Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Town Columns

Aquinnah: Outermost Inn, ice skating, Howes House, and library positions

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I write this column on Sunday mornings, and this Sunday morning feels special. It’s a rainy Sunday in January. Is there any more blissful moment? The world is quiet. There is no way we...

West Tisbury: Snowless winters, Tony Rezendes, planners, and Covid

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Walking around the yard, I have seen a few forsythia and cherry blossoms. I suppose I could bring some branches inside to force, but the beginning of January feels too soon for that. Boxwood,...

Tisbury: Houseplants, decluttering, ‘Winter Blooms,’ ditching plastic, and induction cooking

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Heard on Main Street: Happy New Year! I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy friends and family over the holidays. My break was wonderful, but it is always good to get home....

Oak Bluffs: Sun and moon, South Beach, Chicken Alley, and Clothes to Go

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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books, and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art...

Edgartown: Activities for kids, making a journal, Family Center, and seafood workshop

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year celebration, if you celebrated. After years of staying home, we actually went out for a little while on New Year’s Eve....

Chilmark: Holiday decorations, Potluck Jam, book sale, and Music and Light concert

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“Whatever I do, I want that impact to lead to joy. I want the impact to lead to somebody being uplifted or healed. That’s a real thing. That’s a very real thing.” —Jon Batiste,...

Aquinnah: New year tidying, song of hope, Howes House, and town library

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We’re taking down our Christmas tree. Packing away beloved ornaments, many of them silly creatures like a cloth cow in fancy hat and high-heels, a wooden hedgehog on skis, another cloth cow in housedress...

Tisbury: Sherry Sidoti, book club, 21st century fiction, and M.V. Tap Map

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Heard on Main Street: If all is not lost, where is it? Lots going on online and in person at the Vineyard Haven library in January. At 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 16, join author...

Oak Bluffs: New Year’s resolutions, climate discussion, and Kwanzaa

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“Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.” –Michael Josephson That New Year’s resolution resonates with me! It is so unrealistic to make a resolution for an entire...

Edgartown: Mothers’ Circle, Interpsychic Rapport, and Lobsterville Beach cleanup

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I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. I struggled a bit myself. With one of my kids away for the holiday, it was smaller and less traditional than usual. Fewer presents. Fewer traditions....

Chilmark: Potluck Jam, Peaked Hill Studio, Pathways, and book sale

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I am grateful to live in Chilmark. Many houses have lights and decorations you can see from the road. We come together and we carry forward traditions and often the Community Center plays host. Last...

Aquinnah: Yossi Monahan, Philbin Beach cleanup, and gratefulness

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The place on Philbin Beach where the stream meets the sea is becoming one of those spirit-lightened places. For a long time, locals have gathered there to celebrate birthdays, to mark anniversaries, and to...

West Tisbury: Winter solstice, Carl Widdiss tree, and Athearn family

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What a week we have had. After the rain last Monday, it’s been warm and sunny through the rest of the week. No need for a coat during the day, although it does feel...

Tisbury: Holiday cards, museum exhibits, and library programs

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Heard on Main Street: Remember that Santa can appear in mysterious disguises, in the uniform of FedEx or UPS, or even the Post Office. Holiday blessings on Molly McCutcheon and her friends for making our...

Oak Bluffs: Holiday movies, Kwanzaa, and Gatchell light display

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“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” –Zuzu Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life” Our little Island, with its small towns and big community, is enduring some serious heartbreak this year. Too many...

Edgartown: Interactive ‘Elf’ movie, Jingle Bell run, and church services

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We’re about a week out from Christmas, and as I write, the only present I want is heading this way overnight. My boy is scheduled to arrive on the Island sometime tomorrow, and I...

Chilmark: Linda Fischer, Solstice Celebration, and Community Church

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’Tis the season to greet one another with good tidings. To notice those we cherish. It is time to wrap friends in a warm hello and smile. It is time to write emails, send messages and...

Aquinnah: Holiday preparations, reusable gift wrap, and Wishing Tree

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Although this is a dampened holiday for sure, we are nonetheless preparing for the pending arrival of all our immediate family. Son Alex and his wife Madalena are arriving with their three little ones...

West Tisbury: Haynes Point tree, dollhouses, holiday party, and David Stanwood concert

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We had some frosty cold days this past week. Seeing our rhododendron leaves shriveled up into themselves makes it all so visible. I had the pleasure, when driving home one afternoon last week, of seeing...

Tisbury: Spice Club, tennis courts, movies and crafts, ‘Home’ exhibit, and modern fiction

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Heard on Main Street: Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. We need them to survive. Join the Vineyard Conservation Society and Befriend a Beach: This month, go to Long Point (with the Trustees) on...