Summer Fun in the Sun!!!!!!

If you are looking for a GREAT summer adventure on the east end of Long Island then you should take a peek at Peconic Water Sports. Without a doubt this premier wake boarding, water skiing, wake surfing, tubing and boat chartering company will meet  all of your outdoor adventure needs!  Located in Greenport, New York, Captain Joe and his crew will make sure you have fun in the sun while enjoying the pristine water ways of The North Fork!

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Whether novice , intermediate or advance rider, Captain Joe has the newest boards and gear to make sure your adventure is fun! Perhaps an evening cruise to Shelter Island  or Sag Harbor for dinner is your destination. Whatever you desire, Peconic Water Sports is sure to have the boat to get you there!  If you are planning a visit to the east end of Long Island this summer you will definetely want to book some ‘fun in the sun’ time with Captain  Joe on one of his brand new Malibu boats!

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Weekend Recap: Tall Ships Extravaganza

It was a very busy Memorial Day Weekend here on the North Fork! Celebrations were in full swing, especially in Greenport, NY where the spectacular Tall Ships were docked for the long weekend. Visitors came by boat, car, bike and ferry to this wonderful maritime village to celebrate with their family & friends.

Greenport was the second port to host the Tall Ships fleet, as they travel around the country (and Canada) for the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series. The Tall Ships are traditionally rigged sailing vessels crewed by youths ages 13 to 25. Visitors can board the Tall Ships, meet the crews, and learn about the vessels they’re on. I am lucky to have viewed the Tall Ships on Thursday before it became really crowded in the village, and again today by sea!

Aside from the excitement of the Tall Ships, the weekend weather was beautiful! I enjoyed some outside barbecues, making DIY flag arrangements, fireworks, and even squeezed in some fishing. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Here are some pics from my weekends adventures! Enjoy!

Ship Lovers Paradise

Ahoy! For all those who love all things nautical, do I have a treat for you! Today I’d like to share with you a little store called Triangle Sea Sales located in the historic maritime town of Greenport, NY. The store is owned and operated by a very warm and friendly couple, and is by the far the most unique shopping experience you will ever come across.

The store’s slogan is, “You Have Never Seen a Store Like This!” and it really is true. It is impeccably organized and features a wide array of nautical treasures, including old rope, fishing equipment, marine equipment, wooden signs and plaques, ships wheels, brass clocks and barometers, old books and charts, wooden figureheads, authentic lobster traps, buoys, wooden elocks, glass floats, decorative rope fenders, and much, much more.

A portion of the store is outside, and is called “Shipwreck Alley.” The alley is filled with old marine parts. Need a part for your boat and can’t find it anywhere else? Well this is the place to go. There are oars, anchors, portholes, propellers, lamps, wood blocks, tongs, traps, rakes…you name it, they’ve got it.

The store is well known by interior designers, photographers, and TV/Movie producers as a great place to find authentic nautical accoutrements.

If you ever have the chance to visit Greenport, you must stop by Triangle Sea Sales, and if not, be sure to check out the website. It’s a great place to go treasure hunt, and find the perfect authentic, nautical accent for your home.

Area Artist: Richard Fiedler

Living on the East End of Long Island, I am blessed with the ability to wander the streets of the North and South Forks through an abundance of artists’ galleries. From abstract art, to oil paintings, to sculpture and watercolors, the East End has it all.

I’m very particular when it comes to buying artwork, mostly, because art is an investment. I look for a particular design and aesthetic when shopping for art, most of the time favoring classic painting techniques over modern or abstract art.

When buying for the home, I search for pieces that are rich in color and make a statement on the wall on which they are hung. I also like to feel drawn into a painting, and feel like the place it’s showing is familiar, or like I can picture myself being there.

Of all the galleries on the East End of Long Island that I have frequented, my favorite by far is the Richard Fiedler Gallery in Greenport, NY. Richard is the son of a commercial fisherman. After financing his college education by fishing and lobstering in Greenport, he graduated with a degree in art and design from the New York Institute of Technology. His long career as an artist has earned him notoriety on the East End and beyond

Richard’s paintings evoke nostalgia of life on the beach and at sea. I am inspired every time I walk into his gallery and see a new painting on display. His style is classical, historical, and highlights life on the East End. Richard’s paintings are the perfect accent not just for the coastal home, but for any style of decor. His subjects include landscapes, ships, wildlife, and more; there is certainly a piece for everyone.

If buying an original is not in your budget, an affordable alternative is buying one of Richard’s signed and numbered prints, which are sold either framed or unframed. I tend to be partial to his framed pieces, many of which are made of recycled, weathered, barn wood.

I’ve bought several of Richard’s signed and numbered prints over the years, however my two favorites were acquired last summer. The first is of a bushel of steamers, the second, of a bushel of blue claw crabs. I bought both framed in barn wood, and am so happy with their addition to my home and art collection.

Last year I bought two prints that I have hung in my home that I just love.  The first is of a bushel of clams and the second  print is of a bushel of blue claw crabs. Both are framed in weathered barn wood that are perfect in any decor.

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend taking a stroll through Greenport to see some of Richard’s work. Here are a few of his prints taken from his website:

Seashells & Vases

Vases are not just for flowers anymore. A quick and inexpensive way to spruce up your home for summer is to break out those glass vases or dishes you may have hidden in your cabinets. These vases look great when filled with seashells, sea glass and other natural materials that are easily found at the beach.

Vases whether big or small can be used, and are readily and affordably found  in Pottery Barn, Home Goods and Target. You can even use a vase left over from a floral delivery.

I will admit that it can take time to find enough “perfect” shells or perfectly smoothed and weathered pieces of sea glass, but the search is the fun part of the project.  If you don’t have the time to comb the beaches in search of shells, or if you don’t live near a beach, there are many great places to buy shells in bulk.

I recently purchased an assortment of starfish from S.T. Prestons in Greenport, NY.  They also carry a wide variety of seashells large and small.  Once you’ve got a vase, and some shells or glass to use, it’s time to make your display. Make sure your vases are clean and begin layering your favorite things in them, for a perfect display on a coffee table, shelf or mantle.