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Gwyn McAllister channels George Bernard Shaw in ‘Passionata’

Many years ago Gwyn McAllister began to write articles for this very paper, along with a steady stream of magazine stories. And then one...

At Home with Alan Schweikert

Alan Schweikert grew up in the pastoral hill and dale of Chatham, N.J., which also put him near the bright lights of Manhattan. Half...

Watching ‘The Mighty Quinn’ raises money for WYOB

The year was 1989, and although Denzel Washington had already made a name for himself with more serious roles, his titular part as the...

At Home with Joanna Fairchild: A home that stretches to include many

Either entertaining comes naturally to you or it doesn’t. Yes, American mores insist anybody can learn anything, but when it comes to hosting 20...

Everybody out on the courts!

You may have noticed those small tennis courts in such places as Niantic Park in Oak Bluffs or at the Boys and Girls Club...

Come on down!

To paraphrase an old song from Paul Simon, “Something tells me it’s all happening at the library.” Simon said “at the zoo,” but nowadays,...

A Valentine’s Day love story

“We don’t meditate,” said Michael Joly as he and his sweetheart Alene Sibley sat at my dining room table in Oak Bluffs in early...

Teach what you know

What does Martha’s Vineyard have in common with Athens in the Golden Age and Elizabethan England? You guessed it! We’ve got a veritable surplus...

Banish those winter blues

To get to the Chilmark Tavern in winter, you’ve got to be motivated. If you’re coming from down-Island, you’ll be traveling a great network...

Good triumphs over evil in ‘The Snow Queen’

Who better than a Danish teller of fairytales to portray good and evil in the form of hot and — excruciatingly — cold weather?...

Claim to fame: Prizewinning Hanukkah latkes

What do potato pancakes have to do with Hanukkah? Well, it’s not entirely unreasonable to ask what Hanukkah has to do with anything. It’s...

Name that factoid

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember back in the day — the day being pre-Internet — when you’d be sitting around a dinner table...

A summer camp for more than roasting s’mores

No one on the Island today seems to have ever heard of it. I’ve asked artists and dancers and theater people; in other words,...

At home with the Aronies of Chilmark

Alice in her Wonderland has nothing on a visit to Nancy Slonim Aronie and Joel Aronie in their small and wildly quaint cottage just...

Worth reading

If you’re a die-hard reader then a favorite subject is books that have been censored or even withdrawn, generally from libraries or schools, because...

Love in the time of hurricanes

It is a truth universally acknowledged (to borrow from Jane Austen) that Island kids tend to grow up, fall in love, and coax their...

At home with Sam Feldman and Marilyn Meyerhoff

Set back from the south cliffs of Chilmark, surrounded by tall ornamental grasses and uncommon cultivated flowers that blend with the wildflowers and equally...

A fresh look at an old masterpiece

The tragic element of a revival of the 1987 off-Broadway hit “Driving Miss Daisy,” about racial and class and ethnic tensions in Atlanta, Ga.,...

Island authors share laughs and literature at the Artisans Festival

Writers thrive on Martha’s Vineyard the way those exotic wild mushrooms sprout over our lawns and in our woods. (A word of advice: Read...

‘The Five-Headed Dragon’: A new thriller by Island writer Michael West

Michael G. West, who lives year-round in Vineyard Haven, with a whole lot of business travel to keep his horizons broad, never does anything...