Two new books, one author: Amelia Smith immerses herself in Regency England and an old mermaid fable

“Scandal’s Heiress” by Amelia Smith, Split Rock Books, 315 pages. “Eddystone Light” by Amelia Smith, Split Rock Books, 103 pages. Both available at Bunch of Grapes, Alley’s General Store, and online. “Scandal’s Heiress” is no bodice-ripper, although a steamy make-out scene aboard an English frigate sets the plot in motion for the romance to follow. […]

Island Grown Schools hosts experts at Seed Summit

Island Grown Schools (IGS) will host leaders in the field of seed conservation, and interested community members, for a potluck and “Seed School” starting Sunday. With interest in local food production increasing every year along with accelerated concerns about genetically modified foods and threats to our food supply due to droughts and other adverse conditions, […]

Unlikely friendships highlight Film Center offerings

“Ernest and Celestine,” a children’s animated film, plays this weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Returning is the Indian film, “The Lunchbox,” and “Locke,” the second live simulcast in the New York Film Critics National Series, will be screened on Tuesday, April 29. Based on the Gabrielle Vincent book series, “Ernest and Celestine” is […]

Poets’ Corner: Schizophrenic Lover

Your soft touch melts me. My heart opens — oh, the possibilities… the warmth. But then, all has changed. Your tone is cold. The soft caress gone, your ardor replaced by a numbing chill. Soon, the glow returns. You lull me again with sweetness, but then follow with cold disdain. Yet I have accepted each […]

Give blood

The American Red Cross is holding a community blood drive from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 22, at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. Call 800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment.