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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: Weather rollercoaster

March is here and we're on the weather rollercoaster from freezing temps to balmy ones with some snow, ice, and rain all mixed in....

Chilmark: Donuts in Chilmark?

Do you think Back Door Donuts will have an outpost in Chilmark now that two of the new owners are seasonal town residents? How...

Chilmark: Fishing film

Just the right amount of snow this week. It was a full house for the Fisherman's Preservation Trust presentation at the Chilmark library, where...

The Yard offers a winter delight

The performance ended in silence, my body was tingly, I wanted the room to stay quiet. I was in the front row near a...

Chilmark: Welcome February

Oh February, you're here already! Another Chilmark Potluck Jam success, though I ended up sadly missing one of my off-season favorite events. Belated birthday...

Chilmark: Goofy factor

I hope everyone enjoyed the warmer weekend weather before the rain. It's hard to believe it's winter when there are too many choices of...

Chilmark: Counting blessings

Every day since the morning the Island lost Jake Baird, I have counted my own blessings in life. My heart goes out to Jake's...

Chilmark: Pasture Road Anxiety Syndrome

I'm not sure my husband appreciated that I left him alone for the blizzard and coldest weekend of the year, but he and our...

Chilmark: Year of the Dog

“Cold” sums up the end of the year. Now it's 2018, Year of the Dog. January first I looked out over Lucy Vincent Beach,...

Chilmark: The power’s out

Dec. 25 was a blustery, crisp morning. We were finally getting to have our Thanksgiving. My husband prepared his stuffing, and added an assortment...

Chilmark: On 495 in the snow

I left on the morning of our first snowfall, took the ferry and the 8:10 am Peter Pan bus to Boston. When I awoke...

Chilmark: Peak nights of Geminids

Are you getting in the holiday spirit yet? If you haven’t driven around looking at holiday lights or made it to Donaroma’s spectacular, you...

Chilmark: Update on Ed

I hope I didn't upset anyone by sharing something so immediate in my life last week, but there are many miracles I relish, including...

Chilmark: Please, let’s go

I picked up my GOOD Farm turkey Tuesday morning and headed home after errands. Got a call from my husband just before leaving to...

Chilmark: Meet the ponies

Here's what's open on Thanksgiving: Menemsha Fish Market, 11 am to 3 pm, and Menemsha Texaco from 11 am to noon (or maybe later...

Chilmark: Loose cows on North Road

Just in case we were getting used to nice weather, a few freezes ought to shake us out of complacency, besides temperature swings of...

Gardens of Love: Fae Kontje Gibbs

 Walking up to the front of Fae Kontje Gibbs’ Tisbury home is magical. The painted green ivy vine invites me to wander, take a...

Chilmark: Velella velella

It was a nice week, until the up-Island blackout on Sunday night. Thankfully, Eversource worked their magic and power was restored by 9:16 pm....

Chilmark: Chairs upended

The 40th Chilmark Women's Symposium was a wonderful morning of community, storytelling, and support. The ladies printed a folded bookmark that highlighted the biannual...

Outsider artist in Chilmark

When Chilmark writer and friend Nancy Aronie calls and invites me to meet someone, my answer is always yes. Though it took getting through...