Each spring Buddy Vanderhoop bites the head off the first herring he catches.

“It’s just traditional and it’s been done forever and it brings you luck,” he said late this winter, a few weeks before the earliest alewives and blueback herring – the scouts – began to fight their way up his herring run. “It’s like it’s between you and the fish, your blood mashing with the fish’s blood. You don’t just bite the herring head off and spit it out. You bite it off and eat it. So it’s a little crunchy.”

Tom Dunlop


Simon Hickman’s massive and fantastical sculptures start as dead wood yearning to be free.

Geoff Currier


No one knows exactly how many Islanders will sleep in cars or tents this winter, but it’s more than you think. And it’s not always who you would expect.

Connie Berry


Addiction or passion, Ping-Pong or table tennis – call it what you want, but Alina Wen, forty-eight, has emerged as the Island’s toughest female competitor and a fierce challenger to anyone wielding a paddle.

Karla Araujo


“It’s strange, trying to talk about raising one’s children..."


In 1945 the most devastating war in history finally came to a close. Seven decades later, a handful of heroic Islanders still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news.

John H. Kennedy


Is there an easier way to bridge the seasons than all this shuffling, searching, and shoving?

Moira C. Silva


Just because it’s called a “formal” dining room doesn’t mean you can’t showcase pops of color to jazz it up. And stop using neutral tones for your kitchen’s color palette – it’s the heart of your home, after all. Make it lively!

Nicole Grace Mercier