Town Columns

Chilmark: Online menus for local goods

It was Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend. After the rain, I drove to Menemsha to walk my dogs. There was a steady stream of cars heading to the beach lot for sunset, filling all...

Aquinnah: More shops are open

The end of May finds Martha’s Vineyard cautiously reopening, and what feels like droves of people gathering outside. The weather this past Sunday was glorious, and that brought many people outside, where it feels...

West Tisbury: Flowering trees and bushes

The windows are wide open, sun pouring in, and the fragrance of new-mown grass. Mike is mowing for the first time this spring. The past few days have really felt like spring, and I...

Tisbury: Shared around the world

Heard on Main Street: You are too blessed to be stressed. My friend, Joan Druett, is a maritime historian and well-known writer who lives in New Zealand. Like all of us, she is in lockdown....

Oak Bluffs: Holiday weekend

Gifts to me this past Monday morning were the cardinals, chickadees, flickers, and hummingbirds who paid me visits off and on throughout the day. They loved the hanging baskets of flowers overflowing with their...

Edgartown: Glimpse of summer

I don’t know about everyone else, but I sure am grateful for the calendar and reminder features on my calendar, so I have some knowledge of what day it is. Since most every day...

Chilmark: Abundant local farms

Last week I participated in a Sing with Roberta Kirn online, which made me so happy to connect with friends I haven't run into, and to be part of a welcome activity I'd been...

Aquinnah: Opening in phases

Happy Memorial Day everyone, we’ve made it this far! While this weekend promises to be different from years past, let’s all be grateful for being safe and healthy, albeit restricted from some people and...

West Tisbury: Hats off to the library

A new distraction appeared in our house moments ago. Mike brought in the cabinet he made for my dollhouse. It is more than I ever imagined. I wanted something with a big surface and...

Tisbury: Delightful surprises everywhere

Heard on Main Street: It’s OK to admit that chocolate helps. And isn’t it wonderful to have The MV Times in our hands again? It is hard to believe that when I last saw my son...

Oak Bluffs: Gifts to support nonprofits

And here is May, the month of sun, warmer weather, less rain, flowers starting to bloom, May baskets, and Mother’s Day wishes. “Richer than I you can never be, I had a mother who...

Edgartown: Safely welcoming the summer

Things are starting to wake up across the country and on our little Island. Restaurants are opening up again, for takeout food only for the time being, golf courses are allowed to open, and...

Chilmark: Seen around Zoom

I love that seasonal resident Susan Balaban and her family have a weekly Zoom game night, while another family I know has a weekly Zoom dinner. Did you see two of our selectmen and...

Aquinnah: Community art project

Just to show you that this quarantine has turned my brain to mush and my sense of time has completely collapsed — in last week’s column I completely forgot about Mother’s Day. Not only...

West Tisbury: Local pottery shaping the way

“Tra la! It’s May! The lusty month of May! That lovely month when ev’ryone goes blissfully astray.” So sang Queen Guinevere in “Camelot,” a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. I remember the...

Tisbury: Holding a deeper connection

Heard on Main Street: “There’s nothing brave about running into traffic just because you can.” If those bearded screaming men with military firearms are American Patriots, don’t call me that. I prefer to simply...

Oak Bluffs: Remember to continue

Hip! Hip! Hurray! It’s the first Monday in May and after a few weeks' pause, what I will write next Monday will be in the Thursday, May 14, print edition of the Times. The...

Edgartown: Staying active and mindful

Welcome to spring. The sun is shining, the temperatures are warm, and more people are out and about. My niece Abby went for a swim the other day. You know, Island folk are very...

Chilmark: Adapting to a new landscape

When the sun comes out so do Islanders. It was nice to see David Emerson working on a shade garden by his parking area, Mollie Doyle and her daughter readying themselves for an afternoon...

Aquinnah: Safely keeping the light on

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, in collaboration with Pathways, on Thursday, May 7, at 8 pm will have an online launch celebration on Zoom in honor of their film, “Keepers of the Light.”...