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Hair-raising history

Some 26 years ago, the first collection of Island ghost stories arrived on our shores, or more specifically our bookshelves. “Haunted Island,” from Down...

At Home with the Oslyns

If a pair of rom-com script writers were given the task of bringing the romance of Gina Patti and Rob Oslyn of Oak Bluffs...

An essential summer cookbook

When Nan Rheault, originally of Connecticut, then of the world, and finally of Oak Bluffs, befriended you, you stayed befriended. It was as magical...

Close Encounters: Brian Hughes and Lisa Rohn

The one thing you can depend on with old friends — excruciatingly old, as in 28 years of knowing each other — is that...

Close Encounters: A night with Nancy Aronie

Nancy Aronie, 78, NPR commentator, author, columnist, and writing workshop doyenne, is to be my subject for a night spent in the sipping of...

Close Encounters: Lee McCormack

“Lee, you look great!” It’s a standard greeting, women love to reassure our pals that they’re ready for their close-up.  And Lee McCormack does look great....

Suzanne Rheault’s wild and precious life

This woman has been around the world, by her own admission, a few too many times, but her exciting and checkered past has yielded...

Home is where her heart is

For some obscure reason, Oak Bluffs as a vacation destination fails to receive the love that attaches itself to Edgartown and some of the...

Ghost writers

When I first began to track down Vineyard ghost stories, the boom in bumpy things — bumpy as in “things that go bump in...

Bitters are better

Islander Zephir Plume is an adept of culinary arts and herbal medicine, a farmer, a forager, and a soon-to-be mama. On a recent midday...

At the Ag Fair, with Charlie, my angel

More than a trip to Disney World, more than the celebration of Christmas, for Vineyarders the annual four-day Agricultural Fair grounds us in the...

A turtle named Sue, well, Johnny Sue

Updated August 8 The achy-breaky heart part about adopting a turtle for a pet is that, cute as they are, they will never reciprocate our...

The frame inspires the painting in magical mind of Margot Datz

She is an artist of incandescent talent, and a woman of the same caliber of charm. Margot Datz and I are roughly the same...

The heart of Harthaven

Most people in advanced elder age tell you “All my friends are dead!” This was far from the case last Thursday, July 11, at...

Building confidence

To meet the pretty and devilishly petite 48-year-old with pale skin, vivid green eyes and floaty red hair is to become best friends for...

A living legend

The following is reprinted with permission from Holly Nadler’s book “Vineyard Confidential.” “She approved every word before I used it in the book,” Nadler...

At home with Lisa Katsounakis at the Tivoli Inn

It’s been on top of lists for dream jobs for eons now: Inn Owner. In a recent boston.com story, “Bed and Breakfast purveyor” was...

Is Dan Aykroyd attracting UFOs to Martha’s Vineyard?

Picture two aliens in a spacecraft. For seven gravity-free nanoseconds, they’ve glimpsed nothing but black ocean, then lights! Civilization! Their GPS tells them, “You’re...

These are the days

They’re from the same generation as the septuagenarian rock stars who still keep prancing across the stage: Larry David, Richard Lewis, Lily Tomlin, and our...

Gwyn McAllister channels George Bernard Shaw in ‘Passionata’

Many years ago Gwyn McAllister began to write articles for this very paper, along with a steady stream of magazine stories. And then one...