08/31/13 10:00am
08/31/2013 10:00 AM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The bedroom at The Farmer’s House Bed and Breakfast where couples can purchase elopement packages for a more intimate, smaller wedding.

Shortly after Joyce and Robert Barry launched the The Farmer’s House Bed and Breakfast at their Cutchogue home three years ago, the couple began receiving inquiries from guests about a service they hadn’t explored before: elopement packages.

“I can’t tell you how many couples are frazzled because their parents insist on these huge weddings their kids never wanted,” Ms. Barry said. “People have said to me, ‘Oh, I wish I could have had my wedding here, at the bed and breakfast.’ ”

Stirred by her guests’ wistful laments, Ms. Barry obtained a certificate allowing her to perform wedding ceremonies. She also set to work creating an elopement package that begins at $1,800 and includes a ceremony, a bridal bouquet and a two-night stay in one of the house’s luxury suites. Additional items, like a gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant, are available at an extra cost.

“They’re very intimate and quiet,” said Ms. Barry, who hosts three or four weddings a year and generally limits them to a maximum of 20 guests. “It’s really about the bride and the groom. There’s so much stress involved when there shouldn’t be. It should be about the commitment a bride and groom have to each other and to have your most intimate friends and family witness that, without all the hoopla.”

The Farmhouse isn’t the first North Fork bed and breakfast to offer elopement packages. Sylvia Daley, who has run Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa in East Marion for the past two decades, began offering small wedding services to guests eight years ago.

“People started phoning me about it,” Ms. Daley said of her decision to begin hosting elopements. “Or, when guests came here and got engaged, they would say, ‘Do you do weddings?’ That’s when I started learning more about it.”

Budget-friendly elopement packages are not just a local trend but a service offered at small inns across the country. At Historic Heights B&B in Minneapolis, couples can get married for $1,000 or less with a package that includes 20 guests, an officiant, champagne, appetizers, cake and a room and gourmet breakfast for bride and groom. Travel to the Bluff Mountain Inn in Sevierville, Tenn., for the Elope to the Mountains package and the owners there will provide all the requisite wedding accoutrements, plus a wedding planner, for just under a grand.

At East Marion’s Quintessentials, elopement packages range from $1,200 to $1,800 and include a ceremony that takes place in a fully dressed gazebo at the property’s “secret garden,” a wedding cake, champagne and a bridal bouquet. Spa services, videography and photography can be added on for an additional fee.

Ms. Daley, who is an ordained minister, thinks it’s “wonderful” that couples are opting for small, intimate weddings. She said she performs six to 10 ceremonies a year.

“With the economy, a lot of people realize that it might not be a bad idea to have a simple wedding ceremony with two or four of their best friends and then go out to dinner afterward,” she said. “They can save the money they would have spent on a big wedding for a house or go on a honeymoon at a later date.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

08/26/13 12:00pm
08/26/2013 12:00 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Harvest East End was hosted on the North Fork for the first time Saturday at McCall Wines in Cutchogue.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Harvest East End was hosted on the North Fork for the first time Saturday at McCall Wines in Cutchogue.

More than 1,200 people attended Harvest East End at McCall Wines in Cutchogue Saturday night. Here are some more photos from the event, which raised money for Group for the East End, Peconic Land Trust, the Long Island Farm Bureau and East End Hospice.

The event presented by Wine Enthusiast with support from the Long Island Wine Council.

08/26/13 7:00am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented at Saturday's charity fundraiser.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented at Saturday’s charity fundraiser.

More than 1,200 food and wine lovers, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Long Island Wine Country at the first Harvest East End ever hosted on the North Fork Saturday evening.

The three-and-a-half hour tasting at McCall Wines in Cutchogue stood as a celebration of the growth of a region now noted for its distinctive selection of food and wine, while also giving back to four non-profit organizations that ensure it stays fruitful: Group for the East End, Peconic Land Trust, East End Hospice and the Long Island Farm Bureau.

“Our wines have gained stature and quality and are now highly rated in top publications,” said Ron Goerler Jr., president of the Long Island Wine Council. “Similarly, with the bounty of our local farms and waters, the East End of Long Island has attracted world class culinary [experts].”

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

Guests were given their own personal wine glass as they walked around the event, which was hosted on the South Fork in each of its first three years, to taste selections from 43 different local wineries offering more than 200 varieties of still, sparking and dessert wines. Accompanying the wine was cuisine from 34 local food purveyors – giving guests the ultimate tasting experience.

“This is just amazing,” said Carine Franchica, who was enjoying oysters with her husband, Jay. It was the first Harvest celebration the Mattituck couple had attended – and it was practically in their backyard.

“We walked here,” said Ms. Franchica, who lives off New Suffolk Avenue. When asked where the celebration belonged, she replied: “We like it on our side, because [most of] the wineries are here on the North Fork.”

Many North Fork vineyard representatives agreed, saying the move makes sense.

“It’s a celebration of everyone’s hard work,” said Monica Harbes of Harbes Farm & Vineyard, which opened 10 years ago. “It’s really an exciting industry to be involved in.”

Gov. Cuomo called the North Fork wine region “one of New York’s hidden treasures” and he credited a pair of East End legislators, Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, with  helping to “develop industries we believe we can nurture. The wine industries are those industries in New York.”

“We have invested in it and promoted it,” the governor said. “The industry is taking off like a rocket.”

A 30-second commercial promoting the wine production in New York State was premiered at the event. The spot is expected to run this fall throughout the region.

“Put tourism together with the wine industry, and they can grow an entire region,” Mr. Cuomo said. “And that’s what you’re seeing here on the North Fork of Long Island.”

Gov. Cuomo also presented McCall Wines owner Russ McCall with the Winery of the Year award his winery won at the New York Food & Wine Classc Aug. 13. It is presented to the winery recognized for the best showing based on the level and number of awards won from its wine entries.

The competition, which is run by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation was open to all of New York’s wineries, according to the non-profit trade association’s website. This year’s competition included 842 New York wines.

But the award was secondary Saturday to the McCall family, which was happy to be hosting such a major event.

“For us it’s amazing,” said Brewster McCall of the celebration. “To be able to carry on the legacy of what the Hargraves started is a gift to us. It’s an honor to have been able to host.”

Harvest East End is organized by the wine council and sponsored by Wine Enthusiast magazine with support from Merliance, the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

Mr. Goerler also recognized a pair of Times/Review contributors during Harvest East End— honoring Hargrave Vineyards co-founder Louisa Hargrave, for her vision in planting the island’s first vines, and chef John Ross, who helped ignite the local farm-to-table movement.

“These two people represent what the East End is today,” he said.

cmiller@timesreview.com

08/25/13 9:55am

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A seafood delivery truck driver from Southold was arrested on drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident charges after a two-car crash Saturday evening in Riverhead, authorities said.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Brian Pressler, 26, of Southold is walked into Southold Town Justice Court Sunday. He was charged with DWI in Southold and cited with leaving the scene of a crash in Riverhead.

Brian Pressler, 26, was driving east on Route 25 in Laurel about 8 p.m. in a delivery truck from Braun’s Seafood in Cutchogue when he was pulled over by Southold Town police, who were alerted to the accident by Riverhead Town police.

Riverhead police said Mr. Pressler had his high beams on and was tailgating a brown Honda at the intersection of Main Road and Edgar Avenue in Aquebogue about 7:50 p.m., when he rear-ended the vehicle.

After he was eventually located in Laurel, officers at the scene determined Mr. Pressler was intoxicated, police said.

He was charged with DWI and issued a citation from Riverhead police for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, police said.

Southold Town Justice Rudolph Bruer said at an arraignment Sunday that this was not the first time Mr. Pressler, who was released on his own recognizance, has been before him for an alcohol-related offense.

08/13/13 2:30pm
08/13/2013 2:30 PM

DAWN WATSON PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SOUTHAMPTON PRESS| The scene at the 2012 Harvest East End. The event moves to Cutchogue for the first time this year.

We’re raffling off two tickets to Harvest East End and you have less than two days to enter the contest on northforker.com.

The event features 42 wineries and 34 restaurants helping to celebrate 40 years of Long Island winemaking. The event benefits East End Hospice, Group for the East End, The Peconic Land Trust and the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Foundation.

Harvest East End takes place Aug. 24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at McCall Vineyards.

 

Click here to view the instructions and enter the raffle.

08/05/13 8:00am
08/05/2013 8:00 AM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Peconic Bay Winery is for sale, months after its tasting room closed.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Peconic Bay Winery is for sale, months after its tasting room closed.

In January, Peconic Bay Winery closed its Cutchogue tasting room to the public and transferred operations to the Empire State Cellars store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

At the time, general manager Jim Silver was adamant that the winery, founded in 1979, had no plans to close its Cutchogue location altogether.

“We are absolutely not closing our tasting room,” Mr. Silver told The Suffolk Times last winter. “We are just changing it and re-purposing the Cutchogue property. The biggest crowds came out for the special events and we’re going to keep doing them.”

But now, six months later, the winery, including the tasting room and 25 acres of planted vineyards on Main Road, is for sale, Mr. Silver told the New York Times.

“After assessing the profitability of the tasting room, we determined that the return on our investment was not at all reasonable,” Mr. Silver said. He added that hard cider production will not be affected by the winery’s sale.

Paul and Ursula Lowerre, who bought the winery in 1999, might retain the brand, Mr. Silver is quoted as saying. The Lowerres’ 30 acres of vines on Oregon Road in Cutchogue are not on the market.

Russell Hearn, chief operating officer at Premium Wine Group in Mattituck, will oversee vineyard maintenance and acquire the 2013 grapes, Mr. Silver said.

ryoung@timesreview.com

06/29/13 10:30am
06/29/2013 10:30 AM
FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday, family members said.

FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday.

UPDATE: The missing Miller Place woman who was thought to possibly be on the North Fork was located Friday evening at a church in Middle Island, her sister, Cathy Danowski, posted on Facebook Saturday morning.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, had been missing since Wednesday. Police located her car at a church next to Cathedral Pines, a place she visited with her father when she was young, her sister said. Police found Ms. Woods inside.

Ms. Woods was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, her sister said.

“This is a miracle and a major relief to friends and family,” Ms. Danowski wrote on Facebook.

Ms. Woods suffers from depression and may have been disoriented from not taking her medication, Ms. Danowski said Friday.

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The family of a missing woman with ties to the North Fork is asking for residents’ help in finding her.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, of Miller Place was last seen Wednesday in the Miller Place area, driving a silver 2002 Ford Taurus with a dent in its front bumper near the passenger side, family members said.

Ms. Woods is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall, with medium length brown hair, brown eyes and was seen wearing a necklace with a cross and heart-shaped pendant, family said.

Ms. Woods, who has suffered from depression, may be disoriented because she hasn’t taken her medication since Wednesday, said her sister, Cathy Danowski.

Police were able to track signals from her cell phone when it was turned on and saw that she visited her old high school in Miller Place and a North Shore beach, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods’ father grew up in Cutchogue and family members believe she may attempt to go visit her grandparents’ former home as well, Ms. Danowski said.

“It looked like she was going to places that meant something to her,” she said, adding that Ms. Woods may also attempt to board the Orient ferry or visit her godmother in Jamesport.

She hasn’t taken money out of her bank account, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods went missing once before in November and was located 36 hours later after an ambulance volunteer who was treating her recognized her from her missing poster, Ms. Danowski said.

If you believe you’ve seen Ms. Woods, family members ask that you call police at 911, and to call 744-5225.

psquire@timesreview.com

05/19/13 7:00am
05/19/2013 7:00 AM

ASHLEY GOELLER COURTESY PHOTO | Geddes Levenson (left) and Kelly Goeller with one of the drums used to create the music box.

Like many young girls, Cutchogue sisters Kelly and Ashley Goeller had a music box in their younger days. Tiny and crafted from metal, it played the theme song from “The Pink Panther.”

Little did the Goeller girls know that as adults they and a friend would build a music box that would barely fit in most garages for the FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden on Governors Island in Upper New York Bay, a half mile from Manhattan’s southern tip.

Construction plans for the larger-than-life-size instrument began in February, when freelance artist Kelly, 26, and Ashley, 20, a sophomore at Parsons School of Design, were sitting around their Brooklyn apartment with a friend, 26-year-old painter Geddes Levenson, a graduate student at Pratt Institute.

“We were thinking of applying to the FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden and we were brainstorming ideas,” Ashley said.

FIGMENT was formed in 2007 as a one-day participatory art event free to the public on Governors Island. Since then, its offerings have grown substantially. Beginning in 2009, the island’s parade grounds have temporarily housed sculpture projects by local artists that people can interact with on weekends from June 8 to Sept. 22.

An artist’s rendering of the giant interactive music box that will be installed on Governors Island.

The trio believed they could come up with something creative enough to be accepted for inclusion in the competitive program. But what? They kicked around a few ideas before gazing over at the sisters’ old music box, sitting on a table.

“We thought, ‘What if we enlarged it?’ ” Kelly said.

So they did. After FIGMENT accepted their proposal, the sisters and Ms. Levenson set to work constructing the instrument, which is 10 feet wide and four feet high, from wood and steel. The music box will work in much the same way as much smaller versions. Pegs on rotating drums will strike tuned metal strips to generate individual notes.

The big music box will have two handles rather than one. Cranking one handle will produce the melody of an original song composed by their friend Alex Nelson; the other handle produces the harmony. Depending on how quickly the handles are turned, any number of arrangements and rhythms can be generated.

“Everyone these days listens to music digitally. It’s very individual,” Ashley said. “We wanted to make it collaborative, so in order to play the song two people have to turn the handles.”

The Goellers and Ms. Levenson needed close to $5,000 to obtain the materials for their project. FIGMENT provided a partial grant to get them started, but they needed an additional $3,500 to bring their vision to fruition. To reach their goal, the women created a page on Kickstarter, a website that enables donors to help finance creative projects.

“We chose Kickstarter because you set a certain number of days and if you don’t reach your goal you don’t receive any of your money,” Ashley said. “We thought it was a really good way to rally people for our cause.”

Rally they did. In less than two weeks the women reached their $3,500 goal, receiving donations from people as far away as Australia.

“Complete strangers getting behind the project was amazing,” Ms. Levenson said. “It makes me feel so full of faith in the project and the idea that people will really appreciate it because they believe in it without even seeing it.”

That’s not to say creating a giant music box hasn’t been challenging. Ms. Levenson has taken wood crafting and metalwork classes but the Goeller sisters work predominantly in the visual arts.

“I’ve never been an engineer,” Kelly said. “Figuring out how to create a machine that has to work with gears and bearings is all ne w to us.”

Any frustration the women felt is dissipating daily as the project nears completion. They expect to finish it by the end of the month and transport it to Governors Island by June 8.

“You can see it. You can feel it,” Ms. Levenson said. “Now that we’re physically working on it, you can see the progress we’re making. You can see how it’s going to come together.”

The music box creators say if they receive additional funding they hope to move the instrument to an art gallery or museum once its run on Governors Island ends on Sept. 22. If not, the music box will likely need to be moved to a storage facility. Housing the music box in a gallery is “one of our goals,” Ashley said. “We’ll see what happens.”

ryoung@timesreview.com