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.

Matt Taylor

Down the road the horses clop...

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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.

Charlie Cameron

With gesture sure he casts his lure...

D.A.W.

These funny, poignant, and creative illustrations have brightened our pages since the magazine’s start in 1985. As we continue our look back over the past quarter century, we thought readers would enjoy sharing a laugh or two with us.

Nicki Miller

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

Cynthia Riggs

This castle with its ocean view...

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When I retired from teaching school in 1986 at the age of sixty, I thought I would be content to sit in my rocking chair on my porch, reading a good book every day.

Shirley Mayhew

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