One hot summer day in 1929, a diminutive woman in her late sixties sailed over on a ferry boat from the mainland to Edgartown. She was an animal lover coming from Boston for a quiet Island holiday. But that wasn’t to be. Nor, for the next eighty years, was life for animals on the Vineyard going to be as it had been before.

Phyllis Meras


At the Xtra Mart convenience store and gas station in Vineyard Haven, manager Joe McCarthy wears one of those caps nearly every day. He quips that he’s a low-key Yankees fan. He’s so low key, he stenciled a Yankees logo on his personal parking space at work, to stir the pot. “People have urinated on it, poured beer on it,” he says, “but most of all they laugh at it.”

Shelley Christiansen


If you’re driving up-Island toward the Cliffs on State Road in Aquinnah, you may miss the Orange Peel Bakery sign on your left just before Lobsterville Road – unless it’s late afternoon on a Wednesday from May to October. If it is, you’ll see cars parked on the side of the road and a knot of people gathered in the yard, because it’s Pizza Night, and because people are hungry for both food and sociality.

Richard C. Skidmore


William Diamond Vanderhoop Jr., universally known as Buddy, is the proprietor of Tomahawk Charters in Aquinnah and one of the more colorful members of the Wampanoag Tribe. We sat down last fall after the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby at his home on Old

Nicole Galland


All Frank Dunkl needs is some land and a library card.

He cuts an incongruous figure, Frank, surrounded by the lush, green skunk cabbage and moss-decked oaks of his family’s twenty-three-acre property. In his work scrubs, complete with a packed key chain, well-clipped moustache, and gray hair sprouting from under a company cap, the sixty-four-year-old president of Chilmark Spring Water Company Inc. looks a little like a subway operator.

Sam Bungey


The Oscar-winning actress and part-time Vineyard resident spoke candidly to Island artist Rebekah Blu over several conversations. In order to capture the real Patricia Neal and pay tribute to her love of theater, Rebekah wrote the transcripts into the form of a play.

Cast of characters:

Rebekah Blu


Donnie Benefit and his friends Jim and Jane Klingensmith, who all live in Edgartown, have among them about two hundred years’ experience in the year-round economy of Martha’s Vineyard. And on the basis of that experience, this is their advice for the coming winter:

Seal up your house. Turn down the heat. Make a lot of soup.

A dire message perhaps, but one should bear in mind it’s what they would be doing anyway.

Mike Seccombe


When you enter Greenberg Physical and Hand Therapy Associates in the West Tisbury home of Larry Greenberg, his wife Debbie Shipkin, and their three children, the first health aid you experience won’t necessarily be from a clinician, a weight, or a machine. In a setting that combines the comfort of rural medicine with the modernity of a high-tech facility, you just might get the certified therapy dog – a golden retriever named Maisy roams the facility, sniffing around, producing merriment and laughter.

Jim Kaplan