In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which dramatically flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana and left thousands displaced from their homes and without basic necessities, locals across the North Fork are stepping up to help in different ways. READ
Friends and families bundled up for the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Cutchogue Fire Department’s 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cutchogue Saturday afternoon.
The North Fork Chamber of Commerce held its annual Snowflake Gala on Friday in Peconic.
He travels primarily by reindeer-powered sleigh, but for his annual visit to Cutchogue, Santa Claus prefers another mode of transportation: helicopter. READ
Cutchogue has long been referred to as “the sunniest spot in New York.”
While the origin of the saying is relatively unknown, it has been used in everything from news articles to real estate listings. In fact, signs welcoming visitors to the hamlet even feature the slogan.
But is there any science behind the sun-drenched claim?
It was a sea of green Saturday on Main Road in Cutchogue, where hundreds of people lined the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (more…)
The North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday evening marked the first opportunity for the Greenport Village mayoral and trustee candidates to make their pitches in the same room. All the candidates were there except resident Jack Martilotta a trustee candidate who was on duty with the National Guard at the time of the event.
Though not a debate, the candidates answered questions on issues posed to them from the audience at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion — from shoveling snow and keeping the popular ice skating rink open to civility and openness by the Village Board and the future of Mitchell Park. (more…)
Addressing members of the business community Friday, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the town is keeping commerce in mind as it crafts new policy.
Mr. Russell pitched ideas while also requesting input on legislation from the business community during the North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting at Six Three One in Southold.
The Krupski and Scott families will be honored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce at its third annual Snowflake Gala and Awards Dinner at Raphael Winery in Peconic Jan. 31.
Both families will receive the chamber’s 2013-14 award for community service.
“It’s a night filled with festivity to honor these wonderful people,” chamber secretary and Snowflake Gala co-chair Terry Walker said.
Ms. Walker said Don Scott and his family, who for 50 years have owned Southold Pharmacy on Main Road, are being recognized for their support with Southold Town’s annual Fourth of July Parade and various village beautification projects.
Ms. Walker said the Krupski family, which owns Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm in Peconic, is being honored for its commitment to educating schoolchildren about farming and the importance of agritourism on the North Fork.
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The Snowflake Gala will be held Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Raphael Winery. Tickets cost $95 a person or $1,000 for a table of 12, event chairperson Terry Walker said, and include an extended cocktail hour featuring drinks by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Long Island Vodka, and a three-course dinner with dessert.
Live music will be performed by Captain Don and the Toucan Band, Ms. Walker said.
To RSVP, call 631-765-3161 or e-mail [email protected]
Southold Town business owners discussed ways to extend the tourism season at a forum hosted Monday evening by the Southold Economic Development Committee and North Fork Promotion Council.
“It’s the first time since we’ve been in the business of agritourism that I’ve seen so much effort taken to bring people to the East End,” said Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotion Council, who led the discussion. “It is time now, I think, that people come to the North Fork, especially in its offseason.”
The forum, which took place at the Peconic Lane Community Center, is part of a major public relations effort and significant advertising campaign for Taste North Fork, a new pilot shuttle bus service to connect wineries, hamlets and local businesses this Veteran’s Day weekend.
The pilot program has been made possible through a portion of a $335,000 “I Love NY” grant that aims to help promote agritourism on the East End, according to the East End Tourism Alliance.
Steven Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, said during the meeting that he hopes to have shuttle buses run at 45-minute intervals during Veteran’s Day weekend. Plans are still being finalized, he said, but the bus loop is scheduled to run from Riverhead to Greenport. The buses will stop in each hamlet with most of the stops being at local wineries, Mr. Bate said.
“We’re hoping to have buses come by at 45-minute intervals so that people will have time to taste some wine or do an activity, then hop back on the bus,” Mr. Bate said. “We want to promote the fact that there’s a lot going on the North Fork that weekend.”
During the roughly two-hour long discussion, local business owners were asked to weigh in on the planning process for the event and brainstorm activities to make the implementation of the “I Love NY” grant a huge success.
Mr. Bischoff urged the roomful of business owners to band together and coordinate events with one another that help promote business on the North Fork this Veteran’s Day weekend and beyond. He also encouraged them to actively promote their businesses through social media.
“It’s been difficult to get the restaurants to talk to the vineyards, to get Southold business owners to talk to Greenport business owners,” he said. “We have to put that aside a little bit for this event and start thinking as North Forkers,” he said.
Rosemary Batcheller, owner of the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck, said during the meeting that she and other Love Lane merchants are planning an event called “Taste Love Lane” during Veteran’s Day weekend. They have invited some local farmers to attend, she said, and each individual merchant will run a special promotion.
“If this goes well, and if the money comes back again, I can really envision a beautiful welcoming,” Ms. Batcheller said.
Donielle Cardinale, of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Mattituck, addressed the crowd and told them that if the region can attract visitors to come to the North Fork during the fall and winter, every local business will benefit. Ms. Cardinale sits on the boards of three local organizations: the Economic Development Committee, the North Fork Promotion Council and the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce.
“The North Fork is on stage and we need to perform so that we keep the audience coming back,” she said.