Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Local

Building a barn from scratch

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Few builders know the provenance of every board they build with. Chappaquiddicker Collins Heavener does because he milled each one from Island trees and used them to build a timber frame barn at Slip...

Back to school with Kyle Crossland

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Around this time in 2017, Kyle Crossland stepped through the doors of the MVRHS horticulture greenhouse and felt transported back about sixteen years to his time in high school. The space felt the same,...

Can we take a peek?

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Pascal Albanese and Jeanie Hay Sternbach pay particular attention to the weather. They pay attention to the currents, the tides, the ebb and flow of pattering waves — the wind.  They live aboard Dulcinea, a...

What Ails You? Lower back pain

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As the bittersweet days of an ending summer near, we prepare for what’s ahead. Fall projects. The Vineyard shuffle. Back to school. Yardwork. The new season offers a menu of backbreaking work, a lot...

Bitters are better

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Islander Zephir Plume is an adept of culinary arts and herbal medicine, a farmer, a forager, and a soon-to-be mama. On a recent midday afternoon at our splendid newly refurbished M.V. Museum, Plume spoke...

What Islanders wear to work

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When people think style on Martha’s VIneyard, a certain vision sweeps over the minds of the unknowing. Salmon-colored shorts with tiny smiling whales. Pastel-pink dresses with teal embroidered flowers. She wears, but is not...

Sustainable style

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It’s a sparkling clear Monday in July, and Phoenix Rogers’ husband Joe and fellow anglers are venturing offshore in search of tuna — without her. Rogers concedes she’d rather be fishing, but after a...

Use protection … from phone waves

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In September 2013, Christy Phillips had a premonition.  One morning, she awoke from a dream that would change the course of her career and catapult her into a new passion. Phillips had dreamed that she...

The Bakers

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Updated July 24 Masters of all things buttery, flaky, sweet, and savory — the bakers of Martha’s Vineyard pride themselves on an exceptional product. The Local spoke with a number of them to see what...

Gay Head Coffee: Coming to store shelves near you

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There was a time when beer was beer and coffee was coffee. For the end of the day, there were Budweiser, Miller, and Coors; Michelob was a treat. Coffee was served in Styrofoam cups,...

The vine-tied fence at Lucy Vincent Beach

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After moving to Chilmark seven years ago, I began to notice the intricacies of the bentwood natural fencing that lines the right side of the path leading to Lucy Vincent Beach. All the hand-tied...

Gardens of Love: Jaime Hamlin

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Updated July 22 Jaime Hamlin is better known as the chef and caterer who has garnered annual Island recognition since 2008. She runs a successful catering and wedding business — now with her three sons...

Can we take a peek?

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After a few missed turns down wrong dirt roads, I found Jamie Curtis’ and Jason Colin’s Chilmark home. It was around 4 o’clock, when the light starts to soften, casting pure gold on the...

Everything under the sun

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Summer is here, and it’s offering up plenty of beach days, bike rides, and sunny skies. But there are a number of caveats that come with the Vineyard high season. In addition to ticks,...

Kanta Lipsky’s many arts

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“Slow, long, breath,” intones Kanta Lipsky, her voice smooth as honey, warm as chamomile tea. “Feel your feet on the floor, let go of all those other thoughts, let yourself drop into the stillness.” Meditative...

Boxing and yoga, a perfect match

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Lora Ksieniewicz and Charlie Giordano have been training in one another’s disciplines for about five years now. Giordano, a boxing teacher of 15 years, turned to yoga as an antidote to the tightness caused...

What Islanders wear to work

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When people think style on Martha’s Vineyard, a certain vision sweeps over the minds of the unknowing. Salmon-colored shorts with tiny smiling whales. Pastel-pink dresses with teal embroidered flowers. He wears, but is not...

The Architects

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Four architects share their processes and passions for building structures on Martha’s Vineyard. Joseph W. Dick, AIA Joseph W. Dick Architecture, Inc. 508-693-1717; josephwdick.com Tell us about your work on this West Chop house on the water. I have...

#GetFit

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Updated June 20 Underwear and socks are high on the list of underratedly difficult items to find on Martha’s Vineyard. Most, if not all, of my off-Island endeavours account for a pit stop at Marshall’s,...

Can we take a peek?

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Updated August 26 The road to Rose Meadow Way in Aquinnah is winding and quiet. It curves under canopied trees with blooming summer leaves, and water views that appear in and out of sight. The...
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