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2014


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The last, luckiest ship

The Charles W. Morgan has been returned to shipshape and is coming to the Island.

The real housewives of Martha's Vineyard

Not every whaling wife wanted to stay home.

Three centuries of Island whaling

A timeline of Island whaling.

Dangerous waters

An early crew of Vineyard whalers is taken by brutal pirates.

Not your average Ahab

An African American whaling captain from Martha's Vineyard.

Built for blood

The Gannon and Benjamin boatyard creates an exact replica of a whaleboat for the Charles W. Morgan.

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Food

Berries of the heart. Some call them a symbol of love, others a symbol of innocence. We just call strawberries delicious.

Food

The radish revolution. The lowdown on radishes.

Outdoors

Play ball! Nothing says spring on the Vineyard like youth baseball.

Outdoors

Trouble in the woods. Scientists try to parse out what, exactly, is going on in Vineyard forests.

Outdoors

From sea to shining sound. Twenty-plus cross-Island hikes, never the same one twice.

Outdoors

Pinkletink? Beetlebung? Clam? A classic guide to Martha's Vineyard gets a complete makeover.

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On Island

People & art, places & ideas. New fashion, new bridge, and new books.

On Island

On the water. Gramorama; That's my boat; New jelly? No thanks; Lefty's Deceivers.

On Island

Reading. Book reviews.

Flotsam and jetsam

A subjective guide to the stuff of life. Dress like Jackie, drink like Jessica, and pedal in style.

How it works

Building a drawbridge. The lowdown on the drawbridge project.

A poem from D.A.W.

Spring birds return.

Fiction

Wes Craven's the birds. Just when you thought it was safe to refill your feeder...

One last thing

Carousel horses. Did someone say whoopie-ti-yi-yo?

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Best of the Vineyard 2014

More than three thousand voters cast nearly sixty thousand votes in eighty-seven categories. The results are in, so without further ado, we give you... Everything you need to know about Martha's Vineyard according to you.

A river runs through it

West Tisbury's Prudy Burt wants some changes made down by the old Mill Brook.

Edgartown rising

It was the worst times in the 1890s when a consortium of civic-minded investors made a big bet on an even bigger hotel.

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Art

Art is a thing with feathers. The magical realism of Cindy Kane.

Food

Know your fluke and eat it too. Fresh fluke is so good you barely have to cook it. But if you do cook it, here's how.

Outdoors

Seasick? Me? I mean, what the fluke! The annual fluke tournament, as it turns out, is not for landlubbers.

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On Island

People & art, places & ideas. Saving lighthouses, opening Great Ponds, and raising beans.

On Island

On the water. Gramorama; Dead men tell no tales; That's my boat; Those old Vineyard blue boods; The Ted Williams spinning reel.

Flotsam and jetsam

A subjective guide to the stuff of life. Ohhh, those pants. Ahh, those shades. Ummm, that drink?

A poem from D.A.W.

Swimsuit revenge.

Fiction

Wes Craven's the birds. Ahh, those summer gull friends.

One last thing

Circuit Avenue. And the 2014 Best of the Vineyard lifetime achievement award goes to...

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The liberator among us

Ten years after her landmark opinion ignited an American revolution, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall looks back.

Are you ready for Magic Music?

Uh, have you ever been ready for Magic Music?

Up in the air

The view from above: in which our intrepid reporter, Eddie Rickenbacker, circles the Island in a biplane.

A tale of two parties

Not for the first time, a Vineyard regular wonders if "in the new" implies "out with the old."

Down on the farm

At West Tisbury's Nip'n'Tuck Farm, Fred Fisher Jr. is keeping a farm (and an Island) tradition alive.

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Food

The big one. Susie Middleton goes for plump and juicy.

Outdoors

The little yacht that could. A century after the birth of a legendary sailboat, the captains of Edgartown and Chilmark get a chance to show off their sheets.

Outdoors

Forever young. By the shores of Sengekontacket, by the shining big sea water, Fern and Feather turns fifty.

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On Island

People & art, places & ideas. Not your mama's game of telephone; Al Styron's the books.

On Island

On the water. Updates from the salty side; Gramorama; Sea of words; That's my boat; The Wooden Atom.

Flotsam and jetsam

The flip-flop. Flip flop flip flop flip flop.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. Looking good; I'll have what POTUS is having; No we don't. (But we might sip.)

How it works

Tuna fishing. Different methods to catch tuna.

A poem from D.A.W.

August schedule.

History

Mr. Bluffs goes to Washington. When the Smithsonian Institute opens the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC in 2015, Oak Bluffs will be honored in an exhibit that chronicles Places of Pride.

Fiction

Wes Craven's the birds. So, when you get the call, well, will you have the guts to go?

One last thing

A cell tower grows in Chilmark. A cell phone chirps in Chilmark.

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Ward Just

Ward Just figures he's published a million words. And he's not done yet.

The new science of big hurricanes

What the new science of ancient hurricanes says about the future of catastrophic storms in New England.

Where have all the stripers gone?

With the Island's top game fish in serious decline, a top sportsman and conservationist says he knows what must be done.

The sixth annual photo contest

A daunting collection of entrants, an esteemed panel of judges, a spectacular array of winners.

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Art

Porcelain in motion. There is something mystical that happens when Jennifer McCurdy gets her hands dirty.

Food

East street: butternut squash. One righteous quesadilla.

Outdoors

On the cusp. They've played together since they were tots. Now the high school boys' soccer team has one more season to shine.

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On Island

People & art, places & ideas. Ball crazy; Why is this man smiling?; The food truck; Heard the new stones?; Three parts romance.

On Island

On the water. Gramorama; That's my boat; The stripping basket.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. Dress like a fisherman, drink like a Brazilian, beach like a supermodel, and smile like Ed Jerome.

A poem from D.A.W.

Autumn's children.

History

'Ain't nobody been walking this trail but Charlie Cong'. In 1966 Ward Just was seriously wounded while covering the war in Vietnam for The Washington Post. The following is the story he filed about the incident on July 17 of that year.

Fiction

Wes Craven's the birds. The dove slasher.

One last thing

The Gay Head Light: Saved!

Martha's Vineyard Home & Garden Magazine

Spring-Summer

2013


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Confessions of a bottle hound

For some, there is nothing more beautiful than an old bottle, and nothing more pleasurable than finding it in the dirt.

Running with the herd

Slowly but surely, a West Tisbury family created a farm...and an art gallery.

Made to move

On Chilmark's volatile southern coast is what you might call a millionaire's mobile home.

Clues among the cobwebs

Inside possibly the oldest house on the Island are clues to 350 years of interior design.

La Villa di Biggs

Tucked away in West Tisbury is a small Italian villa. Not to mention two hundred planters.

How to build on Martha's Vineyard without ending up (absolutely, completely) broke

Two very different houses, both constructed for less than half the going rate.

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Art

Summer blues. Amanda Moffat's creations look like they belong in a gallery, but she'd prefer you put them in the dishwasher.

Food

The pursuit of happiness. Susie Middleton gave up running Fine Cooking magazine to open a farm stand. Today she's living her dream and putting peas in her lobster rolls.

Outdoors

On the water. Because we do, after all, live in a place surrounded by water.

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On Island

Positive vibration. Peter Simon back in the day.

On Island

Wes Craven's the birds. The filmmaker has been hearing from his West Tisbury neighbors.

Flotsam and jetsam

A subjective guide to the stuff of life. You got your boots, your booze, your baubles, your handmade hook...what else could you possibly want?

How it works

Renting your house. How to make a killing renting your house.

A poem from D.A.W.

Promises, Promises.

One last thing

Why Chilmark pays less. Why Chilmark pays less than everyone else in real estate taxes. And why Tisbury pays more.

Martha's Vineyard Magazine

Spring July August Fall Winter - Spring

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Our fifth annual photo contest

A lighthouse, swimmers, and butterflies are among the top ten picks. Plus you can see all the entries online, with the photographers' entry statements.

An 1882 Island interlude

Sometimes in life, a certain place can be a refuge, easing difficult transitions back in the real world. For better or worse, Martha’s Vineyard was such a place for Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Meet six of 365

High schooler and photographer Eli Dagostino has set a portrait-a-day goal for himself. His 365 Project turns the lens on a variety of Vineyarders, including these six subjects, presented here in pictures and words.

Family trees

How trees can change a yard, and a home, over fifty years.

Springing out

The vibrant green of the vernal season is a welcome sign of renewed activity in the natural world.

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Essay

Kamikaze blackbird.

Food

The lure of squid. Easy to catch and tasty too, these eerie, luminescent creatures signal the start of a new fishing season.

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Take five

Spring offerings. Fun things to do in May and June.

Flotsam and jetsam

Books, daily sketches, and the opening of Sharks season.

On the money

A new model for medicine. “Old-fashioned medical care in the modern world”

How it works

Gearing up to go fishing.

Family portrait

Aquinnah’s Huberts. Dedicated advocates of racial equality and education.

Home

Says him, says her. Arnie Reisman and Paula Lyons, the husband-and-wife duo known for their appearances on the weekly National Public Radio quick-wit game show Says You, talk about their shift from seasonal residents in Menemsha to year-rounders in Vineyard Haven.

Real estate

Designed for greater good. An Edgartown village heirloom is staged to make a difference in Rwanda.

One last thing

The sound of silence. Ruminations on forty-eight hours of Island quiet.

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Cultural outpost

Shops and eateries atop the Gay Head Cliffs have been drawing tourists and Vineyarders alike for more than a hundred years. Run by Wampanoags, the shops are part of the tribal culture in Aquinnah.

South Beach

A playground of dunes, waves, and crowds, Edgartown's South Beach is the beachiest beach on Martha's Vineyard.

Best of the Vineyard 2013

The annual contest bestowing prestige and pride now includes eighty-three categories, including new ones for French fries, mani/pedi, performing arts organization, and best place for people-watching.

Time to unwind

A gardener's tale of creating an old-fashioned romantic garden for actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson.

Best of the Vineyard Party 2013

This year’s Best of the Vineyard winners and runners-up are listed in the July 2013 issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, now on sale at Island newsstands and bookstores, and off-island at select Barnes & Noble stores. It’s also available for order online at www.mvmagazine.com/archive.php. Pick up a copy today to see readers’ picks for best summer job, yoga class, fish and chips, and more!

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Art

Mosaics from the sea. Boatbuilder and carpenter Frank Rapoza of Vineyard Haven turns his attention to art, crafting mosaic landscapes from wampum, shell, and ebony.

Food

DIY burger bash. This summer, take your backyard burger experience to new heights! Explore our creative variations on this summertime classic, including a lamb burger with minted goat cheese and a beef burger topped with a fried egg and pancetta.

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On Island

Bluefish, to catch and eat. Excerpted recipe for bluefish from Living off the Sea by Melinda Fager.

Take five

What's happening this month? July offers plenty of summer fun, from beaches to barbecues, along with new classes, events, and venues to explore.

Flotsam and jetsam

Books. Fixing glacial golf, Alphabetic animals, Naked she rides.

On the money

Selling beauty and relaxation. A look inside Mary Anny Oggioni DeFreitas's business.

How it works

The job of harbor master. Todd Alexander directs traffic in Oak Bluffs waters, managing some 400 boats a day in the summer and 10,000 visitors over the course of a year.

A poem from D.A.W.

At Whippoorwill Farm.

Real estate

Living on the links. For the true enthusiast, owning a home alongside an Island golf course can be as exciting as a hole in one.

One last thing

Sailing through life.

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Weaving a literary life

Now settled on the Vineyard, Rose Styron pursues lifelong passions and shepherds the legacy of her late husband, the author William Styron.

Vineyard 101: summer immersion

Seven writers share elemental Martha's Vineyard experiences.

Faces of Chappy

Seasonal and year-round residents of Chappaquiddick - separated from the rest of the Vineyard by Edgartown harbor and Katama Bay - share a love of its quiet seclusion.

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Art

Art rooted in rural Island life. Thomas Hart Benton.

Food

Blueberry power. Some pointers for growing blueberries, and tasty recipes.

Outdoors

SPECIAL REPORT: Living on the edge. The Vineyard isn’t alone when it comes to dealing with issues of erosion, sea level rise, and the perils of living so close to the ocean.

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On Island

Man for the ages. Duncan Caldwell defies quick categorization, but let’s try this: prehistorian.

On Island

For the love of books. MV Book Festival, Ward Just on bookstores, and three new reads.

Take five

Relishing the dog days. Five events and activities to have on your summer radar.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. Local spirits, a film on architect Norman Foster.

On the money

A bottle of vino, a cup of joe. Take a look inside the newest wine and spirits shop to hit the streets of downtown Edgartown.

How it works

The Oak Bluffs Fireworks. The OB Fireworks phenomenon is finally explained.

A poem from D.A.W.

August clambake.

History

Uniting the divided. A Civil War monument in Oak Bluffs honors both Confederate and Union soldiers.

History

Barn housing. A communal summer home with a lively past and present gains historical recognition.

One last thing

Rearranging wildflowers. A word puzzle to test your flower ID skills.

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The day Menemsha disappeared

Seventy-five years ago, an unexpected storm tore across the Island with such force that it obliterated the village of Menemsha. Today, a handful of Vineyarders still recall the devastation wrought by the Great New England Hurricane.

The next wave

An up-and-coming generation of Vineyarders share an active commitment to community and a passion for their work.

Gone to the dogs

A look at Island canines and their humans.

Unwinding

Novelist Richard North Patterson spends most of the year researching and writing, then enjoys his well-earned summers relaxing on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Essay

A chicken's-eye view of the world. For the love of food and the fear of the bogeyman.

Art

The Mad Potter. Inspired by Irish folklore and Vineyard muses, Bill O’Callaghan crafts a creative life.

Food

Reaping a tasty harvest. Tart and bright, autumn olive berries add liveliness to fall cuisine.

Outdoors

Fifty-five miles by kayak. Paddling clockwise around Martha’s Vineyard, Dana Gaines of Chappaquiddick circumnavigates the Island in a day.

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On Island

Martha's Vineyard Fashion Week. A seven-day whirlwind of fashion shows, shopping events, and film.

Take five

Fall festivities. With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the time to make the most of the Island’s great outdoors before winter weather hits.

Flotsam and jetsam

Fun with the family. Fall’s fair-weather weekends are windows of opportunity for these favorite kid-friendly Island destinations and activities.

On the money

The art of fishing. Photographer and fisherman Ben McCormick turns his lens on a surreal watery world.

How it works

Crafting home-brewed beer. Philippe Jordi and Paul Farrington have been brewing beer at home for a couple of decades.

A poem from D.A.W.

Hard-won reward.

One last thing

Gone fishin'. A college-getaway weekend to Menemsha in 1975.

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The seasoned pros

While chefs usually get most of the credit for a successful meal out, it's the servers who are on the front lines.

New tick on the rock

A new tick called lone star may be here to stay. Plus, new science on the extent of Lyme disease on the Island.

The art of healing

The story behind the art museum that also happens to be the new Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

From here to Spring

For those of us who abide on-Island year-round, we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Essay

Dig that Island sound. Three generations of music-making in West Tisbury.

Q&A

How to win big and stay cool. Winning big with legendary Island poker pro, Jesse Sylvia.

Art

Once upon a time on the Vineyard. A love story from Susan Branch, the woman who brought us "Heart of the Home."

Food

Salt. What happened to the historic salt industry on the Island, and how best to use the latest crop of crystals.

Outdoors

Tracking Island otters. Two Island scientists are on the trail of the Vineyard's most elusive predator.

From the editor

Take five

Let's give it up for the Island. Twenty five ways to give back to the Island this winter.

How it works

Dressing a deer. Best ways to dress a deer.

A poem from D.A.W.

Trade-off.

One last thing

Remembering Ray Ellis. The iconic artist is remembered by fellow painter Kib Bramhall.

Martha's Vineyard Home & Garden Magazine

Fall-Winter Spring-Summer

2012


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For Piet's sake

Three women fashion a kitchen inspired by Mondrian.

The Tree House

An ingenious design trumps building lot limitations.

Rising to the challenge

A dream team of design, construction, and landscape professionals create a distinctive hillside home with expansive views and plenty of room for family and friends.

Bearing fruit

Experienced fruit growers share tips for nurturing a successful home orchard.

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Art

The imagined landscapes of Susan Savory. Bringing life's flotsam and jetsam together in a richly textured art form.

Food

Soup, the ultimate comfort food. Healthy, hearty, homemade soup is the perfect antidote to a cold, blustery day.

Outdoors

Moss and lichen. These tiny, ancient organisms are vital cogs in the Island's ecosystem.

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On Island

With a lens to the sky. Stephen DiRado at night.

On the money

Art to celebrate. A quirky, creative approach to textiles pays off for Island designer Libby Ellis.

How it works

Feng shui: guiding energy within a space. Feng shui with Catherine Finch.

A poem from D.A.W.

Immaculate Surroundings.

Design

The art of plaster. Jimmy Sanfilippo approaches plaster with an artisan's eye.

Gardening

Dressing a landscape for winter. Protective measures help plants survive the crueler months.

One last thing

Ahoy from afar. Signal flags used by ships at sea also lend a graphic element to home decor.

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A modern collaboration

Designing a streamlined home at ease in its pastoral up-Island setting.

Dining al fresco

The Island’s warmer months offer plenty of opportunity for leisurely meals outside, and a few practical design considerations can greatly enhance the experience.

The evolution of a summer landscape

Over some twenty years, this Chilmark property has offered up considerable creative opportunities in its yard and gardens.

Making a fabulous family space

One Edgartown family expanded from a converted historic barn onto an adjacent lot to create a compact, stylish in-town compound.

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Essay

Peony envy. The case of the purloined peonies.

Food

Q&A with food writer turned novelist Steven Raichlen. The Chappaquiddicker talks about what inspires him – on-Island and in the kitchen. He also shares a meal’s worth of recipes dreamed up in the writing of his first novel, Island Apart, out in paperback this year.

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On Island

A fragrant backyard favorite: mint.

Flotsam and jetsam

MV on Etsy; and Green, clean worktops.

Ask the experts

New energy in green building. Three Island projects illustrate how an energy-efficient and sustainable approach is gaining traction.

On the money

A Facebook yard sale. The goods on MV Stuff 4 Sale would supply a stellar yard sale.

How it works

Building an outside shower.

Real estate

A tale of two properties. What you can get for $10 million on the Vineyard.

One last thing

A gratifying return. Revisiting a former Island home.

Martha's Vineyard Magazine

May-June July August September-October Not Summer

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Sharks strike MV

As the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks head into year two, we look back at the collegiate baseball league’s premier season last summer.

Riding the radio airwaves

With their own distinctive voices, our three radio stations enrich and enliven Vineyarders’ daily lives.

Our fourth annual photo contest

This year’s competition brought in a record-breaking 220 entries. We saw more photos with people and animals grabbing our judges’ votes, and of course there are many beauty shots that highlight the stunning nature of Martha’s Vineyard.

Victory in the garden

Renowned among Island gardeners, Paul Jackson has spent years working the soil in his Edgartown home garden, with awe-inspiring results.

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Food

For the love of bread. Rickard’s Bakery – with its commercial bakery and two retail shops – has become an Island culinary destination for its artisan breads and other delicacies. BONUS: Video behind the scenes at the bakery.

Outdoors

Firing up nature. How prescribed burns can increase public safety, improve habitat, and help restore the landscape.

From the editor

Take five

Spring into summer.

On the money

Owning vs. renting a summer place.

How it works

Flying model airplanes.

Minding her own business

Handcrafted bags with vintage appeal.

A poem from D.A.W.

Vacation time.

Gardening

Garden muse Frances Tenenbaum.

Real estate

The influence of Bob Carroll. He started the Seafood Shanty; he owned the Harbor View Hotel. He helped shape a town as well as an island. Now in his late eighties, he lives in a penthouse looking out over the Edgartown Light – far from his poor roots.

Nonfiction

Inspired by boyhood fascination.

One last thing

The girlfriend getaway.

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Best of the Vineyard 2012

Everyone has their favorites, from beaches to bars, gift shops to garden centers, hair stylists to seafood restaurants. Here are our readers’ picks in seventy-six categories.

Why we love Menemsha

A working fishing village with front-row seats for sunset, Menemsha exerts an inexorable pull on lifelong Islanders and weekend visitors alike, a seemingly timeless place where vintage post card imagery coexists with gritty, wet reality.

Hitting the courts

Vineyard Youth Tennis turns ten this month and counts among its alumni thousands of children - Vineyarders and summer kids - who’ve been well served by the innovative community program.

The Shearer family, keepers of the inn

Tended by one dedicated family for one hundred years, Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs has a rich history as a gathering spot for vacationing African Americans.

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Essay

Insurgent on a nude beach.

Food

Beach party paella. A professional chef shares recipes and tips for a successful oceanside feast, and reports that even a little rain doesn’t dampen spirits when dinner is paella cooked over a beach fire.

From the editor

On Island

A new performance space. The mostly volunteer Pit Stop Workshop Company has turned a former car repair shop into a lively musical and artistic co-op.

Take five

Carpe aestatem! Seize the summer! Five reasons why July makes us want to be on the Vineyard.

On the money

Serendipity in sunglasses.

How it works

Adapting to the digital age. Passion trumps digital competition for two Island businesses.

A poem from D.A.W.

Cookout tactic.

Real estate

An upscale historic rental. Recently renovated by architect Dudley Cannada, this whaling captain’s house combines an interesting past with modern amenities.

One last thing

Island time, with a twist.

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A picture of success

At ninety-one, artist Ray Ellis paints daily in his Edgartown studio and reflects on his career. It hasn’t always been easy, but one notable collaboration in 1981 changed his life as an artist.

All the right grooves

The fun mash-up of styles at the Built on Stilts dance festival in Oak Bluffs has a universal feel-good appeal.

In search of sea glass

Nestled along the wrack line among seaweed, shells, and stones, a softly frosted piece of colorful beach glass is a satisfying find.

In praise of beach days

A photo essay by Elizabeth Cecil.

Imagined adventures

Reenacting MV history.

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Q&A

Richard Michelson, a wordsmith with an eye for art.

Food

Farm-fresh greenhouse dinners. Chef and farmer Chris Fischer invites people closer to the source of their food - in the down-to-earth setting of his Chilmark farm.

From the editor

On Island

African American film fest marks ten years.

Take five

August amusements. Five events and activities to have on your radar so you take your summer out with a bang.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. A dirty banana; cleaning up with new soap stores; and books for the beach.

On the money

Riding the winds of change. Winds Up! is riding the winds of change.

How it works

Stand-up paddle boarding.

On stage

MV on Broadway.

A poem from D.A.W.

August advice.

Real estate

Owning a bit of the Camp Ground. The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, an old-fashioned neighborhood of tiny colorful cottages in the center of Oak Bluffs, has an appealing storybook quality to it, along with some unusual ownership eccentricities.

One last thing

MV word matchup. A game of Island jargon and words with a twist.

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Bringing it home

Kaila Binney returned to the Island to share her working knowledge of sustainability practices in farming and beyond. A special Vineyard educational fellowship made this financially possible.

The allure of the Azores

Due west of Portugal, this archipelago of nine volcanic islands holds strong family and cultural connections for a number of Martha’s Vineyard residents.

Delving into the fog

Sailors, pilots, and farmers don’t like when temperature fluctuations between air and water, or air and land, bring fog into their daily lives. Artists, on the other hand, appreciate its otherworldliness.

How I got here

Six Vineyarders tell how they came to live on the Island.

Becoming a Vineyarder

One woman's journey from single city life to marriage and motherhood on the Island.

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Food

Ten irresistible eats. Written by and for the culinarily curious, the blog Hungry Native is about tasting, testing, devising, and delighting in food. Here, the founders dish about some Island favorites and recipes they love.

From the editor

On Island

Set on Martha's Vineyard. A guide to the movies.

Take five

Fall happenings. Five reasons to be on the Vineyard in September and October.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. Vineyard Sound singers head north for a fashion shoot; Clifford marks fifty years; the Island Cup rivalry with Nantucket; an MV decal for your car.

On the money

Advice for business owners. SCORE helps Island entrepreneurs.

How it works

The teamwork approach at Chilmark Chocolates.

A poem from D.A.W.

Ripple effect.

History

The fishy secret behind Priscilla Pearls. A creative scientist perfected his formula in Edgartown.

Real estate

Nestled in the moors. An Aquinnah home surrounded by conservation land, with sweeping views of the Atlantic and private beach access, offers a remote, quiet retreat.

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Dancing on the deck. Loading cars on the ferry with flourishes and flair.

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Building excitement about art

The Island’s regional high school engages about half its students every year in a wide range of art, design, and technology courses. That’s twice the national average.

Making a difference

A venerable Island leader with a 
longtime construction business, 
John Early talks about life on the 
Vineyard, how affordable housing here should change, and lessons 
he learned in the Peace Corps.

Getting away

Most Vineyarders love the Rock, but come winter, many 
embrace the opportunity to indulge their wanderlust. 
Here are a few globe-trotting adventures to enjoy vicariously, or perhaps inspire a trip of your own.

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Essay

“DON’T SHOOT!”. A photo essay with style and safety tips for walkers during hunting season.

Q&A

Year-round rowing with Beth Kramer.

Food

Chicken choices. Home cooks have many options when preparing roast chicken, a simple and satisfying meal.

Outdoors

The art of decoys. Vintage hand-carved ducks appeal to hunters and folk art collectors alike.

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On Island

Two reads for foodies.

Take five

Winter’s charms. Winter may diminish the Island population and daylight hours, but it doesn’t have to be a time for hibernation. Our relatively mild winters make for plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature (albeit with a few more layers on). Restaurants and organizations find creative ways to keep us entertained and well-fed. There’s also more time to enjoy family and friends, and make your own get-togethers. So when you’re feeling that winter isolation, fear not: Step away from the wood stove and you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam.

On the money

Planning for life.

How it works

Finding enlightenment.

History

An early goodbye.

Real estate

Cooking up a dream. Owning a restaurant on the Vineyard.

One last thing

A snowy passage.

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The old Humphreys house, anew

This architectural standout in West Tisbury, with its combination of styles outside and in, has recently been renovated and serves as a second home for a couple of filmmakers and their young family.

Perfectly small guest houses

Billy Meegan specializes in compact but refined form and function, as seen in three distinctive Island guest houses.

The upside of the Vineyard shuffle

One man’s seasonal journey from rental to rental

A season full of bloom

Fifteen tried-and-true perennials, plus a few other thoughts on flowers and foliage

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Essay

Smelling my way up-Island.

Food

Scrumptious salads fresh off the grill. In her new cookbook, The Fresh & Green Table, Susie Middleton shares her enthusiasm for growing, cooking, and eating vegetables.

From the editor

Ask the experts

Look to the sea to enrich your garden.

On the money

The lowdown on homeowners’ insurance.

How it works

Extracting bees from your house.

DIY/How to

Plant containers with thrillers, spillers, and fillers.

A poem from D.A.W.

Construction expletives.

Gardening

Sculpting with water. Artist and gardener David Geiger created a vibrant, ever-changing aquatic habitat at his wooded Chilmark property.

Real estate

A piece of Seth’s Pond.

One last thing

An ode to porches.

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North shore heritage

Stewards of their parents’ vision, two siblings built homes that celebrate contemporary design and sustainability, a family history, and a longstanding respect for the land.

Designer insider

For more than a decade, Liz Stiving-Nichols has been refining looks for homes on and off the Island. Her team at Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design and Bespoke Abode in Vineyard Haven garners accolades from architects, the media, and homeowners alike.

Planning and planting for winter beauty

Five ways to brighten gardens with color and texture during the dormant season.

Creative chandeliers

Whether building a house or simply redoing a room, it’s fun to include something distinctive. Kitchen and dining room chandeliers add personality and can be great conversation starters where guests often congregate.

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Art

Fields of color. In her pastoral up-Island studio, artist Marie-Louise Rouff explores the interplay of imagination and reality in her abstract paintings.

Food

Designing the dining experience. Since opening in 2009, State Road in West Tisbury has become the darling of the Vineyard restaurant scene, with its artful décor and meals highlighting the Island’s bounty.

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Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam. A water-powered alarm clock and whimsical wood-tick hinges.

On the money

The easy cash in solar energy.

How it works

Sculpting a landscape.

Minding their own business

Three Vineyard designers. Tile expert Annie Bradshaw, landscaper Evangeline Costa, and builder Ben Kelley talk about their respective businesses, inspirations, and new ideas.

Home

Designing for privacy. Window treatments for the well-exposed home.

One last thing

Shaking up design. Shaking up design. A circular staircase of bronze and maple elegantly combines form and function.

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Special report: Norton Point breach

Since the Patriots Day storm of 2007, the breakthrough at Norton Point beach has caused powerful currents to surge through Edgartown harbor, and substantial erosion along Chappy’s south shore. Our coverage includes multiple articles and an extensive photo gallery.

Island born

If you’re not an Islander, that doesn’t mean your child can’t be one. The number of Vineyard births is increasing, along with the maternity resources at the new hospital and among private providers across Martha’s Vineyard.

James Cagney’s Island refuge

The Oscar-winning actor was one of the first celebrity residents on the Vineyard, and today his former Chilmark homestead retains its charming rural character.

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The Vineyard as creative muse.

Food

The age of asparagus. Island-grown spring shoots are a culinary delight this time of year.

Outdoors

With respect to nature. There’s a quiet revolution gaining momentum on ten wooded acres in Aquinnah. It’s a place where children and adults convene to learn about the natural world – without cell phones and laptops, armed only with their senses – a place where dirty fingernails and muddied feet are the norm.

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Art + home

A couple with vision. Marc Brown, the creator of Arthur, and his wife, artist Laurie Krasny Brown, have turned their Vineyard Haven home into the perfect setting to sustain and invigorate their creative pursuits.

On Island

In Caleb’s footsteps. This spring Tiffany Smalley of Aquinnah becomes the second Island Wampanoag to graduate from Harvard College. Here she reflects on her connections with the first – who lived 350 years ago.

Take five

Spring into summer.

On the money

Island entrepreneurs.

How it works

Raising sheep.

A poem from D.A.W.

Signs of the season.

Miscellaneous

Martha’s Vineyard thrills in six words.

Real estate

The state of the Vineyard market.

Fiction

Encountering Caleb. Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, an Aquinnah Wampanoag, graduated from Harvard College in 1665, the first Native American to earn an undergraduate degree there. This excerpt from Caleb’s Crossing , a new historical novel by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks, imagines Caleb’s first encounter with the book’s fictional young narrator, Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of an early Island minister.

One last thing

Mating madness in the springtime.

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Hooked on the fishing fleet

Painter Rez Williams of West Tisbury has been creating a distinctive and deeply personal chronicle of New Bedford’s iconic fishing boats for nearly fifteen years, and his enthusiasm for them shows no signs of diminishing.

A perfect beach day

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach – the most public of the Island’s sea-and-sand boxes – is a two-mile-long smile on the face of Martha’s Vineyard.

The influence of an auctioneer

The people responsible for garnering and escalating bids at charity auctions can significantly impact the bottom line of Vineyard nonprofits, some of which are now hiring professionals.

On location with Jaws

The new book Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 1974 filming of the greatest shark movie ever, often from the perspective of Island residents who were there. The film’s Fourth of July beach sequence – a.k.a. the end of Alex Kintner – involved coordinating hundreds of extras in unpredictable and inhospitable weather, as this excerpt from the book attests.

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Essay

Is it time yet for a Kindle?

Food

Splendid summer drinks. Creative mixologists are using fresh garden ingredients to concoct tasty new cocktails that will truly wet your whistle.

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On Island

The peach tree ultimatum.

Take five

This month’s to-do list.

On the money

The Vineyard way.

How it works

A marketplace for farmers.

Minding her own business

Designing swimwear with purpose.

A poem from D.A.W.

July sustenance.

History

The name behind Dutcher Dock. Despite the prominent sign pointing toward Menemsha’s Dutcher Dock, the source of the name is a mystery to most visitors and residents.

Real estate

Movers and shakers: who’s selling, who’s buying.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard 2011.

One last thing

A Vineyard crossword. For those lazy days on the beach, the porch, or the hammock.

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Illuminating lighthouses

From Aquinnah to Chappaquiddick, the Vineyard’s five lighthouses are an integral part of the Island’s coastal character. Each of these beacons has its own story of origin and survival, and we uncover the tale of a sixth Vineyard lighthouse that is no more.

Celebrating the fair

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Island’s beloved Ag Fair, which honors the Vineyard’s agricultural traditions, fosters community participation, and offers all kinds of fun food, games, and carnival rides.

Our third annual photo contest

This competition brought in 122 remarkably diverse entries from across North America and as far away as Taiwan. Here are the top three winners and seven honorable mentions, along with all of the other entries. Though our judging is done without knowledge of photographers’ identities, we’ve seen five of this year’s top picks in our first two contests: Bob Gates, Evy Huppert, Amaru Pareja, Gary Riedel, and George H. Shattuck III. Thanks to everyone who shared their photographs of Martha’s Vineyard, and keep your cameras at the ready for our fourth annual contest.

Surfing in the zone

The culture of surfing in Vineyard waters has gained momentum in recent years with advances in weather-tracking technology. The Island’s south-shore swells are inconsistent, but occasionally they can be epic. The waves can also get crowded, and many surfers are protective of their turf.

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Food

Appreciating tuna. Tuna fishing is a pursuit for hardy anglers, both recreational and commercial. Once it’s in the kitchen, this favorite fish makes an easy, elegant meal with minimal effort.

Outdoors

Summer among the trees. Overnighting at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground has become a tradition for many, and newcomers continue to be lured by its many charms.

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On Island

Turning the tide. From “trash fish” to gourmet meal.

Take five

Diversions for the dog days.

On the money

Sustaining Island nonprofits.

How it works

Driving oxen.

History

A flagpole tribute on West Chop.

Real estate

Choosing the location that’s right for you.

Nonfiction

Summer, a sweet liberty. In her memoir, Reading My Father, Alexandra Styron lays bare the complexities of a turbulent family life with the late Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Styron, who suffered from debilitating depression. In this excerpt, she describes her summers on Martha’s Vineyard as much-cherished interludes, and great fun in their own right.

Poetry

A poem from D.A.W.

One last thing

Bob, the hurricane that hit home.

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A new twist on yoga

Developed with men in mind, broga has garnered a devoted following on the Island in recent years.

Island-grown art

The Vineyard Artisans Festivals provide both a lively marketplace for some of the best Island creations and a supportive network for artists and craftsmen.

The Mad Russian

Sergei de Somov was legendary in Island fishing circles. Artist and fellow angler Kib Bramhall writes about the three-time Derby winner in his new book, Bright W aters, Shining Tides: Reflections on a Lifetime of Fishing.

On the ground at Noman’s Land

Three miles off the Vineyard’s south shore, this small island has a stockpile of unexploded ordnance that makes it habitable for literally no man, but it’s a haven for migrating birds, turtles, and the occasional biologist.

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Art

Picturing solitude. Photographer Tim Coy relishes the quiet moments he comes across during his nighttime wanderings and seaside walks on Martha’s Vineyard.

Food

From farm to plate. Creative ways to use everything you bring home from the farm stand.

From the editor

On Island

Q&A with news woman Carole Simpson.

Take five

Fall into the groove.

On the money

How financial issues differ on-Island.

How it works

Fishing from a kayak.

A poem from D.A.W.

Last tune.

History

From movie house to mini-park.

Real estate

Understanding distressed properties.

One last thing

This crazy joy.

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Winter walks

With their austere off-season beauty, the Island’s wild places are a natural draw. This time of year many conservation groups offer education about the terrain, flora, and fauna – as well as entry to some private lands.

Jail time

Most of us will never see the inside of the Dukes County Jail and House of Correction in Edgartown. But sometimes the unexpected arrest does happen – whether it’s your own or that of a friend or loved one – and there are definitely worse places to do time.

Hockey’s holy grail

After the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks last season to claim the NHL championship, the Stanley Cup – all thirty-five inches and thirty-five pounds of it – made two visits to Martha’s Vineyard, leaving Vineyarders and visitors alike in its thrall.

The hidden world of conch

The global market for these giant sea snails – abundant in nearby waters – is thriving, though most Vineyarders have never tried eating them. Plus view three videos by Rebecca Busselle that delve into conch fishing, factory sorting, and cooking conch fritters.

The Bryant brothers

They’ve lived vastly different lives, but for Nelson and Danny Bryant of West Tisbury, the outdoors has always been their common love.

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Essay

Check stubs tell all.

Outdoors

Exploring ancient boundaries. Mariana Cook traveled the globe for eight years photographing rural stone walls.

From the editor

Art + home

An inspired life. Over the past decade, artist Stephanie Danforth of Chilmark has made a significant difference in the lives of many Kenyan children.

Take five

Experience winter.

On the money

Club benefits for year-rounders.

How it works

Winter biking.

A poem from D.A.W.

Liberating Main Street.

History

A memorial to two servicemen at the airport.

Real estate

Five things to consider before listing a house for sale.

One last thing

Creative monikers for collections of creatures.

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An antidote to city life

A laid-back sanctuary, this East Chop house is the result of a creative collaboration that expresses the homeowner’s distinctive sense of style.

Crafting a colorful summer retreat

Historic musicians’ cottage gets a new life

A new architectural vernacular

Historically, house plans were guided by a handful of traditional archetypes. Today, more contemporary features – such as an open floor plan – may take top billing, but understanding the Island’s architectural heritage can help in designing a new structure at ease in its surroundings.

Farm animal companions

They nourish the land as well as our lives.

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Food

The simple beauty of canning. Whether it’s jam or tomatoes you want to can, you can easily learn the basics. Then perfect your skills with our recipes for hot peach chutney, green-chili salsa, and berry syrup.

From the editor

On Island

A layered look in a little garden.

On Island

Understanding kombucha.

Ask the experts

Bringing a bit of home to a summer rental.

How it works

Running a yard sale.

A poem from D.A.W.

Garden grunt work.

Design

Creativity in the treetops. Designer Valerie Reese transformed what could have been just another garage apartment into an inviting, artistic home and studio.

Gardening

Temperamental beauty. One gardener shares observations gleaned from years of planting and tending a multitude of roses, some more gratifying than others.

One last thing

At home with house guests.

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Evolutionary allies: Native wildflowers and insects

You can enliven the landscape and help cultivate the Island’s rich ecological diversity by planting wildflowers.

Partnering houses + open space

Conservationists and affordable housing advocates can be natural allies, as a new development in West Tisbury illustrates.

Reconstructing the Smith house

With its long family history, this distinctive blue-shuttered house on a quiet corner in Edgartown presented new owners with a restoration quandary.

Sam Allen’s designer genes

Talking with new talent in the field of interior design.

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Divorcés who got the Vineyard vacation house.

Food

Cooking with the owners of LeRoux at Home. A passion for healthy, delicious home-cooked meals inspired April and Michael Levandowski to open their successful kitchen and housewares store in Vineyard Haven, and two more up north.

Outdoors

Designing a stone walkway. Practical considerations on getting from driveway to door, from a landscape professional.

From the editor

Ask the experts

Gardening with manure.

On the money

Returns on “green” building.

How it works

Putting your flower gardens to bed for the winter.

Minding their own business

Oyster farming on a turbulent bay.

A poem from D.A.W.

Momentary vengeance.

Design

A few of his favorite things. Jim Ferraro’s “top ten” list for his Vineyard Haven estate offers a glimpse inside one of the Island’s more expansive and elaborate properties.

Real estate

Taking care when you’re not there.

One last thing

Earthly pleasures.

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Vineyard faces, personalities, and icons

We reprint, retell, and update some profiles and stories that have run in past issues of the magazine.

Wampanoag living

Some things have changed and some have stayed the same since 1987, when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) became federally recognized.

The heart of the Island

For centuries ignored, ignited, unwanted, and taken for granted, the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest quietly provides recreation, habitat, and respite for humans and moths alike.

From cod to conch

How the fisheries have shifted focus over the past twenty-five years

Fifty years of conservation

The executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission considers what’s happened on the Vineyard over the past twenty-five years and what will happen in the next.

Revisiting Rebecca

A Gannon & Benjamin schooner launched in 2001 is the focus of a new art book.

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The spirit of the Island. For our anniversary issue, Alley Moore, the magazine’s art director since 2003, curates an “art show” to recognize many of the artists contributing to the Vineyard community.

Food

Favorite foods. We celebrate some great Island dishes and reprint some favorite recipes in this retrospective food column.

Outdoors

The ongoing fight against Mother Nature.

From the editor

On Island

A Vineyard feeling. The founding publisher and editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, William E. Marks, invited Walter Cronkite to write this personal essay for the premier issue in summer 1985.

On Island

Our best-selling cover. Putting a celebrity on the cover made all the difference in 2007, with the Corbin-Norton house.

On Island

Something old, something nude. We look back to the first issue of our annual Island Weddings & Celebrations publication with this delightful essay by a wedding guest who saw more than he bargained for.

On Island

Through the grapevine.

How it works

The how it works column.

Then & now

A time line of Island life. In researching the past quarter century, we came across some landmark events and notable news headlines, a few of which we present in this trip down memory lane.

A poem from D.A.W.

A D.A.W. block party.

Miscellaneous

When the magazine began.

Design

Blasts from the past. These old advertisements from the magazine showed us how so much has changed since 1985 (when’s the last time you saw a pay phone?), made us remember some businesses that are gone, and gave us some new perspectives on today (less than $400 for a week’s vacation with meals?!).

Fashion

A quarter century of Island style. From swimsuit editions to dancers-as-models, from fashion retailers to jewelry designers

History

Six historic tales.

One last thing

Quiz: Who are we? Looking through old magazines generated countless conversations in the office about all the familiar faces and about how people may – or may not – have changed. How many people can you ID from these old photos? (The date with each photo is when it ran in the magazine. There’s one photo that’s obviously much older than its date.)

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The Athearn-Mayhew feud

The clashing of these Vineyard titans started more than three centuries ago. We look into the source of the ill will – and whether any remains today.

ILUVMV

Personalized license plates proclaim our affection for Martha’s Vineyard, on roadways near and far.

Unraveling the great white hype

Modern technology is key to understanding the mysteries and science of sharks, says marine biologist Greg Skomal, the Discovery Channel’s “shark guy” and one of the world’s leading shark experts, who talked to us at his office in Oak Bluffs before leaving for Saudi Arabia this spring to tag sharks.

Our humblest treasure

Central to the Vineyard’s past and present, shellfish may matter even more in our future.

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Art

A creative retirement.

Food

All about shellfish. Here’s the inside story on enjoying shellfish from Vineyard waters: everything from where to find them yourself – either in the water or at a fish market – to how to whip up some delectable dishes that are sure to please the seafood lovers in your life.

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On Island

Dee Stevens. Musician, mover, and shaker with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society.

On Island

More Vineyarders. In celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary, we continue to revisit profiles and stories from past issues of the magazine. Here are three more icons of the Vineyard.

How it works

Driving a tour bus.

A poem from D.A.W.

July newcomers.

Home

The outdoor shower: A private oasis. Four designers discuss the best materials for creating that wonderful complement to Vineyard living – along with ideas for building your own.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard 2010.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard Party 2010. Some photos from the awards night on June 23, 2010, at Mediterranean Restaurant in Oak Bluffs. Photos by Ray Ewing. (Contact the magazine if you’d like a jpeg of your photograph.) Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who purchased extra tickets; we raised $650 for the Island Affordable Housing Fund.

One last thing

Driving with the motorcade.

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In search of Obama

Text messages relayed possible sightings, and much of Martha’s Vineyard was atwitter. When POTUS was on the Island last August, many tried to catch a glimpse of him, including this intrepid Vineyard Gazette reporter.

Final chapter: The Islander and other bygone ferries

The beloved Islander, gone now from Vineyard waters for three-and-a-half years, got this writer thinking about the fate of Island ferries from decades past.

Birding by the shore

The Island is a welcome outpost for a multitude of migrating shorebirds, including six species that stay awhile to nest during the breeding season. This article is accompanied by the video Birding with Lanny McDowell, produced by VineyardVoice.org.

Our second annual photo contest

This competition brought in 170 entries from across the country. Here are the top three winners, seven honorable mentions, and all the other entries (which didn’t run in the magazine). Thanks to everyone who shared their photographs of Martha’s Vineyard, and keep your cameras at the ready for this year’s contest.

Living on boats

A family, a couple, and a solo sailor make their homes on boats in Vineyard Haven harbor.

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Home-grown veggies. What a professional landscaper can do in her own backyard – and in her kitchen: West Tisbury’s Susan Feller shares her vegetable garden know-how and some recipes using cucumbers, sorrel, mint, and more.

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Highlights from a dog’s blog.

On Island

More Vineyarders. For our twenty-fifth anniversary edition in May–June 2010, we revisited profiles from past issues of the magazine. This month we feature three more familiar faces on the Vineyard.

On Island

Chain saw cutting at the Ag Fair.

On Island

Summer rocks.

Home

An inspired tribute. Dorothy Chaffee’s Edgartown house and garden are a celebration of a life well lived with her late husband, Henry. The homes they shared together are depicted in a hand-painted dining room mural, and she continues his gardening legacy in a charming backyard landscape.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard party.

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Seventeen and spectacular.

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Elisha Smith

An old-fashioned farmer at the heart of Island agriculture

Beginnings

The Island’s nonprofit land conservation groups: their first protected properties, their different missions, and how they work together.

Island commuters: The daily trek across the water

There are plenty of people living on-Island and off who regularly travel across Vineyard Sound for their work. They each have their own reasons – personal and professional –for making the lengthy commute.

Cartoons through the years

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The Niantic. A ship’s life is illuminated through the restoration of its painting.

Food

Apple farming. What started as a pastime has grown into a thriving enterprise at Tiasquin Orchard in West Tisbury, where Island-grown apples are the freshest for eating on the run, adding to salads and soups, and baking the best apple desserts.

From the editor

On Island

Andrea and Gus. Hunting for waterfowl doesn’t always result in dinner.

On Island

Riding out the storm. The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club looks to the future.

On Island

Quotes from years past.

How it works

Filleting a fish.

Garden

The grass wars.

One last thing

Natural velocity.

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In the off-season: November

When fishing quiets down in the chill of autumn, many head to the woods for hunting season.

In the off-season: January

Many creative Vineyarders find the quiet solitude of an Island winter to be a most fertile environment for productivity, no matter the medium.

In the off-season: February

Finding a crowd in the dead of winter can be a pleasant surprise.

In the off-season: December

On the morning of Sunday, December 20, 2009, the Island awoke to a thick layer of snow blanketing the ground and a brisk flurry of white swirling through the air. Photographer Alison Shaw headed out at nine that morning, and for the next eight hours she traveled the Island capturing both the whirls of activity and moments of peacefulness. Here is that wonderfully white welcome-to-winter day.

In the off-season: March

Contemplating the wind: a mighty and mercurial force of nature

In the off-season: April

The pulse of the Island quickens. The streets become livelier as the weather warms and seasonal shops start to open. Schoolchildren head outside for sports, the ospreys return to their untidy nests, and business turns brisk at garden centers.

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The coop scoop. One family’s take on raising chickens at home and eating fresh eggs, with some delectable restaurant recipes to make at home.

Outdoors

An unlikely winter visitor.

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A whale of a time. In the classroom and online, schoolchildren are learning multi-layered lessons derived from the Island's rich whaling heritage.

On Island

I teach the old man to drive. He teaches me to swear. For the magazine’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2010, we’ve revisited profiles and stories from past issues. Here we look back at one more unforgettable personality of the Vineyard, seen through his daughter’s eyes.

How it works

Walking the perimeter of Martha’s Vineyard.

A poem from D.A.W.

Winter hayride.

One last thing

Acclimating to winter.

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Harmony on the plains

Professional gardener Peggy Schwier addresses the challenges of designing a property responsibly within the Vineyard landscape.

A sense of belonging

After creating a neighborhood home on Lagoon Pond, new Vineyard homeowners found the Island lifestyle enveloped both them and their children.

Emily Post, in her garden

“Dahlias really make me sick!” Could the etiquette author, known for her Edgartown garden of shoulder-high dahlias, really have written these words? Even Emily Post couldn’t make the Vineyard’s weather behave.

Quality over quantity

What happens when big dreams meet conservation commission realities

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Dr. Seussland on Martha’s Vineyard. The whimsical home and studio of artist and furniture maker Richard Dunbrack

Food

Inside a pro’s wine cellar. The owners of the Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs share the essence of their home collection and suggest some wine pairings with dishes from the restaurant and home.

From the editor

On Island

A backyard symphony.

Ask the experts

Growing healthy trees.

How it works

Getting rid of skunk smell.

A poem from D.A.W.

Make over.

Gardening

Deer-resistant gardens. Four different plant combos can bring a variety of colors, textures, and looks to your yard, and you won’t have to worry so much about them getting nibbled by your neighbors.

Your Vineyard home

Your Vineyard Home. Tell us what makes your house a home by answering this question, either in words or with a photo. We’ll publish our favorite responses in the next Home & Garden issue.

One last thing

When a shack is more like a château.

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Living large

A look at the Island's super-sized houses: past, present, and future.

Into the woods

Nestled among the trees near West Tisbury's Tiasquam River is a spacious post-and-beam house outfitted with rich textures, warm earthy colors, and well-crafted details.

Life and death in the plant world

The Polly Hill Arboretum, at the forefront of horticultural experimentation on Martha's Vineyard, just keeps on planting.

Unexpected architecture

When a couple with a passion for design built a getaway home on the Island, they got creative with the overall look, worked closely with town officials to address size restrictions, and incorporated some unusual eco-friendly elements.

A builder’s dream house

Peter Rosbeck Jr. creates a compound without compromise in Edgartown on Sengekontacket Pond.

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The aesthetics of metal. Artist-blacksmith Whit Hanschka combines brainpower with brawn in his Vineyard Haven workshop, where he handcrafts a wide range of decorative and functional objects, from hinges to fireplace screens, railings to garden gates.

Food

Quick-roasting veggies. Susie Middleton teaches an easier, faster, and sweeter way to roast fall and winter vegetables in her first cookbook: Fast, Fresh & Green.

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Home staging. Looking for a competitive edge in real estate sales

On Island

The creative side of tile.

On Island

Antique arms hold many memories.

On Island

Pining for a plumber.

How it works

Splitting wood.

A poem from D.A.W.

A season’s reward.

Gardening

Window boxes all year ’round.

One last thing

Cooking with Lillian Hellman.

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The spirit of independents

Martha’s Vineyard boasts a lot of committed people who own, work in, and patronize our bookstores. Neither last year’s Fourth of July fire nor the growth of big-box chain stores and online retailers is dampening that spirit.

The fantastic Mrs. Fox

A Q&A with Patricia Neal – Oscar-winning actress and part-time Vineyard resident – presented in the form of a play.

Animal attraction

Why do so many artists include animals in their work? We explored the topic with six Island artists.

Lambing at Allen Farm

Every May on the one hundred–acre Chilmark farm, the new lambs arrive – usually without assistance, and certainly with no fanfare. Oak Bluffs photographer Alison Shaw made a series of trips to the farm last spring to capture the first days of life for these fuzzy new Islanders.

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Spring’s wild edibles. What you can find in the springtime on the Island – in your backyard, in fields, in forests, and on beaches. Plus recipes for strawberry knotweed pie, watercress spring rolls, and candied violets. (Indentification photos for all items are in the magazine.)

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On Island

Zumba dances on stage. A recent addition to the class schedule at The Workout gym gets an annual staging at the Built on Stilts dance festival.

On Island

The art of dining. For many of us, preparing a meal can be an inspired event. For professional artists, the cooking bar can be even higher – as a new Island cookbook explores.

On Island

Vineyard Obameter. The president on the Island.

How it works

Building an arbor.

A poem from D.A.W.

Signs of the season.

Kate’s column

Friends in numbers.

Home

A unique artists’ retreat. The Point Way Inn has become an oasis for visiting artists to live, work, and commune on the Island. The fact that it’s free is a gift to the bottom line of many an arts institution.

One last thing

Laments of a weekender.

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A conversation with Buddy Vanderhoop

The renowned fishing charter captain and member of the Wampanoag Tribe talks frankly about growing up fishing on the Island, his celebrity clients, shooting cormorants, and his tribal roots.

The siblings Dunkl

Island residents for close to forty years, Frank, Peter, and Heidi Dunkl are committed to nature and simple living, while working countless jobs. What they’ve done with the spring water on their Chilmark property and a bottling plant by the airport exemplifies their can-do spirit.

A wider pool of sailors

Founded in 1991, Sail Martha’s Vineyard continues to grow, offering programs for all ages. Its fundraising regatta, the Vineyard Cup, marks its fourth year July 17 to 19, offering the Island’s sailors a weekend of activities and races, as well as bringing in off-Island sailors and money.

The nature of an artist

Lucy Mitchell has long been inspired by the art of the outdoors. Since last year, it’s the size of her mixed-media sculptures that has grown to a new level.

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Summer’s wild edibles. Our series on the variety of foods and ingredients you can find on the Island – in your backyard, in fields, in forests, and on beaches – continues with summer’s tasty treats. Plus recipes for rose-hip soup, a salad with fresh raspberries, and sumac lemonade.

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On Island

Paradise lost in the woods. Confessions from backstage at the Tisbury Amphitheater

On Island

The Ag Fair’s winning poster.

How it works

Building a tree house.

A poem from D.A.W.

Seaside specialties.

Kate’s column

Will the Obamas come?

Going green

The clothesline makes a comeback.

Home

Shack happy. Built on a cove of Edgartown Great Pond, “Forever Wild” is a standing tribute to the three generations of Wilds who have owned the property since 1941.

Nonfiction

The author’s quest for a catch. David Kinney’s book The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish delves into the nature of fishing on the Island as well as the annual, fall Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard 2009.

One last thing

The unwelcome guest.

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Welcome, Mr. President!!!

The history of first families on Martha’s Vineyard

The beat goes on

Despite the ever-changing landscape of the Vineyard’s rock and folk music scene, there’s always live music to be found, both indoors and out, both in the summer and off-season.

Our first annual photo contest

We received close to one hundred entries from shutterbugs who live on- and off-Island. The photos were all very Vineyard and ranged from landscapes to people and pets. Here are the top three and seven honorable mentions that round out the top ten, according to our judges.

The man who rebuilt Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

When the new hospital opens its doors early next year, there will be countless people to thank. Among those at the top of the list will be John P. Ferguson, chairman of the board.

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Food

Glorious corn. Growing corn is a labor of mishaps and love – and fortunately, it’s a labor you don’t have to get into with the folks at Morning Glory Farm doing it for you.

Outdoors

On a kayak. Discover a Vineyard that many have never seen, by choosing from these eight recommendations for where to launch your kayak.

From the editor

How it works

The Run to the Rock. The Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders’ annual Run to the Rock.

Minding her own business

Zita Cousens. Her Oak Bluffs gallery is in its thirtieth year and going strong

A poem from D.A.W.

Barbecue duplicity.

Kate’s column

Dear Santa,. Dear Santa, can I get a beach sticker?

Garden

Only the hardy. Beaches are a harsh environment for plants, but some bask in the habitat.

Fiction

Vineyarders at Gettysburg. John Hough Jr.’s new novel Seen the Glory ties the Vineyard to the Civil War, providing insight into issues of that day for the nation and this island. An excerpt from chapter one follows.

One last thing

A wash-ashore’s Island family roots.

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Stonewall’s anomalies

A unique site on the Vineyard, this cobble beach up-Island sits between the ocean and Stonewall Pond.

High on the Island

The use and abuse of marijuana and other drugs on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Vineyard’s Yankees fans

They live among us. They sort our mail. They butcher our meat. They deliver our propane. But citizens, beware: They are New York Yankees fans, embedded right here in Red Sox Nation. We’re talking Yankees fans who are year-round Vineyarders of long standing. They are countless in number. They have no shame. You got a problem wit dat?

Staycations

Vineyard vacations for those who live on the Island

Animals’ best friend

With the closing of the MSPCA on the Vineyard earlier this year, the community has rallied to maintain a shelter at the same location in Edgartown. Animal lovers on the Island have a long history of helping all kinds of beloved creatures through a variety of organizations –walking a path pioneered by Katharine M. Foote.

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Fall’s wild edibles. Our series on the variety of food and ingredients you can find on the Island – in your backyard, in fields, in forests, and on beaches – continues with autumn’s bounty. Plus recipes for beach plum jelly, elderberry syrup, banana-berry muffins, and autumn olive fruit leather.

Outdoors

Winged sightings. People are not the only tourists attracted to Martha’s Vineyard in the fall. Members of the world’s bird population – some exotic, some familiar – make regular stops at the Island’s marshes, meadows, salty inlets, ponds, and woods on their way to warmer climes.

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On Island

The artisanal and communal life of Aquinnah’s Orange Peel Bakery.

On Island

What’s your excuse? A retired Edgartown School teacher’s favorites from twenty years of parental excuse letters.

On Island

The story behind the pins. A fish tale about the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

How it works

Felling a tree.

A poem from D.A.W.

Confidential cookery.

Kate’s column

The first day of school.

One last thing

The gift of leftovers.

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How Jules Feiffer accidentally became a comic icon

A Q&A and an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released memoir shed light on the man, his career, and how the Vineyard has affected him.

Adaptation: A film festival’s story

The gloom of late winter is set aside as people head to Chilmark and come together over couches, curry, and a weekend of movies at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. In its tenth year, the fest has expanded to include a summer series and winter screenings.

Kay Tweed

A longtime Vineyarder known for publishing books and for her photography reminisces about her life around the world and on the Island.

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Two-island chef. Deon Thomas has been shuttling between the Vineyard and Anguilla for years, developing a restaurant business on both islands, as well as a devoted following who travel to wherever he can be found in the kitchen.

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On Island

Quilting ties between Haiti and the Vineyard.

How it works

Scalloping.

One last thing

I never forget a face.

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Inside Brookside Farm

A scenic highlight along Middle Road in Chilmark, Brookside Farm has been restored in recent years and its owners have made steps to ensure the property remains a pastoral landmark.

Realm of expression

Going beyond what you might expect from an Island artist, Margot Datz’s home is filled with creative details and treasures that conjure an old-world magic and fantastical feel.

A collector’s bijou

Joan and John Potter’s home is the result of both a new way of looking at their East Chop property and an integration of an eclectic array of antiques – many from the Far East.

A welcoming garden

Celebrating the annual blooming of their wisteria with family and friends is just one way Kerry and Pat Alley make their two-home Oak Bluffs property such an inviting place.

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Food

Feasting on quahaugs. From littlenecks to chowders, quahaugs provide sustenance year-round. Plus, they are just a rake away.

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How to plant a berry patch. This is the tale of a marriage, a home, and a berry patch. Plus, a primer on getting started yourself.

Ask the experts

Ask the experts. Caring for old paintings, new trends in carpeting, choosing the right indoor plants, and how to design a driveway.

How it works

Siting a well. A blend of regulatory compliance, science, and magic.

A poem from D.A.W.

Family archive.

Design

A home that inspires. The Muneys responded to the palette of a waterside setting on Edgartown Great Pond when planning their vacation house. Now the finished home inspires the family’s Vineyard lifestyle.

Gardening

Glorious peonies. Enjoyed for centuries from China and Japan to Europe and North America, these fragrant, showy blooms have a big impact on Vineyard gardens.

One last thing

How to utterly fail at gardening. We erred mightily, but how we loved those baby tulip trees.

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Realizing a green dream

The terms “green” or “sustainable” applied to residential architecture tend to conjure images of primitive or alternative homes of modest size and funky feel, rather than the high-end, luxurious houses that often grace the pages of magazines. The Davis house in Chilmark is a stunning rebuke to that fallacy.

For the love of plants

Greenhouses bring color and life to many homes during the off-season.

Powered by nature

A new building on Anna Edey’s West Tisbury farm sounds more like a spa with its pool and sauna, but she calls it a lab for sustainable design as it integrates many of her environmentally friendly innovations, including solar panels for heat, hot water, and electricity – and chickens for eggs, meat, and heat.

On golden pond

A couple heading toward retirement nestles into a renovated home on the Lagoon in Oak Bluffs.

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Food

Veggies galore. The community garden at Island Cohousing is a poster garden for Vineyard-grown and a model of sustainable living and recycling.

From the editor

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The greening of Vineyard homes.

How it works

Building a teepee.

DIY/How to

Force bulbs indoors.

A poem from D.A.W.

Fall investment.

Design

The allure of mudrooms. Four different settings show this architectural interface between the wide, grubby world and the civility of the home.

Home

Hemingway’s head. A small two-bedroom in Edgartown features a half-bath inspired by all things Ernest Hemingway – especially the famed author’s fishing boat.

One last thing

House-waiters Anonymous.

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Where have all the hippies gone?

The hippie invasion on the Vineyard in the sixties and seventies not only affected the culture of that day, but continues to influence the Island.

Making farming work

Krishana Collins didn’t grown up within the longtime tradition of farming on the island, but this young farmer has built a successful business with a couple of acres, a spot at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market, orders from high-end restaurants — and a lot of hard work and support from Mother Nature.

How green is Martha’s Vineyard?

A look at six key areas on the Island: sustainability, energy, refuse and recycling, water, land conservation, and education.

Greening up your home

Some tips and products to make your household a little more eco-friendly.

A scentimental journey

Researcher Luanne Johnson began studying skunks to see if they were a threat to shorebirds, and ended up finding them a fascinating subject in their own right.

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Food

Island chefs celebrate the Vineyard’s bounty. Fresh ingredients inspire chefs to create a place for them on that night’s restaurant menu.

Outdoors

Oh, Shenandoah! A trip aboard one of the Black Dog Tall Ships introduces fifth graders to a bit of history, communal living, and the waters surrounding the island they call home.

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On Island

Keeper of a sanctuary. Suzan Bellincampi grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, but she’s become a well-known Vineyarder in recent years for her environmental work. Currently, as the director of the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown, Suzan helps adults and children alike connect with nature through educational programs, camps, and festivals.

On Island

Spring gardening: a wardrobe challenge.

How it works

Finding an arrowhead.

How I got here

Harold Hill. His working years were spent in youth services, and as a policeman, store owner, and bailiff; now that he’s retired, he’s gone back to a craft he learned as a child: wood burning, which he paints over to create colorful landscapes and more.

A poem from D.A.W.

Spring ritual.

Kate’s column

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the greenest lawn of them all?

Nonfiction

The lost century. A gap in his knowledge of pre-Mayflower America led Tony Horwitz, the bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who lives in Vineyard Haven, to write a new history and travel book A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.

One last thing

Just when you thought it was safe to hope for a parade. The dork on the sailboat in Jaws 2 wants his own Jaws Fest.

One last thing

Just when you thought it was safe to hope for a parade.

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Jimmy Morgan

This retired Menemsha fisherman is an Island icon with something to say about everything from swordfishing to hurricanes, World War II to the Cape Wind project.

The a cappella boys of summer

Since 1992, the Vineyard Sound has been bringing a joyful, popular singing soundtrack - with no instruments - to Island summers.

From Jamaica to the Vineyard

For years, Jamaicans have been an integral part of the seasonal work force of the Vineyard. Now new rules concerning H-2B visas mean many can't return to the Island.

Our great ponds

These sanctuaries – dispersed around the Vineyard – are havens for flora and fauna as well as destinations for fun-seeking families and nature lovers. You might even say they can be refuges for the human soul.

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Going crabbin’. Waging battle with this feisty crustacean along the quiet shoreline of an Island pond is as much fun as its sweet, tender meat is prized.

Outdoors

Mastering the harbors. A look at the resources and amenities whether you have your own boat or not.

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On Island

Classic wooden boats. An excerpt from a new book by former America’s Cup sailor and Vineyard photographer and gallery owner Louisa Gould

On Island

Not just any old black dog.

On Island

Booty and the beast.

How it works

Making wampum jewelery.

Measuring the Vineyard

One less dry town.

Family portrait

The Brown brothers, separate routes to surprisingly parallel lives.

How I got here

Elsie Nunes. Ninety-year-old Elsie Nunes shares her family history and gives a glimpse of her youth on-island.

A poem from D.A.W.

July Entrepreneurs.

Kate’s column

When your house guests leave unmentionables.

Home

Unwinding in Chilmark. For actress Amy Brenneman and her family, their simple Vineyard home is a gateway to a relaxed lifestyle that’s a welcome contrast to Hollywood.

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard 2008.

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Dance fever. Dancing the night away with the Boogies.

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Going au naturel

Is there a future for nude beaches on the Island?

A conversation with Skip Gates

The Oak Bluffs summer resident talks about his routines on-Island, racial and class issues on the Vineyard, who will be the next president, and his sexy red tricycle.

Schoolplay

Sure, students taking to Vineyard stages have a lot of fun and it’s a great experience. They’ve also had remarkable success on- and off-Island – and they are remarkably watchable.

A woman in whaleman’s clothing

One hundred and forty-five years ago, the toughest crewman aboard the Holmes Hole whaling ship America attacked the mate with a knife. But this confrontation led to an even more shocking incident, as the crewman revealed that he was a she.

Two town harbors...an ocean apart

How different these harbors are – one on the Vineyard, one in Norway – may depend on where you are from.

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A world of heirloom tomatoes. From seeds saved over generations, harvested across the globe, West Tisbury gardener Thalia Scanlan grows a striking variety of tomatoes. She also helps grow seedlings for an annual sale at COMSOG in Oak Bluffs.

Outdoors

The truth about kids and ponies. Topper could be ornery (you might even say abusive), but a girl who looked beyond his shortcomings found he brought her freedom to roam around Chappaquiddick, taught her about difficult relationships, and contributed to the inner strength that has stuck with her throughout adulthood.

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Chappy Joe. When neighborly kindness is extended to tourists, it can be surprising – welcome, but surprising.

On Island

The magic of GPS meets the mysteries of the Vineyard.

On Island

A photo of Island Theatre wins second place in a National Geographic Traveler contest.

How it works

Building a sandcastle.

A poem from D.A.W.

Surf Story.

Kate’s column

Is this island big enough for the Clintons and the Obamas?

Home

The soul connection in Aquinnah. Guitarist Arlen Roth collects his favorite instrument – as well as vintage cars, toys, and memorabilia.

Books

Summer reads. A day at the beach just isn’t complete without a great book. But with so many to choose from, which one should it be? We asked bibliophiles at the Island’s libraries and bookstores to give us their picks for summer reading and got an amazing variety of titles.

Fiction

An excerpt from Stephen L. Carter’s latest thriller, Palace Council.

One last thing

The house guests of the year.

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A swinging success

Without the help of his family, the Vineyard golf community, and other advisers, Tony Grillo might never have capitalized on his own drive to win. Now with two state junior championships in the bag, the Islander begins a new chapter at Harvard.

Finding your yoga

Just like Goldilocks trying to find the right porridge and bed, this writer had to sample different styles of yoga before settling into a groove that worked for her body and mind.

A man who works on water

Steve Ewing – wharf builder, conservationist, family man, poet – tells a story or two about a lifetime on the water, in the city, and on the Vineyard.

Age-defying Vineyarders

A plethora of older folks are relishing their golden years on the Island, keeping active by working, volunteering, socializing, and doing everything that makes them happy.

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On the dairy farm. Chilmark’s Mermaid Farm has the only certified raw milk on the Island. The husband-and-wife team of Allen Healy and Caitlin Jones also grows produce, raises sheep, and sells lamb to round out their business.

Outdoors

When the albies are biting. Word spreads quickly among those in the know and everyones grabbing their rods and heading to the shore.

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Learning English. For many foreign-born Vineyarders, integrating successfully into this community means hours, days, and nights studying and practicing the language.

On Island

Where does the road go? A seemingly simple question turns philosophical on a small island.

How it works

Birding from the ferry. It turns out that the ferry, in addition to being a place to get a really overpriced pretzel, is also a good spot for birding.

Minding her own business

Skye Botanicals. To Whole Foods and beyond, Monica Skye Miller has grown a line of beauty care products – with roots on the Vineyard, Costa Rica, and around the globe – into a successful business.

A poem from D.A.W.

Autumn hikes.

Kate’s column

Capitalizing on cookbooks.

Garden

A recycled garden. Through their work at Vineyard Gardens, Jeremiah Brown and Janice Haynes have gleaned plenty of plants headed to the compost pile. With a lot more labor at home, they’ve designed a lush enclave for their six-year-old West Tisbury colonial.

One last thing

The cormorant has landed.

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Thrifty and thriving

There seems to be a trick to making life work on this Island year-round. Add the nation’s tough economy to the higher expense of living on the Vineyard, and we wonder how people will continue to prosper.

Dropping a beat

The off-season has provided an emotional challenge for Ben Williams, who graduated last spring from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Recently he discovered that his passion for laying rhyme over rhythm takes the chill off Island winters.

A master of diagnoses

Through his physical therapy practice, Larry Greenberg has developed some interesting insights into how living, working, gardening, and hosting many a visitor on the Vineyard can affect the body.

Top ten things about Vineyard winters

Our list will give you insight into the season, from the beauty of nature to the importance of making music. Other items that have made the list – say, pond skating and potlucks – may give you ideas of how to overcome winter doldrums.

Artistry in stone

From walls around farmland to features in contemporary landscape design, what man has made of stone spans centuries and defines cultures.

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Ethnic foods. Just because we’re on an Island where seafood is particularly tasty, doesn’t mean we don’t want to surprise our palates with some dishes that come from faraway lands.

Outdoors

Off the beaten path. The regulars at this weekly Sunday off-road ride have fun and get a great workout traveling the lesser-known pathways around the Vineyard. But the fellowship and camaraderie are also what keep them coming back week after week.

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Poker nights. It may not be Vegas, but people are playing Texas hold ’em all over the Vineyard.

How it works

Cranberry bogs.

A poem from D.A.W.

Remembering July.

Kate’s column

Getting a winning call from the Steamship Authority.

Favorite Things

Freebies. The first once mine, now yours catalogue of items found free by the side of the road.

Fiction

The Problem with Puddles. In some excerpts from a new children’s chapter book (released in February 2009 from Simon and Schuster), we meet a family that’s followed by rain clouds. After a storm delays the end of their island vacation, they head back to the city – but in their haste to catch the ferry, they forget one thing.

One last thing

It’s a small, small world.

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To the four winds

Creative minds, voices, and hands from all over the Island and beyond came together to fashion this colorful and artistic home on Four Winds Lane in Chilmark.

Modular houses barge in

Compelling economics, fast-track completions, and customized designs have triggered a modular mini-boom on the Vineyard.

My yard

A Chappaquiddicker evolves along with her land.

In the pink

The fleeting joy of the pink-petaled profusion that cherry trees bring to one West Tisbury homeowner.

Rooted in history, alive today

A young filmmaker captures the ancient story and traditions of Island agriculture, inspired by the people he’s descended from, and the homes and land he knew and loved as a boy.

The formal garden

Accidental gardener Michael Faraca educated himself in quintessential design, and with a couple of Anglophile clients, went on to develop a decidedly formal side.

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Mosaics embedded with meaning. Jenifer Strachan practices an ancient art but fashions her own distinct style with broken dishes.

Outdoors

Honeybees. They are in peril around the country, but the Island’s own appear to be thriving. Our examination of these producers of honey and pollinators of food and flowers includes a list of plants that attract them, and honey recipes for bread and a facial scrub.

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Ask the experts. Learn how to check the safety of your deck, combat mold, and change the color of your hydrangeas.

How it works

Shearing an alpaca.

DIY/How to

Plant a wildflower garden.

A poem from D.A.W.

Birth of a home.

Going green

It’s time for bittersweet to get out of town.

Real estate

Real estate. Three houses, one price - what you can get for the money.

One last thing

The right stuff. A rubber ducky or two in the back of your bathroom closet is no match for this boarder.

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On to the next house

After architect Michael Ball built one house on the Vineyard to live in, he did it again. Now he’s planning another move off-Island, but he’ll leave his mark with these two decidedly different designs.

Keeping warm this winter

With high oil and gas prices, Vineyarders are searching for ways to lower their heating bills. To respond, businesses on-Island are offering new technologies, which tend to be greener too.

Nina’s beauty

A glimpse of the West Tisbury garden tended by Nina Schneider until her death last year

Wreck or renovate?

An Oak Bluffs couple’s thoughtful (and thrifty) three-stage reformation of a vintage cottage.

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Food

The breakfast, lunch, and dinner table. Even on the Vineyard, the bustle of everyday life can conspire to keep families from gathering together for meals. Carol McManus, owner of Espresso Love in Edgartown, recently published a book to promote the simple idea of family sitting down at the dinner table – as she did with her five kids.

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Ask the experts

Ask the experts. How to prepare rhododendrons for winter, eliminate blue-green stains around drains, and identify poison ivy off-season. And on-demand hot water: How does it work and is it worth it?

How it works

Maintaining a dirt road.

A poem from D.A.W.

Crime and punishment.

Going green

Organic gardening with red wiggler worms.

Gardening

Garden choreography. Susanne Clark designed her Chilmark garden based on the land, her home, and an elaborate scoring system.

Home

Finding the perfect rental house. Washingtonians Don and Ann Brown spent thirty-seven summers renting the same house in Vineyard Haven. Before that - and since - they’ve cheerfully moved from one rental to another. We visited with them recently in Chilmark.

Real estate

Real estate. Offbeat offers-from celebrity spreads to waterfront turf and a surprising number of horse farms.

One last thing

Autumn’s closing. Pulling down the shades on a Chappy summer home.

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Willy Mason's Island soul

The platinum-selling Vineyarder has been compared to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen, but most of his inspiration is from family and friends. (page 30)

An ode to East Beach

Sand, water, and beach grass combine into a simple melody of peacefulness at this Chappy beach, even on a busy summer day. (page 24)

Ticks bite!

The latest figures show the highest incidence of Lyme is on the Vineyard. The Island's picturesque patchwork of fields and forest is an idyll for ticks, their host animals, and the disease. (page 38)

Good riddance to all that

Known for their high-end tag sales, the Good Riddance Girls lure two guys to run their business of bargains. (page 48)

Farewell to the Islander

Remembering a ferry that might not have been considered lovely but was always loved. (page 54)

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Brazilians get a taste of home in some Vineyard shops. (page 10)
Baby, you can drive my car. Getting your car fixed off-Island without going there. (page 12)
Kate's column. Matchmaking has gone to the dogs (page 14)
Measuring the Vineyard. Median home sales prices from last year and ten years ago. (page 16)
How I got here: Albert Alcalay. The abstract expressionist painter, concentration camp survivor, and Yugoslavian emigre has been summering on the Vineyard for almost forty-five years. (page 22)
How it works. Shucking shellfish (page 20)
Then and now: Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Vineyard Haven in the 1940s and 2006. (page 12)
Favorite things. The written word is just plain stylish on Main Street in Vineyard Haven (page 18)
A poem by D.A.W. Spring yard sale. (page 18)

Food

Island cooking with Jessica Harris. The Oak Bluffs summer resident and author of numerous cookbooks finally pens one inspired by the Vineyard. Recipes include: Mommy's summer fried chicken, Marvino's one-pot lobster feast, Summer Southern succotash. (page 62)

Home

Hoarding the past. The owner of Kevin's Auto Body surrounds his family with chock-a-block antiques. (page 68)

Outdoors

The critter chronicles. A trio of creature features by Shirley W. Mayhew, Sally Bennett, and Jib Ellis. (page 72)

Art

Baseball caps, matchbooks, and ideas. The Granary Gallery gives artists more than sales. (page 56)

One last thing

A little frenzy with your fries?. Carolyn O'Daly gives a taste of what you'll find at Island restaurants in the spring. (page 80)

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The Best of the Vineyard 2007

The results of our annual reader survey are in. Plus we asked voters to weigh in on our ten bonus beach categories this year. (page 34)

Private beaches

State law gives private landholders exclusive rights to their beaches, and some Island towns exclude non-residents from their stretches of sand. Should all beaches be open to the public? (page 50)

New growth at The Yard

Historically, the Chilmark retreat has focused on cultivating professionals in the world of dance. Now, the new director is reaching out to the Island. (page 58)

A Plum assignment

The Vineyard's small-screen source of news, entertainment, and banter is becoming as much a part of daily life for the staff as for the viewers they're attracting. (page 74)

Back and forth: the Chappy ferry

The service is making headlines. Passenger rates may go up, the lines may get longer, and the owner plans to sell. A look at the history of the service shows this isn't exactly new news. Plus: How hard can it be to drive the Chappy ferry? (page 64)

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Kate's column. Playing the Island name game. (page 24)
Bringing the canvas to nature. Plein air painting at Polly Hill Arboretum and beyond. (page 14)
All juiced up. A new diet book showcases the Vineyard. (page 20)
How it works. The brass ring arm at the Flying Horses (page 26)
Measuring the Vineyard. Acreage that's settled, protected, and available for construction on the Island. (page 18)
A poem by D.A.W. Roadside honor code. (page 27)

Food

A July Fourth barbecue with Steven Raichlen. America's master griller preps a family feast at his Chappy summer home. Recipes include: Beer-can chicken; basic barbecue rub; bluefish on a board with maple-mustard glaze; grilled clams with garlic, wine, and chorizo; grilled corn with garlic-tarragon butter. (page 86)

Art

The artists' artist. Ruth Kirchmeier's woodcuts capture the natural world as well as the sensibilities of her colleagues. (page 80)

Garden

Detail and design. An excerpt from a new book on Edgartown's Charlotte Inn gives a glimpse of the detail and design in its gardens. (page 92)

Outdoors

Getting my goat(s). When a former New Yorker finds herself with a couple of goats, she discovers there's more to know about poison ivy, Pepto-Bismol, and the critters' strong personalities. (page 28)

Best bets

Best bets. The Vineyard Cup sailing races, the beginning of a weekly summer music festival on Chappy, and Circus Smirkus. (page 102)

One last thing

Seven strikes and you're out. How many lightning strikes can one woman survive? (page 104)

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The changing shape of the Island

Increased erosion and global warming are accelerating natural shifts in the coastline of the Vineyard - with dramatic results. (page 34)

The king of crustaceans

Because of his research and advocacy work at the State Lobster Hatchery, John Hughes found a way to make a living on the Vineyard, discovered a winter hideaway in Puerto Rico - and met Marlon Brando. (page 44)

Making hay

The Fischer family continues a tradition of nearly sixty years of haying on Flat Point Farm. (page 50)

Photographs from a hurricane

After Hurricane Carol roared through Martha's Vineyard on August 31, 1954, Shirley Mayhew and her camera went to Menemsha harbor - where few others were allowed entry. (page 58)

The art of Stella Waitzkin

She was a reclusive personality before her death in 2003, but now Stella Waitzkin's abstract expressionist artwork is gaining attention. An essay by her son, writer Fred Waitzkin, follows. (page 62)

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Life on island/various essays. Film and theater director Claudia Weill tells how she got to the Island; The nanny files; Kate Feiffer on missing the ferry; Denys Wortman's cartoons and paintings go on sale; the Divas Uncorked host a wine festival; sending a message in a bottle; the Skillet Toss at the Ag fair; and a poem from D.A.W. (page 14-29)

Food

Planning a picnic. From beach to backyard, four menus to plan a picnic. Recipes include: Fresh tomato salsa, Curried chicken salad, Greek pasta salad, Chocolate chip cookies, Strawberry daiquiri. (page 70)

Home

Heeding the call of the home. Louise DuArt and SQuire Rushnell's Katama home is a tribute to love and God. (page 76)

Fiction

Crossed. Excerpts from author Nicole Galland's upcoming novel Crossed capture what it would have been like for a landlubber on a massive sailing expedition during the Crusades. (page 82)

Best of the Vineyard

Results of the 2007 vote. Results of the 2007 vote. (page 86)

Outdoors

And on that farm they have a dog. From chasing down chickens to herding flocks of sheep, Border collies share the workload. (page 30)

One Last Thing

Party lines. How to survive the island's cocktail parties when you're unemployed. (page 100)

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Finding tranquility at Mytoi

After the devastation of Hurricane Bob, the little Japanese-style garden blossomed on Chappaquiddick. (page 28)

Talkin' about a revolution

Just thirty years ago, the Island voted to secede from Massachusetts with the cry of "Free Martha's Vineyard." (page 34)

A whole new shape of the Vineyard

When some creative people took a lighthearted approach to designing a new shape of the Island, they came up with a sea horse, a Fender guitar and a female ninja in drag, among others. (page 42)

Fishing with Jaime Boyle

A trip with this charter captain inspires the most casual and die-hard anglers from early spring through the Derby season and fall. (page 46)

A road less traveled

Hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike find peace on the Dr. Fisher Road--when they can find it. (page 52)

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Thi Khen Tran. Cooking with "The Egg Roll Lady". (page 12)
How i got here. Barbara Bick: An activist and writer with a million-dollar view. (page 16)
Kate's column: neighborly dysfunction. Kate Feiffer tries to wash a man right out of her hair. (page 18)
How it works: harpooning a swordfish. How to harpoon a sword fish. (page 20)
How I got here: Barbara Bick. How activist and writer Barbara Bick got here. (page 16)
Seafood scandal. A poem from D.A.W. (page 18)

Food

Eating bluefish. Bluefish--demystifying a misunderstood fish. Recipes include: Italian baked bluefish with tomatoes, garlic and olives. Bluefish with soy-ginger sauce. Bluefish with lemon-mustard crust. Philip Craig's favorite stuffed bluefish. Grill-roasted bluefish with orange sauce. (page 64)

Fiction

Squid row. If you're lucky you'll end up on Squid Row. (page 70)

Outdoors

Biking the Vineyard. Biking is a great way to bond with friends, neighbors, and even canine family members. (page 22)

Art

Making a statement. Barney Zeitz finds that public art is the most gratifying way to address life's larger issues. (page 60)

One Last Thing

Vineyard trivia. Think you know everything about the Vineyard? Try our trivia quiz. (page 80)

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Martha's Vineyard versus Nantucket

Stereotypes abound, but are the Islands all that different? We travel to our sister island to investigate. (page 34)

The little boat that could

The Patriot always seems to find its way from Falmouth to the Vineyard - bringing newspapers and bagels as well as a family of workers who commute to the Island. (page 44)

Vacations by the vocation

Some Vineyarders want to escape with a purpose in winter: Four adventurers tell all about their experiences in Nicaragua, Israel, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. (page 50)

Hunger on the Vineyard

With all the wealth on the Island, you might not imagine that anyone could be without basic sustenance, but the Food Pantry know differently. (page 56)

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The Mighty Mites. This season's pint-sized hockey players hit the ice to learn the game and just have some fun. (page 28)

On Island

Get me to the boat on time. The mad dash to make the ferry when you go to Falmouth Academy. (page 8)
Understanding Portugese. How an interpreter can take the fear and confusion out of a doctor’s visit for Brazilians. (page 14)
Kate's column: off with the off-season.. Kate Feiffer offers a new definition for the off-season. (page 16)
How it works: an ice house. How an ice house worked. (page 18)

Food

Bring out your sweet tooth . Impress your guests with private chef Heather Gude's high-end, scrumptious desserts - you don't have to be a professional to make any of them. (page 64)

Favorite Things

Relics, ruins, and remnants. The grand defunct railroad, an observation bunker out to sea, a mysterious dory, and other relics, ruins, and remnants of days past. (page 20)

Home

Winter in the Camp Ground. The bustle of the busy Camp Ground in summer gives way to a sense of intimate community for those who remain for the winter. (page 60)

One last thing

Cruel April. Sally Bennett's poignant essay accentuates that not everyone feels elated at the first signs of spring. (page 72)

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Vineyard houses harness the sun

More and more homeowners are climbing on board the solar-energy wagon, to heat their hot water and pools, to power their houses, and to become more energy self-sufficient. (page 38)

The choreography of gardening

Peggy Schwier's West Tisbury garden comes to life in a vivid photo essay from Nina Bramhall. (page 46)

Mastering the faux arts

Learn how the pros do fancy faux finishing and try it yourself. Squeegee, rag, and roll your way to a new look. (page 54)

Edgartown's Iconic fences

It wouldn't be Edgartown without the posts and pickets. Take a tour of these ubiquitous gems of history, craftsmanship, and community character that set the tone for the town. (page 62)

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The Corbin-Norton house. Peter Norton and Gwen Adams talk about entertaining at their famous Ocean Park manse--a near perfect replica of a nearly exact restoration of the original late-nineteenth century home. (page 30)

On Island

An Islander for the birds. An Islander for the birds (page 16)
Experts answer home and garden questions. Experts answer home and garden questions: Can a homeowner repair a split pipe that occurred in an outdoor shower over the winter? What are the best ways to protect yard against deer ticks? How do you prepare a garden bed for perennials versus vegetables? What plants from Brazil grow best on the Island? How do you remove streaks in windows? (page 18)
Family Portrait: The Rosbecks. How the Rosbeck family does business. (page 22)
How It Works: Attracting bats. Attracting bats. (really) (page 24)

Food

Backyard teas. Vineyarders use backyard herbs and plants to make fragrant and soothing teas. recipes include: Rose Hip Tea. Lemon Balm Tea. Lemon Verbana Tea. Tummy Tea. Lavendar scones. (page 68)

Favorite Things

Treasure or trash? Appraising family gems, collectibles, and other old stuff. Martha's Vineyard Museum's Appraisal Day uncovered some family gems, collectibles and other old stuff. (page 26)

Home

A kitchen caters to cook & guests. Clever and convenient features reign in the design of caterer Jan Buhrman's home kitchen. (page 72)

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Going organic

Now is the best time of the year to prep lawns and gardens for a lush life without chemicals. (page 26)

Moving to the Island year-round

Stephen and Kathy Pogue turned their Edgartown summer retreat into a permanent home, where they live with their triplets. (page 32)

The history of the telephone

An entrepreneurial grocer, and then a diligent doctor, pioneered Vineyarders' connection to each other and the rest of the world. (page 38)

Something old, something new

Ashley Medowski took the family barn and converted it into the Saltwater Gallery, her largest piece of artwork yet. Brian Jolley's photograph bring you on a tour in this photo essay. (page 46)

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Windows on display. Chilmark's Will Parry creates extraordinary windows to match the rhythm of a house and the surrounding views. (page 20)

On Island

Minding their own business: Eileen Blake's pies.. How Eileen Blake became a pie force to be reckoned with. (page 10)
How to grow a house. Seeds Of Change (page 14)
Measuring the Vineyard. Population Growth on-island. (page 15)
Ask the experts: Jesse Steere, John Mancuso, Jennifer Ingraham, John Bunker. Experts tell you how to prolong the life of shingles and more. (page 16)
How it works: moving a house. The inside scoop on moving a whole house. (page 18)

Home

The house that straw built. Steve Ruzanski and Emily Sims share their earth-friendly house in Vineyard Haven: Not only is it made of strew,it's covered with solar panels and full of sustainable products and recycled goods (page 54)

Garden

There's something about an orchid. The exotic orchid is easier to grow and more readily available than you might think. Jeanne Campbell experiments with a variety that's suited to the Vineyard. (page 58)

One Last Thing

Family trees. Sometimes trees make you feel cozy and protected; other times they just mess up the yard and fill the gutters with leaves. (page 72)

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A journalist of our past

After twenty-eight years of research, Art Railton's new book of Martha's Vineyard history is about to be published. (page 30)

Chilmark's field of dreams

Defying uneven ground, bushes, sand, rocks, and divots, an up-Island game of softball thrives off Tabor House Road. (page 38)

Daffodils: the end of waiiting

Snowdrops are pathological liars, crocuses are unreliable, but daffodils represent everything good an true about Island spring. (page 44)

A ketch named destiny

The sailboat Rick Haslet began building nine years ago is nearing the day when she'll go in the water for the first time. (page 54)

How hard can it be

To hitchhike to Aquinnah? Two Island women thumb their way fro Oak Bluffs to the Cliffs and back. (page 60)

The moderators

The men - and the woman - who keep order at town meeting and preserve the purest form of democracy in the world. (page 50)

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How i got here: Charlayne Hunter-Gault. How Charlayne Hunter-Gault got here. (page 10)
The camp ground, then and now. The Camp Ground, then and now (page 14)
Pardon my thong. Essay (page 13)
Minding his own business. Jay Schofield: Memoirs matter (page 16)
Fish tales: Carlos and Tim Bartolomeu. A father-son fish tale. (page 18)
How it works: trout stocking on the Vineyard. How to stock an Island pond with mainland trout. (page 20)
A reliable family . A Reliable family dynasty. (page 12)
Best flea market discoveries. What's the most interesting object you've ever found at a flea market on Martha's Vineyard Best flea market discoveries (page 16)

Food

Raising the salad bar. Recipes include: Mussels with garlic croutons and micro greens. Lemony asparagus and artichoke salad. Spring greens with strawberries and a citrus vinaigrette. Radicchio and endive salad with smoked bluefish. (page 68)

Grapevine

The very model of a modern buccanneer. Dominic Zachorne builds a model (page 22)
Kate's column: . Kate Feiffer contemplates clumping. (page 25)

Favorite Things

Carlos Montoya's favorite native plants. (page 26)

At home with

At home with the Goff-Maidoffs of Chilmark. The Goff-Maidoffs of Chilmark. (page 64)

Great Rooms

Costumes over Cronig's. Costumes stored above the grocery store. (page 72)

One Last Thing

Between cats. A young man marks off major life events by the deaths of his family pets. (page 80)

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The Best of the Vineyard 2006

Geoff Currier introduces our annual special section, which includes a list of the winners and runners-up as well as memorabilia and stories from the earliest days of several leading Island businesses. (page 29)

Pride's crossing

A twenty-two-year-old Chappaquidick native signs up as second mate aboard the schooner Pride of Baltimore II and sails across the Atlantic for the first time in her life. (page 44)

A gift from the rafters

The writer rented a cottage by the sea one summer so she could have a place of her own. It didn't work out exactly that way. (page 52)

Under one (hot tin) roof

Two Island working men set up a place that leveled the field between those who were here for July and August and those who had muddled through another February on the Vineyard. (page 54)

Piping plovers: what's the big deal

Sure, you want to save tiny birds from getting squashed. But you think twice when it means giving up your place on the beach. (page 60)

The shipyard at 150

On its sesquicentennial, Martha's Vineyard Shipyard stands at the heart of working Vineyard Haven harbor. (page 66)

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Minding his own business. Rick Bausman, a different drummer. (page 12)

Food

Lobster is a many-splendored thing. Many-splendored lobsters. Recipes include: Golden fried tomato with lobster salad and avocado puree. Baked stuffed lobster. (page 78)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Finding that secret (parking) spot, going organic at Bayes Norton Farm, Kate Feiffer on the worst of the Vineyard. (page 24)

At Home With

The Franklins of Vineyard Photo. The Franklins, who run Vineyard Photo, keep a project in motion at home. (page 74)

Garden

Varmints that can ruin your day. My strategy is to plant a little more than I need of everything, do my imperfect best at pest control, then resign myself to sharing some of my bounty with the critters and insects. (page 83)

Great Rooms

Soon to be known as the Destefani house. When a house acquires a name on the Island, it's a sign that a stranger has arrived, worked hard, sacrificed, and achieved something memorable. (page 86)

One Last Thing

What goes around, comes around. The (pretty small) world of Island yard sales. (page 96)

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Artists in light and sound

It's a tradition marking the end of the summer that goes back to 1974. Find out how a very small fireworks company came to shoot a very big show in the skies over Oak Bluffs. (page 38)

The good Island car

Across the Vineyard, we make do with what's lying around. If it runs- even barely- it's good enough for us. (page 50)

For the love of lobsters

A few Menemsha lobstermen hang on to a way of life as the catch hits a twenty-five-year low. Scientists, regulators, and fishermen debate what's gone wrong. (page 54)

A captivating experience

A young summer resident wakes up in the old graybar motel. (page 60)

Wicket fun

Croquet- a game considered risque in the nineteenth century and snooty in the twentieth- retakes the field on the Vineyard (and welcomes all comers) in the twenty-first. (page 64)

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The kayak chick. Having paddled here, there, and everywhere, Carolyn Dowd comes home to lead kayak tours all around the Vineyard. (page 12)

Architecture

A fort of one's own. Mitch Gordon draws on a lifetime of experience to build a tree fort for his kids in North Tisbury. (page 74)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. The Agricultural Fair chooses its poster girl, Hospice gains new volunteers, and Kate Feiffer proposes one benefit for every Island cause. (page 26)

Garden and Food

Edible beauty. Each daylily blossom lasts only a day. But though it's beauty is fleeting, it is useful year-round. Every part of it, except for its roots, can be eaten. (page 68)

One Last Thing

In love with Mabel. Margaret Knight explains how she fell in love with Mabel. (page 88)

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Knight falls

A murder at Lake Tashmoo- only the fourth in recorded Island history- shocks Martha's Vineyard and makes headlines across the nation in the late summer of 1935. (page 28)

Up, up, and away

Nevin Sayre of Vineyard Haven, five-time U.S. windsurfing champion, takes up (way, way up) the brave new sport of kiteboarding. (page 36)

Island of lost souls

Chappaquiddickers were once dead serious about Halloween. (page 44)

What might have been

A bold plan to federalize the protection of the Vineyard landscape fails in 1976 after a long fight. For better and worse, we're still living with the legacy of the so-called Kennedy bill. (page 46)

A house for the ages

The Vanderhoop homestead- now the Aquinnah Cultural Center- embraces more than a century of Gay Head history. (page 52)

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Minding his own business. A sultan of swing minds his own business, Berta Welch and family make and sell wampum at the Gay Head Cliffs, the battle for Josey's pig, a tribute to a departing ferry, how to caulk a wooden boat, and a poem from D.A.W. (page 10)

Food

Dial c for cookbook. A new cookbook collects the recipes from the J.W. Jackson murder mysteries. (page 64)

Favorite Things

Keith Gorman's favorite museum discoveries. Keith Gorman's favorite discoveries at the Martha's Vineyard Museum. (page 20)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday life life. Toward 500 solar roofs, an anthem for the Water Ma'am, and Kate Feiffer bids farewell to the summer people. (page 24)

Garden

What I learned from aphids. What Margaret Knight learned from aphids. (page 58)

Great Rooms

Poco loco's pilothouse. The pilothouse of Poco Loco. (page 62)

At Home With

The Oslons of Farm Pond. Ingenuity and improvisation restore the Olson home on Farm Pond in Oak Bluffs. (page 68)

One Last Thing

Call of the 3:30 bird. Ellinor R. Mitchell on the call of the 3:30 bird. (page 80)

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Favorite nature spots

The Nature Conservancy's Matt Pelikan chooses five places that contribute to a fuller understanding of the forces- natural and human- that have shaped the Island (page 22)

Flying horses

In the early 1970s, there was only one place to be on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving- the big horse race at John and Kappy Hall's farm. (page 26)

Cemented in time

A community demands the return of an old dead cedar tree that was stolen from its neighborhood. (page 34)

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How I got here. Johnny Hoy tells his washashore tale; the fashion industry according to Stina Sayre; how to carve scrimshaw; and a poem from D.A.W. (page 10)

Food

Slow food. The international anti-fast food movement gets cookin' on the Vineyard. (page 68)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Good deeds from the folks at the Red Stocking fund. (page 22)

Special Report

Out of the storm, up from the gulf. The birth- and near death- of the new Vineyard ferry Island Home as it was being built in Mississippi and Hurricane Katrina arrived. (page 36)

At home with

Bernie Holzer and Simmy Denhart. Bernie Holzer and Simmy Denhart share their traditional Vineyard house, built with the help of found materials and skilled friends. (page 56)

Garden

In from the cold. The stars of many summer gardens come indoors this time of year and brighten greenhouses, kitchens, and living rooms. (page 62)

One Last Thing

Green=go. Carolyn O'Daly muses about driving off-island. (page 76)

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Kate Taylor and Liz Witham, at home

Two generations of Taylors have lived in the same family home on a hilltop in Aquinnah, but only for nine months of the year. (page 40)

The south mountain conspiracy

A firm in West Tisbury designs and builds some of the most expensive--and most affordable-- homes on the Vineyard. Funny thing is, they do both in much the same way. (page 46)

Biography of a Vineyard house

The writer uncovers the 193-year history of his family home in Edgartown and discovers that actress Ruth Gordon spoke her first sentence in his kitchen back in 1898. (page 54)

On the moon

Unfinished business between a homne owner and a carpenter in West Tisbury. (page 64)

Meditations on a trophy house

A lifelong resident comes to know the owners of a big, new home on Chappaquiddick, and gets over some biases along the way. (page 72)

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Essay: a room of her own. Margaret Knight dares to occupy the newest room in her house. (page 14)
Ask the experts. Ask the experts your toughest home-owning questions. (page 16)
A separate piece. In copper, bronze, and bass, sculptor Marla Stelk reimagines an armored denizen of the deep. (page 20)

Food

The shell game. Following an oyster from pond (and farm) to the table. Recipes: Baked oysters with prosciutto, herbs, and pecorino. Baked oysters with ginger, lime, and cilantro butter. Oyster pan stew. Fried oysters with caper mayonnaise. Raw oysters with two sauces. (page 66)

Favorite things

John Abrams's favorite buildings. The co-founder of South Mountain Company tours his five favorite Vineyard buildings. (page 22)

Great Rooms

Signature rooms. Notable Island designers and builders identify the rooms that best express their aesthetic. (page 29)

Garden

In the gardens of Edgartown. Pride, and maybe a little jealousy keeps roses blooming in Edgartown gardens. (page 34)

One last thing

A garden (barely) grows in Katama.. A gardener finds that the land at Katama giveth, but mostly it taketh away. (page 88)

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A shipshape Chilmark home

On its twenty-fifth anniversary, the first Robert A.M. Stern house to be built on the Island retains all the freshness of its architectural (and nautical) vision. (page 36)

It was a jungle out there

The buyers of a historic-but wildly overgrown-home on Vineyard Haven harbor discover a waterfront garden waiting to take root, expand, and grow. (page 44)

In his nature

A new book illustrates how artist Allen Whiting draws inspiration from family and farm. (page 50)

Outside the box, inside the woods

What happens when work contends with real life in a home office situated outside the home. (page 60)

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There goes the neighborhood. Essay: Margaret Knight muses about being neighborly on Chappy. (page 12)
A fisherman in the forest. Tom Turner's one-man lumber industry. (page 14)
A separate piece. Jeri Dantzig engages in the ancient art of glass fusion. (page 16)
Ask the experts. Experts answer home and garden questions. (page 20)

Food

Chicken, from pasture to pot. At the FARM institute in Katama, the Poultry Project teaches children that things happen before meat shows up at the supermarket. Recipes: Chicken and dumplings. The FARM Institute's staff-lunch, home-grown roast chicken. Chicken stock. (page 74)
Personal chefs. Behind the scenes with some private chefs on the Vineyard. Plus recipes for those of you who prefer to do the cooking yourself. Recipes include: Carrie Mae Smiths's Cape Malay Chicken. Elizabeth Germain's Sicilian Seafood Stew. Jill Amado's Beef Bourguignon. Laura Silber's mirin-glazed sea scallops over black rice and spinach. (page 62)

At home with

The Kanes of Tashmoo Farm. Stanley and Janet Kane have taken a nearly three-centuries-old house, saved it from collapse, and preserved its character. (page 68)

Garden

All about time: the art of bonsai. On the Vineyard, a club of dedicated horticulturists practices the ancient and meticulous skill of growing trees on miniature. (page 62)

Favorite Things

Five chefs' favorite kitchen tools. Five chefs dish about their must haves for cooking. (page 22)

Great Rooms

Inviting the outside in. Using glass and color ingeniously to bring light and landscape inside. (page 28)

One Last Thing

A time to breathe. Unlike the snowbirds who go south, for us life slows to a more manageable pace in the winter. (page 80)

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O' bluefish, where art thou?

Bluefish seem so dependable, returning year after year. But sometimes they don't show up-- year after year. (page 34)

A journey with the pondwalker

Marine biologist Mike Syslo can cross your beach, traverse your lawn, and walk your deck as he seeks out sources of pollution along the shoreline of any pond that produces even a single edible shellfish on Martha's Vineyard (page 40)

Off to work he rows

A writer seeks--and finds--the perfect boat (and in Oak Bluffs, the perfect harbor) in which he can do a little work. (page 42)

Without a paddle

Forty-five years ago, ther officers and crewmen of the steamship Authority ferries went on strike, and stayed on strike for eleven weeks. Here's how the Island coped with--and was changed by--the longest shutdown in boat line history. (page 46)

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On Island

How it works: lifeguarding. How to lifeguard. (page 20)
MVPOV first day of school. A photo from the bud driver's seat. (page 18)

Food

A Vineyard harvest: a year of good food on Martha's Vineyard. Recipes: Watercress and Potato soup with curried crème fraîche, asparagus and fingerlings with salsa verde, roasted atlantic Halibut with mustard and dill crust, mini lemon cakes with a honey-mint glaze. (page 60)

At Home With

Form+function+marriage. Form plus function plus marriage in the woods of Harthaven. (page 52)

Great Rooms

Back to work: an office with a spectacular view. Phil Hale's office at Martha's vineyard Shipyard looks out over the breadth of Vineyard Haven harbor. It makes for a distracting start to the day--until Hale turns his back to it. (page 58)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. Bragging rights for Special Bus. (page 22)
On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. More addictive than eBay. (page 23)
On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. Island Duds (page 24)

Favorite things

Matthew Stackpole's favorite boats. Matthew Stackpole, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, chooses his favorite boats. (page 26)

Garden

Into a new land. Into a new land: putting down roots in a new place can be as hard for plants as for the people who nurture them. (page 30)

One Last Thing

A letter from the president. Kate Feiffer receives a letter from the president. (page 72)

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We're gonna need a bigger boat

Jaws changed movies, Martha's Vineyard, and the lives of the people who played the parts. Islanders revisit Amity at thirty. (page 44)

The Best of the Vineyard 2005

Intro only by Phil Craig. Other blurbs are by various. Owners and managers of our best businesses daydream about a perfect Island summer day off. (page 29)

We're gonna need a bigger boat

Jaws changed movies, Martha's Vineyard, and the lives of the people who played the parts. Islanders revisit Amity at thirty. (page 44)

Living on salt air

World traveler John Mayhew finds his way back home. (page 50)

Our little chickadee

Need mascot for Island nonconformity? Consider our little chickadees, who sing a singular song (well, four of them). (page 56)

Noble goals

A soccer league of nations at play on the fields of the Vineyard. (page 60)

The path through blueberry heaven

A young couple lives together in secret on Chappaquiddick. (page 64)

There is a season: turn, turn, turn

Renters come and go, and in between, these crews clean. (page 66)

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A poem by D.A.W.. Advice to travelers. (page 23)
How I got here: Johnny Seaview. How Johnny Seaview got here. (page 12)
Derby at Duarte's Pond. A boy photographs a trout tournament. (page 15)
Book notes: finding Martha's Vineyard: African Americans at home on an island. Jill Nelson's new book about African Americans on the Vineyard. (page 16)
Borrowdale books: books at the barricade . In 1954, Borrowdale Bookshop went to war against Senator Joseph McCarthy using a table of books. (page 20)
How it works: pumpout boats. How pumpout boats work. (page 22)

Food

The French connection. The more things change, the more two great restaurants stay the same. (page 80)

Grapevine

Two if by tea. Two if by tea: Alison David and Christopher Bird's The English Butler comes to Edgartown. (page 24)
Getting the ruffians off the street. Getting the ruffians off the street. (page 25)
An Rx from the saildoc.. Prescriptions from the saildoc. (page 26)

Garden

Finding Israel. An ambitious - and now desperate - gardener turns to Israel for help getting rid of her weeds. (page 70)

At Home With: Lynne Irons

A homegrown woman. Lynne Iron's Tisbury farm feeds both body and soul. (page 72)

Great Rooms

Meditation rooms. A piece of quiet: Vineyarders find refuge in mediation rooms of all shapes and sizes. (page 78)

One Last Thing

Cows in my backyard. Carolyn O'Daly finds a herd of cows in her backyard. (page 96)

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An airfield by the sea

It was a Faustian bargain that few would have faulted him for striking. What kind of man gives up millions to save a tiny little grass airport by the shore? Better yet, why? (page 34)

In the light where sea meets land

The light on the Vineyard can range from creamy to hazy to startlingly clear. To artists, scientists, and sailors alike, it’s a gift, given with the break of each and every day. (page 40)

A summer wind

A writer splits for the other coast the day after Hurricane Bob. His wife commemorates his gallantry by sending him a T-shirt that...well, we can't tell you very much more about it here. (page 50)

So, you want to give up that day job?

Up-and-coming painters clean biohazard rooms and drive trucks to pay the rent. But sometimes the day job inspires good art. (page 52)

In defense of Vineyard golf

Easy target: rich guys in flashy clothes swinging big clubs at tiny balls, and ravaging our landscape in the process, right? Maybe not. Turns out Vineyard golfers are a refgular, multicultural bunch of fellows - be they presidents or print-shop owners. (page 56)

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On Island

How I got here: Shirley W. Mayhew. How Shirley W. Mayhew got here. (page 14)
MVPOV: Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center. A visitor from Stockholm has his picture taken at the Visitor's Center. (page 21)
The rock beneath the beach. What ever happened to Lover's Rock? (page 22)
How it works: how to paint a landscape. How to paint a landscape: Featuring artist, Bill McLane. (page 24)

Food

August tomatoes. Recipes: Tomato and arugula salad with grilled steak and portobello mushrooms. Tomato salad with feta, olives, and an herb dressing. Summer pasta salad with tomato, fresh mozzarella, corn and basil. (page 66)

Minding his own business

Richard Paradise. Richard Paradise's Silver Screen dream. (page 18)

Grapevine

The good fight at 40. Fighting the good fight at 40. (Vineyard Conservation Society turns 40.) (page 26)
A view: from street to shining sea. Seeing a harbor from the street. (page 27)

Favorite Things

Favorite things: five artist' favorite views. Favorite Views of Island Artists (page 30)

Garden

Works of garden art. Some gardeners make art, some artists make gardens. (page 60)

Great Rooms

The Vose boathouse. For over a century, the Vose boathouse has been gathering at a landmark boathouse on Edgartown harbor. (page 72)

At Home With

At home with the Duck Inn. In Aquinnah, Elise LeBovit came to record a song, and stayed to run the Duck Inn. (page 74)

One last thing

The charity of Mrs. X. The charity of Mrs. X. (page 88The char)

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A life in the Derby

The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby turns sixty this year. Steve Amaral of Oak Bluffs is fishing his fifty-ninth. The greatest angler out there who has never managed to win it all recalls six decades of competitive fishing. (page 38)

If a frisbee flies in the forest

Off Barnes Road, just a few steps into the state forest, lies an eighteen-basket disc-golf course, where Islanders play Frisbee all year-round. Who knew? (page 46)

In harm's way

Jim Edson doesn't like hurricanes any more than the rest of us. But he thinks the next big storm to hit Martha's Vineyard might actually do us all a bit of good. (page 50)

Dancing with superman

Partnering up for a Virginia reel with a man who could leap tall buildings in a single bound. (page 54)

Best of times, of friends, of lures

The invention of the Alou Eel, a killer fishing lure, leads to new friendships and memorable fishing adventures. (page 56)

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On Island

How Vera Shorter got here. (page 14)
MVPOV: Wasque gatekeepers. Snapshots from the Trustees shack at the Dyke Bridge. (page 17)
The legend of the liberty pole. Liberty pole: Fact or fiction? (page 18)
Minding her own business: ann bromberg. A weaver minds her own business. (page 20)
Family portrait five generations of charting island tides. The Ridge White family portrait. (page 22)
How it works: how to land a big bass. How to land a striper. (page 24)

Food

Just soup. Dispensing with soup myths (page 70)
Just soup. Recipes: Curried apple butternut squash soup Chicken escarole soup with orzo Quick French lentil soup Puree of delery root soup with roasted garlic Potato kale soup (page 70)

Grapevine

Cans for Vietnam. The can-do lady. (page 26)
Bittersweet school days. A back-to-school lament. (page 27)
A palace for books. The brand-new Oak Bluffs library. (page 27)
Evgenia Piroeva, worker from Bulgaria.. Thoughts from a Bulgarian wash-ashore. (page 29)

Favorite Things

Five islanders' favorite teachers.. Five Islanders' favorite teachers. (page 30)

Garden

Vegetable love. Loving something, even vegetables,means you never give up on it. (page 34)

At Home With

You can go home again. Denys Wortman finds you really can go home again. (page 62)

Great Rooms

The mighty mudroom. Ali Berlow's mudroom. (page 68)

One Last Thing

They sat down beside her. Margaret Knight learns how to be nice to spiders. (page 80)

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Endless winter

Used to be on Martha’s Vineyard, you could catch a wave and enjoy the solitude. These days, you have to surf the frigid Atlantic in winter to get a wave all to yourself. Just don’t ask us to tell you who’s doing it. (page 28)

Home on the moraine

No island is just an island, it turns out. At least, not if you go back several thousand cons. How a mile-high glacier and rolling stones created the layer-cake Cliffs and unsettling geology of Martha’s Vineyard. (page 34)

Sleeping with the plow guy

Desperate times call for desperate measures. (page 42)

The defection of Simas Kudirka

It should have been simple: A Lithuanian sailor seeks asylum. The foreign policy of the United States requires that he be taken in and protected. So how did a radio operator and technician go from a Russian factory ship to a Coast Guard cutter in Vineyard Sound to the gulags of the Soviet Union? (page 44)

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How I got here: Cheryl Andrews-Maltais. How Cheryl Andrews-Maltais got here. (page 12)
Picture id: "can you spare a dime?". A picture ID'd (page 14)
Book notes: more Vineyard voices. A new book from Linsey Lee. (page 14)
MVPOV: sledding at Tashmoo overlook. A boy's view of sledding at Tashmoo overlook. (page 15)
Family portrait Maciel Brothers: fighting fires with family. The fire-fighting Maciel brothers. (page 16)
How it works: iceboating. How to ice boat. (page 18)

Food

Living off the grid. The Nelson family of Edgartown gets most of their food from their garden, the forest and the nearby sea. (page 52)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. The youngest pilot. (Benny Syslo) (page 20)

Favorite things

Made on Martha's Vineyard. Cozy island-made clothes. (page 24)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. The Youngest pilot. (Benny Syslo) (page 20)

Garden

Growing outside in. In the midst of winter, Margaret Knight finds in her greenhouse an invincible summer. (page 26)

At Home With

To save a little house on the highway. Adam Spiegel restores a little house on the highway. (page 58)

Great Rooms

Great walls of fire. Fires to warm thew cockles of your heart, and just about everything else. (page 62)

One Last Thing

Bearing tidings of great distress. It came upon a Christmas beach: a message in a bottle asking for help with an affair of the heart. (page 72)
Bearing tidings of great distress. It came upon a Christmas beach: a message in a bottle, asking for help with an affair of the heart. (page 72)

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The seaweed lady

Aside from knowing more about seaweed than virtually anyone else on the Island, Rose Treat makes art from it. "The shore is my source," she says. "If an artist runs out of green paint, he goes to the store. If I run out of something, I go to the beach." (page 28)

The craftsmen's tales

Complaining about our contractors is practically a Vineyard pastime. Here, six of them tell us their side of the story. (page 32)

Naming Netcher

How an imaginary friend helped a grown man rename his dad’s twenty-four-foot sloop. (page 38)

The living was easy

Diary of a Menemsha campsite, summer 1908. (page 40)

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How I got here: Mike Wallace. How Mike Wallace got here (and why he stayed); letters to the editor; how to paint your bottom; six islanders answer the question: "What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen out your window?" and more. (page 12)

Food

Getting fresh. Get it fresh from an Island farmer. (page 52)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Where we muse on the Who, What, How, And Why Of Everyday Island Life (page 20)

Favorite Things

How does your garden grow?. Island Gardener (and our assistant art director) Karen Huff gathers her friends' favorite gardening gear. (page 24)

Garden

Emily's garden. Emily's Garden: Nina Bramhall photographs her sister's "great riot" of a garden. (page 46)

Great Rooms

Home rules. Professional home makers describe their favorite things in their homes. (page 64)

One Last Thing

Chirps & beeps. Chirps and Beeps: signs of spring (or revolt by your computer). (page 80)

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The Best of the Vineyard 2004

Looking for something to do? Here's the best in everything from fish markets to facials to florists to fried clams. (page 25)

It freed his heart

"I first met Tom Benton when he came to spend the night with my family," writes Sam Low of the painter who found his art on the Vineyard. "My impression was of a sturdy, rumpled man... who moved about with authority, trailed by the aroma of cigars." (page 44)

Tiasquam

A river that can't make up its mind. What makes a river a river, and not a creek, a stream, a babbling brook? A man goes in search of the source of the only river that runs through us. (page 52)

Jellyfish: what floats beneath

They're down there. And they're dying to ruin your day. (page 58)

Shenandoah: 40 seasons under sail

Six former first mates reflect on the famous topsail schooner and the captain who has never left her helm. (page 60)

From shadbush to aster

"Panic scratched my brain like mice in the attic. This was too weird. Was it dangerous here? Where was my boy?" (page 70)

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On Island

Family portrait: the last whaling master. Last Vineyard whaling captain, some dead cat confusion, Bowser's magic, skinny dipping tales, and more. (page 12)

Food

The art of the island clambake. Rake and Roll: how to do your own clambake (page 81)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 20)

Garden

Blue, blue, my bloom is blue. Hydrangeas are a many-colored bloom. (page 87)

At Home With

Linda Carnegie makes a nest. Linda Carnegie makes her own nest in the house she's rented for ten years. (page 88)

One Last Thing

Islander? just do the math. Are you an Islander? Just do the math. (page 104)

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Just don't call us carnies

At the Agricultural Fair, a hand takes a ticket, an arm checks a safety bar, and that's all anybody knows about the people who make it all happen. (page 40)

The names we place

A name seems as if it should stay the same; a place never does. (page 48)

Vineyard Haven Yacht Club

And now for a short history of the yacht club located at the foot of Frog Valley. (page 50)

A simple little arts district

Holly Alaimo was watching television one night when passersby wandered in to look at her artwork on the wall. With that act of trespassing, an arts colony was born on Dukes County Avenue. (page 56)

Laura's truck

Flames down the side and Raunchy on the door. (page 62)

The bitter and the sweet

After the death of a famous chef, Job Yacubian and Stacey Trevino take over the Ice House, an acclaimed North Tisbury restaurant. How to lay claim to a legend and make it your own? (page 64)

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Fish tales: how to catch an optimist. Art of the backseat, docking a ferry, training your house guest, and how Alan Dershowitz got here. (page 12)

Food

Party time: Best of the Vineyard 2004. Recipes from our Best of the Vineyard 2004 party. (page 30)
Party times. Recipes from the best of the Vineyard 2004. Featured recipes include: tomato-melon gazpacho shooters with fresh lobster, wild mushroom tarts, mini crabcakes, Thai shrimp curry spoons, Thai spring rolls with spicy chile-dipping sauce, sesame chicken salad spring rolls, galette of goat cheese, cornets of tuna tartare, coconut shrimp with marmalade fipping sauce, lobster-chicken Strudel with asian dipping sauce, Mediterranean tuna tapenade in artichoke leaves. (page 30)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Golden eggs from rented chickens, how to write on Martha's Vineyard, travels with Charlie-40. (page 20)

Favorite Things

Good island cars. The coolest island cars. (page 24)

Garden

The quest for the best in the veggie competition at the agricultural fair. How to grow prize-winning veggies. (page 76)

Great Rooms

Four cook's kitchens. Kitchens of four Island chefs. (page 83)

The Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard 2004. List of 2004 Winners. (page 38)

One Last Thing

Threading the needle. Threading the needle between the On Times II and III. (page 96)

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Saving Farm Pond

The Oak Bluffs pond with the wooden sea serpent in the middle is in serious ecological trouble. Here's what's gone wrong- and what it will take to fix it. (page 30)

Craig Kingsbury

I teach the old man to drive. He teaches me to swear. (page 38)

Birds of a very different feather

In March 1932, the last heath hen on earth vanished on the Great Plain of Martha's Vineyard. A new genetic study of the bird bears heavily on the question of whether a surviving relative in the Midwest can be brought to the Island to take its place. (page 44)

A dog named Jake

He got his name because he was a country jake who hadn't learned city ways. His happiest days were spent on the Vineyard with a boy who grew up and went to war. An obituary of the dog by the late artist Thomas Hart Benton. (page 53)

It's showtime for two barn rats

Crow Hollow Farm Rules apply as two girls, friends since kindergarten, ready Frisbee for a show at the Ag Hall. (page 55)

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Helen Willis Duarte. From August 25, 1941 to May 10, 1942, Helen Duarte of Vineyard Haven worked as the Charles Lindbergh family cook at Seven Gates Farm in West Tisbury. Lindbergh first saw the island in 1932, after a ransom note said his kidnapped son, Charles Jr., would be found on a boat named Nellie near Martha's Vineyard. Lindbergh later brought his family to the Island to escape the celebrity he could never quite shake on the mainland. (page 14)

Food

The dinner party. The perfect way to get reacquainted with the friends you haven't seen since May: have an off-season dinner party. (page 66)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life. Halloween at the Hardware store, house calls for horses, and a dog's life on Martha's Vineyard. (page 22)

Favorite Things

Unusual Island pets. Alpacas, hedgehogs, snakes, and a cat draped over the shoulders of a bike-riding Woods Hole scientist. (page 26)

Garden

A whole 'nother ball game. Petanque: a whole 'nother ball game in your backyard. (page 72)

At Home With

Gina burn's bed and biscuit. A bed and breakfast for dogs. (page 77)

One Last Thing

My gym boyfriend. A gym boyfriend for a wife and mother of two. (page 88)

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We give thanks to the birds and the gods of chase

Seventy years of waterfowling on Martha's Vineyard. (page 30)

Winter, in particular

The island in the off-season? It can take some getting used to. (page 36)

Something about a good cup of joe

Where we gather together to sip our coffee (and more importantly, to chat with our friends). (page 38)

Searching for Christiana

Underwater explorer and Oak Bluffs native Arnold Carr begins his search for the elusive wreck of the schooner Christiana, wrecked in a horrible storm off Cape Pogue in January 1866. (page 44)

Who are we?

Does the Vineyard make us who we are, or vice versa? Is it one for all, or all for one? Is no man ever an island? (page 52)

Great island couples

"We never argue." "We always argue." Four Vineyard couples discuss the right ways to live lives together. (page 56)

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Fish tales: a millennium fish. A millennium bass, a football championship, Christmas in Edgartown sixty years ago, notes from a whaling captain's daughter, how Clifford's author got here, and how the Fresnel lens works. (page 12)

Food

Did you ever go scalloping on a cold, cold day?. Scallopers, scalloping, and scallop recipes: perfect off-season dishes from the most productive ponds on the eastern seaboard. (page 72)

Grapevine

On the who, what, how, and why of everyday island life.. Ups and downs of barometers, a festive holiday jockstrap, the off-off-season, and traveling at the speed of bike. (page 22)

Favorite Things

Island music. A sampler of Barbara Dacey's favorite Island music. (page 26)

At Home With

A true family refuge. The Ark: a true family refuge in the Camp Ground. (page 81)

One Last Thing

Pizza delivery. Pizza delivery: revenge is a dish best served cold. (page 88)

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With a little help from my friends

What do you do when he stands up and walks out on you? You get by, get answers, get a life- with the help of Island mystics, psychics, sages and healers. (page 31)

Thar she blows

The Ins and Outs of Seasickness You rock. You roll. You lose your lunch. Welcome to the human race... Though this universal misery can have its upsides. (page 36)

Home alone

The Island's Abandoned Houses There they sit- the wallflowers of the Vineyard's housing stock. Just waiting for you to discover their inner (often soggy) beauty. (page 38)

Flower power

Since the beginning of time, or since at least a really long time ago, people have been celebrating, commiserating and soothing ruffled feathers with flowers. Island florists show us their bloomin' best. (page 42)

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Fish tales. Read all about it: A House for a thousand bucks; A Vanderhoop family portrait; Art Buchawald invokes our Lady of Fonda; Trout falling like manna from heaven; How we compare to Gilligan's Island, and lots more. (page 10)

Food

Watercress: green with MV. Spring Watercress (page 46)

Fearures

May day, 1964. Five white northern women heading south to register black voters in a town seething with hate? They knew they could end up in jail, or worse. They went anyway. (page 28)

Grapevine

Grapevine. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 17)

Favorite Things

Warming trends. What we found to bring on spring. (page 22)

Dining

He said, she said. Balance to Brewery: She and He have their birthday dinners. (page 48)

At home with

Carol Kolodny: dreams, then designs. Kolodny and Rentschler do their homework. (page 50)

Great Rooms

Summerize your house. To summerize briefly... (page 58)

Garden

Gardening for dummies. Gardening for Dummies: All the dirt on getting started. (page 61)

One Last Thing

Back in the days of aquabiking!. Aquabiking! (page 80)

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What she did at summer camp

Helen Lamb and the campers at Jabberwocky celebrate a half century of summer fun. (page 40)

Andrew Moore: balancing life and art

It's been four years since most of us have seen painter Andrew Moore's work. He's been busy- building a house, coaching soccer, and painting like crazy for his upcoming show. (page 46)

Murder at East Chop

Small towns such as Oak Bluffs don't have a lot of experience with murders. That's a good thing, except when it means that murderers walk free. (page 54)

Ferry tales

Passengers leaping for moving boats, cars driving into the drink, and people mourning dead refrigerators. If you work at the Steamship, you've probably seen and heard it all. (page 56)

The polar bears club

Buoyancy, buddies, and breakfast at an Oak Bluffs Beach. (page 40)

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Bait boy. Bait Boy loses the Big One (for a good cause); Nancy Luce and her family of critters; Suddenly, around the Island; How Patricia Neal got here, and other fun things to read. (page 12)

Grapevine

Frogs in your kneading troughs. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 18)

Favorite Things

Best of the Vineyard 2003. This month we bring you "The Best of the Vineyard." (page 23)

Garden

Moss grows fast on stones. Lew French leaves no stone unturned. And some useful information on pesky deer. (page 62)

At Home With

Menemsha's oldest house. How to spend a whole lot of money and not see much of a difference. (page 74)

Great Rooms

Painted floors: art you can walk on. Your floor is your canvas. (page 78)

One Last Thing

A question of doorbells. We do, or don't we? For whom the doorbell tolls. (page 96)

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The moveable feast of Raymond Schilcher

The Godfather of Fine Island Dining makes his last stand at The Captain's Table. (page 46)

Minding his own business

FBI guy on the sly. (page 51)

When bad gulls go good

The moral ambiguities of black-backed gulls. (page 52)

Animal farm

Life and death at Northern Pines Farm. (page 54)

First talking movies come to the Island

The sound of an airplane engine causes an accident. (page 60)

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On Island

Fish tales: a fish reeled in twice. A Twice-reeled fish; a quarter of a million breakfasts for Henry King; the Pooles of Chilmark; a rumble at sunrise; size matters; and how Jules Feiffer got here. (page 10)

Food

Chef's challenge. Chefs' Challenge: one set of ingredients, seven chefs, and seven very different recipes- plus dessert! (page 31)

Grapevine

Big thunder. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 18)

Favorite Things

T's r us. T's R Us: Our Island uniform as social history. (page 22)

At home and in the garden

North Tabor farm. Salad days and passion rooms at North Tabor Farms. (page 62)

Great Rooms

Shower the people: naked & outside. Shower The People: Naked & Outside (page 72)

One Last Thing

A reasonable cow. (page 96)

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The flight of the Thielens

Sixty-five years ago this month, the Great New England Hurricane swept away the seaport of Menemsha. The waters came over a beach in Chilmark first as a foam, then as a trickle, and then as a stream and two wood-splintering waves. The storm surge drove a family from their home, the home across a pond and killed the one woman who may have known better than anyone else in the house what was coming. (page 30)

A fishing life

A world record-holding fly-fisherman and derby Hall of Famer recounts his angling life, the joys and anguish of competition and the heritage of an autumn fishing classic that began just a year before he first set foot on the Vineyard. (page 34)

Lightship down

It was the last great shipwreck on Island waters, but it is barely remembered on Martha's Vineyard. Now the last crewman of the Vineyard Lightship talks about his ship, his shipmates and the dreadful night in 1944 in which all of them were lost. (page 38)

Problems underfoot? call the skunk men!

Ten years ago the Vineyard had the highest concentration of skunks in the state. Two brave fellows are doing what they can to keep the population in check. Here's how they do it- carefully- and why. (page 44)

9.11.2001 a baby is born

"After all the sorrow of the day," remembers midwife Cathy Chase, "the birth was pure and sweet and hopeful. Like we were all going to be okay." (page 48)

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Les dames de la Dumptique. Dumptique Divas; Phil Craig; good fencers make great Islanders; Shel Silverstein, the giving man; how four-wheel drive works; and more. (page 10)

Food

Derby fishermen and their fish.. Derby fishermen and their fish. (page 56)

Fish Tales

Fish tales: shark attacked. A shark attacked; angling without elbows; a big night on Chappy. (page 16)

Grapevine

Halloween in West Tisbury. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 20)

Favorite Things

Shore things. Shore Things: lots of alluring gear for surf and sea. (page 24)

Garden

Sunflowers. Where the sunflower is king. (page 52)

At home

Hedge Lee revisited. Hedge Lee revisited. (page 66)

Great Rooms

Simply shackteau. Form Follows Leisure (page 70)

One Last Thing

Self-portrait with a red hat. Stan Murphy: Self-Portrait With A Red Hat (page 80)

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The journey of the Vineyard voyagers

It all began with a man who was towed out to sea blindfolded when he was twenty and told to find his way back home. (page 24)

Neither sleet, nor snow, nor a busted jeep

Five or six hundred packages a day, two hundred thousand letters and publications a week, and it all goes in and (with the packages at least) back out of the Vineyard Haven Post Office. (page 30)

Our blizzard of '78

"That night, in the midst of the howling winds, the power went dead and Islanders endured the night within their dark and chilling houses. The best they could do was hunker down, try to keep warm and pray the roof didn't end up in the road." (page 34)

Fire and rain in Ocean Park

It was just about four o’clock on that cold, windy day in February of 2001 when most people around Oak Bluffs first noticed the smoke, hanging over town like a big dirigible. For a moment, most everyone panicked: Is it my house? My daughter’s day care? My husband’s workplace? (page 36)

50 years of Island football

Before we even had a unified Island high school, there were guys getting together to play (and win!) football games. True, they weren't sure of all the rules, but it’s turned out just fine. (page 40)

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From our readers. Renewing old friendships in the produce aisle; the dangerous off-season games we play; one question, five answers; a not-catching fish tale; the Music Street Mayhews; one day on the Islander, and back in the days of the big turkey farm. (page 10)

Food

A pizza at home. A pizza oven of one's own. (page 55)

Grapevine

From punk rock to rocking chair. Where we muse on the why, when, who and how of everyday Island life. (page 15)

Favorite Things

No place like home. There's No Place Like Home, so this year, Buy Island! For the coolest gifts, everything you need is right here in your own backyard! (page 18)

At Home

The Cleaveland House. Despite its considerable pedigree, the Celeaveland House in West Tisbury, once home to Dionis Coffin Riggs and now to her daughter Cynthia Riggs, is a friendly old thing. (page 45)

Garden

Putting the garden to bed. Not so rotten: putting the garden to bed for the winter. (page 50)

One last thing

Miss February. Miss February: a fitting farewell for dad. (page 72)

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Fishing for a living

Islanders take to salt water deep and shallow to earn a living from fish and shellfish. (page 14)

Feeding frenzy

Last summer's shark attacks in Florida and North Carolina excited the media, but experts say sharks is Island waters haven't attacked a human in decades. (page 22)

A weathervane in Menemsha

A collaboration between homeowners and Vineyard Haven sculptor Travis Tuck brought a little bit of Jefferson's Monticello to Chilmark. (page 26)

In Vineyard gardens

Island gardeners dig into fertile imaginations to reveal growing secrets. (page 64)

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Architecture

A reborn home on a grassy shore. An Aquinnah home on Dogfish Bar. (page 54)

Food

The elegant alchemy of vinegar and oil. The alchemy of vinaigrette. (page 38)

Essay

History and the power of simple things. A little girl and John Adam's chair. (page 11)

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One dog's long road to a happy home. Mopsy adopted, and a real good cocoa. (page 12)

Poetry

Winter thoughts in spring. A Vineyard winter in haiku style. (page 30)

Islander

A life fashioned of clay, family and native tradition. Gladys Widdiss and her Aquinnah. (page 32)

It's my job

David Merry: stone wall builder. A craftsman who loves his walls. (page 37)

Dining

New Linda Jean's returns a bit of old Circuit avenue. Linda Jean's is reborn. (page 40)

Books

Murder and Martha's Vineyard. Island murder and Cynthia Riggs. (page 45)

Art

Wood, time and one man's hands. Wood furniture, polished by time. (page 46)

Music

Rick Bausman: marching to his own beat. Marching to his own drum. (page 53)

Interiors

A one-room home for your guests. Guest considerations. (page 60)

Looking Back

Days of tall masts and plentiful fish. When men sailed for swordfish. (page 78)

Sketches in the sand

In the best journalistic tradition. (page 80)

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In artists' studios

Smear and splash, paint and pastel, the photographer finds unexpected art. (page 16)

"The emperor of Ocean Park" and its author

A new mystery with literary heft and Oak Bluffs connections might be the hot summer read. (page 28)

Woods Hole film festival

A ferry-ride away, the quirky scientific village gives a home to independent film. (page 32)

Benefit overload?

Summer nights are filled with cocktails, checkbooks and Island charity. (page 36)

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Architecture

They'll take romance. Romance on Katama Bay. (page 62)

Food

Ciao! gelato!. Gelato comes to Edgartown. (page 46)

Essay

Concrete hoop dreams in Oak Bluffs. Summer hoops in Oak Bluffs. (page 11)

Islander

Sturgis Entwistle. Sturgis Entwistle's handmade life. (page 38)

Books

An empire of summer reading. "The Emperor" and a retinue of others. (page 41)

Dining

Cheap eats on a pricey island. Cheap eats? On the Vineyard? (page 42)

It's My Job

Laura Murphy: case manager, Vineyard Nursing Assoc.. A nurse in her community. (page 51)

Music

Maynard Silva: just loves the music. Maynard Silva's eloquent blues. (page 52)

Art

Crafting success at the Grange hall. Craft market at the Grange Hall. (page 54)

Interiors

Welcome the days of stripes and summer. Yipes! Stripes! (page 68)

Fashion

Dances with jewels. The dance of jewels and metal. (page 78)

Garden

A path to the center. 'Round Island labyrinths. (page 84)

Looking Back

The lost charm of an unpaved road. "The Back Way" to Edgartown. (page 102)

Sketches In The Sand

Island profile: the way we are. Island Profile: The Way We Are (page 104)

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Chicama vineyards

Summer sun turns to wine at the Island's only Vineyard. (page 16)

88 keys to the life of David Stanwood

His work on Lambert's Cove Road reaches out to the world's pianists. (page 22)

The hip hop life of teacher Kelly Peters

Peters, right, has turned his dance students' lives upside down. (page 26)

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Architecture

Privacy amid the crowds. The lux life on Edgartown's Cow Bay. (page 54)

Food

Reducing the mystery of reduction sauces. Reduction sauces and you. (page 40)

Insider

Insider. Casimer Michalczyk's art. (page 12)

Dining

Consuming passion. One woman's lobster quest. (page 36)

Music

A studio of sound design. Tuneful Studio In Oak Bluffs. (page 44)

Art

The beautiful evolution of Eva Gallant. The work of Eva Gallant. (page 46)

Books

Windows into affairs of the larger world. Worldly affairs. (page 61)

Garden

Trudy Taylor's growing obsession. Trudy Taylor and soil. (page 62)

Looking Back

Two islanders, two very different eras. Two ferries named Islander. (page 78)

Sketches In The Sand

Old friends and new enemies. Old Friends And New Enemies (page 80)

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Gotta have art?

Just think beyond the yellow chicken. (page 60)

The Island in winter

It is the cool season, and some of our favorite writers and photographers tell us about it. (page 16)

With the birds and the birders

The winter birds return to the Vineyard, and here's how to find them. (page 26)

Penikese Island School

Changing lives at land's end in the Elizabeths. (page 30)

Carlos Montoya and the natural landscape

An Island landscape architect uses native plants to soften residential impact on the land. (page 62)

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Architecture

Tucked away in West Tisbury. Ben Moore's design in a West Tisbury field. (page 56)

Food

The elegant, tasty puffery of the soufflé. The inflated life of a soufflé. (page 46)

Essay

The world atlas as her life's road map. Traveling the world after a childhood in Communist Hungary. (page 11)

Insider

The Gatchell family's Illumination nights. Lighting up holiday nights at the Gatchell house. (page 12)

Books

A seasonal recipe for gift books. Cooking, the Vineyard, Oscar Hijuelos and more- books for gifts. (page 41)

Dining

Real fried eggs, hold the arugula. A lunch counter where an egg salad sandwich is still $2.95. (page 43)

It's my job

Sharon Rzemien: Tisbury animal control officer. Tisbury's animal officer speaks her mind. (page 45)

Music

Joyce Maxner: making lifetime musicians. Teaching the children well, with music. (page 48)

Art

Heather Sussman: portraitist in clay. Heather Sussman and the art of clay. (page 50)

Looking Back

Icebound in an old-fashioned winter. An icy Vineyard Haven harbor. (page 78)

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Walk on the wild side

An Island photographer looks at conservation land. (page 17)

A map of the heart's island

A longtime Islander sees the recent changes in the community in the light of a friendlier, more egalitarian past. (page 22)

Chilmark ghosts

One man's death opens an old up-Island farmhouse and a window on the past for the family that owns it. (page 26)

Mccullough "John Adams"

A review of the West Tisbury historian's new book, and an excerpt. (page 36)

The lady and her orchids

They're elegant and sensuous, but Mariko Kawaguichi says they're for everybody. (page 86)

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Architecture

The circular life of a Hines Point house. Coming home to Hines Point. (page 70)

Food

Eggs. Of eggs and and a Vineyard chicken lover. (page 48)

Insider

Bob Hughes. Bob Hughes remembers the Oak Bluffs of the Tivoli and Darling's. (page 32)

Dining

Le Grenier's family story: two chefs, one cuisine. A father-and-son team of French cooks. (page 50)

It's My Job

Katie Kane and T.M. Araujo. Two smiles of a summer morning. (page 38)

Home

Made by hand for the home. Island furniture, made by hand. (page 76)

Sketches in the sand

Time to define the Vineyard. (page 96)

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Wooden boats

A new schooner draws attention to a burgeoning port of wooden boats. (page 18)

The whole island's a menu

A summer family's Island rituals, and the sacrament of the Bite's fried clams. (page 29)

The summer game

For some adults, the warm season is about a child's game of bat and ball. (page 26)

Books and islands

A collection of books, from wooden boats to fiction from a new Styron. (page 36)

Short fiction

He was her stepfather, she wanted to dance. (page 16)

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Architecture

A waiting house finds its family. A hand-crafted home finds its family. (page 72)

Food

Honey is one sweet mystery. Learning about the bees and the bees. (page 46)

Insider

Insider. A fairgoer's gravitational fantasy. (page 13)

Islander

Islander. Stuart Bangs, the market and the mail. (page 32)

It's my job

Marsha Wood and Bob Pacheco. Nourishing the mind, and the body. (page 38)

Home

Covered porches. Porches and gardens for pondering. (page 80)

Sketches In The Sand

Hucksterism: island for sale. Hucksterism: Island For Sale (page 96)

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Peter Simon and the 60's

One photographer's images bring back a time of conflict, drugs and music. (page 18)

West Tisbury's feminine side

Women make their presence felt from politics to the police stations to the fair. (page 24)

On writing and the heart

Nancy Slonim Aronie works personal wonders in Chilmark and at Harvard. (page 28)

A book of islands

"Searching for Crusoe" looks at the world's islands and finds us wanting. (page 53)

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Architecture

A home of curves and light at farmneck. A custom home on the golf course. (page 68)

Food

Basil's green journey to pesto and beyond. Prolific basil, king of garden herbs. (page 44)

Insider

In the company of seals and eiders. A winter commute with the seals. (page 13)

Islander

One man's life on a street called music. West Tisbury's Music Street. (page 32)

Dining

An island breakfast out: lots of choice, no dirty dishes. Eating breakfast out around the Island. (page 46)

Art Scene

Sculptor Barney Zeitz and his private experience with public art. Sculptor Barney Zeitz and public art. (page 54)

It's My Job

Luciana Fuller and Janet King. Cleaning house, running the Ritz. (page 36)

Home

On the Vineyard antique trail. Antiques, stone walls and hallways. (page 76)

Looking Back

Steam up, outbound from Vineyard Haven. Vineyard Haven Harbor 100 years ago. (page 94)

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A surgeon's hands and heart

Island doctor Gary Fudem volunteers overseas to repair nature's mistakes. (page 18)

Structures of the faith

In crisis or peace, these buildings shelter us and bring us together. (page 24)

The Vineyard Museum

The Martha's Vineyard Historical Society is coming out of its shell. (page 26)

Picture books

Four big books for the winter, on boats, lighthouses and the colors of Africa. (page 55)

Short story

"Just for Summers," a love story. (page 16)

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Architecture

A long view of the Elizabeths. A view of the Elizabeths. (page 57)

Food

Thanksgiving dinner out, mom?. Honest, heavy winter squash. (page 44)

Insider

Edagrtown was all a boy could want. A boy's recollection of summer. (page 13)

Islander

Remembering the days when summer people cared. Looking back on Menemsha Creek. (page 32)

Art scene

For Island artisans, winter often means solitary time to work at their craft. Craftspeople working in winter. (page 46)

It's my job

David Norton and Arlene Bodge. Saving structures, saving souls. (page 36)

Home

Collecting one's collections. Collections, and Island-made herbals. (page 62)

Looking back

Give us some of that old-time patriotism. Patriotism and the first Columbus Day. (page 78)

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Sally's story

The youngest member of the musical Taylor clan talks about her life, her songs, and the promise of the Internet. (page 12)

Opening the season

The noted cartoonist captures the bemused essence of summer people. (page 18)

Fluttering colors

Gorgeous and elusive, these warm-weather visitors richly reward the careful observer. (page 20)

Affordable fashion

High style for low cost- it's a special kind of Vineyard chic. (page 26)

The gift of grace

The Yard's in-school programs bring professional dancers to eager students. (page 42)

Islander

Isabel West remembers Tashmoo summers full of magical joys. (page 30)

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Architecture

A cottage reinvented. Recreating a cottage in Oak Bluffs. (page 50)

Food

The Vineyard pork connection. It's always a good time to pig out. (page 34)

Insider

Inhabiting the light. An artist's reverence for Island light. (page 10)

Artscene

Artist profile. It's lively and richly varied. (page 38)

Workstyles

Groomed for success. Grooming dogs, protecting property. (page 48)

Sketches In The Sand

Little town plays big role. Little Town Plays Big Role (page 72)

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The Island way

It was a voyage the ancients made, navigating by the stars, and it showed how the surrounding sea shapes us. (page 14)

Equestrian dreams

A photographic artist captures the spirit that connects horse and Islander. (page 22)

The red dog

The drawings of Norman Bridwell have tied generations of youngsters to the gentle example of Clifford. (page 26)

Patriotic fashion

Red, white and blue- and chic that is highly international. (page 39)

The important things

The kindly barbs of the eminent cartoonist illuminate summer values. (page 38)

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Architecture

Sea haven. A Secluded North Shore Retreat Blends into the Sweeping Shoreline (page 59)

Food

Mastering the art of the crab. It's time to get crabby and enjoy it. (page 44)

Insider

The peace between. It's all about the essence of the place. (page 12)

Islander

Not even for a million dollars. Ozzie Fischer has made his life here, and values it far beyond any price. (page 34)

Artscene

Artist profile. Summer brings a cornucopia. (page 50)

Workstyles

Proving his mettle. Musical philosophy and things metallic. (page 32)

Sketches in the sand

Choice: our Island or theirs. (page 80)

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Flim on the edge

In Vineyard Haven, Galen Films covers the world. (page 14)

Sea stars at night

An at-depth look into the secret life of Menemsha starfish. (page 20)

A pepper is a pepper is a...

Vegetables still take pride of place at August's agricultural fair. (page 26)

Unbroken circles

An excerpt from the new book on Oak Bluffs' colorful Campground. (page 40)

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Architecture

Back home again in boldwater. Wide-open living at Boldwater (page 58)

Insider

The land through the eyes of a friend. Illumination Night is coming. (page 12)

Islander

Memory and the gift of continuity. Bob Sanborn remembers the characters of his long life's story. (page 36)

Fashion

Learning to savor the mussel. Romancing the savory mussel. (page 44)

Artscene

Artist profile. Some of the summer's best bets. (page 50)

Workstyles

Step by step. Breeders of grace and lobsters. (page 30)

Valedictory

The classless enclave. The Classless Enclave (page 80)

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The face of Island farms

Portraits of Vineyard livestock by Woodcock. Engley talks to Vineyard farmers about feeding ourselves. (page 14)

Richard North Patterson

A conversation with the bestselling novelist whose new subject is again in the thick of national debate. (page 20)

Shaw's glass menagerie

Photographer Alison Shaw takes her camera to The Glassworks in North Tisbury for a photo essay about light. (page 26)

Textural fashion

Fall's all about warm and lush fabric. (page 38)

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Architecture

A year-round vacation home. Asian influence off Lambert's Cove Rd. (page 60)

Food

The varieties of mushroom experience. Mushrooms, succulent fungi. (page 44)

Fiction

Ace of hearts. Love, fiction, bus tours and drawing "The Ace of Hearts." (page 24)

Insider

Insider. Poetry, poets, chowder and holidays. (page 12)

Islander

A boyhood of catboats and eel spears. Donald Vose remembers a boyhood of catboats and life on the water. (page 32)

Artscene

Nancy Shaw Cramer. The crafts and art of autumn. (page 52)

Workstyles

Her job, her self. Serving the visitor, serving the trees. (page 36)

Home

A basket-maker in winter. Vineyard baskets in Nantucket style. (page 72)

Sketches in the sand

Hope for a troubled island. (page 80)

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Marianne Maddalena

She loves Hollywood, but raves about her home on the Island. (page 18)

The Vineyard, and not

Distinctions can be subtle or glaring. (page 26)

Aliens are here!

The dark science-fiction fantasies of The X-Files include the Vineyard. (page 36)

Where have the fish gone?

Marine scientists are engaging in pioneering research in our waters. (page 40)

Heath hen

An extinct bird has comeback hopes. (page 46)

Seeding for summer

Morning Glory Farm in calm winter months prepares for frantic summer. (page 54)

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Architecture

The Allen farm. Restored, it's still a place of tradition. (page 67)

Food

New England clam chowder. It's the original comfort food. (page 58)

Insider

Guide to experiencing the Island fully. Ways to appreciate the season. (page 13)

Islander

Islander. His strong opinions about the Island. (page 32)

Workstyles

Workstyles. Two couples do what they love on the Island where they choose to live. (page 60)

History

Alabama. The feared Confederate raider was destroyed in a stirring battle. (page 62)

Sketches In The Sand

Golf, politics and money. Golf, Politics and Money (page 88)

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Marc Brown

He created Arthur, who has become popular beyond his dreams. (page 16)

Rebecca ahoy

A photo essay by Alison Shaw. (page 22)

Trophy houses

Slogans aside, the real issue is the integration of buildings and land. (page 38)

The knee doctor

Rocco Monto is an orthopedic industry right here on the Island. (page 38)

Ghosts

Tales of the spirit world abound. (page 44)

Saving the Tabernacle

The Camp Ground icon is getting repairs, and everyone can help. (page 52)

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Architecture

West Chop restoration. Meticulous work retains the tradition. (page 67)

Food

The ultimate summer pie. Strawberry rhubarb pie It's a combination nobody can resist. (page 58)

Insider

The subtle pleasures of an Island walk. An artist savors his favorite walk. (page 13)

Workstyles

Workstyles. One has an inn and cows, the other has popular doughnut shops. (page 56)

Islander

The long view from Aquinnah. Helen Vanderhoop Manning (page 62)

Sketches in the sand

A season of contradictions. (page 88)

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Vineyard to Hollywood

Jeffrey Kramer is an Island guy who became a major Hollywood player. (page 19)

How do you rate?

Go ahead, take this quiz. Don't be afraid to find out the truth. (page 26)

Indian Hill artists

They take crafts to the level of art. (page 34)

Sailing Vineyard waters

The arcane lore of weather and water. (page 38)

Illumination lanterns

A look at our most magical evening. (page 44)

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Architecture

An Oak Bluffs original made new. A home in the Copeland district. (page 64)

Food

Great to catch, better to eat. Striped bass makes splendid eating. (page 50)

Insider

The surprises of Great Rock Bight. A quiet visit to Great Rock Bight. (page 15)

Islander

A life of hard and satisfying work. A visit with Robbie Cronig. (page 54)

History

Where wheels touch grass. Trade Wind Airport is a grassy treasure. (page 60)

Sketches in the sand

To speak with one voice. (page 88)

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Global warming

Scientists are installing sophisticated equipment at South Beach. (page 18)

Wedding haven

They wed on the Island because they love it. And boy, do they have stories. (page 23)

He knows the score

Islander stakes out Hollywood turf. (page 29)

Millennium expose

Think you know Island history? Hah! (page 60)

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An Upper Makonikey original. Distinctive retreat in Upper Makonikey. (page 64)

Food

Island turkey rules the roost. Give thanks for fresh Island turkey. (page 56)

Insider

A ramble with MacGillicuddy. Finding peace while walking a dog. (page 14)

Workstyles

A tailor-made life of fashion. One who fashions, two who cater. (page 36)

History

Saving the lighthouses. Lighthouses then and now. (page 38)

Islander

Slow summers in old Oak Bluffs. Oak Bluffs lady with a long perspective. (page 48)

Sketches in the sand

To define an Island future. (page 88)

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Business on the half shell

A handful of adventurous Vineyard fishermen are reinventing an industry by farming oysters along our shores. We'll soon taste the fruits of their innovative efforts. (page 12)

A lady's legacy

Combining science and a pure joy in the glories of flora, Polly Hill created a remarkable arboretum on family land in West Tisbury. Now it belongs to the Vineyard. (page 20)

Woman's club centennial

A hundred years ago, a strong-minded woman who was a direct descendant of the Vineyard's first Anglo-American family helped found the Edgartown Woman's Club. (page 28)

A passion for the land

James Lengyel is executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, and his ideas are deeply rooted. (page 32)

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Parsonage. The Mayhew Parsonage is a historic landmark on Edgartown Harbor. (page 38)

Food

Spears of green. Asparagus provides a rare treat with its seasonal appearance. (page 36)

Soundings

Sounding. This Island building boom is different from the 1980s version. Dukes County has a new manager. And Billy the Kid on the Vineyard. (page 8)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Talk of the Island: the steep price of popularity. (page 48)

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A line in the sand

Beach access is an Island issue that becomes hotter than the sun when summer visitors arrive. (page 14)

Saving a piece of history

The old Agricultural Hall is being rescued and restored. (page 22)

A craftsman nonpareil

Frank Adams was an Islander who worked at a trade and produced art. (page 30)

Name-dropping through the years

A review, tongue firmly in cheek, of highlights in Island history. (page 40)

Islanders

He's young, he's a Wampanoag, and he wants to preserve his culture. (page 42)

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Island catering secrets. An inside peek at serving the Vineyard's summer elite. (page 44)

Soundings

Soundings. A mainland town Islanders settled. The Vineyard way of death. And a cushy place for corporate retreats. (page 8)

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Soundings

For Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, the Vineyard's becoming a tradition. Bucky Rhodes was a stalwart Island summer person. (page 8)

The top 25

Who carries the most weight on Martha's Vineyard? Here's an insider's list of power brokers. (page 14)

The Vineyard in Hollywood

Edgartown became a stage set on the CBS comedy series George and Leo. (page 21)

Master of sea

Joshua Slocum was the first to sail around the world alone, but he was less adept at managing life ashore. (page 32)

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Paella and bouillabaisse. Inventions of the Mediterranean travel to our Island quite comfortably. (page 42)

Islanders

Stanely Burnshaw: a life of poetry and passion. Stanely Burnshaw has been keeper of the flame of poetry for most of this century, and he's as lively as ever. (page 36)

Architecure

From summer house to harbor home. A home on Vineyard Haven harbor has everything, even a ghost. (page 44)

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Television and the president

The network invasion of equipment shakes the Vineyard, and vice versa. (page 16)

Portraits of autumn

Scenes of the season by a renowned Island photographer. (page 22)

Revival at Featherstone

There's a new and vibrant center for a full range of arts, and it's open all year. (page 26)

The epidemic of 1918

The world suffered and the Vineyard was decimated as influenza raged. (page 34)

An Island economist

Leah Smith is an academic who helps us understand growth on the Island. (page 40)

Summer white house

The rustic perfection of the Friedman compound is where the Clintons come to vacation. (page 44)

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Venison and mincemeat pie. Deer season is coming, and with it some delicious meals. (page 42)

Soundings

The endless season. So what's the off-season like? For one thing, there are a lot more of us. (page 8)

The insider

What to see, do and buy on the island. Where to go, what to see, and even what to buy during the autumn and holiday season. Phyllis Meras describes the joys of the quiet time. (page 11)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. The Real Challenge: Translate the Talk Into Firm Policy (page 56)

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Soundings

Changes in ferry reservation policies are a headache, but relief is coming. And yes, the Vineyard has a vineyard. (page 8)

Waterfront renaissance

A highly skilled community builds Island boats and keeps them afloat. From shipwrights to harbor masters, they help the Island economy thrive. (page 16)

The art of fly-tying

The bold colors and cunning intricacy of fishing flies are captured on film and transformed by an artist. (page 26)

Auctions in paradise

Mortgage foreclosure is the last resort for banks. When it happens, however, houses go on the block. Are they bargains or traps for the unwary? (page 32)

A life of music

Peter Boak plays and directs. (page 38)

A schooner reborn

Mastless, the Alabama has been here forever. Now it's ready to sail. (page 40)

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A house of history. A gracious Edgartown home built by the Mayhews is still in the family. (page 46)

Food

Island beef on the outdoor grill. Steaks are a staple of summer eating, and now some are home-grown. (page 44)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Profile of an Island: Here's looking at the future of us. (page 56)

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The new rich

They're pumping huge sums into the Island economy. The question is, will they support Vineyard culture, institutions and traditions? (page 18)

Our shrinking island

Winds, a rising sea level and, possibly, the meddling of humans has made erosion a growing problem. (page 30)

A postcard entrepreneur

An early Oak Bluffs photographer sold scenes of summer life. (page 40)

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The past renewed. A West Chop home is restored with loving attention to tradition. (page 46)

Food

It's the berries. The season for Island fruit is here. Don't miss the gustatory pleasures. (page 44)

Soundings

'Perfect place to sit' is at drawbridge for Lagoon Pond. Every summer is up and down for the Vineyard Haven couple who run the Beach Road drawbridge. (page 10)

Sketches in the sand

High court ruling: an island's right to protection. (page 56)

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Soundings

Everyone sees Richard Krauss in summer; he's in front of the Edgartown A&P. UMass Extension is a Vineyard fixture- but only just. (page 10)

William Styron: his life and his art

The celebrated novelist first came to the Vineyard in 1958. He speaks frankly about his art and the controversies it has generated. (page 18)

To beach or not to beach

People who want to keep trucks off beaches are wannabe dictators! People who drive on beaches are environmental disasters! (page 32)

Island life

Community Services clients aren't rich and famous. But Ned Robinson-Lynch is here to help them. (page 38)

The Red Cat

The name of a famous Island bookstore and cafe has an intriguing history, told for the first time. (page 40)

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A summer home on the bluff. A spectacularly sited summer home on East Chop has an Oriental Flair. (page 46)

Food

Cooking. Simple and soul-satisfying: Grilled lobster on a summer evening. (page 44)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Island White House: an open letter to President Clinton. (page 56)

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The President's vacations have redefined how people on the Vineyard act around the celebrities among them. A new marina manager help make Oak Bluffs harbor a friendly place for boaters to visit. (page 11)

Horse haven

The Island's equestrian community is thriving as never before, for dedicated riders and first -timers both. (page 18)

Lessons of a wedding

There's nothing as memorable as a wedding on the Vineyard. But a sense of humor makes it even better. (page 28)

When teahouses thrived

When ladies were gloves and summers were infinitely leisurely, a teahouses was the place to be. (page 38)

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Jams and jellies. Rose hips, beach plums and berries of all sorts can be turned to treats that tempt the most jaded taste buds. (page 44)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Before The Bell Tolls: the Island hears a call to arms. (page 56)

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Farming the sea

Aquaculture is coming, just in time, and Edgartown is the battlefield. The plans are all in place, but a great deal of work remains to be done. (page 16)

Young at 150 years of age

The Vineyard Gazette hasn't missed a week of publication since 1846. What about the next 150 years? The principles of community journalism are alive and well at the Gazette. (page 28)

Island life

The vitality and excellence of Island chamber music has its source in talented and determined artists. (page 34)

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Cosmopolitan cottage on the lagoon. Cosmopolitan taste comes to a completely redone home and guest house on Lagoon Pond, where even wild turkeys feel comfortable. (page 38)

Food

Cooking. Lamb and a barbecue grill make a perfect springtime combination. (page 36)

Soundings

Island life. Long before the modern age, charts of the seas were skillfully prepared. Fly tying is a winter passion. And herbs can be a real specialty. (page 8)

Sketches in the sand

Island summer life travels path along the thin edge. (page 48)

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Soundings

The Steamship Authority is testing a reservations-only policy. Is the Princess buying a house on Chappy? And by the way, which way is up? (page 10)

Vineyard 2020

A hard look at the Island's future sees a view that is far from pretty. In fact, it's alarming. Something must be done, and soon. (page 22)

Racing women

Some of the most competitive sailors in Island history have been women. The tradition lives. (page 34)

Island life

Charlie Blair has been there, done that- and then come home to Edgartown harbor. (page 42)

Portuguese roots

A new two-volume genealogy traces the heritage of the Portuguese who came to the Vineyard. (page 44)

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Architecture

Small is best: understated good taste, spectacular harbor views. A former fishing shack is now a thoroughly modern retreat. (page 52)

Food

Cooking. Grilled or broiled, swordfish is a seasonal treat for the palate- especially if the catch was harpooned. (page 50)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Conservation Groups Offer the Vineyard Hopeful Horizons. (page 64)

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A place you don't want to be. Our man in Washington. And a Japanese garden on Chappaquiddick. (page 10)

Kayaking a great pond

The ethereal beauty, mysterious ecological balance, and varied wildlife of an Island Great Pond comes alive one summer morning. (page 18)

The newspaper run

Someone has to get up very early if the Island is going to get its daily newspapers. Find out all about it. (page 26)

Ahoy, lubber - or whatever

Two exceedingly talented people take a jaundiced view, to say the least, of nouveau sailors. (page 32)

Island life

Fred Fisher is the quintessential New England farmer. (page 34)

The heart of Harthaven

A descendant of the founding family recounts the history of one of the Island's most striking locations. (page 36)

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West Chop summers. An archetypal West Chop home is an exemplar way of life. (page 42)

Food

There's nothing like an oyster. A bit of a cultivated taste, oysters command the most fervid loyalty of many of the choosiest eaters. (page 40)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Of Roses and Bosnia, Blues and Politics, Fog and Yeltsin (page 56)

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MV bumper stickers. The difficult concept of four-way stop signs. (page 8)

Weddings in paradise

Romance and commerce never have been so perfectly married. (page 15)

Birding the Vineyard

The Island is perhaps the finest bird-watching spot on the East Coast. (page 24)

Remembering Thelma

She was once a Wampanoag and the wife of a rabbi. (page 40)

The next generation

A young couple in love with each other and the tradition of Menemsha. (page 48)

Frederick Baylies and his churches

His work remains, proud symbols of Edgartown's heritage. (page 52)

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Privacy on a pond: retreat fosters work and play. A deceptively modest retreat on a south shore pond is a compound perfectly designed for a prominent Cambridge couple who work and play there as frequently as possible. (page 46)

Food

The cranberry connection. Appreciating the "bog ruby." (page 50)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. To Hell and Back: Island Discourse Turns Nasty. (page 64)

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An affectionate memoir

A distinguished pair share their views of the Vineyard in a fondly witty and informed history that is complemented by evocative paintings that make familiar scenes seem new. (page 14)

The eggs have it

Nothing quite equals the real thing. (page 36)

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Architecture

A summer cottage. Its owners have made this house into a remarkably distinctive retreat, brimming with unexpected delights. (page 40)

Soundings

A tale of two winters, two summers, and diverse weather. Reading the seasons is difficult at best. An Island artist commemorates the Holocaust. Naming boats is no easy matter. And a church shop helps support the community. (page 8)

Feature

How it works. We have all the modern conveniences on our Island. Sometimes it's a mystery how we get them, but mysteries are meant to be unraveled. (page 24)

Sketches in the sand

The Letterman list. A tortured tale of two islands. (page 48)

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Soundings

An Island's gateway; possible dreams. (page 8)

Island farmstands

Browsing the best and the bountiful in a booming summer industry. (page 18)

Star struck

Parade of big celebrity names brings circus frenzy to Island. (page 20)

Vineyard fashion

It's casual chic and anything goes. (page 24)

Camp of dreams

The Vineyard Project is a bold and unique program that brings HIV- positive kids to the Vineyard for a vacation. (page 28)

Working for justice

The Island chapter of the NAACP is both cohesive and busy. (page 36)

Deline and fall

Where the Island went wrong. (page 41)

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Sketches in the sand. The great debate: Island struggles with future. (page 48)

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On the avenue

Rock and rap, blues and booze: You can find them all on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on summer evenings. (page 18)

The home front

World War II changes Island life. (page 24)

Fashion impact

Vineyard designers reach out to influence mainland chic. (page 30)

Intensive care

The Island hospital offers a wide range of health services, but it also has to nurse its finances carefully. (page 34)

Creatures grand and lowly

Llamas and donkeys together. (page 44)

A hundred years and out

The Coast Guard station at Menemsha is a budgetary victim. (page 16)

Where have all the flounder gone?

The technology- and politics- of modern commercial fishing has sucked the ocean dry. (page 28)

New hand at the helm

Armand Tibero is his name. (page 36)

Books for wee folks

The Vineyard is home to some remarkable authors who write for youngsters. (page 38)

Return of the bogs

Cranberry harvests are part of the Vineyard's tradition. (page 45)

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Exquisite taste in Edgartown: Emily Post's island retreat. To the manners born: the summer home made famous by Emily Post. (page 49)
A waterfront home most accessible. On the Edgartown Harbor, a most accessible home. (page 49)

Food

Blueberry Bushes of Summer. High bush or low, they're delicious. (page 40)

Soundings

Salty artifacts. A dealer in marine antiques, a railroad to the Island, and America's Cup dreams. (page 8)

Freature

Summer visitors. A puckish cartoonist's view. (page 17)

Soundings

A terrible divorce. Keep bombing Noman's, please. It was a scheme for the future, but the money disappeared. A classic boat. (page 8)

Skteches In The Sand

Vineyard life shifts to those seasons out of season. Vineyard Life Shifts To Those Seasons Out Of Season (page 56)

Sketches In The Sand

Arrogance of press stains the life of a nation. Arrogance Of Press Stains The Life Of A Nation (page 56)

Sketches in the sand

Martha's Vineyard pay high price for popularity. (page 56)

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Soundings

Keep bombing Noman's, please. It was a scheme for the future, but the money disappeared. A classic boat. (page 8)

A hundred years and out

The Coast Guard station at Menemsha is a budgetary victim. (page 16)

Where have all the flounder gone?

The technology- and politics- of modern commercial fishing has sucked the ocean dry. (page 28)

New hand at the helm

Armand Tibero is his name. (page 36)

Books for wee folks

The Vineyard is home to some remarkable authors who write for youngsters. (page 38)

Return of the bogs

Cranberry harvests are part of the Vineyard's tradition. (page 45)

Country cathedral

Volunteers and a new breed of activists confirm agricultural renaissance on the Island. (page 14)

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Architecture

A waterfront home most accessible. On the Edgartown harbor, a most accessible home. (page 49)

Food

Go ahead, smoke. Smoking food is an ancient art that has temptingly practical application on the Island. (page 42)

Essay

Sketches in the sand. Vineyard life shifts to those seasons out of season. (page 56)

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The new tribe

The Vineyard's Wampanoags have been here forever. But they are now gambling on the future. (page 14)

Ancient ways

Long before pavement, automobiles or even bicycles, the Island had a network of paths. It's still here. (page 22)

The classic outdoorsman

Nelson Bryant not only lives the world of hunting and fishing, he writes about it in a most distinctive way. (page 28)

Stops along the way

There's a shadow on the moon. (page 32)

Bloody regiment

Five from the Vineyard served in the Massachusetts 20th. It had the fifth highest casualty rate of any Union unit in the Civil War. (page 33)

The greens of spring

What better way to celebrate the joys of an Island spring than to treat your palate to the season's offerings? (page 38)

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The Vineyard fulcrum. The inside story on what the President really ought to do. Rules for renters. And oral history thrives. (page 8)

Sketches in the sand

Martha's Vineyard: one of the last great places. (page 48)

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Prairies by the sea

The sandplain restoration project is less about bringing back the past than it is about making the future better. (page 18)

By water we come

Visitors and residents alike depend on the Steamship Authority's ferries. What can it be like to captain one of those shuttles to the Island? (page 32)

The magnificent quauhaugs

Island eating at its best. (page 38)

Music and motion

Patricia Nanon is the guiding spirit of The Yard, and she is guiding it to a new future. (page 42)

When diaries were a success

For a time, a farmers cooperative worked. It wasn't so long ago. (page 45)

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An island style of living. A Chilmark home that celebrates both privacy and all outdoors. (page 50)

Soundings

Preparing for summer. Oak Bluffs police are different in summer. Sailmaking is alive and well. And chilmark in gracefully 300. (page 8)

Sketches in the sand

A little ignorance goes a long way in summertime. (page 56)

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Chilmark, a graceful age 300

A proud, beautiful town celebrates the past, ponders the future. (page 18)

Summer memories

Grandfather not only treated the youngsters to ice cream, he treated himself to peace and quiet- and "The Children's Hour." (page 34)

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Architecture

An exquisite home mixing old and new. Nestled in the heart of Edgartown, out of sight of all but the most scrupulously attentive, is a home of comfort and casual luxury. (page 50)

Soundings

I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato. A lot you really want to know about Island ice cream habits, the woman who manages the Flying Horses, and Anglicized Indian names. (page 8)

Islander

Profile. Charles Guggenheim has overcome many an obstacle in winning three Academy Awards for documentaries. (page 40)

Cooking

Chef's holiday. When those who cater the very finest parties invite their friends to their homes for private feasts, wondrous thing are likely to happen. (page 44)

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Fishing without a line

A novelist of the hard-boiled private eye school reveals a soft spot for shellfishing, at which he's expert. (page 14)

The Clinton rules

It was another spectacularly successful vacation for President Clinton and his family, but the burgeoning popularity of the Vineyard requires a flinty new look at tourism strategy. (page 20)

Romance and death

A hundred years ago, it was a Vineyard scandal. At last, all the strands of the tale have come together. (page 28)

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Truly an oasis in the middle of a village. In the midst of a village, there's a large and carefully planned garden with a character all its own. (page 40)

Food

Cooking. All hail kale, which provides the very most Vineyard of soups. (page 38)

Soundings

Nantucket Sound. Why is it Nantucket Sound? A woman police chief. And a recollection of a mysterious youthful poet. (page 8)

Sketches in the sand

Fate of the Vineyard. Protect it or move to Coney Island. (page 48)

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The next revolution

The great Vineyard land wars are over but more dangerous battles remain. (page 14)

Gardening by the sea

Distinguished book editor writes with pride and prejudice about sea, sand and salt air. (page 22)

Stops along the way

An old tree on an ancient Island. (page 33)

Noman's land

Tortured history of a strange island where bombs and birds come together. (page 38)

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Canvas of a country house. Whimsical look at an old Island house. (page 43)

Soundings

Talk of the Vineyard. New political voice for an old Island institution; just say "yes" to Manhattan clam chowder. (page 8)

Islanders

Profiles. Profiles: Russell Hoxsie, a country doctor in the finest tradition; David and Eleanor Stanwood, his genius is pianos, hers is comforters. (page 34)

Sketches in the sand

The song of summer. (page 56)

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Best beaches

The Vineyard has beaches in abundance, but just how do you rate them? (page 16)

Nantucket considered

A frequent visitor to both the Vineyard and its neighbor in the sea finds comparison of the two gives rise to both amusement and poignant memories. (page 26)

They're off!

Horse racing was a passion and trotter ruled the tracks in days gone by. (page 39)

Best beaches

The Vineyard has beaches in abundance, but just how do you rate them? (page 16)

Nantucket considered

A frequent visitor to both the Vineyard and its neighbor in the sea finds comparison of the two gives rise to both amusement and poignant memories. (page 26)

They're off!

Horse racing was a passion and trotters rules the tracks in days gone by. (page 39)

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Architecture

A passion for fishing. Fisherfolk decor: The reel thing. (page 43)

Food

Peas that please. The glories of the modest legumes. (page 50)

Soundings

For those who insist on only the best: bus service to New York. Musing about bus service to New York. (page 8)

Islanders

Peter Williamson. Meet Peter Williamson, long the police chief of Oak Bluffs, and Alex Scarano, who pursues an unlikely Island profession. (page 34)

Archtiecture

A passion for fishing. Fisherfolk decor: The reel thing. (page 43)

Soundings

For those who insist on only the best: bus service to New York. Musings about bus service to New York, a lonesome environmental cop, and vehicles stuck in the sand. (page 8)

Islanders

Profiles. Meet Peter Williamson, long the police chief of Oak Bluffs, and Alex Scarano, who pursues an unlikely Island profession. (page 34)

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Boats for all

Ever wanted to go out in a boat but not known how? You'll find it's easy and there are plenty of choices. (page 16)

Perchance to fly

He practically invented the low airline fare, and he did invent People Express. (page 32)

The Indian room

It was the author's room as a child, and it's in a home that is pre-Revolutionary. (page 48)

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A farm restored, a barn reborn. The estate of M. Anthony Fisher. (page 39)

Food

Buckets of blackberries. Nothing could be finer. (page 56)

Soundings

St. Louis women have designs on ferry-designs that emphasize passenger comfort for once. The new ferry will be tastefully decorated, Twin Peaks is in Chilmark, and all about our fascinating tides. (page 8)

Islanders

Profiles. Novelist Philip Craig writes Martha's Vineyard mysteries, Ruth Major is a super-mom, and W.F. Lucas has known practically everyone. (page 52)

Sketches in the sand

Homeward bound: Martha's Vineyard on my mind. (page 64)

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The Clinton summer

It was a test of character for both Island and President. Both won. (page 14)

Beacons of the Vineyard

Lighthouses were once the soul of the Island, and now they are its most symbolic ornament. And their management is changing. (page 20)

Gold fever

In 1849, California was the place for Islanders to get rich. But few did, and none from gold. (page 44)

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A transformation from school to home. It was once a school, and now it's one of Edgarotwn's most gracious homes. (page 37)

Food

Indian pudding. The corn is what makes it Indian. (page 32)

Soundings

Furthermore, to be politically correct, the Pickwick Papers should be recyclable. A Christmas Carol? The Dickens you say. Chilmark is 300, sort of. And sea kayaking is the hot new sport. (page 9)

Islanders

Profiles. The theatrical arts of Lee Fierro, the cabinetry arts of John Thayer. (page 34)

Sketches in the sand

The Clinton year. Political power on vacation. (page 56)

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Hurricane Bob

The lessons and scars of last summer. (page 18)

Salute to West Tisbury

Celebrating 100 years. (page 30)

Catboats and carping

Historical controversy. (page 40)

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Architecture

Chip chop. Home to the rich and famous. (page 43)

Food

Strawberries. Cooking with berries so sweet. (page 50)

Soundings

To catch the blues. Talk of the Vineyard: No Blues (page 9)

Islanders

Tom Maley. Profiles: Whimsical sculptor Tom Maley. (page 14)

Sketches in the sand

A rogues' gallery of neighbors. (page 56)

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Behind camp windows

Jabberwocky touches the Island soul. (page 16)

Seeds of victory

Race for the County Fair. (page 30)

Melville and Moby Dick

The many myths. (page 36)

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Architecture

Pineapple house. A view to the harbor. (page 55)

Food

Hooked on squid. Call it calamari and enjoy. (page 48)

Soundings

From James Taylor to a riff of blues. Talk of the Vineyard: Island jamming. (page 8)

Islanders

Donald Malonson. Profile: Tribal chief Donald Malonson. (page 50)

Sketches in the sand

Kathy's island. (page 64)

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Sharks

In Island waters, prey or predator? (page 16)

Death in Cottage City

Tar and feathers and paramours. (page 53)

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Architecture

Old and new. Versatility of a young architect. (page 39)

Food

The royal herb. Basil garnishes the summer. (page 48)

Soundings

Tattoos. Talk of the Vineyard: Island tattoos. (page 8)

Islanders

Ron Rappaport. Profile: Ron Rappaport, counselor for an Island (page 44)

Sketches in the sand

Lucky people of Edgartown. (page 64)

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State Forest: a dying Vineyard resource?

Changing woodlands, a new agenda. (page 13)

The words I lost

A distinguished, award-winning New York Times correspondent writes for the first time about his debilitating stroke and the long, arduous struggle to recover the words he lost. (page 20)

Rumrunning

Rum Row from the Vineyard to New Jersey. Hooch on the high seas in prohibition time. (page 42)

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Food

Wild about apples. Cooking: Macouns and McIntoshes. (page 38)

Soundings

When downtime becomes Island time. Talk of the Vineyard: Island downtime. (page 7)

Islanders

Profiles. Profiles: West Tisbury author David McCullough publishes his remarkable book about a remarkable man- President Harry Truman. (page 40)

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Paradise lost

Boomtowns and bootstraps: The economy of Martha's Vineyard. (page 18)

Run herring run

Homeward bound from sea to Island creek. New moves to restore the old runs. (page 28)

Where silence reigns

Vineyard History: The link between the township of Chilmark and today's American sign language for the deaf. (page 38)

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Architecture

The Charlotte Inn. An Island inn captures the past. (page 43)

Food

Cooking. Asparagus win applause. (page 16)

Vineyard Reflections

The promise and the peril. Governor pledges new environmental effort (page 9)

Soundings

Island export market: lamb to New York; fish to Sioux City; salad for Boston. Talk of the Island: The Vineyard's growing export market. (page 11)

Islanders

Drs. Bruce and Barbara Stelle. Profiles: Doctor team Bruce and Barbara Stelle. (page 34)

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Flying horses

The horses of summer; restoration of a treasured carousel. (page 18)

The Island underworld

An underwater view of Vineyard life shot from the floor of the sea. (page 24)

Fisheries: the rise and fall

Finfishing is out; shellfishing is in. (page 30)

The day I was fooled

Tracking a Russian submarine. (page 57)

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Architecture

Lofty views. A seaside home designed by America's preeminent architect. (page 47)

Food

Cooking: seafood salads. With a twist of warmth for summer. (page 40)

Soundings

Setting the spinnakers for Island race through July. Talk of the Island: Dropping in on July, from Roadside stands to sailing regattas. (page 8)

Islanders

Ovid Ward. Profiles: A boatbuilder, an herb lady and fence viewer. (page 37)

History

Women on whaling ships. Whaling wives on the high seas. (page 42)

Sketches in the sand

The wrong way home. (page 64)

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Shipwrecks

Broken bones on the ocean floor; diving deep for the schooner Taussig. (page 30)

High road or low

Rise and fall of land values from the Hamptons to the Vineyard. Plan to preserve or face ruin. (page 40)

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Architecture

Palace splendor by seaside. Splendor of a seaside palace: the home of Ernest and Barbara Boch. (page 18)

Food

Cooking. Tomato talk. (page 56)

Soundings

Count the call of Island summer by county fairs and seasonal flares. Talk of the Island: All roads lead to the fair; whale watching; for the love of Labs; hurricane season. (page 8)

Islanders

Woody Sayre. Profiles: An Island intellect and character. (page 51)

History

When Island trains ran. The tracks linked the steamer wharf in Oak Bluffs to Katama. (page 35)

Sketches in the sand

Mr. No, I presume?. (page 64)

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Patricia Neal

From her Island home, the movie actress explores a life in the theater. (page 8)

Piano man

David Crohan and his wife Kate, both blind, and their three sighted boys. (page 18)

Deadline

Noted national columnist publishes first book of memoirs, Deadline: Our Times and The New York Times. (page 39)

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Architecture

Our Shangri-La. A Japanese house in Chilmark. (page 30)

Food

Cooking: beach plums. Gathering a coastal treasure. (page 50)

Islanders

Louise Tate King. Profiles: A lady of seasoned taste. (page 48)

Sketches in the sand

Bell buoys and fine pies. (page 56)

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Summer

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The gentle harbor

Vineyard Haven: Port of entry and exit. (page 22)

Island neighbors

Writer Dorothy West. (page 30)

The new pathfinders

Children and the Environment. (page 44)

Stone walls

Vineyard history. (page 52)

The gentle harbor

Vineyard Haven: Port of entry and exit (page 22)

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Architecture

Camp ground victorian.. Camp Ground Victorian. (page 74)

Food

Cooking. Mussels rediscovered. (page 68)

Soundings

Skimming waters by wind and sail and sea. Talk of the Vineyard, from windsurfing to wild roses. (page 13)

Artscene

The arts. Featuring four classic Island painters. (page 59)

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Gone fishing

The frantic chase. (page 22)

The great storm

Vineyard History. (page 42)

Gulls

No more free lunch (page 46)

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Architecture

Eighteenth century farmhouse. Eighteenth century farmhouse (page 55)

Food

Cooking. Autumn squash. (page 20)

Soundings

Holidays herald the return of Vineyarders. Talk of the Vineyard: Holidays. (page 15)

Ted & Jane Farrow

Island neighbors. Profiles: Business leaders Ted & Jane Farrow (page 36)

Along the path of Vineyard seasons

In poetry and pictures. (page 69)

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