Sunday, February 25, 2024

Town Columns

Edgartown: Island Alpaca, library fundraiser, ballroom dancing, and ‘The Wisdom of Trauma’

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It’s still January, as I write. It seems like such a long month. I’d love to see some sunshine. I love the warmer weather we’ve been having over the past week, but it came...

Chilmark: Wellness, Nancy Aronie, Music & Light, Saintly Suppers, and Slow Stitching Circle

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I’m looking for the light. I found it Saturday night at the Chilmark Potluck Jam. I found it in a reflection in a puddle. I found it in the warmth of the woodstove. I found...

Aquinnah: Black History Month, Polished Dental, Island Health Care, and ACE MV

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February is Black History Month. It’s a time to educate yourself on history, and to inform yourself about what is happening right now. At 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Oak Bluffs...

West Tisbury: Snowdrops, baby lambs, community suppers, and library programs

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It’s been another week of storms, rain, and wind. Our one snowstorm covered the ground, leaving a snow-washed landscape before it disappeared. It’s turned cold, too, and the ground feels hard underfoot. Probably not...

Tisbury: M.V. Playhouse, Elizabeth Whelan, Great Decisions, and Tech Pro for seniors

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Heard on Main Street: Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened. Selected items from the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse wardrobe collection will be sold from 10 am to 1 pm this Saturday, Jan. 27,...

Oak Bluffs: Oprah Winfrey, M.V. Museum, Rotary Club, and community potluck

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“We have to make the choice — every single day — to exemplify the truth, the respect, and the grace that we wish for this world.” –Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty in...

Edgartown: Carnegie talk, Film Night, Brickyard hike, Bodhi Path, and alpaca

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As I sat down to write my column, I was happy to see that Thursday is Jan. 25. Not that it’s a special day, but it means that January is almost over. One winter...

Chilmark: Working together, VTA buses, local farms, and Pathways events

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I know we can do things on our own, but what might happen if we do them together? In his last sermon, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” Martin Luther King said, “Our world...

Aquinnah: Wintertime quiet, creative flow, and Aquinnah Variety Show

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Even with the wind howling, this is actually the quiet time of year here in Aquinnah. Many of us see our work slowing down (or stopping) for the season. Visitors are infrequent. Gardens are...

West Tisbury: Covid, Parks and Recreation, Howes House trip, and library programs

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It’s been a week of storms, of heavy rain and winds that scoured the beaches, and flooded roadways and basements across the Island. Big waves. Branches down. Squishy, muddy walkways. There were a few...

Tisbury: M.V. Playhouse, Clifford the Dog exhibit, recycling textiles, and Vineyard Lawn

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Heard on Main Street: Snow is like kindness. It makes everything more beautiful. Speaking of beautiful: The best possible example is someone offering to help just when you need it! The Monday Night Movies at 6...

Oak Bluffs: Aging, TBD Improv, mini golf at library, ACE MV, and Tony’s Market

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“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover that they haven’t been thinking of us...

Edgartown: Fitness, Barn Buddies, Community Suppers, scavenger hunt, and Life Review

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I’ve got the January blues. Is that a thing? In reality, I think I’m just feeling the post-holiday slowdown. Riley has returned to base. Amelia has not yet returned from Australia. The weather is...

Chilmark: Effects of storm, Community Church, Preschool, and North Tabor Farm

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“There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.” —Adrienne Rich, “Sources”  It was a shocking week of warm winter storms. The most recent storms from...

Aquinnah: Flooding, emergencies and CERT, baby seal, and Tri-Town Ambulance

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Last week I found myself in the terrifying position of driving my new-to-me vehicle through a rushing river, complete with waves. I wasn’t in the wilds of Montana, I was on Beach Road in...

West Tisbury: Winter wellness, jazz concert, kindness rocks, and Aging Gracefully

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After complaining about the lack of snow so far this winter, I was happy to look out my windows Sunday afternoon to see snowflakes blowing through the treetops. Our house, having an upstairs, gives...

Tisbury: Music concert, beach cleanup, Elizabeth Whelan class, and Great Decisions

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Heard on Main Street: When in doubt, just take the next small step. I was very sorry to learn that my late husband’s brother, Allen Gifford Mayhew, died on New Year’s Day, just weeks short...

Oak Bluffs: Interfaith service, MLK luncheon, senior center, and winter activities

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"Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need...

Edgartown: Clothing swap, Community Chess, Misty Meadows, and quilting

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I’m sitting here writing watching the rain outside my windows and the snow at the Patriots game. January is definitely here. And my boy went back to Arizona this weekend, so between that and...

Chilmark: Shared joy, Jazz and Songs, sound healing, and printmaking class

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Friend: a being life doesn’t explain Which only goes on seeing another born And multiplies the mirror of my soul ... —“Soneto do Amigo,” Vinicius de Moraes  Despite the weather, there were offerings of music, poetry, and light...