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Valerie Sonnenthal

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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...

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....