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Penelope Dickens’s clothes benefit VHCAP

Last March, Island resident Penelope Dickens died in a car accident off-Island.

The Art of Chocolate Festival

Former Featherstone director Francine Kelly and her successor, daughter Ann Smith, both agree that the annual Art of Chocolate festival is the most popular event hosted by the Island's center for the arts each year.

Self sufficiency on Martha’s Vineyard

Tad Crawford, one of the organizers of last Saturday's Living Local Harvest Festival, prefaced his introduction to each of the day's seven speakers by outlining the mission of the event.

ArtFarm enjoys success

At its inception in early 2009, ArtFarm Enterprises stated a mission: "To provide a creatively fertile environment where professional artists can grow their art, while simultaneously teaching the community how to cultivate their own.

Part thriller, part gore-fest, “Growth” capitalizes on Vineyard’s mystique

Even though Martha's Vineyard is famously the setting for one of the scariest movies of all time, "Jaws," in general, horror is not the genre that immediately comes to mind when thinking of the Island as a movie locale.

Phil DaRosa in concert

Last Saturday a fortunate few enjoyed an evening with three exceptional singer/songwriters, as Phil DaRosa was joined by fellow artists Meghan LaRoque and Erich Luening at the Union Chapel.

Straight from the writers’ mouths: M.V. Songwriters’ Festival

The writers behind hit songs, no matter how successful, don't often share publicly in the glory.

Adult Ed on Martha’s Vineyard

As Lynn Ditchfield, director of Adult and Community Education of Martha's Vineyard (ACE MV), prepares to launch a third season offering a roster of classes to Islanders of all stripes, ages, and interests, she notes that the organization is coming closer to fulfilling her vision for it.

Jumping to the Yard

Mary Paula Hunter has performed a food-smearing dance in a Manhattan store-front window.

M.V. Islanders wish for Ireland

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation offered little Samantha Cassidy of Edgartown the opportunity to realize a dream, she had some trouble making up her mind.

Suzanne Vega at The Yard

Suzanne Vega was an anomaly in the '80s music scene.

First Lady’s health campaign motivates Island

In February of this year, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the LetsMove campaign aimed at addressing a serious health issue with the goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

Built on Stilts dance festival in Oak Bluffs

Every summer for the past 14 years, the Built on Stilts dance festival has turned Oak Bluffs Union Chapel into a mecca for dancers from all over, and a hive of joyous activity for a good chunk of August.

Vineyard life according to Marty Nadler

"I'm a Vineyard addict," confessed Marty Nadler at the start of his comedy show, Very Vineyard, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs last Saturday.

Two evenings with “Othello” and experts at Featherstone

For the last two years Boston's Actor's Shakespeare Project has been voted Best Theater Company by the Boston Phoenix.

London’s Balletboyz at The Yard

Incorporating a mix of dance and video into their performances, as well as a mix of dance styles, London's Balletboyz make serious dance about as accessible as it gets, without at all compromising the art form.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”: a comedic experience

Those precocious kids we love to hate are played for laughs as they reveal an arsenal of emotional damage in Island Theatre Workshop's (ITW) production of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Fame: SRO at Jabberwocky

The playful 1980s came alive over the weekend as about 70 campers, counselors, and staff members of Vineyard Haven's Camp Jabberwocky took the stage to present an exuberant, if not exactly faithful to the original, version of the classic movie "Fame.

Joanna Rush comes to The Yard

A new one-woman show, playing at The Yard this weekend, details its author's journey from devout Catholic to chorus girl to successful actress, dancer, and writer.

College troubadours land at Featherstone

A very talented band of troubadours has landed on Martha's Vineyard briefly to stage an original outdoor show before heading on to New York City's Fringe Festival.