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Letter from Cuttyhunk: The Church family and Captain Benjamin Barber Church

Calling all writers from the Cape and Islands and beyond … limited space remains as the deadline quickly approaches for the upcoming Cuttyhunk Island Writer’s Residency, an eight-day residency to be held June 7...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: The Master of Penikese Island

The Elizabeth Islands, with their rugged topography, were carved 10,000 years ago by the slow, scraping movement of a receding glacier at the end of the Ice Age. This resulting rocky debris of gathered...

Letter From Cuttyhunk: Flying Santa and our lighthouse keepers

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! In the midst of our pre-holiday shopping hustle and the escalating Santa excitement, it’s a perfect time to stop for a moment and wish for peace on...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: Preserving our maritime history

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am thankful for so many things this season, including the unique and colorful maritime history we all share on these beautiful coastal islands. As I was researching the history...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: The little church on the hill

After receiving a humorous account from islander John Hornbach about his  pre-wedding events this past summer at the Cuttyhunk church, I imagined his best man would describe the special day something like this: My watch...

Letter from Cuttyhunk : The Winter House

As autumn arrives on the island, the peace and stillness of the off-season settles into place. The beaches become places of reflective solitude, the children return to their studies, and the remaining residents now...

Letter From Cuttyhunk: Captain Paul Cuffee — Cuttyhunk’s remarkable son

A cold nose nuzzled imploringly against his bare leg, interrupting his intense concentration on the approaching ship. Try as he might, young Paul could not identify which New Bedford whaling sloop it was, the...

Letter from Cuttyhunk

A lone chummer stood quietly waiting at the water’s edge with his basket of bait brimming with plentiful lobster, crab, and menhaden. He had spent the predawn hours breaking apart the lobster bodies and...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: Monument to Gosnold

Gosnold confidently steered his bark Concord toward North Virginia in the spring of 1602, accompanied by 32 adventurous people, among them 20 settlers hoping to become a new colony and set up a trading...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: The Fish Dock — always a gathering place

Summer quickly approaches, and the signs are all around the island. College students return laden down with their entire dorm-room contents, or proudly displaying those hard-earned diplomas. The first visiting sailboats are occupying the...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: The Avalon

What a difference a month can make! Daffodils bloom abundantly across the island in every direction, adding their cheerful countenances and bright hues to a previously monochromatic landscape. The majestic snowy owls we had...

Letter from Cuttyhunk: Hello, Martha’s Vineyard

Readers responded so positively to our story about Cuttyhunk several weeks ago that we decided we’d like to hear from Cuttyhunk more often. Nancy Dunn, the teacher at the island’s one-room schoolhouse, will be...