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Island Time, April 5-7: Farm Fundraiser, Book Fair, Spring Concert

April 5, 2019

In a small community like the off-season Vineyard, hardly a week goes by when there isn’t some type of grassroots fundraiser on the calendar. It might be a potluck or a dance party or a sporting event. It might be that a business is donating a percentage of sales to a local organization, like Bunch of […]

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Island Time, March 28-31: Choose Joy

March 28, 2019

We’ve noticed on our up-Island jaunts that the critters are starting to poke their heads out of the barn. The oxen were grazing on Middle Road yesterday afternoon despite little to graze on. With the long days, hens are laying more, and eggs are plentiful. Baby chicks are arriving at the post office. On Facebook, […]

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Island Time, March 21-24: Spring Screening

March 21, 2019

In other places, March Madness or blooming magnolias signal the start of spring. Here, it’s the appearance of painters, roofers, and contractors, followed closely by landscapers and stonemasons. It seems that around every corner, there’s a ladder with someone atop it, a stack of shingles or paint supplies below. Despite the lack of leafy things, […]

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Island Time, March 15-17: In the Pink

March 14, 2019

On a recent visit to The Grey Barn and Farm in Chilmark we met a sheep named Cinna-bun, a cow named Donuts, and a dog named Ruby. We left with a piece of cheese called Bluebird. We stopped at 7aFoods for a Liz Lemon sandwich. Later in the week, we drove down Lambert’s Cove Road […]

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Row Your Boat

March 8, 2019

It seems we are now making headway, though we continue to row upstream. We capture an extra hour of evening light this weekend when Daylight Saving Time takes effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Hurrah! Ospreys are returning to the Island, as are other migratory birds like red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows. A pansy was […]

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Island Time: February 28-March 3: Ten Things To Do This Weekend

February 28, 2019

The windows and doors rattled and shook in the old house Monday night, keeping the occupants of the former summer cottage on the north shore awake and on guard. Outside, the roar of the wind was deafening, a small dog stumbled to get her footing, and the cold seeped through the lining of a parka […]

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Island Time, Feb. 21-24: A Skift of Snow

February 21, 2019

We had a wee bit of snow this weekend. A covering, softened just enough by sleet and rising temps to capture the footprints of rabbits and raccoons and dogs and deer before hardening back to a crusty record of one winter day on the Vineyard. We had sun, too. We walked through the woods in […]

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Island Time, Feb. 14-17: Opportunity Knocking

February 14, 2019

There’s a breed of Vineyarder who prefers the winter over the summer. In fact, this species is quite populous. Sometimes it’s hard to identify one, as he or she may be covered in neoprene head to toe or swathed in fleece and wool. But they’re out there, enjoying the ocean and beach which, ironically, people […]

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Island Time, Feb. 7-10: Hope for the Flowers

February 7, 2019

Things are looking up. We have 10 hours of daylight. We hear a lot of garden-planning and seed-swapping talk on the street. (Yes, we hear other talk on the street, but we steer away from controversy.) We took advantage of the little warm-up this week to walk around the backyard, imagining where the new garden […]

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Island Time, January 31-Feb. 2: Catch a Boat

January 31, 2019

Around here we refer to our ferries as boats. As in, “I’m running late to get to the boat.” “I missed the boat.” And the always popular “The boats are not running.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the M/V Woods Hole, the M/V Island Home, the M/V Martha’s Vineyard or even the M/V Katama or […]

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