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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Gardens of Love: Cynthia Bloomquist and Thaw Malin III

Most local gardeners would never let anyone visit in late March, but Cynthia Bloomquist and Thaw Malin III could not have been more welcoming...

Chilmark: Staycation

Spring break continues through the weekend, and if we keep our fingers crossed, perhaps warmer days are here to stay. At least the daffodils...

Chilmark: Turkey love

One morning turning the bend at 6:40 am, turkeys crossing the road, while the mister stood upon a mistress, no distress, just life by...

The lady and the railroad

Kristina (Tina) Hook was born in 1945 and raised on Lobsterville Road above her parents’ antique shop in Aquinnah, and has lived back on-Island...

Chilmark: Seastone Papers

It's spring. Easter and a blue moon have come and gone, while Passover ends on Saturday, April 7. Snow has come, with more in...

Gardens of Love: Margaret Knight

I visited dancer, clothing upcycler, gardener, and Renaissance woman Margaret Knight at her Chappaquiddick home to see what she grows in the winter in...

Chilmark: Chilmark Potluck Jam

The 44th Chilmark Potluck Jam filled the CCC with delicious dinner offerings and a wonderful lineup of local musicians. When they start up again...

Chilmark: Vernal equinox

Happy Spring! That's right, folks, we've passed the vernal equinox on March 20. The cool thing I learned this year from accuweather.com is that...

Chilmark: Extra light

What a beautiful week, until the blizzard. I was happy to learn Lydia Fischer has ordered seeds, and will be taking over Beetlebung Farm...

Chilmark: Take it slow, folks

March came storming in, or as some folks said, “Holy nor'easter.” I was off-Island, and when I spoke with my husband Friday evening, it...

The gift of music

Music and memory are featured in the 2012 documentary “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” which won the 2014 Sundance Audience Award...

Chilmark: Uma Datta’s Indian Cooking class

Driving, walking, or moving through thick fog makes the world shrink, a feeling I enjoy each foggy day. It's great seeing the parking lots...

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...