On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Greek Independence Day, the Taylor’s Island Foundation is celebrating S. Gregory Taylor, who bequeathed Taylor’s Island to Shelter Island Town.
The celebration will include an open house, silent auction and wine tasting at Hanff’s Boatyard, 190 Sterling Street, Greenport, next door to the Greek Orthodox Church on Main Street.
Artists are invited to create works for the auction on wooden fish 24″ and 30″ long, which can be picked up or delivered by phoning PAT Hunt at 631.749.1603.
Taylor’s Island is a tombolo in Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island. The island and its historic Smith-Taylor Cabin, built around 1900 by F.M. Smith, was a gift to the Town of Shelter Island from S. Gregory Taylor (Soterios Gregorios Tavoulares) for the “use and enjoyment of the general public.”
The Taylor’s Island Preservation and Management Committee and the Taylor’s Island Foundation exist to restore the Island and fulfill Mr. Taylor’s wish.The Smith-Taylor Cabin is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
The March 25 celebration includes two events:
An Open House,1 to 4 pm, $10/per person, at the door, with exhibits; photographs; slideshows; sign-up for spring/summer docent tours; Plein Air paintings; a silent auction of wooden fish, and replicas of the balusters on the inside and outside of the Smith-Taylor Cabin tower, painted by local and other artists. Homemade Greek appetizers and desserts, made by members of the Saints Anargyroi, Taxiachis and Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church, will be served along with hot and cold beverages. Guests are invited to tour the Church.
A Wine Tasting, 5 to 7 p.m., $75/per person, limited to 20 guests, a Champagne toast, honoring the life and legacy of S. Gregory Taylor, will begin this evening of tasting vintage wines from France and California. The selections will include reds, whites, and a dessert wine. Assorted cheeses, breads, olives, and meats will be highlighted by homemade Greek treats.
Please send your check, payable to the Taylor’s Island Foundation, P.O. Box 524, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965-0524. Any questions, please phone 631.749.1603.