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Ongoing events Dec. 10 - 13 Christmas in Edgartown All day, various Edgartown locations The festivities take place with modifications to keep the community safe, but the favorite traditions are being reimagined. The events and sales help raise...

12 Days of Shopping

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The Christmas season, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are upon us, and this year shopping local seems like a win-win option. Your dollars support Island businesses and artisans, as well as some craftspeople from countries far...

Religious Services

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish Visit goodsheperdmv.com, or call 508-693-0342 Christmas Eve St Elizabeth's Church: Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, and Rosary, 7:45 - 8:30 am Good Shepherd Parish Chapel: Mass with First Communion, 3 - 4 pm St. Augustine's...

Something to smile about

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— For the past 42 years during the holiday season, the North Pole has come to County Road in Oak Bluffs. It’s hard to miss the lambent glow of the Gatchell lawn display on a brisk...

2020 schedule: 39th annual Christmas in Edgartown

Thursday, Dec. 10 8 am - 5 pm Teddy Bear Trot and Virtual Fun Run 9 am - 9 pm MV License Plate Holiday Auction 10 am - 6 pm Docking Around the Christmas Tree, Sea Legs and Untameable Gallery Friday,...

Christmas in Edgartown, 2020 style

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Borrowing the lyrics from the popular Johnny Mathis holiday classic, we really do “Need a Little Christmas Now,” and though they've had to scale things back considerably, Christmas in Edgartown will still be happening...

Memories of Chanukah

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(A version of this essay first appeared in the MV Times in 2015.) We were Jewish, one of a handful of Jewish families in Ridgefield, Conn., in the 1950s. The nearest synagogue was in Danbury,...

Island life in pictures

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Scratch the surface of picture-postcard Martha's Vineyard, and you'll discover a very different sort of Island, one where locals get real, and tourists let their hair down in packed bars, outdoor music events, and...

Northern lights

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While some Vineyarders may flee the Northern climes during the long months of snow and cold, others revel in the winter months, finding in the solitude and free time a much-deserved break from the...

Red Stocking makes the magic happen

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The Red Stocking Fund, a community nonprofit that has been providing food, toys, school supplies, and assistance to Island families since 1938, is continuing its mission despite the pandemic. According to fund co-chair Sandy Joyce,...

Hot drinks for cold nights

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As the temperatures drop and autumn takes hold of us, we start craving warmer drinks that soothe, comfort, and wrap us in their warmth. Winter in New England will soon arrive, so I’m making...

Handcrafted holidays

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’Tis the season for supporting the arts community at Featherstone’s annual Holiday Gift Show. On its lovely campus, all things creative will be stirring for us every day from now through Dec. 16, from...

Everyone loves a party!

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What will Thanksgiving or Christmas be without large gatherings of friends and family breaking bread at a shared table laden with food? Well, like everything else this year, it's going to take some compromise...

Perfect presents

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I spend a lot of time trolling Instagram. Over the past nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have noticed quite the baking trend. Unfortunately, the baking bug hasn’t bitten me, rather, leaving me...

Illuminating Ocean Park

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It all started 16 years ago in Ocean Park, when Mark Crossland saw promise in the picturesque landscape of green grass, where children would play and dogs would chase Frisbees throughout the summer. Crossland, owner...

Roaring 20s ball rings in 2020

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The ’20s are coming back at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and you can celebrate in style at the Portuguese American Club (PA Club). Joanne Cassidy, Mike Benjamin, and their big band will ring...

12 Days of Shopping

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The holiday countdown is on. With less than two weeks left before Christmas and Hanukkah, a number of holiday pop-up shops may hold the hidden items you need to finalize that shopping list. Some...

Holiday Happenings

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Welcome to Holiday Happenings, a guide to Island-wide festivities to help make the holiday season easier to plan for. We've rounded up as many holiday events as we could find, and highlighted some we...

Christmas and Hanukkah services

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Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, Vineyard Haven Hanukkah Celebration, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 to 6:30 pm.  First Congregational Church, West Tisbury Christmas Pageant at the Ag Hall, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Tuesday, Dec. 24,...

Events abound at Christmas in Edgartown

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When the snow starts to fall over the winter quiet towns and villages of Martha's Vineyard, one can almost imagine walking the streets of fictional Bedford Falls from the classic holiday film “It's a...
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