08.01.08

There are sandcastles and then there are trophy sandcastles. You know, the kind next to you that people ogle and applaud as they’re being built, totally ignoring the one you’re building and your pathetic attempts to get a little reed to stand up on a crumbling turret. Take heart. Great sandcastle builders are made, not born, and here are some tips to get your property values up.

By Geoff Currier

08.01.08

The Clintons? The Obamas? Or is this island big enough for both families to vacation here? Several months ago, when it looked like the shark from Jaws was circling the Democratic Party, I would have said “no way.”

By Kate Feiffer

08.01.08

Out of more than twenty-seven thousand entries, this photograph of the Island Theatre on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs won second place in National Geographic Traveler’s nineteenth annual photo contest. The photographer, Bob Gates, is a Syracuse University professor who rents a house (known as Rainbow House) near Zack’s Cliffs in Aquinnah for a week every summer.

By Linda Black

08.01.08

“Can you give me the address of the Vineyard Playhouse?” “Oh, just drive up Main Street, turn left onto Church–” “No, please don’t give me the directions. Just give me the street address.” “But it’s really easy to find. All you have to do is–” “No, no, no! All I want is the address.”

By Shelley Christiansen

07.01.08

When Jimmy Morgan was a little boy growing up in Menemsha, he would climb aboard an old Noman’s Land boat left on a salt marsh and imagine he was a grown-up fisherman hauling in fish. And he carved a fishing boat from a two-by-four and would take it down to the harbor and proudly set it out on the water so it could go on fishing expeditions. When he was only twelve, he went on his first real fishing trip. That was with Captain Donald L. Poole. They went out after swordfish on the Dorothy C.

By Phyllis Meras

07.01.08

April is here, yet North Road in Chilmark has barely gotten the memo. The Menemsha Inn will open for business next weekend, but for now, the grounds remain ghostly and still, save for the dune grasses quivering in a breeze off the Sound. The breeze picks up the warm aroma of something cooking with curry.

By Shelley Christiansen

07.01.08

Andrew Lefkowits ran onto the Tabernacle stage through the rear door six minutes into the Vineyard Sound reunion concert wearing shorts, a yellow button-down shirt, an overnight beard, and a backpack hooked on his shoulder. From the audience, you could see him crouch a bit as he darted along the back wall to a wooden chair just left of center stage.

By Tom Dunlop

07.01.08

Elsie Nunes and her family bought a summer home on the Island in 1970, and she moved here year-round when she retired in 1986.

By Joyce Wagner

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