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That big old Oshkosh was purchased by the Air Force for keeping runways clear. It's a monster, indeed.
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🎶I love a parade🎶
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The North Fork, the North Fork, the North Fork is best!
I wouldn't give 2 cents for all of the rest!

Another article encouraging NYC folk to head out to the North Fork. :roll: And the traffic here will only get worse. :(

Why You Should Skip the Hamptons and Head to Greenport, New York Instead
The North Fork town has all the charm of the Hamptons without any of the pretension.


https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-i ... york-guide
Just two hours from Manhattan and accessible by MTA Long Island Rail Road, the North Fork offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

:snippity:

Once you’ve had your fill of sun and sand, hit Greenport’s main drag for some of the best shopping in the North Fork. Start at The Times Vintage, where you can browse fashion, accessories, and home decor from decades past, as well as an extensive vinyl collection. Then pop across the street to antiques shop Beall & Bell, a favorite haunt of style setters like Jenna Lyons and Jonathan Adler, set inside a stately building that once served as Greenport’s Masonic temple. For a statement-making souvenir, wander into The Shop at the American Beech hotel. Co-owners Brent Pelton and Argentina-born fashion designer Aex Vinash have curated a mix of resort-wear (vibrant cover-ups, breezy tops) that are elevated enough to be worn beyond the beach.

In July, the lavender fields at Lavender by the Bay are in full bloom – and ripe for your viewing (and sniffing) pleasure. After breathing it all in, drive to the Kontokosta Winery to enjoy a different kind of harvest. Spread over 62 waterfront acres, the vineyard is a sustainable wind-powered operation that grows seven grape varieties, including a killer viognier. Tastings are held in the barnlike tasting room, which is perched atop a bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound. If you’re more of a spirits-drinker, get the concierge at the Soundview Hotel to organize a tour of Matchbook Distilling Company, a “bespoke distillery and incubator” where guests can come up with their own flavor combinations using hundreds of botanical distillates.

Long Island’s East End is studded with wineries and vegetable and fruit farms — so when it comes to dining in Greenport, visitors are truly spoiled for choice. Begin your day with a coffee at Aldo’s Coffee Company, a Front Street stalwart for almost 30 years, where the only thing better than the espresso drinks are the hazelnut biscottis. For a heartier breakfast, bring your appetite to Bruce & Son, an all-day brunch spot whose flourless matcha pancakes and pork belly quiche are worth making extra room for. Make dinner reservations at Green Hill Kitchen, the popular eatery from Wolfgang Ban, an Austrian chef whose Manhattan restaurant Seasonal earned a Michelin star. There, guests dine on housemade smoked sausages and smoked fish around rustic wood tables in a dining room styled after a German beer hall.
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Problem is that to get to the Shelter Island ferries you have to travel on the North Fork or the South Fork. More traffic. :(

Shelter Island Named 1 Of Best Places To Daytrip On LI
Shelter got the nod in a new report as a perfect place for day trippers; natural beauty abounds.


https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/sh ... 6IHx3G7Ib0
Shelter Island got the spotlight for best daytripping, with some suggestions including a walk through the Mashomack Nature Preserve, a glorious day at Crescent Beach, and stops at the Marie Eiffel Market for chocolate croissants or the Black Cat book store; sunset at the Pridwin Hotel was also on the to-do list, according to the post.
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:madguy: Lawnmowers!! :madguy:
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Another shark sighting off North Fork beach in shallow waters of Long Island Sound

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/07/26/a ... and-sound/
The fish, which appeared to be about 6 to 8 feet long, was swimming in about 4 feet of water just a couple yards off shore, said Judy Barth of Mattituck, who watched the shark prowl along the coast.

“There was bait fish in the water,” she said, “so maybe that’s why it was there. But I swim here every day and have never seen this before.”

A fisherman caught video of a shark in shallow water close to shore off Iron Pier Beach on July 15.

A shark was spotted in a creek in Quogue this past weekend.
Rare to find them around here in shallow water. :?
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New York Farmers Hope To Discover New Hops

https://modernfarmer.com/2019/07/new-yo ... lIdkNTNKpQ
New York hop farmers are looking to discover wild varieties of the aromatic plant to try to stay competitive with growers in the Pacific Northwest.

In the 19th century New York was the center of the hop growing industry in North America, until a blight of downy mildew devastated many of the area’s hop farms. The state’s commercial hop farms peaked around 1890 when they produced 21 million pounds of dried hops from 40,000 acres.

:snippity:

The project, long-windedly called Advancing New York’s Hop Industry with Unique Varieties and Quality Assurance, has been collecting hops found growing on area farmers’ properties. The hops are then sent away for a DNA test to verify they are unique varieties. They are also analyzed for their beer producing quality and whether they have disease resistance.

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In 2013, New York state started issuing what are called farm brewery licenses to breweries that agreed to use a certain percentage of locally grown ingredients in their beer. These new licenses provided incentives, such as letting breweries serve draught beer in glasses. Growers say this helped spark some more sales, but it can still be a struggle to sell one season’s harvest within a couple years.
We have a farm brewery here in our little hamlet. They grow hops and barley.
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Scenes from the Jamesport Fire Department parade and carnival

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/07/25/s ... tUswP9rOAI
A large crowd turned out to watch the Jamesport Fire Department’s 64th annual parade last night on Main Road in Jamesport.

More than a dozen fire departments and EMS agencies participated in the parade, along with Riverhead Town Police, elected officials and community organizations.

The parade takes place in the middle of the weeklong carnival hosted by the fire department on the grounds of the George Young Community Center on South Jamesport Avenue. The carnival features midway games, games of chance and lots of rides to thrill kids of all ages. It continues through Saturday evening, when the fire department will present a free fireworks display.
Many photos at the link.
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On the relatively smaller ferry Jennifer C. It is high summer so even for the earlier 8 am ferry there was a line of standby vehicles. About 5 made it on.

The ferries all travel at the same speed but this smaller ferry feels like it is going faster.

Will be going back on the even smaller ferry New London.
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Ferry New London is zipping along at 15 mph. It is the fastest of the Cross Sound vehicle ferries.

It also rolls more. :(
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Back home.

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Catching up.

While visiting Mrs. V. in New London two sundays ago we went out for fried whole belly clams. :-D

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With my diet already sabotaged for the day I treated myself to a reuben dog on the ferry back to the North Fork.

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The next Saturday went down to the road to watch the Fire Department fireworks. A train went by while we were waiting.

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Fireworks above the trees.

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The next day headed back to New London to bring Mrs. V. back.

Waiting to board the Jennifer C.

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The Orient Point Ferry Port.

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The Thames River.

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The USCGC Eagle. The Eagle has been in Baltimore for repairs and just returned to New London last week.

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On the return ferry we were the first car on and the first car off. :)

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Volkonski wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:08 am
Catching up.

While visiting Mrs. V. in New London two sundays ago we went out for fried whole belly clams. :-D



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:confused: Ignorant landlubber, surrounded by mountains and seas far far away, has to google what special type of food was growing on next to L.I. ;) I didn't expect to see the next great culture war going on :doh: "Belly clams" to be the whole, real stuff, while cut up into "strips of clam" evaluates to food for the ignorant masses. :lol:
“Clam strips are like decaf coffee – what’s the point?”

“How is this even a question? Clam strips are not clams, they are deep-fried rubber bands.”

“Clam strips are like a hot fudge sundae without the hot fudge.”

“Go belly or go home!“

“WHOLE clams or NO clams!”
versus
“No sand in the belly to get in your teeth,” one commenter said. “Not a big fan of munching on a mouthful of sand!” said another. But the strip supporters were few and far between. Nonexistent, almost.
Good reading while munching good food: https://newengland.com/today/food/main- ... vs-strips/

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The New England whole belly clam is the same species as Ipswich clams AKA steamers. Clam strips are usually made from large surf clams which are chewier and less flavorful.

We can blame clam strips on the Howard Johnson's Restaurants which when they expanded outside of New England started using the cheaper clam strips because the non New Englanders wouldn't know the difference .
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They look lovely to me and I am deeply envious.
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Thames River, pronounced “thaymes” instead of “tems”. In Amurica, we’re good at mispronouncing names from the Old Country.
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Whatever4 wrote:
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Thames River, pronounced “thaymes” instead of “tems”. In Amurica, we’re good at mispronouncing names from the Old Country.
Have you been to NOLA recently?

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Sugar Magnolia wrote:
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Whatever4 wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:04 am
Thames River, pronounced “thaymes” instead of “tems”. In Amurica, we’re good at mispronouncing names from the Old Country.
Have you been to NOLA recently?
With you guys it’s quaint. Here it’s just irritating.
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Buckets of woe,
On the NoFo!

:crying:

The local hardware store which has been run by two brothers for just short of 40 years is for sale. :o

Seems like everybody is getting old and retiring.

I just hope it stays open. Otherwise I, and many others, will have to drive for miles to get to a hardware store.
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You can always go to Walmart and buy some cheap Chinese junk from an associate who doesn't have a clue about what you are talking about. I have a home store in my little burg that is about two notches below Home Depot and Lowes. I see that even Lowes is in trouble.
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RAIN!
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A week ago we were doing our annual clean up day in the circle. Mrs. V. and I tackled the memorial garden in the center of the circle. We were just finishing when large Verizon trucks drove into the circle.

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They proceed to remove the smaller pole on the left and attach its lines to the larger pole on the right. Not an easy task amidst the trees and cottages.

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Taking Flight on the North Fork

https://hamptonsmonthly.com/article/tak ... NOI7WIa-Fk
The craft beer movement is alive and well on Long Island, with a growing clutch of craft breweries not only making beer locally, but also often growing their own hops, barley and other seasonal ingredients too. The many concentrated in Riverhead make it easy to put together a craft beer bar-hop, while others in more far-flung locales are reason to take day-trips out to Shelter Island or Greenport. Bottoms up!

The beers of North Fork Brewing Co. in Peconic could be best described as a farm- to-glass. Opened last year by a pair of North Fork–native cousins in the old Riverhead Fire Department headquarters, this brewery has a farm onsite where it grows most of its own hops: Nugget, Chinook, Perle, Liberty, Cascade, and Magnum for now, with more to come. But its ethos doesn’t stop there. With the exception of a few specialty ingredients, such as coconut in the light Iron Porter, North Fork sources whatever ingredients it isn’t growing itself from other local farms and regional small producers, such as strawberries in the German-style sour First Step, First Leap and New Hampshire maple syrup and North Fork Roasting Co. cold brew in the Gaffer’s Hearth coffee stout.

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As its name suggests, this same farm- based ethos is at the core of Jamesport Farm Brewery as well. Spread across 43 acres, Jamesport now grows the majority of its hops and barley on what was once potato farm fields, the soil of which has been so fertile that Jamesport now sells some of its produce to other breweries too. Owners Anthony Caggiano and Melissa Daniels, who started the operation after decades of horticulture experience, not only have green thumbs but also a penchant for green living, and the farm is home to a plant nursery and small enterprise that grows and sells “living architecture,” such as green walls and roofs. This is all to say that the beer-brewing here prides itself on being as fresh and as sustainable as possible, and the output doesn’t disappoint.

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Think “retro gent” or “steampunk-lite” and you’ll get the vibe of Moustache Brewing Co., established in 2014 in Riverhead. Cheeky and full of quirky intrigue, Moustache’s beers are some of the best in the area despite the brewery being among the youngest. There’s the Life of Leisure pale ale brewed with four different types of hops, or the ultra- crisp light lager simply titled Lawn.
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Or if you prefer ice cream-
The East End
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How's this for timing? I'm doing a story on Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead and Magic Fountain in Mattituck on next weekend's East End Show and Snowflake was just named Best Ice Cream Shop in the state by Travel & Leisure Magazine. #CopyCats :) Check out all my East End segments right here: www.news12.com/eastend Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe Magic Fountain
https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/resta ... 1.34957878
Snowflake is known for flavors such as Peconic Swamp Thing, which swirls raspberry into chocolate; and Black Magic Woman, which mixes chocolate with fudge, chocolate crunchies, and dark chocolate chips.

"Ice cream shops sell two or three times as much vanilla for every chocolate," Feldschuh said. But chocolate devotees "are fanatics" for their favorite flavor and the popularity has boomed.

All the classic flavors are made at Snowflake, from maple walnut and butter pecan to black raspberry and strawberry.

Seasonal local fruit is in the repertoire for strawberry, blueberry, and peach ice creams. The fruit sundaes, with local fruit toppings, are exceptional. Snowflake also is the paradigm for soft serve ice cream, malteds, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches and brown bonnets.
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This weekend the Polish Festival is on in Polish Town in Riverhead. We are skipping it this year because Mrs. V. is off aat a celtic piping music camp this weekend.

It is nearing Labor Day. Our last house guests flew back to Texas on Wednesday. Mrs. V's cousin who lives in the DC area and has a cottage on the Circle leaves this coming Wednesday. Her daughter's were up for the weekend to see one of their nephews in a musical play over in Sag Harbor.

Going to be very quiet around here.

In other news, I have long suspected that milk from the farm where we get our eggs was being used by other local dairies to make cheese because some customers buy a lot of it at once. While we were visiting the Catapano Goat Farm and Dairy I noticed that they now have cow's milk cheeses. Yes, the sign next to these said they were made from raw cow's milk from Ty LLwyd farm. :)
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