For more than half a century youth baseball has been one of the rites of spring – and of passage – on the Island.
Captain William A. Martin of Edgartown was that rarest of things, an African American Whaling Captain.
As difficult, dangerous, and sometimes financially unrewarding as whaling was, it still beat slavery by miles. By some estimates thirty percent of the thousands of whalers before the Civil War were minorities. A few even overcame all the odds and rose through the ranks to command ships. More than thirty African American whaling captains have been identified, one of whom, William A. Martin, was born on Martha’s Vineyard.
There is something oddly mesmerizing about Peter Simon’s recent double-DVD retrospective, Peter Simon’s Through the Lens.
Three generations of music-making in West Tisbury.
Jesse Sylvia grew up on the Vineyard and became a local legend here in 2012 when he placed second in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
I first met Ray Ellis in the 1970s when we were both exhibiting at the Edgartown Art Gallery. I had just brought in a recent painting and so had he, and we got into a casual discussion about starting to work on our next canvases and what the subject matter would be.
They play a vital role in elegant evenings and power breakfasts, in well-earned cocktails and late-night desserts, and in memorable lunches of the pre-beach, post-golf, and “ladies who” variety.