08.01.09

Years ago I was driving onto the ferry in Woods Hole on the morning of the Run to the Rock motorcycle rally. Behind me were about a dozen bikers revving their engines. As they rode onto the car deck, the ferry Islander acted like a giant echo chamber and as the decibels rose, suddenly the air was filled with a chorus of car alarms. I have to say – it was pretty darn funny.

By Geoff Currier

08.01.09

I understand it’s August. Knowing you get inundated with letters in December, I thought perhaps you’d have some downtime now. It’s lovely here, and I don’t want to sound like I’m whining, but I’m a freckly redhead and my doctor says I should stay out of the sun. The problem is I don’t go to the beach until mid-afternoon and by then it’s almost impossible to get a parking spot.

By Kate Feiffer

08.01.09

Though we’ve settled on the Vineyard, many of us still feel like wash-ashores. As the daughter of a diplomat who moved around the world every year or two, feeling rooted is a challenge. Then, a few years ago in the Vineyard Gazette, I came across some lesser-known names of early settlers of the Vineyard and was surprised to see my husband Jeff’s surname: Wass.

By Deborah K. Sillimanwass

08.01.09

As a medical herbalist, I teach people about the wild edible and medicinal plants growing near us, and one of the requests I get most is for poison ivy remedies. The three-leaved vine persists in Island woods, and many people succumb at some point to the itching welts caused by dermal contact with the plant’s oils. I sell a popular poison ivy remedy, but it’s very easy for the do-it-yourselfer to prepare a safe and effective family remedy, simply by harvesting wild plants.

By Holly Bellebuono

07.01.09

William Diamond Vanderhoop Jr., universally known as Buddy, is the proprietor of Tomahawk Charters in Aquinnah and one of the more colorful members of the Wampanoag Tribe. We sat down last fall after the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby at his home on Old

By Nicole Galland

07.01.09

Each summer, hundreds of theater-goers settle into the Tisbury Amphitheater to watch the season’s fun-filled outdoor Shakespearean plays. Audiences love it as much for the ambiance as the talent: Despite the risk of mosquitoes, rain, and Harley convoys roaring by, few things are more pleasantly indulgent than spreading out a picnic on the grass and being entertained for ninety minutes by an able crew of actors, all of whom seem to be just as bucolically blissed-out as their audience. News flash: They’re not.

By Nicole Galland

07.01.09

Years ago I asked a friend who was pretty handy with a hammer and saw how to build a tree house. He gave me three rules: 1. Try to use materials you have on hand.2. Get the kids involved.3. Use cantilevers. Great, I thought, what’s a cantilever?

By Geoff Currier

07.01.09

I recently had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., and not meet the Obamas. I was hoping to run into them, perhaps over dinner at the White House, but that didn’t work out.

By Kate Feiffer

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