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The Wedding Planners

Four wedding planning firms share their challenges in creating the most beautiful special day for couples on this popular destination — Martha’s Vineyard. Jackie Kane My...

The Arborists

Josh Scott, Beetlebung Tree Care, ISA Certified Arborist, West Tisbury West Tisbury   Why trees? I fell in love with trees and the care of trees early on,...

The Caretakers

Scott Ellis; Plumbing and Caretaking, Edgartown   What got you started caretaking? I got into caretaking after fixing a house where all the pipes froze and had...

The Auto Mechanics

Al Noyes, owner, Al Noyes Automotive, Edgartown A father-son Vineyard business I was born and raised in Oak Bluffs, my wife born and raised in Vineyard...

The Fishermen

Steve Amaral, Surfcaster; Derby participant for 71 years, Oak Bluffs What got you started fishing? We all grew up in my father’s fish market, Amaral’s Fish...

This was a book sale for the books

The Friends Book Sale has become such an institution that many dedicated buyers arrange their summer schedule around the sale, held every year at...

The Artisans: Island craftsmen and women make our houses home

An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craftworker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly...

The Vets

Constance Breese DVM, Sea Breeze Veterinary Service, West Tisbury What brought you to veterinary work on the Vineyard? After graduation when I was looking for jobs, there was...

The Volunteers: We’re all in this together

Several busy volunteers speak about their community service and the organization they serve, why they do it, what they get out of it, and...

The Musicians

Four musicians share stories about how they came to make music their life’s work. Nancy Jephcote, Vineyard Haven Strings teacher, singer, songwriter; guitar and fiddle The Flying...

The holiday wishes of Islanders

Last year we polled the locals and asked them to share their wants for the season and memories of holidays past. Here's what we...

Blessings for pets and all

On Sunday, November 6, the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury hosted “The Blessing of the Animals,” which began with a call to worship...

Slideshow: The Farmers

“On the Island, farming is tough … you have to take it on as a lifestyle.” —Rusty Gordon of Ghost Island Farm, West Tisbury Farmers on...

The Shopkeepers

Our Island shops provide us with both needed essentials and luxuries, sparing us the expense and inconvenience of having to travel off-Island. Five local...

How to Run a B & B (and the secrets of a baked bean...

The Cleaveland House B & B is at 620 West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury, and has been welcoming guests — mostly poets, writers,...

Charter School graduates: Seven strong

On Sunday afternoon, the seven graduating seniors of the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School class of 2016 proudly paraded past the standing-room-only audience of...

The coaches: Our sports experts and trainers

It’s time to cheer on our many coaches, who work tirelessly with Island kids in the sports on the Island. Whether it’s the seasoned...

The EMTs: The Island’s Emergency Medical Service Providers

It’s one of those things we’ve almost grown to take for granted: You can call 911 at any time of the day or night...

How does that chair make you feel? Island mental health professionals discuss comfort

Do you lie down, or sit up when talking to a therapist? Do you face them, or...somewhere else? Do you visit them in an...

The Servers: The waitresses and bartenders at our year-round places

The waitresses and bartenders who work at Martha’s Vineyard restaurants have their work cut out for them: During the fast-paced summer, they must keep...