Peter Sheslky with his daughter Clementine
The 13 members of the Colgate 13Shelsky's on Smith Street, that you may not know. Not only is he the best purveyor of smoked fish on this side of the Brooklyn Bridge, he is also a self proclaimed 'a cappella nerd'.
"As a student at Colgate University, I was in the Colgate 13 , the school’s all-male a cappella group. "It is something that I love and a tradition of which I am very proud to be a member," he wrote to me in a recent email.
As part of one of their frequent tours, the current members of the Colgate 13, the third oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country, are in New York this week-end. On Saturday afternoon, they stopped by Peter's shop at 251 Smith Street to sing a few songs for Shelsky's customers and passers-by.
Of course, Peter joined in. It was great fun listening to them. They are pretty amazing.
After lunch, the group was going to head to Carroll Park for a few more tunes.
And Peter, I am impressed!
The group never made it to Carroll Park after Peter plied them with platters of smoked fish at his house.
I can't say I blame them.