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Sylvester Manor
Phone:
631.749.0626
Address:
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY, 11964, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

March 28, 2015

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences and is revered by both novice guitar players and his musical peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician. His affability and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable musicians of his caliber.

The product of a musical family, Jim honed his musical style after being influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. He got national exposure with Holly Dunn’s Rio Band playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, and singing harmonies; followed by several high profile television and radio appearances while touring with Trisha Yearwood playing acoustic and electric guitar, and harmony vocals. Jim also experienced performances with Travis Tritt, and Sara Evans.

Itching to play more bluegrass, Jim joined the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and her Front Porch String Band in 1995 where he teamed up with kindred spirit bassist Missy Raines. While with Claire Lynch, Missy and Jim formed a duet, creating ground-breaking arrangements. They earned IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

Wanting to pursue greater artistic freedom, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career. With three solo works to his credit, Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates and his latest 2012 release, Intrepid, Jim’s virtuosity shines as he consistently sways audiences with his deft finger work and smooth vocals. Jim performs his show full time and teaches at guitar workshops and music camps in North America and Europe. While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass greats, notably David Grisman, and Rob Ickes, his solo performance is what keeps audiences mesmerized.

Jim Hurst is playing 2 shows at Sylvester Manor on March 28, 6:00 & 8:00 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this bluegrass virtuoso in our intimate house show setting.

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Start: March 28, 2015 6:00 pm
End: March 28, 2015 9:00 pm
Cost: 20

April 18, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
April 18 – Welcoming Spring to the Manor

Spring is here and our formal gardens are in bloom. Come visit the Manor House, and have a special walk through the gardens to see what’s growing, including our famous boxwoods and daffodils.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: April 18, 2015 12:00 pm
End: April 18, 2015 3:00 pm

April 25, 2015

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy. Debuting in September, 2014, their third release, “The High Road EP” showcases traditional material that has consistently been among the crowd favorites at their live performances.

Crowding around a single microphone, their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear, and often begs the question, how has no one lost an eye from a collision with the fiddle bow? The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun. With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.

The “movement” can be traced back to the teen years of singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall, of Oxford, NC. Just as she had begun penning her first compositions, she met mandolinist Tommy Norris their senior year of high school. Convinced of their musical chemistry and driven by mutual ambition, they continued to build the band from the ground up throughout their college careers. While Tommy studied classical music and recording engineering at Western Carolina University, Noah chose East Tennessee State, particularly for their Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program. Here she began to shape her musical identity, under the tutelage of ETSU’s renown staff, and found an instrumental home in old time fiddling. Just before graduation, she met fellow student and lively upright bassist Hasee Ciaccio. Hailing from Myrtle Beach, SC, Hasee brought another female vocal and a solid foundation of rhythm to the group. With the addition of versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, MS in 2013, the lineup was complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

It has now been five years since The Barefoot Movement took off their shoes and took to the stage. Hard work and talent have taken them from east coast to west, from north to south, and even across the Atlantic Ocean. They have appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, on CMT Edge, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel’s program “Huntin’ the World: Southern Style” and their music video for their popular song “Second Time Around” has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country Network. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s New Band Competition.

With crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans joining the fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the message is clear: barefoot is better. Won’t you join the movement?

The Barefoot Movement are playing 2 shows at Sylvester Manor on April 25, 6:00 & 8:00 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this up & coming young bluegrass group in our intimate house show setting.

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Start: April 25, 2015 6:00 pm
End: April 25, 2015 9:00 pm
Cost: 30

May 9, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
May 9 – Mother’s Day Tea

Join us for a house tour and a special tea honoring mothers and women past and present.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: May 9, 2015 12:00 pm
End: May 9, 2015 3:00 pm

May 23, 2015

Manor House Open Hours for Members, Volunteers, and Supporters
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
May 23 – Members Open House

Join us as we celebrate our members, volunteers, and supporters at this special open house. If you are not yet a member or volunteer, please come by to learn how you can support Sylvester Manor as a sustaining member, a volunteer, or learn about other ways you can help us thrive as a community organization.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: May 23, 2015 12:00 pm
End: May 23, 2015 3:00 pm

June 27, 2015

Our annual benefit event showcases the Manor and historic grounds, which are in the first stages of restoration. This event raises crucial funds that enable us to cultivate our lands, preserve its history, share our stories, and provide valuable community programming. The dinner features in-season produce from the farm as well as other East-End meats and wines.

Thank you to everyone who continues to help make the event a success. A new Shelter Island tradition has begun, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to the Manor for this annual benefit again in 2015.

This year’s gala will be held on June 27. Tickets go on sale in April. For more information, email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631.749.0626 during office hours.

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PLEASE ENJOY MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR PAST EVENTS:

2014 – Third Annual Farm to Table Dinner
2013 – Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner

2012 – First Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Start: June 27, 2015 6:30 pm
End: June 27, 2015 11:00 pm

July 4, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
July 4 – A Revolutionary Open Hours

Join us for a special open hours as we look at the history of Shelter Island and Sylvester Manor during the American Revolution.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: July 4, 2015 12:00 pm
End: July 4, 2015 3:00 pm

July 12, 2015

Join us on the second Sundays of July, August, and September as we host open air concerts on Sylvester Manor’s back lawn.

Dates for this concert series are July 12, August 9, and September 13. The shows will all start at 5pm.

Stay tuned for more details, including who will be performing and how to purchase your tickets.

Start: July 12, 2015 5:00 pm
End: July 12, 2015 7:00 pm

July 18, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
July 18

Visit Sylvester Manor and learn about our historic manor house and grounds through guided house tours and self-guided tours of our grounds.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: July 18, 2015 12:00 pm
End: July 18, 2015 3:00 pm

August 1, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
August 1

Visit Sylvester Manor and learn about our historic manor house and grounds through guided house tours and self-guided tours of our grounds.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: August 1, 2015 12:00 pm
End: August 1, 2015 3:00 pm

August 9, 2015

Join us on the second Sundays of July, August, and September as we host open air concerts on Sylvester Manor’s back lawn.

Dates for this concert series are July 12, August 9, and September 13. The shows will all start at 5pm.

Stay tuned for more details, including who will be performing and how to purchase your tickets.

Start: August 9, 2015 5:00 pm
End: August 9, 2015 7:00 pm

August 15, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
August 15 – The Slave Dwelling Project

Join us as we remember the enslaved and indentured peoples that worked, lived, and died here. Guest speakers will invite discussion on matters of social and labor justice, past, present, and future. We will also introduce the variety of African heritage preservation efforts on the East End of Long Island.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: August 15, 2015 12:00 pm
End: August 15, 2015 3:00 pm

August 22, 2015

Join us as we continue our summer tradition of hosting one of The Bard’s plays here on our beautiful Manor House lawn.

We will be having shows on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Details on the play and showtimes will be announced in April or May. Stay tuned!

Start: August 22, 2015
End: August 23, 2015

September 5, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
September 5

Visit Sylvester Manor and learn about our historic manor house and grounds through guided house tours and self-guided tours of our grounds.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: September 5, 2015 12:00 pm
End: September 5, 2015 3:00 pm

September 13, 2015

Join us on the second Sundays of July, August, and September as we host open air concerts on Sylvester Manor’s back lawn.

Dates for this concert series are July 12, August 9, and September 13. The shows will all start at 5pm.

Stay tuned for more details, including who will be performing and how to purchase your tickets.

Start: September 13, 2015 5:00 pm
End: September 13, 2015 7:00 pm

September 19, 2015

Manor House Open Hours
12 PM – 3 PM at Sylvester Manor
September 19 – Celebration of the Three Sisters

Come celebrate the Algonkian fall harvest with a traditional food offering featuring the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. There will also be traditional Native American harvest song and dance, and traditional food preparation.

We welcome the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule.

The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org to reserve your spot on a guided house tour.

Start: September 19, 2015 12:00 pm
End: September 19, 2015 3:00 pm

October 10, 2015

Each October, the Plant&Sing Festival is held at historic Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, NY.  People gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals.

When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy our world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn of Sylvester Manor.  Savor locally produced libations & food, and kick back to amazing music as the sun sets over Gardiner’s Creek.

It’s the community harvest festival, made new.  We are preserving old traditions and exploring how to create a new culture of food that is joyful, alive with people – rooted in sharing & sense of place- set to a Traditional American Music soundtrack.

Saturday evening will feature a community crab boil & potluck followed by garlic and bean shucking accompanied by plenty of joyful noisemaking.

Sunday morning includes planting garlic and worksonging.

The music starts Sunday afternoon featuring great Americana music and culminates in a contra dance.

Performers & schedules will be announced in July/August, and tickets will be available shortly thereafter.

Start: October 10, 2015 4:00 pm
End: October 11, 2015 10:00 pm

October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 12-3PM

Join us if you dare for Mysteries of the Manor: Tales Tall and True, and be spirited through the historic manor house as tour guides beguile with tales of pirates, haunted mirrors, “The Gates of Hell” and more spooky Sylvester family lore handed down over three centuries.

Family-Friendly outdoor activities will include hayrides, a pumpkin carving contest (prize awarded by a guest judge), warm cider, seasonal snacks and more!

Historic house tours are best suited for ages 8 and up and require a reservation. Grounds are open for self-guided touring with site-map.

Email info@sylvestermanor.org to RSVP for the event and/or schedule your house tour.
This is a family-event. Admission TBD.

Start: October 31, 2015 12:00 pm
End: October 31, 2015 3:00 pm

December 13, 2015

Our 63rd annual Tea & Tree event on December 13, 2015 celebrates members, volunteers, and donors who help make Sylvester Manor what it is. We couldn’t do it without you, and this event is to thank you! If you are a volunteer or donor, be on the lookout for an invitation, or call 631.749.0626 for more information.

Start: December 13, 2015 1:00 pm
End: December 13, 2015 3:00 pm