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Remembering Peter Simon (1947-2018)

It was a festive and sweet occasion at the Beach Plum Inn on Friday afternoon, with friends, family, and Island visitors attending to celebrate Peter Simon’s photographic legacy and view the just released “Vineyard...

The Great Grooverfest

Musician Don Groover and I have a lot in common: passion for music, printing, and design, and unfortunately, lung cancer. We are both battling the brave fight in slightly different ways. His medical bills...

Bash for the Barn Raisers

Back in 1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor reunited for a fundraiser at the new Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. The fundraiser concert, dubbed Livestock ’95, will probably forever be the Island's most memorable...

Vineyard Scene: Loft-y ghouls putting on the Ritz

I originally conceived of this week's Vineyard Scene to be fans watching Game 4 of the Sox-Dodgers World Series at various sports bars in Oak Bluffs. It became apparent before long that people were...

Vineyard Scene: Tee time benefit

Sunny skies and gentle breezes greeted an almost full field of 61 golfers (nearly double the amount from last year) last Sunday at Mink Meadows, participating in the annual local Big Brothers Big Sisters...

Vineyard Scene: Weighing in

There is usually a long line waiting outside the Derby headquarters around 8 pm every night these days, waiting for the door to open to allow fishermen and onlookers into the weigh room for...

That’s a wrap

The 13th annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival ended last Sunday with a festive wrap party at La Soffitta in Vineyard Haven. Over the course of six days and nights, the festival presented 18...

Boys of summer

Since the early ’70s I have ardently played in the purposely informal Chilmark summer softball pick-up games. From Toomey's Field on State Road, then on to the West Tisbury Fire Station arena, and finally...

Aquinnah at sundown

I try to take at least one pilgrimage a year to the little enclave of shops and eateries at the Aquinnah Cliffs. Admittedly, during the day the visitors are mostly transported by large tourist...

Putting an end to plastic pollution

With the plethora of Island events coming to a crescendo last week, I thought it would be nice to highlight a little-known gathering that took place last Tuesday at Bad Martha's. My dear friends...

Vineyard Scene: Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard Fundraiser

This past Monday, I covered the annual fundraiser for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard at Farm Neck. The event is called the “Summer Soirée," and has raised a fifth of their annual budget for over...

Vineyard Scene: Taking an art stroll

A sudden deluge this past Saturday did not discourage patrons from visiting the galleries that comprise the fabled Art District centered around Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs. A few gallery owners told me...

Vineyard Scene: Stars + Stripes Festival comes to Chilmark

The annual Stars & Stripes Festival was a unique fundraiser held at the Chilmark home of Jack Davies and Kay Kendall last week. The event  raised funds for the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA. An outdoor...

Man on the street at the Tisbury Street Fair

  This past Sunday night, Tisbury hosted its annual Street Fair. There was an unseasonable chill in the air, and many observed that the throngs were down a bit. Nonetheless, revelers were having a joyous...

Vineyard Scene: Father’s Day Bluegrass and Barbecue

This past Sunday I attended the annual Father's Day Bluegrass and Barbecue at the FARM Institute in Katama. It was quintessential Vineyard fare: livestock roaming around waiting to be handed treats from youngsters, down-home...