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Island Time, May 30-June 2: Hello to Old Friends

May 30, 2019

There should be a cartoon for the dueling emotions Islanders feel when summer starts. Oh, boy — Old friends! Blue sky! Warm sand! (Our inner Snoopy.) and Oh no — Traffic! Lines! Traffic! Lines! (The Charlie Brown attitude.) This weekend we were definitely channeling Snoopy; it was hard to be grumpy with the weather so […]

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Island Time, May 16-18: Lobster Tales

May 16, 2019

Forget the weather. We have bigger fish to fry this weekend. And lobster rolls to eat — the first Grace Church Lobster Rolls of the season. We’ve got wine to drink. And restaurant openings to attend. And let’s not forget breakfast at Biscuits.  It may not be fair to mention all this good stuff in front of those of you […]

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Island Time, May 9 – 11: Pink and Green and Read All Over

May 9, 2019

This morning the Vineyard sky was the color of polished silver, washed with that strange post-shower luminosity. The sea lay down, calm and inky and unobtrusive, while the true spectacle — tiny chartreuse leaves — unfurled from the tangle of bare branches lining the horizon. Despite nature’s best efforts, spring in all its damp, cool, […]

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Island Time, May 2-5: Opening Day

May 2, 2019

Two words we can’t get enough of this week: Opening Day. Little League season opened on Saturday. The new restaurant at the Clarion Inn in Edgartown, Town Bar and Grill MV, opened on Monday. Yesterday was opening day at Dilly’s Taqueria in Oak Bluffs, and 20byNine restaurant opens for the season at 4 p.m. today. Tomorrow in […]

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Wild and Free: Island Time, April 26 – April 28

April 26, 2019

Okay, okay, we get it: April showers bring May flowers. But enough is enough already! We are ready for full-on springtime weather perfect for getting the garden ready, taking a stroll through the woods, or maybe even just spending some time on the back deck catching some rays. Yes, another wet weekend is in the […]

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April 19 – 21: Rise and Shine

April 18, 2019

Passover begins Friday night. Saturday is Earth Day. Sunday is Easter. And a large amount of rainfall is headed our way, naturally. But we are not going to let a little bad weather bother us. Tomorrow the Dairy Queen opens in Edgartown; why not start the holiday weekend with a Blizzard? To better plan your schedule, here is a […]

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Island Time, April 11-13: Back on the Horse

April 11, 2019

There’s a bodacious display of Easter candy at Alley’s General Store. Flying Horses Carousel is opening on Saturday, April 13 (early this year!), with free lollipops for kids (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Grown-ups will be happy to know that Red Cat Kitchen reopened for the season in Oak Bluffs last week, Mocha Motts in […]

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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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