On ‘Tumbleweed Tuesday’, Northforker staff look back on favorite moments from the summer of 2022

A Greenie Scavenger Hunt (Credit: Michelina Da Fonte)

Do you remember the first day of school when your teacher made you get up and told the class what you had been up to over the summer?

Well, we didn’t put anyone there, but in the spirit of the end of summer, we asked Northforker staff members to share what they enjoyed in North Fork this summer.

From treasure hunts to nautical adventures, here’s what they had to say!

“I had the opportunity to spend a day on the water learning to sail with Easterly Sailing in Greenport. Yes, it was technically a work assignment, but it certainly wasn’t a bad way to spend a first day of summer under the sun on the glistening Peconic Bay. It was a new experience for me and certainly an unforgettable feeling of peace and tranquility but also adventure and adrenaline. Thanks again to Captain Paul Kreiling and the first Lieutenant James Lockley for inviting me! — Tara Smith, Senior Writer

“I’m new to North Fork so this summer has been all about exploring all it has to offer. My favorite times were those spent with family and friends relaxing at wineries like Jamesport Vineyards, Bridge Lane and Croteaux. I also really appreciate our proximity to the water and have often taken in the views of Peconic Bay with walks on the beach.” —Victoria Caruso, journalist

“One of our favorite things to do in North Fork is going on the Greenie Supply & Tackle Scavenger Hunt. This summer, we brought with us a family who came from outside the region. It was so fun to see not only the kids getting into it, but the adults as well. The map took us to the very end of the North Fork, which gave us some wonderful panoramic views of the water – we were all amazed. Although I consider myself well seasoned when it comes to hunting, this particular edition of the treasure map was difficult and took courage. Our dogged determination, especially on my brother-in-law’s part, paid off as we found the golden loot and declared it “the best adventure”. — Michelina Da Fonte, Associate Director of Content

“My wife Vera and I got married in North Fork ten years ago and try most years to dine at a restaurant in North Fork on our anniversary in July. The years we’re super organized, we go to Brecknock Hall for a photo with the kids on the same steps where we got married (needless to say the kids have gotten older, that’s harder to do!) Since it was No 10 this year, we opted for a special occasion dinner trying something new without the kids, enjoying the food and drink at Southold Social in Southold. Other than that, summer on the North Fork has been spent exploring familiar favorites. One simple evening that stood out was taking the kids and the new pup we adopted from Southold Animal Shelter to Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead, where they even have dog treats on the menu. — Grant Parpan, Content Director

Credit: Alice Falcone Courtesy Photo

Terra Vite Winery & Vineyard held a fabulous Pride event in June that I was able to attend with my partner and friends, and it was a great afternoon filled with great food, wine and community. It was really great to see other members of the LGBTQ community on North Fork in such a beautiful setting. A light summer rain threatened to put a damper on the festivities, but the sun finally shone, making for a beautiful and memorable day. —Lee Meyer, Journalist

A longtime friend I met in high school – circa 1980s – who now lives out of state was visiting Long Island on a weeknight this summer, so I knew I had to take her to a vineyard after work. I chose Lieb Cellars and it was a hit everywhere. It was just after a light rain and we sat out front on one of the wooden tables. Our view, and what we ordered was delicious. She enjoyed a red, their Estate Teroldego-Lagrein, while I enjoyed a white, their Estate Riesling. We paired it with crackers topped with manchego and fig. A great memory has been created on North Fork. — Christine Kelly-Smimmo, staff artist

My #1 most relaxing evening this year was spent floating on my brother’s boat in the bay near Goose Creek watching the Wednesday night sailing races around Shelter Island. We enjoyed dinner and music on the boat, then caught a beautiful sunset on the way back to the dock! Summer isn’t complete for me without a trip on the water. — Cerria Orientale Torres, Sales Manager

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