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Edgartown rolls out its Fourth of July parade

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Decked out in flags, bunting, streamers, and all kinds of red, white, and blue decor, Edgartown held its annual Fourth of July parade on Thursday. Island selectmen, The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard Little League ,the Chappy...

Nearly 600 Run the Chop on a steamy Fourth

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  Updated July 5, 8 am The 18th annual Murdick’s Run the Chop Challenge was a hot and humid one, but that didn’t discourage nearly 600 runners and walkers from making their way around the five-mile...

The relevance of the Declaration of Independence

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Parades, flags, fireworks, parties, outdoor picnics, all are part of Fourth of July celebrations. In some places, the Declaration is read aloud. In others, it is printed in local newspapers. All of us should...

A Salute to the Fourth

Head to the Trinity Park Tabernacle on July 6, at 8 pm, for the Island Community Chorus summer concert. In collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, the chorus has been rehearsing since...

Chilmark: Quintessentially American

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Happy July Fourth, everyone! Always a perfect evening to enjoy Menemsha, since everyone else heads down-Island. I moved to Edgartown 14 years ago, walked downtown with my kids for our first Island July Fourth,...

Oak Bluffs library gets a new Steinway

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Over the Christmas holiday, David Stanwood delivered a new Steinway baby grand to the Oak Bluffs library. In a video produced by the Times, David dedicates the gift to Tom Dooley, whose generosity made...

Islanders share wishes for 2019

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Meditate more. Lose 10 pounds. Write stuff down. Whatever it is you wish to accomplish in 2019, The Times wants to know. We set out to ask Islanders and visitors, strolling Main Street, Vineyard...

Christmas and Christmas Eve services

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Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24 4 pm: Christmas Eve Family Eucharist St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown 4 pm: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven 5 pm: Christmas Eve Service Chilmark Community Church, 9...

Make a wish

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Polly and Brad Simpkins invite the entire Island community to visit their wishing tree, decorated with lights and festooned with lots of wishes already, in their front yard at 124 William St. in Vineyard...

Have Faith: Many hands

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After talking with the women in the NOW committee at the United Methodist Church, I’m wondering what I could possibly be doing with my free time. NOW is an acronym for Nurture Outreach and...

Very illuminating

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It all started 15 years ago in Ocean Park, when Mark Crossland saw promise in the picturesque landscape of green grass, where in the summer children would play and dogs would chase frisbees. Crossland,...

Fruity sangria is a holiday hit

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Nothing says “holiday” like a pretty glass filled with fruity sangria. By the glass or by the punch bowl, you’ll love this recipe and will want to serve it at your next winter potluck....

Sleigh bells ring

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In the picture book Victorian Christmas scene there’s always a horse-drawn sleigh racing over snow-covered hills in the moonlight. We might have rain instead of snow, and the air may or may not be...

Remembering fried doughnuts and that single spark of hope

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Growing up in Washington, D.C., we celebrated Hanukkah with our Christian neighbors, and later Christmas with them as well. Our living room, similar to a Polish synagogue where the architecture was designed to hide...

What was your favorite gift?

The Times went to the Oak Bluffs Christmas tree lighting and asked some cheerful attendees to look back on their holidays and share favorite things they’ve given and received. Nathalie Ferreira, 14 Best present ever given:...

What’s hanging on your tree?

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A special Christmas ornament makes a great gift, especially if it's one that can be displayed year-round. We can thank Germany for coming up with the glass ornaments so popular this time of year....

Holidays around the world

Amelia Smith’s happy Irish Christmas Christmas in Ireland is a lot like Christmas here, but scratch the surface and you’ll find real differences — more rum-soaked cakes, more candy bars, and more time off...

Voices of music

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There's a lot more to holiday music on Martha's Vineyard than canned recordings of “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.” This season always offers numerous opportunities to enjoy concerts by some of the Island's most...
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