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Valerie Sonnenthal

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In the service of others

Rachel Elion Baird is a multitalented conceptual artist and author who uses a range of media, plus poetry and music, besides having a full-time...

Relax, recover, recalibrate with healing sound

Humans have used sound throughout our history, whether for healing, like church bells and didgeridoos, or as weapons, like hovering helicopters or playing painful...

Gardens of Love: Duncan Caldwell

After the 2023 Thanksgiving storm, Lucy Vincent Beach appeared transformed. Not only was there loss of sand, revealing more colored clay underfoot, it felt...

Bob Dylan Center: A trip to remember

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My husband, documentary photographer Edward Grazda, was invited to attend the May 2022 opening of the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Okla. Still squeamish...

Life with a mission

Hellie Newman thought I ought to meet Rachel Vaughn, an Island chef and caterer, before she returns to Ukraine. I caught up with Rachel...

Gardens of Love: Connie Hyde

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You may think I’m stretching it to include the garden at Chilmark’s Martha’s Vineyard Bank, but I’ve watched over the past seven years as...

Visiting artists Gretchen and Jackie Baer

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I was driving into Vineyard Haven on a Sunday to offer Sound Healing at Camp Jabberwocky in late August, and realized I had not...

A summer afternoon in Menemsha

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I spent the better part of this late August muggy Monday doing laundry, making guest beds, cleaning, and vacuuming. By 2 pm, all I...

Melissa Patterson is ‘All About Signs’

What’s your favorite sign on Martha’s Vineyard? I have many. I had never needed a signmaker until this year when I connected with Melissa Patterson...

My sole journey

A dozen years ago Mitzi Pratt, a bookbinder in Aquinnah, suggested a foot class in NYC at Revolution in Motion. I went, and then...

Gardens of Love: James Langlois and Wendy Weldon

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It is the first week of December, and James Langlois and Wendy Weldon will be moving off-Island soon, but in the meantime they are...

Chilmark: Jay Lagemann’s sculptures, and holidays in Menemsha

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Last Thursday was unusual: a bank robbery, Jay Lagemann’s sculptures riding the ferry, and heading off Island for the holidays. I began writing the...

Chilmark: Giant turnip, chocolate pop-up, and Don Nitchie virtual poetry

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Was the election anticlimactic or just reassuring? Chilmark voter turnout beat Aquinnah by 2 percent, as well as the rest of the towns. Last...

Chilmark: Sally Cook memorial, Kara Taylor Gallery, and Grey Barn pies

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I got my booster shot at the Vax Bus clinic at the high school last weekend, and was amazed we were offered a Stop...

Gardens of Love: Judith Fielder Leggett

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Every year on August 6, Cleaveland House Poets join Dionis Coffin Riggs’ family members for a poetry reading at the West Tisbury library on...

Chilmark: The Library of Things, Pathways gathering, and Island Folk Pottery

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You might call it “The Curious Incident of the Cooper’s Hawk and the Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker,” found by my husband and son on the...

Chilmark: Outermost Inn opens, drop-in knitting, and Mobile Monastery

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Katie Carroll is collecting names and addresses of homes that will have a light shining to welcome trick-or-treaters; email her at squidrow@vineyard.net. Halloween evening...

Chilmark: Monthly tea club, ‘The Fall,’ and the Chilmark General Store

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Last week when I stopped by North Tabor Farm (NTF), I noticed a tiny house, well actually, a tiny kitchen, that Sadie Dix explained...

Chilmark: Drop-in Knitting Group, and Community Church

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Finally, after some wet gray days, a glorious weekend despite temps dropping to the low 60s. So many fall happenings it’s hard to keep...

Gardens of Love: Martha Halperin

I have been a member of Cleaveland House Poets for 16 years, and therefore head to Cleaveland House on the Edgartown–West Tisbury Road biweekly...