(With apologies to Billy Joel’s Piano Man): It’s nine o’clock on a Wednesday mornThe regular crowd’s shuffled inWe’re fifteen strong in the Mansion House poolTrying to work off our tonic and gin Well, Leslie C. Grimm is a friend of oursShe teaches aerobics for allBe it stretching or strength’ning or    pumping the heartEveryone’s having a ball Splash, splash-splash, de de splashSplash splash de de splash splash splash

By Jim Kaplan


It finally happened the other day. Four people in line at the coffee shop, and I knew every one of them.    

By Mark Jenkins


Like so many ambitious enterprises, it began on a whim. In February of 2002 my canary yellow – I called it Tweetie Bird – Dodge Colt died. It was a typical Vineyard car, meaning that to take it off-Island practically assured you of getting stranded far from home with either a defunct car or a massive mechanic’s bill. I’d bought it from my sister, who’d already built up a good 100,000 miles on it.

By Holly Nadler


Chilmark Pottery, off State Rd. across from Nip ‘n' Tuck Farm, West Tisbury. 508-693-6476. Daily demonstrations. Open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Christina Gallery, 32 N. Water St., Edgartown, 508-627-8794, christina.com. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cobalt Gallery, 553 State Rd., West Tisbury, 508-693-2052. "Small Works" November 23-January 1. Wednesday-Sunday 2-6 p.m.


And finally, eventually, most of the visitors are gone from the streets and the galleries and the bed-and-breakfasts. For most Islanders, that means a return to the essential, ordinary lives of work, family and school.

By Hollis L. Engley


Good Work, Well Done: Buddy, Can You Spare an Hour?

It doesn’t always take a fat wallet to make a big difference.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

Good Work, Well Done: It Takes a Vineyard Village

Currently, there are fifty-one Vineyard Village clients from towns across the Island and sixty-eight volunteer drivers who, on average, provide seventy-five rides per week.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

Here’s to the (Parents of the) Bride and Groom

Just how big and how important is the wedding business anyway?

Welcome to the Isle of Denial

Are some Vineyard parents putting the Island at risk of an outbreak?

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

Oink Free or Die; Sit Free or Die; Heavy Frog Warning; But Could that Frog Eat a Jurassic Chicken?; Brokebird, We Hardly Knew Ye; Duly Noted.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

I’ll Wait for the Nantucket, Thanks; Wait, Wait, They Didn’t Really Ask That; New Kids on the Cliffs; The Great White Pack Rat; On Fischer’s Island; and Duly Noted.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

Straight Outta Taunton; CSI: County of Dukes County; Jette Pack; We’ll Build that Wall and Make West Tisbury Pay For It; Norton’s Point; Beardlander?

Flotsam & Jetsam: Recent News You Can Sort of Use

Smokey and the Bandit II; Pinkletink Like a Man; The Smell of Money; What Do You Mean What Do We Do All Winter?; The Chosen One; Meanwhile, Over on the Happy Isle of Chappy.