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Maria Clara Pizzico

Mary and Douglas Pizzico of Edgartown announce the birth of their daughter, Maria Clara Pizzico, on August 18 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Maria weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

Wolfgang F. Goff

Tanya Chipperfield and James Goff of Tisbury announce the birth of their son, Wolfgang Francis Goff, on October 17 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Wolfgang weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Abram T. Seabourne

Elizabeth and William Seabourne of Edgartown announce the birth of their son, Abram Trask Seabourne, on October 20 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Abram weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.


Oct. 15, Peter O’Donnell, Jr. and Edith Jones O’Donnell, trustee of the Peter O’Donnell, Jr. and Edith Jones O’Donnell 2013 Management Trust, sold 4 Bayberry Lane and a lot on Bayberry Lane to F. Lane Heard, 3rd a/k/a Frank Lane Heard, 3rd, and Margaret Ann Bauer for $1,225,000.


Oct. 14, Margaret Louise Wheeler, a/k/a Margaret L. Wheeler, Douglas H. Evans, executors under the Will of Barbra J. Green, sold 33 Highmark to Margaret L. Wheeler for $1,128,000.

Oct. 17, Andrew Marvel, Jr. and Christine M. Hotarek sold 35 Cranberry Hill Rd. to Mark M. Christopher, trustee of Lighthouse Home Trust, for $2,100,000.


Oct. 14, Heir Castle II LLC sold 23 Thayer St. to Neuhoff Realty LLC for $2,900,000.

Oct. 15, Thomas Chamberlain, trustee of Chamberlain Realty Trust, sold 122 South Water St. to 122 South Water Street LLC for $1,500,000.

Oct. 16, Edgartown Light LLC sold 157 Boulevard to Curtis C. Johnson, Jr. and Donna A. Johnson for $1,950,000.

Oct. 16, John Bresnehan, Jr. sold 80 Pine St. to Elisa Valente and Gabriele De Simone for $766,000.

Oak Bluffs

Oct. 14, SDS Financial Group LLC, holder of a mortgage from William Joseph Bernard to James Cooper grants by foreclosure deed 25 Franklin Avenue to 25 Franklin Avenue LLC for $20,000.

Oct. 16, Robert P. Goldman and Michelle M. Porter, trustees of the Betty L. Singer 1994 Trust, Judith S. Swartz, Georgia Singer and David A. Singer as beneficiaries of said trust, and Janet Z. Rome and Judith S. Swartz as Personal Representatives of the will and estate of Barbara L. Singer, sold 438 County Rd. to Cheryl Hall for $400,000.

Oct. 17, Kerry Quinlan-Potter and William H. Potter sold 30 Prospect Ave. to Andrew and Ruth Levy for $500,000.


Oct. 15, Raymond C. and Mary L. Snell, trustees of Point Pasture Real Estate Trust sold Unit 7, 60 Beach Road to Ralph F. Robinson, Jr. for $149,000.

West Tisbury

Oct. 15, Richard Gale, personal representative of the estate of Jane C. Baker, individually, Lynne G. Silva, individually, Raymond Alan Gale, individually, and Leigh Gale a/k/a Leigh Reynolds, individually, sold 25 Longview Rd. to Lynnlee Gale and John H. Bunker, Jr. for $387,500.

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The Martha's Vineyard high school golf team placed second in the first round of the state tournament and advanced to the next round. Finn Simpkins placed second overall as well. —Photo courtesy of Polly Simpkins

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity golf team competed in the first round of the Massachusetts State Golf Tournament, held at Dennis Highland Golf Club on Monday afternoon. Thirteen teams across the state qualified for the MIAA Division III Cape and Islands section tournament, from which the top two teams advance to the state finals.

Martha’s Vineyard placed second with a score of 324, three strokes behind first-place Old Rochester, and will advance to the state finals, where they will face 11 of the top golf teams across the state.

Leading the way for the Vineyard were a trio of sophomores. Finn Simpkins shot a team-best 78, Chris Mayhew shot a 79, and Zak Danz shot an 80. Junior co-captain Kaitlyn Marchand carded an 87.

The team completed their regular season on a four-match win streak, ending with a record of 9-7. The State finals will be held at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday, October 27.

Walk to soup.

Mashpee River Woodlands features trails that meander along a tidal river ideal for paddling. – Photo by Bill Mauk-DeSousa

One of our most in-the-know friends on the Cape sent us these fall delights, just off the rock.

Allons-y! A hike through Mashpee River Woodlands

Good paddling.
Good paddling.

Leave the hustle and bustle of Route 28 behind as you wander through this protected tidal river with its crystalline water, pristine shoreline, natural spawning areas, all of which make Mashpee River one of the Commonwealth’s finest sources of rare, sea-run brook trout. Since at least 1915, spirited conservation efforts have protected this tidal river, which begins at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond and empties into Pirate’s Cove on Popponesset Bay. Along the way, you’ll find stands of hardwood trees, low bush berries, beach grass and outcroppings of stone as you meander through its undulating paths. As the road noise recedes, a sense of peace pervades, broken only by the occasional slice of kayaks through gently flowing water wending its way towards Popponessett Bay.

Then, soup and sweets and take a look at all that du pain!

After a long walk through the woods, you can eat pastries guilt-free at Maison Villatte in Falmouth.
After a long walk through the woods, you can eat pastries guilt-free at Maison Villatte in Falmouth.

Afterwards, as you head towards Woods Hole and the ferry home, repair to Maison Villatte, an outstanding patisserie/boulangerie on Main Street in Falmouth. Owned and operated by French native Boris Villatte who came to America eight years ago, this sensation on Main Street is one of the “must go” places in town for pastry, sandwiches, pastries and confections. Inside, there are round café tables and at the back, the gleaming baking oven — four levels featuring 120 square feet of baking space that can handle 250 loaves of bread at once (the bakery features 12 –15 types of breads each day, which vary seasonally). The bread selection includes baguettes, farmers loaves and rustics which utilize buckwheat, spelt and rye flours as well as flavored breads such as bacon and cheese, cranberry, white chocolate and walnut raisin. Breads, rolls, sandwiches, croissants, cakes, pastry cakes roll out of the behemoth oven right before patrons’ eyes. Pastry cases, custom-built in Spain, hold an eye-popping selection of magnificent croissants, brioche and more indulgent treats alongside a selection of cheeses and charcuterie, ready-made sandwiches, quiches and soups. French- and American-style coffee can be enjoyed there (if you can find a seat) or taken away (there is room for twenty at the café seating, as well as tables out on the sidewalk for warmer days).

You might need to wait a bit, but what’s a few minutes when you’re inhaling fresh bread fumes?

Mashpee River Woodlands, Quinaquissett Avenue Mashpee, MA

(located less than one mile from Mashpee rotary).

Maison Villatte, 267 Main Street Falmouth, MA 02540‎ 774-255-1855

Open 7AM-7PM Tuesday – Sunday


6 month old Clementine DeForest enjoys the pumpkin patch. —Photo by Susan Safford


Guests could take a hayride around the Edgartown farmlands. — Photo by Susan Safford


A kids pumpkin painting contest was one of the day's activities. —Photo courtesy of Morning Glory


A kids pumpkin painting contest was one of the day's activities. —Photo by Susan Safford


Adults and kids participated in a pumpkin carving contest. —Photo by Susan Safford


Morning Glory Farm Stand has gourds galore. —Courtesy Morning Glory Farm


Kids learn how to use an old fashioned cider press. — Photo courtesy of Morning Glory


Slip Away Farm slipped away with the blue ribbon for adult pumpkin carving. — Photo courtesy of Morning Glory


Goats visited the Pumpkin Festival, too. —Photo courtesy of Morning Glory


Crowds gathered at Morning Glory for pumpkin-themed activities on Saturday. —Photo courtesy of Morning Glory

Islanders flocked to Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown last Saturday, October 18, for the annual Morning Glory Pumpkin Festival. The day included activities for all ages. Especially popular were the pony rides, hayrides, farm tour, and hay maze. Guests took part in pumpkin carving and decorating, and many decorated themselves with face paint. The Morning Glory Kitchen served up food and beverages throughout the day to fuel the fun. “We love to see the community come together,” Morning Glory Farm wrote of the event on their Facebook page.

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Dmitri Tymoczko, a music theorist at Princeton University, discussed the geometry of music at TEDx Martha's Vineyard in August. —Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

If you missed the sold out TEDx Martha’s Vineyard talks at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on August 19, fear not! Most of the talks presented at the August event are now available online at YouTube and, with more to come soon. Current postings include “The Path of Thought” with Nacho Rodriguez Bach, “An Individual’s Owner Manual” with Brian Gordon, “How to Be a Black Sheep” with Andre Hueston Mack, “The Intersection of Creativity and Chaos” with Gary Foster, “Declaring Other People Insane” with Jon Ronson, “What Kids Can Teach Us About Magic” with Brad Barton, “Auteurs in the Ether” with Alan Palomo, and “Step Back and Look Again” with Sebastian Errazuriz. Talks run between 10 and 20 minutes, and all are drawn from the theme of “Genius, Insanity, and the Creative Process.”  Maggie Bryan, who co-founded and organized the event along with Liz Witham, Ken Wentworth and Katy Decker, said the August event “was a huge success, and we’re excited for 2015.” For more information, visit

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Lillie Cabral paints mom Lauren Major at Middletown Nursey's Family Fun Day in 2012. —Photo by Ralph Stewart

Fall festival season is not over yet! Middletown Nursery will hold its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 25, from 11 am to 2 pm at their location on State Road in West Tisbury. Admission to the event is free, and activities will include pumpkin painting and decorating, scarecrow making, and lots of fall treats. Come early for an organic garlic planting demonstration with Roxanne Kapitan from 10 to 11 am. Attendance is free. For more information, call Middletown Nursery at 508-696-7600.

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The Minnesingers a capella group, shown here in 2011, will hold a live and silent auction to benefit their MVRHS singing group on Friday. —Photo by Ralph Stewart

The MVRHS Minnesingers will hold their annual silent and live auction benefit at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, October 25, from 6 to 9 pm. Admission to the event is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres, a chowder bar, desserts, and a cash bar. There will be items for both silent and live auctions. Tickets are available from any MVRHS Minnesinger or at the door. For more information, call 508-939-4053.

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Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery will team with Slip 77 to benefit the Island Food Pantry. —Photo by Michael Cummo

Island retailer Slip 77 and Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery will combine forces for a special benefit for the Island Food Pantry on Friday, October 24, 7:30–9 pm, at Bad Martha’s Edgartown location. This charity event will showcase goods from local Island artists, debut Slip 77’s new fall/winter line, and launch the shop’s first limited edition release of 77 special items. A portion of the proceeds from items purchased at the event will be donated to the Island Food Pantry. The event is free, but guests are encouraged to bring donations in the form of non-perishable food items. Those who donate will have a chance to win Slip 77 “swag” and special in-store offers. For more information, call 508-687-9975.