Michelle Obama surprises students at the Edgartown library

Every day after school, a group of students from the Edgartown School walk next door to the town library for afterschool programming. But Friday was an afternoon for the books. At around 4 pm, Michelle Obama showed up. “We were going about our normal business, and then a woman walked in and said, ‘Who would […]

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Alchemy: A drink for every occasion

In its 20 years in business, Alchemy has always offered “really good cocktails.” That’s how Alchemy’s beverage manager Meaghan Hughes remembers it — freshly 21, visiting the Island for a summer turned to fall, winter, and spring. Okay, maybe one more summer — and one more fall. And so the cycle continues. Ring a bell, […]

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A night at the Martha’s Vineyard hostel

I heard crickets chirping as I brushed my teeth. It was just after 10 pm — quiet time — and most of my roommates in the female dorm were already in bed. I chose the bottom bunk — I always do when I can — there were fresh sheets, a towel, fleece blanket, and pillowcase […]

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Talkin’ smack. A smack of jellyfish, that is

Perhaps you’ve seen their umbrella-shaped bells and trailing tentacles drifting by, or noticed their translucent bodies washed ashore on a beach — jellyfish, both native and fledgling, are passing through Vineyard waters.  It’s “very common” in late August and early September to see swarms, or “a smack,” of jellyfish off Martha’s Vineyard coasts, according to […]

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Warming trend heats up in Dukes County

Martha’s Vineyard is a hot spot — literally.  Early last month, the Washington Post published a climate change report disclosing the fastest-warming states and counties in the nation, with Massachusetts and Dukes County ranked among the highest. Shaded ruby red on a temperature change map, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, and mid- to lower […]

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Peek inside this live-aboard boat on Vineyard Haven Harbor

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 42-foot Tayana cutter from Taiwan built in 1988, with their year and a half old son, Montgomery, and charter cat, […]

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Heart and soil

Like any industry in the modern world, farming and agriculture embraced technology like a long-lost friend. Suddenly, tilling — a centuries-old practice of loosening plant soil — could be done in a matter of minutes. No shovels, hoes, or hours of manpower. Engine-operated tractors with calibrated wheels and blades could cut through rows of land, […]

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