Saturday, April 20, 2024

Town Columns

Oak Bluffs: Valentine’s pop-up at the P.A.

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“What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world, devoid of national bias, race hatred, and religious prejudice.”  –Carter G. Woodson, author and historian Did you...

Chilmark: Music and light

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My dog fell ill, and as I write, is recovering from surgery and in the ICU at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital (Weymouth). They are an emergency care center, open 24 hours. I am...

Aquinnah: Variety show is coming together

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Right this minute I’m looking at a cloud-free, sun-filled landscape. The bare trees are proudly showing off their bent limbs, there are robins in the yard pulling out worms, and the bullies at the...

Tisbury: M.V. Museum, Neighborhood Convention, tax returns, and Cultural District

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Heard on Main Street: It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it. Why does it always feel colder on dark, dreary days? It’s...

Oak Bluffs: Babe Ruth, Orchid Show, Gloria Wong, and contradance

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“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” —George Herman (“Babe”) Ruth Babe Ruth was one of the greatest baseball players of all time, but here in Massachusetts we know him as “the...

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...