Lungs tight from kicking up sawdust on a newly cleared trail, I searched my backpack for my inhaler. Weariness was written on my friends’ faces too. A dusty, panting dog lay in front of us, his head turning slowly to drink from a bowl of water. We had been hiking for sixteen miles – a journey that began halfway across the Island at Katama Point Preserve.

Alison L. Mead

I first met Albert back in the eighties. My then-future wife rented his house in Edgartown one summer and I used to bump into him from time to time. Albert was a little rough around the edges and a bit of a free thinker, but basically a straight-up guy.

Geoff Currier

One that Got Away: Hunting season has passed, yet this deer shows its white tail in alarm, caught in flight on a February morning at daybreak.

Geoff Currier

You might want to think twice about where you put that coffee table.

Geoff Currier

Asking how to brew beer is sort of like asking how to build a house.

Geoff Currier

Rule number one: Never leave bait in your tackle box over the winter.

Geoff Currier

As great as it is to be naked outside, that probably should be kept between you and nature. Some people want to be totally enclosed. Others want at least a glimpse of the landscape.

Geoff Currier

A few months ago, I went to a meditation group that meets regularly in the basement of the Howes House in West Tisbury...

Geoff Currier


Winged Sightings

People are not the only tourists attracted to Martha’s Vineyard in the fall. Members of the world’s bird population – some exotic, some familiar – make regular stops at the Island’s marshes, meadows, salty inlets, ponds, and woods on their way to warmer climes.


Vineyard vacations for those who live on the Island.

Felling a Tree

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.

How it Works: The Run to the Rock

Years ago I was driving onto the ferry in Woods Hole on the morning of the Run to the Rock motorcycle rally.

How it Works: Building a Tree House

Years ago I asked a friend who was pretty handy with a hammer and saw how to build a tree house.

Zumba Dances on Stage

A recent addition to the class schedule at The Workout gym gets an annual staging at the Built on Stilts dance festival.

How it Works: Building an Arbor

Simon Hickman puts up arbors with the same ease and frequency that I put up excuses. When you tour the grounds surrounding his home on Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury, they’re as abundant as sparrows and each has its own distinct personality.

How to Plant a Berry Patch

This is the tale of a marriage, a home, and a berry patch.

How it Works: Siting a Well

Let me just say, if I had a well-drilling company, I’d call it Good Well Hunting.

Top Ten Things about Vineyard Winters

Our list will give you insight into the season, from the beauty of nature to the importance of making music. Other items that have made the list – say, pond skating and potlucks – may give you ideas of how to overcome winter doldrums.