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Valerie Sonnenthal

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So the Vineyard looks more like the Arctic than any of us could have imagined, and cabin fever seems to be at an all-time...

Chilmark: at the mercy of Mother Nature

Although we’ve had an icy, chilly, wintry, blizzardy week, putting the kibosh on some family plans for the long weekend, we can still be...

Chilmark: Shopping for Valentine’s Day

I don’t leave the house without my cleats on; snow is nice and ice is treacherous. Sunday morning’s dusting, rewhiting, brought back that calm...

Chilmark: a visit with the Morgans

If you read Shirley Mayhew’s last column about Island couples, you may have been introduced to the Morgans, or perhaps you’ve known Jim and...

Chilmark: a week of words straight from the heart

We have risen, risen with glorious morning light licking at the horizon, the ground melting under our feet, driven over edges of ice breaking...

Chilmark: Visit the Brickyard

We’ve pretty much been holed up at home for a week and now, 10 days into my husband’s flu, he still has a wicked...

Chilmark: Lots going on

It was the last week with my younger son home; transitioning back to a more regular life schedule, my husband came down with the...

The creative life of a decoy maker

For Charlie Davis, each new wooden bird was a chance to perfect his process.

Chilmark: lots of holiday visitors to Menemsha

OK, it really is 2015, a number that once seemed so far in the future I did not imagine being alive, but here we...

Chilmark: Vineyard contingent in NYC

I forgot to mention last week that whenever I am in NYC I seem to run into more Vineyarders, whether we have known one...

Chilmark: Thanks to the Chilmark Chocolate elves

‘Twas the first night of Hanukkah and all through the house the mice were chomping, latkes baking, dogs snoring, bread rising, holidays cards drying,...

Chilmark: Cheer on the Coast Guard

I was thrilled to get to hear Shirley Mayhew read from her new book, Looking Back: My Long Life on Martha’s Vineyard, at the...

Chilmark: Holiday happenings

The other day I drove down to blustery Menemsha to get gas. It was nearly closing time, and no one was visible. I popped...

Chilmark: Food Truck has moved

Now that Thanksgiving is over and left-overs are being stretched a bit longer, I am enjoying lingering over delicious food and memories of our...

Chilmark: MVY in NYC

This week in New York City I was able to attend Island artist Cindy Kane's opening for her Helmet Project at Sprint Flatiron Prow...

Chilmark

This week in New York City I was able to attend Island artist Cindy Kane's opening for her Helmet Project at Sprint Flatiron Prow...

Chilmark: LOBSTR

Weatherwise, what's up? Going from a balmy 60 degrees to waking up Sunday morning to the bone chill of a mere 18 degrees? We'll...

Chilmark: Write away

Wow November is flying. Last week I took Nancy Aronie’s final Chilmark Writing Workshop of the year with 22 other participants (thank you ACE...

Chilmark: Library cafe now open

I dusted off sweet potatoes with the M.V. Gleaners last week at North Tabor Farm. The gleaners are a wonderful group of helping hands...