12.01.09

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.

Geoff Currier

10.01.09

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.

Susan Catling

10.01.09

The year was 2001. David and Saskia Vanderhoop of Aquinnah were in the process of building their house and needed a place to stay. “The previous few winters had been relatively mild,” recalls David, “so I thought we could just live in our teepee.”

Geoff Currier

09.01.09

Look closely and you might be lucky enough to spot a rare red-footed falcon swooping overhead. Six thousand people checked out this Eurasian and African bird of prey that spent a few weeks in Katama in 2004 – the first time it set foot in North America. People still talk about that sighting, which was reported nationally, and it’s anybody’s guess what unique bird might show up on-Island this week, this month, or this year.

Brooks Robards

09.01.09

Thanks to our friends the winter moths, there’s no shortage of dead trees on the Island – chances are you may even have a few on your property. Here are a few tips on how to take those trees down, trim off the branches, and leave your own limbs intact.

Geoff Currier

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.

Geoff Currier

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?

Geoff Currier

05.01.09

You do not have to be a little girl to enjoy dance class. Oak Bluffs resident Janet Holladay is in her fifties and attends more than five classes a week. Always spotted wearing a smile and a skirt, she dances her way through the week with ballroom dancing, swing dancing, and Zumba. And thanks in part to Janet, the new exercise phenomenon of Zumba has become a vehicle for all ages on-Island to show off their moves for family, friends, and strangers.

Meredith Downing

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