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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: Doors are opening

Doors are opening, windows being dressed, ice cream machines cleaned and ready for soft-serv, fish cooking wafts through the air without another soul in...

Chilmark: Sun, where art thou?

OK, Sun, where art thou? Hiding most days, it seems, but I'd rather have spring showers than too much winter snow. Congratulations to Larsen's...

Gardens of Love: Marie-Louise Rouff

Marie-Louise Rouff, now almost 90, moved to the Vineyard with her husband Paul Levine a decade ago from California. It wasn't so easy finding...

Chilmark: Welcome, May

Last rainy Sunday afternoon I walked with my son at Lucy Vincent Beach, and ran into two couples, one originally from Macedonia and visiting...

Chilmark: Earth Day is every day

Chilmark is the second town in the U.S., after our neighbor West Tisbury, to adopt a ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles....

Chilmark: Sliding into Memorial Day

Chh-changes, ’cause it's April. Turns out this was the last week for the Food Truck in Menemsha, next week is the last week for...

Chilmark: Hoedown Fundraiser

The weekend was wonderful, from Saturday surfers, screeching pinkletinks, a riot of daffodils to the Island Community Chorus offering the world premiere of “In...

Chilmark: Signs of spring

Congratulations to Chilmark resident illustrator Elissa Turnbull, whose artwork was chosen for the 158th M.V. Ag Fair poster. I can't wait for the Grey...

Chilmark: MVFF success

Thank you to all the folks and volunteers at MVFF for another great film festival, a place to eat out and hang out in...

Chilmark: Winter has slipped away

I decided for the first time in years not to bring a computer with me when I went to Brazil for an eight-day Kaiut...

Gardens of Love: Anna Edey

It was still winter when I visited green-living visionary and author Anna Edey in her new home in Vineyard Haven. After nearly 40 years...

Chilmark: Daylight saving time has arrived

After snow and gray days, it's nice to know daylight saving time has arrived. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour for...

Artist Margot Datz is into public works

You may have noticed from one of my February Chilmark town columns that I ran into Margot Datz during her most recent installation of...

Chilmark: Food Truck

Since writing last week's column, I have a brief update from Mike Scott (across the big pond): “The Fayre is gaining momentum. We will...

The collector

I lived in Edgartown for six years beginning in 2006, and met Nis (yes Nis, not Nils) Kildegaard at our library. Since 2012 I...

Chilmark: Public Dancing Allowed

It's less than six months until the 400th anniversary of Chilmark, England. Some of you may recall we were visited by Mike and Jo...

Chilmark: Valentine’s Day already

Valentine's Day already! Yes, and the bad news I overheard from a friend at Cronig's has now spread Island-wide: Chilmark Chocolates will close at...

Chilmark: Let’s hope they can save the floors

By now most people have learned that the Menemsha Market will not be open this summer, and may already be mourning the loss this...

Hooked on rugs

While enjoying the rugs at the 2018 Ag Fair, finding one made by Chilmark resident Sandy Broyard was a complete surprise. Broyard is better...

Chilmark: Coffee and chocolates

Do you ever count all the animals you see on/from your dirt road? In one day I saw a pair of red-tailed hawks sitting...