Sweets - North Fork Foodie Tour 2010

seascapes, great fishing, wineries, farms and farm stands and delicious and healthy fresh produce. Peconic Bay scallops, Long Island duck, strawberries, potatoes, local cheeses and breads and the many varieties of wine produced right here in wine country are just a few of the delectable offerings.

The tradition of farming has continued and diversified over the past 50 years and now has  taken on yet another life as artisans, chefs, winemakers, gourmets, farmers and viticulturists have joined together to produce distinctive foods, explore methods of sustainable agriculture and keep the North Fork the pristine environment that we all value.

On Sunday, September 12, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m., we celebrate this with The North Fork Foodie Tour. The self guided tour offers all who participate the opportunity to meet the people who have dedicated their lives to producing unique local foods and wines, to learn how they do it and sample the bounty.

During the tour you can learn about organic farming, beekeeping, goat farming & cheese making, growing oysters, wine making, and how to keep a traditional family farm alive and well in the age of big agribusiness. Taste the difference of fresh, locally-produced food!

Shorecrest is offering a complimentary bottle of local wine to guests attending the tour and for guests staying three nights that weekend, a complimentary bottle of local wine and one free ticket to the tour ($25 value). Check our reservation calendar for BnB availability by clicking here. If you are a larger group looking to spend some time on the North Fork that weekend, perhaps one of our waterfront houses would be available.

Each year, this epicurean exploration, hosted by the North Fork Reform Synagogue, gets better and better! This year is no different –

Sang Lee Farms, Certified Organic Produce - Foodie Tour 2010

with visits to Catapano Dairy Farm, Sang Lee Farm, Satur Farm, Lavender by the Bay Farm, Croteaux Vineyard, and Pipes Cove Oysters to name just a few.

Set aside the date of September 12th and invite your friends and family to join you at the Fourth Annual North Fork Foodie Tour. At $25 a ticket for all of the venues, it is a wonderful bargain; children under 12 are free. If you wish to talk to someone about the event, you may call 631-722-5712.

TO ORDER TICKETS in advance send your check to: North Fork Reform Synagogue, P.O. Box 625

Southold, NY 11971

Or click here to order on line.

Lavender by the Bay - North Fork Foodie Tour 2010

Tickets are also available in advance at:

GALLERY M, 308A Main St., Greenport

COMPLEMENT THE CHEF, 53740 Main Rd., Southold

CECILY’S LOVE LANE, 70 Love Lane, Mattituck

BARTH’S DRUG STORE, 32 E Main Street, Riverhead

Tickets may also purchased on the day of the tour, after 9 a.m. at Charnews Farm (see map below) or after 10 a.m. at any place participating in the tour.

For a complete schedule and list of events see below:

A TASTE OF THE NORTH FORK produces food products made with local ingredients: pestos, jams and jellies,

A Taste of the North Fork - North Fork Foodie Tour 2010

mustards, vinegars, dessert sauces, teas and more.  See the kitchen where they are made and have a taste.

CROTEAUX VINEYARD & FARMHOUSE COOKING SCHOOL specializes in rosé wine. Idyllic barnyard, vineyard, tastings and recipes.

KOPPERT CRESS searches the world for unusual varieties of aromatic herbs grown as micro-vegetables. Restaurants use them as exotic garnishes for their most elegant dishes.

LAVENDER BY THE BAY offers fresh-cut and dried lavender, lavender plants and products. Learn about beekeeping, lavender culture and lore.

NORTH FORK EGG FARM See the movable coop system, described in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the film Food, Inc. at work. The chickens are released each morning to roam on pasture, scratch for bugs to eat and take their dust baths.

PIPES COVE OYSTERS See how oysters are grown, how mature oysters are harvested and learn how to shuck an oyster .

SACRED SWEETS is a couture confectionary studio specializing in exquisite occasion cakes and treats including croissants, cookies, cupcakes, cakepops and

truffles all made by hand in Greenport using only the finest ingredients.

Koppert Cress - North Fork Foodie Tour 2010

Special Events/Limited Tours

CATAPANO DAIRY FARM – small and family operated, it raises goats and makes fresh milk cheeses, yogurts,

fudge and goat milk skincare products. Guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3.

KRUPSKI’S FARM – Learn how the Krupskis have made their multi-generational family farm thrive by changing

their focus from a limited number of wholesale crops to a diverse offering of crops and free range poultry sold retail. Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.

McCALL WINES – In addition to producing wines served at some of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, this historic 100 acre farmstead raises grass-feed Charolias cattle, a French breed known for their low-fat meat, and sells rare

speciality cheeses. Russ McCall leads tours of this beautiful property at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.

SANG LEE FARMS shows its organically grown vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, mesclun, herbs, flowers and specialty Asian greens. Tastings all day. Guided

SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS – Learn about the vineyard’s low-impact sustainable farming, taste the results. Guided walking tour at 12 noon. Tour and talk at 2 p.m.

SATUR FARMS specializes in leafy vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, root vegetables and herbs that it sells to the region’s high end restaurants

Tickets may also purchased on the day of the tour, after 9 a.m. at Charnews Farm or after 10 a.m. at any place participating in the tour.

which demand the finest ingredients. Open only for one guided walking tour at 11:30 a m. Click here to hear a WNYC interview with Paulette Satur and Eberhard Muller, former chef at Lutece & Le Bernardin.

TY LLWYD FARM has been an active family farm since 1870. It raises DeKalb Gold chickens, ducks and geese; and grows vegetables and unusual varieties of potatoes.

Tours at 10 a.m., 11, 12 p.m., 1, 2, and 3. Limited to 15 people per tour.

August events at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and North Fork Long Island



This last week got away from me once again; I’d intended to post far more information about events going on but between my summer neighbors who come to visit and enjoying my guests company I’ve been too  busy having fun. Time just flies but I am taking a couple of hours to catch up now.

Guests gather with the Innkeeper for a 'photo momento' of a great visit

Talking of guests, a group of charming young men that just visited last weekend sent me this  photograph taken of us all standing on my front steps – don’t we look as though we are about to break into song? They were only here a short time but loved their stay and managed to see a lot, driving out to Orient State Park after breakfast  on Saturday before sampling  the wines of 6 different vineyards and then taking the ferry from Greenport to Shelter Island for an early evening tour and dinner at Planet Bliss where the food was pronounced ‘delicious’. You can reach Planet Bliss at 631-749-0053 for exact hours & reservations.  Thanks Perry, Shawn, Darryl  and Johnnie for taking the time to share and sending the photos. I’ve been meaning to start a ‘guest  photo gallery’ and this will be a great star!.

The weather has continued to be glorious; the whole of the last weekend and most of last week the temperature was in the 80’s f with a gentle breeze. This was perfect for the many outdoor events that were available to be enjoyed in the Vineyards, farms, parks and towns of the North Fork.

The East End Arts Council continues to sponsor wonderful musical and art events in conjunction with wineries and other local and regional businesses. On Saturday evening I attended a BNY Mellon Winepress event concert at Castello Di Borghese winery in Cutchogue to listen to Hugh Prestwood and Friends. Members of the East End Arts Council were invited to a pre concert reception where Noah of Noah’s restaurant in Greenport prepared delicious appetizers.  I especially loved the goat cheese and beetroot ‘squares’ drizzled with his mom’s home-made honey  and pine nuts – yum, try it when you next visit Noah’s.  Noah’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Greenport and one I always recommend to my guests. I love the ‘small plate’ menu and they offer 3 and 5 ounce glasses of wine so you can conveniently pair different  wines with the various dishes you might wish to sample.

Hugh Prestwood

During the pre concert reception Castello di Borghese served their Pinot Noir 2006 Estate and Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Reserve which were both outstanding. The Shorecrest  Bed and Breakfast offers an exclusive discount card to guests of the BnB and rental properties which includes up to a 15% discount on quantity purchases of Castello Di Borghese wines and also a $5 discount off their ‘Wine Makers Walk’ tour. The tour takes you through the vineyard to their wine production facilities where you will learn about their Pinot Noir and other wines and get to taste them at various stages of development. Back in the tasting room after the tour you will taste the finished products. I’ve taken the tour and enjoyed it immensely. It is scheduled for Thursday  and Sunday afternoons at 1pm during August at a cost of $20, or $15 with your Shorecrest discount. Advanced booking required by calling the vineyard at (631) 734-5111.

The 'Subdudes' play at the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival

Also on Saturday and Sunday the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival, again sponsored in part by the East End Arts Council   was held at Peconic Bay vineyards in Cutchogue. The quality of the musical acts was outstanding and again beautiful weather blessed the event. There was a small village of tents set up in the fields amongst the vines where the concert was hosted housing vendors with lots of interesting wares and delicious food and drink, but apart from the music, the highlight of the event for me was learning to use a Hula Hoop! I’ve been attempting to do this since the 1950’s and finally learned how with the experienced help of  Amy Gabrielson, a Hula Hoop expert. She was there with the weighted hoops that she makes herself, and explained that getting the right size is very important. Maybe I can get Amy to come by for pre- breakfast Hula Hooping exercise on the beach. Low impact and great for the abs. Perhaps this could become a Shorecrest specialty as the NoFo Rock Festival will during future North Fork summers! Be sure and make a note on your calendar for next year so you don’t miss this fun event.

Woody Mann will be playing at Wine Press concerts on the North Fork

Hear Toby Walker at Duck Walk Winery

Also keep an eye out for future Winepress events this year. The next one is on August 14 featuring Woody Mann & Toby Walker at Duck Walk North Vineyard

You can bring the picnic dinner, blanket or chair and they’ll provide Grammy and Award Winning artists, wonderful wines and a spectacular setting, at a very reasonable cost.

The concert is from 6-8pm, rain or shine under the festival tent. They are also offering a Recession price roll-back, with tickets at only $15 per person in advance, $20 at the gate. Children under 12 years are admitted free.

You can save $5 per ticket if you buy online in advance with a credit card at eastendartscouncil.ticketleap.com  or call the winery, Duck Walk North, Southold at (631)765-3500 x104 or Duck Walk South, Water Mill (631) 726-7555 x104.

Duck walk also conducts tours of their facility, but please call for availability or to make an appointment.

More upcoming Events in August at the wineries

Castello Di Borghese Vineyard

Route 48 (Sound Ave) and Alvah’s Lane; P.O. Box 957
Cutchogue New York 11935

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 6:30pm
Comedy Night with Paul Corrigan

Head over to Borghese vineyards for an  evening of comedy and wine with XM Radio funnyman Paul Corrigan.  This fun evening is $15 at the door (cash only please).

Sunday, August 8, 2010, 2-4pm

Glenn Jochum in Concert

Glenn Jochum is a concert mainstay on the East End of Long Island, New York,
and has been playing for the past decade at local vineyards, street fairs,
restaurants, and  cafes.    Glenn will be performing a special concert under
the tent at Borghese Vineyard.  The concert is free.

Martha Clara Vineyards

6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY 631 298 0075 www.marthaclaravineyards.com

STUMP TRIVIA on Thursday nights at Martha Clara

Ongoing events:


Winemaker’s Carriage Tours
Horse Drawn Carriage tours and wine tasting with the winemakers.
A minimum of 5 people required; $30 per person / $20 for Wineclub members
Tour is by appointment only. Call 631 298 0075 or book through Shorecrest BnB concierge services for our guests and special discounted price.

Trivia Night with STUMP TRIVIA
Every Thursday evening Starting August 5th
at 7pm in the tasting room.
Thursday night Bingo was a hit, but it was the luck of the tiles! Test your brain as you taste the wine. A good time will be had by all!

August events at Martha Clara:
Fri August 6th
8pm Singles Mingle – Mardi Gras Dance Party
Mardi Gras themed Music & Dancing w/dj Phil
21 years old & over – $10 in advance +tax / $15 at the door +tax
Purchase tickets online by August 5th

Sat August 7th
11am Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk
Bring your dogs down to Martha Clara Vineyards and enjoy a walk through the vineyard
with winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez

2-5pm Live Music – Keith Maguire (Classic Rock)

7pm Sunset Sails Wine Cruise
The HIT Sunset Sails Wine Cruise is back and ready to sail again!
A 1.5 hour sail on the beautiful scenic Mattituck Inlet & LI Sound with Captain Bob and the winemakers from Martha Clara Vineyards. Wine will be served along with light hors d’oeuvres.
Visit www.marthaclaravineyards.com for tickets and details

Sun August 8th
2-5pm Live Music – George Tebbitt

Ospreys Dominion

44075 Main Rd.,Peconic Long Island, NY 11958 • Toll Free: (888) 295-6188 • Local: (631) 765-6188

Ospreys Dominion  offers live music throughout the year. Below is their calendar for August:

August 6 – The East End Trio 6:00-9:00 PM

August 7 – The Lone Sharks 1:30-5:30 PM

August 8 – Below Average WB 1:30-5:30 PM

August 13 – Sara Kessler 6:00-9:00 PM

August 14 – Sahara 1:30-5:30 PM

August 15 – Nina et Cetra 1:30-5:30 PM

August 20 – George Tebbit 6:00-9:00 PM

August 21 – The Lone Sharks 1:30-5:30 PM

August 22 – Goombas 1:30-5:30 PM

August 27 – Woody Mack 6:00-9:00 PM

August 28 – The East End Trio 1:30-5:30 PM

August 29 – Lost Time 1:30-5:30 PM

For more details visit their website www.ospreysdominion.com/events

44075 Main Rd.,Peconic Long Island, NY 11958 • Toll Free: (888) 295-6188 • Local: (631) 765-6188

Corey Creek Vineyards, 45470 Route 25, Southold

Moonlight Mondays & Twilight Tuesdays
June – October 2010, Mondays & Tuesdays from 5-9pm and back by popular demand, Corey Creek Wine Bar will host late night Monday & Tuesday tastings. Come enjoy live music on Mondays & twilight tastings on Tuesdays from 5-9pm.

Live Music at Corey Creek and Bedell Cellars in August

Sunday, August 1st Joe Allegue Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 7th Nina Et Cetera Corey Creek

Sunday, August 8th Old School  Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 14th East End Trio Bedell Cellars

Sunday, August 15th Joe Allegue Corey Creek

Saturday, August 21st Dan Donnelly Corey Creek

Sunday, August 22nd Mike Taylor Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 28th Dan Donnelly Corey Creek

Sunday, August 29th Joe Allegue Corey Creek

For an interactive map showing the location of all the vineyards on the North Fork with links to their websites visit the Area Attractions page on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website.

Shorecrest looks forward to welcoming you to the North Fork soon!

Next Posting – 10 top favorite things to do in Southold and exploring the North Fork!

What’s happening on Long Island’s North Fork, Summer 2010!

Relaxing in the Shorecrest Hammock under the Honey Locust Trees

Our apologies for taking so long to update our blog, but we have been blessed with wonderful weather so far this summer, and with the wonderful weather comes a great deal of things to do! We have been quite busy with the influx of the summer season guests, but thought we would take a moment over the next few days to update North Fork visitors with all that we have going on our here for the coming summer months.

The North Fork, like the rest of Long Island, has been experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, but here in Southold, surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound to the North, the Atlantic to the East and Shelter Bay to the south, the temperatures are always moderated, both in summer in winter. If it is 90 degrees in Manhattan or just a few miles west of us in the more developed part of the Island, you can be fairly sure it will be 10 degrees cooler here.

Shorecrest is located just to the right of the narrow strip of land at the top of the photograph

And this has been great swimming weather. Our guests have been taking advantage of the clear warm waters of our own beach on the LI Sound, just across the street to cool off or get some exercise.  Another favorite beach activity is to catch the sunset sitting, with a glass of wine, in one of our waterside Adirondack chairs, waves lapping at ones feet while watching the last evening hunt of the Ospreys before they return to their nests on the inlet for the night.

There is so much to do during the summer to suit every taste. For those who love the outdoors, kayaking on the inlet behind Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast has become very popular. Brian of Bay View Kayak tours and Bike Rental will bring Kayaks to our own Bay Inlet beach for our guests to rent by the hour or he will conduct a guided tour of the inlet with them.  He will also launch Kayak tours from his base in The Port of Egypt Marina, in Southold Bay two minutes south of Shorecrest, and conducts guided Sunset/Wildlife Tours at 5.15 pm every evening and Sunrise tours too.

The meditation garden at Shorecrest BnB

If you are not feeling that energetic, reading or dozing in the hammock under the shade of the Honey Locust trees in the wooded glade to the east of the house is a very relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon. The enclosed and secluded flower garden behind the house makes a wonderful spot to meditate and relax, listen to the birds and smile at the clouds of butterflies that mob the blooms of the many varieties of plants that flourish here; a perfect spot to enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquility that is the North Fork of Long Island and our special corner of it.

In our next posting we will be talking about the myriad of activities that the wineries will be hosting this summer, including music, comedy shows and wine and food events. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast soon, or to one of our four waterfront rental properties suitable for family groups, some of which also welcome that very special member of your family, your dog. For more information please visit our Property rentals website www.shorecrestpm.com and click on the Properties Managed page that you will find  in the navigation tabs to view the houses. Links on those pages will also take you to the reservation calendar for the houses or you can call me, Marilyn, at the Shorecrest number, 631 765 1570 and I will be happy to help you

Wishing you all a great summer and keep an eye out for our next blog full of news of winery happenings.

Marilyn Marks, Innkeeper, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

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