Flo Sharkey: Clammer Flo Sharkey is a 2nd-generation baywoman who was an active member of the Brookhaven Baymen’s Association and past president. As a young girl Flo learned how to clam, scallop, crab and eel from her father. She works part-time on the bay from her waterfront dock and home in Patchogue. Flo and other […]

Photo: Joey Scavone

Joey Scavone: Fisherman Joey Scavone was born in Freeport and began fishing with his father, a devoted recreational fisherman. Like most recreational fishermen, his father awoke young Joey in the early morning hours to go fishing for striped bass and blue fish, which were abundant in the south shore bays near Jones Beach and Captree. “We’d […]

Photo: Steel Sensations

Steel Sensation: Trinidadian Steelband Steel Sensation was founded by Trinidadian born Ian Japsi. Ian learned to play from family members, including his uncle, the legendary Jit Samaroo. Trinidad is a small Caribbean island that has had a big effect on music through its contributions of calypso and the steel band. The steel band is composed […]

Photo: George Rigby

George Rigby, Jr. — Master Fisherman, Duck Hunter and Decoy Carver George Rigby was born in Bay Shore, Long Island, the descendant of several generations of baymen and duck hunters. His great grandfather and grandfather worked on the bay during the late 1800s and early 1900s in Canarsie near Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn either harvesting […]

The Sopasinas Hellenic Dance Academy: Greek Folk Dance School Kitty Sopasis, who was born in the Northern Greek community of Thesalomike in 1949, founded the Sopasinas Hellenic Dance Academy in 1983. The granddaughter of Greek farmers and the daughter of a steelworker who settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his family, Sopasis was imbued with traditional […]

Reed Riemer – Master Recreational Fisherman The son of an avid fisherman, Reed got his start fishing with his father at a young age. “He would come home and go on the jetties,” said Reed. “He was a surf fisherman at first, and then he started getting boats. Mostly he would take me on the […]

Photo: Pete Sokolow and Kapelye

Peter Sokolow & Kapelye: Klezmer educators By Henry Sapoznik January 3, 2001 Once asked if he thought of himself as the “Youngest of the Old Guys” or the “Oldest of the Young Guys”? Pete Sokolow, klezmer musician, stride pianist, author, teacher and recording artist hesitated not a second and claimed his allegiance to the Old […]

John Remsen, Sr.: Boat builder John Remsen of Freeport was one of the few men on Long Island who built garveys, a traditional flat bottom boat used by baymen and recreational fishermen in the shallow south shore waters of Nassau and Suffolk County. During his lifetime he built over 100 garveys. Like the generations before […]

John Remsen, Jr

John Remsen Jr.: Bait fisherman The Remsen family of Freeport goes back to the late 1800s, when Alanson Ellison began fishing on the south shore. A bayman, Alanson taught his grandchildren the skills of building traps, fishing, and maintaining the family bay house at Brandt Point, where he operated a bait station during the 1950s. […]

Denise Silva-Dennis

Denise Silva-Dennis Denise “Weetahmoe” Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock/Hassanamisco-Nipmuc) is a retired Southampton Elementary School art teacher.  She is from the Shinnecock Tribe in Southampton.  Silva-Dennis graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. Upon graduation, she received honors in her discipline.  Silva-Dennis is also an accomplished bead work crafts woman. The traditional […]