I grew up in an old carriage house in an historic part of Marshfield. I remember as a child thinking back to what it must have been like with carriages in the rooms – like a car dealership with vehicles indoors.

By Nicki Miller


The woman standing behind me in the checkout line at Cronig’s Market looked so familiar. I knew her from somewhere, but which somewhere? An office in Edgartown? Conroy’s pharmacy? An Aquinnah party? Damn. Any second now she might say, “Hi, Niki, how are you?” and I would be left to respond with a gaping hole in the middle of the phrase where her name should be: “Fine, _____, and how are you?”

By Niki Patton


I once asked a friend who has lived on the Vineyard since the seventies what he thought the biggest difference was between now and then. He paused a bit and finally said, “Well, back in those days, we all scalloped.” Judging by the numbers, a lot of Vineyarders still do, and Martha’s Vineyard is one of the largest producers of wild bay scallops in the world.

By Geoff Currier


The long arms of Martha’s Vineyard seem to reach across the globe. In the case of PeaceQuilts, those arms extend to Lilavois – on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The PeaceQuilts project originated when Jeanne Staples, of Edgartown, traveled to Haiti in 2006 to set up a women’s cooperative for making quilts.

By Elaine Pace


It’s just about 11:15 p.m. in the middle of March in the middle of Chilmark. But this sleepy town is not ready to shut down for the night.

By Julia Rappaport


Jules Feiffer has been called witty, urbane, irreverent, subversive, acidic, sophisticated, wry, arcane, and a left-wing radical. And that was by people who like him.

By Karla Araujo


Today I went to my mother’s house and completed the final tasks of closing up for the season: blankets folded into the chest with moth balls, lawn chairs and garbage cans stowed inside, and furniture covered with old sheets. The house sits on a bluff at the edge of Cape Pogue Pond and, despite all the recent building on the island, the view is essentially the same as it was fifty years ago when my family built the house for summer vacations.

By Margaret Knight


Just when you’re putting your outdoor garden to bed, it’s time to plan one for indoors to cheer you through the winter. Flowering houseplants can do the trick, but there’s another way to have spring on your windowsill in February – by forcing bulbs.

By Susan Catling