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Knits with a view: Cozy, wearable art

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We found the perfect backdrop for Beldan K. Radcliffe's upcycled fashion line in this sustainably designed up-Island contemporary Craftsman house (see box) nestled in a wooded expanse in Chilmark. The work of artist/designer Beldan K....

At Home with Ed Merck — retired, but hardly retiring

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Does it ever seem as if our lives are guided by a set of flukes? A couple of years ago, Ed Merck, retired entrepreneur, musician, sailor, and author, could never have foreseen that in...

My Wild Food

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At the end of summer, our Island turns into a bountiful orchard full of wild apples, pears, and cherries, beach plums, grapes, rosehips, and autumn olives. This year the bushes, trees, and vines on...

That Tiny House (Redux)

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The tiny house at the Ag Fair made quite clear what we had in fact suspected: People are wildly curious about the tiny house phenomenon, and quite of few of them would consider...

Ask a Local: Favorite Martha’s Vineyard season, junk food, and off-season activities

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Jeanie Hay Sternbach Resides: On a sailboat in Vineyard Haven Harbor Works: Massage therapist, yoga teacher, jewelry maker Favorite Martha’s Vineyard junk food: Fat Ronnie's for burgers, with their awesome toppings bar and french fries Summer food she...

One Happy Garden

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Rabbi Joshua and Lori Plaut have an intense reverence for trees, and have what may be the oldest white pine on our Island — 150 years old, according to local arborist Richard Manley. Every...

Family Portrait: The Athearns

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If Jim and Debbie Athearn had a theme song about running Morning Glory Farm for 40 years, it would be one recorded by Maria Muldaur in 1973 called “Long Hard Climb”: Hasn't it been a...

The Final House

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When you’re, say, 30something, and you’re designing and building your first house, you might think about whether each child gets his or her own bedroom, and whether the basement might be turned into a...

Betsy’s hands — from face to feet, pampering and healing

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By her own admission, Betsy Shands is a seeker. Her quest for knowledge has taken her through many esoteric disciplines in two countries, until she landed full-time on Martha’s Vineyard in 2003 and opened...

Renee Clermont, garden coach

The Times asked Renee Clermont, garden coach, to tell us about her business. So, what is garden coaching? Clients call for an array of reasons, ranging from identifying plant varieties to seeking help with an overgrown...

And Bees Make Honey

Bees are in the news again, unfortunately. Beeinformed.org, in collaboration with Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reporting troubling statistics about seasonal and annual bee-colony losses. Over the past...

What’s new: Edible Gardening Is as Good as a Day at the Beach

I think that edible gardening, or incorporating edibles into your landscape, is an exciting trend we will see more and more of. Whether you use containers or actual plantings, there are so many ways...

Heather Thurber and the Art of Ayurveda

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Ayurveda: noun. 1. One of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a...

At Home With: Emilee Whorton and Michael Valenti in Edgartown

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Every tale of young love, especially in this age of high tech and low romantic expectations, is widely different from the next. In the match made almost-in-Heaven of Emilee Whorton, now 30, and Michael Valenti,...

Domestic Disturbances: That Chicken in My Window

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When I came home at the end of the day, there was a chicken waiting outside my front door, standing there in the patient way our old dog used to when he wanted to...

Meet The Local

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Welcome to The Local! What the heck is The Local? We took our Home & Garden publication, and added stories we used to run in our Health & Fitness, Pets, Homegrown, and Off the...

Dish with a View: Tina Miller cooks up something new

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When Tina Miller worked at Plum TV on the Vineyard several years ago, she produced “Dish with a View’— a segment devoted to great food, made by great Island cooks, served in great Island...

Domestic Disturbances — Barbecuing

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Warning: This story employs sexist male stereotypes (in case you couldn't tell from the headline). Have you ever noticed that if you ask a man to cook pasta, rice, or any type of vegetable, he'll...

Pins and Needles

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“Ouch!” could be the first word that springs to mind for anyone who’s never reclined with a set of acupuncturists’ needles bristling from his or her body. It only takes the first insertion of...

Romancing Rhododendrons

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“My reward for doing all this is to see people light up when they see things they didn’t expect,” said Peter Norris, whose Chilmark garden boasts rhododendrons rarely if ever (until now) grown on...