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Valerie Sonnenthal

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The collector

Ruth Epstein, who turned 93 in July, cheerily greets me at the door of the guest home her son-in-law Ivory Littlefield, a sculptor and...

Menemsha’s the perfect place for plein air

Last Friday morning I drove down to Menemsha to get gas. The sign at the bottom of the hill two-thirds still missing, nearly every...

Chilmark: Family reunion

Oh August, so soon. It's nice to see sold-out events all over town, bright lights reflecting off night skies from outdoor celebrations, animals grazing,...

Chilmark: So much art

Happy belated 70th birthday to artist Wendy Weldon, and congratulations to her partner James Langlois on his drawing exhibit, which just opened at A...

Chilmark: Road Race sign ups

Even David Bromberg made a Dershowitz comment while playing on the Island last week. An old friend of mine, an activist, went on a...

Gardens of Love: Cathy Walthers

It was a rainy day when I visited private chef and cookbook author Cathy Walthers at her home and garden in West Tisbury. Cathy...

New farms on the block

I went to the first Wednesday Farmers Market to get Lydia Fischer of Beetlebung Farm's perfect slender asparagus, and found two new farms in...

Stan and Eric’s excellent adventure

Some folks may think Stanley Larsen, owner of Menemsha Fish Market, could have a screw loose, or perhaps it's a midlife crisis, but standing...

Chilmark: Book deliveries

Thank you, Alan Dershowitz, or maybe not; Chilmark and the Island made local, regional, national, and international news. Clearly summer folks’ social life is...

Chilmark: Future of the Bite

I loved hearing that Jo-Ann Eccher “saw first sea robin on the floor of Menemsha Pond as was paddleboarding this week.” I...

Chilmark Town Column

It's nice to see surfers and standup paddleboarders return to Squibby in the early morning hours, and makes filling a couple of bags with...

Chilmark: Chilmark softball season

My summers have always felt like they really began when I heard from summer softball commissioner Bill Edison, who died last fall. He was...

Chilmark: Congratulations Chilmark graduates

Congratulations to Chilmarkers graduating from the West Tisbury School, including Silas Abrams, Tegan Fenner, Matthew Karlinsky, Adam Miller, Ingrid Moore, Barrett Oliver, Tyler Shipway,...

Chilmark: Congratulations graduates

Wow, graduations already. The Charter School had no Chilmark graduates; however, congratulations to the 2018 Chilmark graduates from MVRHS, including Lowen Goodwin, Marguerite Mayhew,...

Chilmark: Time for beach stickers

So-so weekend weather seems to be improving, but it was nice to see folks enjoying dinner behind both fish stores on Monday evening. Be...

Menemsha’s Creekville Antiques carries treasures and art from long ago

It's Creekville Antiques’ second season on Basin Road in Jane Slater's Old South Antiques space. You might say it was a welcome home for...

Chilmark: The Galley has new owners

Fog, rain, and double rainbows on Sunday at sunset, such a sweet spectacular gift. Even sunshine to begin the week, porch sitters at the...

Gardens of Love: Laurisa Rich

It's always a pleasure to drive up to Laurisa and Tim Rich's home above Squibnocket Pond. Although I've known Laurisa for many years, I've...

Chilmark: The countdown is on until Memorial Day

More fog, some rain, and leaves of green bursting forth along our roadways. More cars, bikes, runners, and snowbirds returning to their local roosts....

Chilmark: Sprouting Grass Moon

It's hard to beat the proliferation of blooming daffodils and vibrant forsythia along our roads, all that yellow. We started the week with the...