For years, Jamaicans have been an integral part of the seasonal work force of the Vineyard. Now new rules concerning H-2B visas mean many can’t return to the Island.

Shelley Christiansen

Since 1992, the Vineyard Sound has been bringing a joyful, popular singing soundtrack – with no instruments – to Island summers.

Tom Dunlop

His working years were spent in youth services, and as a policeman, store owner, and bailiff; now that he’s retired, he’s gone back to a craft he learned as a child: wood burning, which he paints over to create colorful landscapes and more.

Jim Kaplan

Suzan Bellincampi grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, but she’s become a well-known Vineyarder in recent years for her environmental work. Currently, as the director of the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown, Suzan helps adults and children alike connect with nature through educational programs, camps, and festivals.

Elaine Pace

The dork on the sailboat in Jaws 2 wants his own Jaws Fest.

Tom Dunlop

The hippie invasion on the Vineyard in the sixties and seventies not only affected the culture of that day, but continues to influence the Island.

Richard C. Skidmore

The Patriot always seems to find its way from Falmouth to the Vineyard – bringing newspapers and bagels as well as a family of workers who commute to the Island.

Tom Flynn

How an interpreter can take the fear and confusion out of a doctor’s visit for Brazilians.

Margaret Knight


Weaving a Literary Life

Now settled on the Vineyard, Rose Styron pursues lifelong passions and shepherds the legacy of her late husband, the author William Styron.

The Mozart of Modernism

In 2011, when British architect Norman Foster and his wife, Elena Ochoa Foster, Lord and Lady of Thames Bank, bought Blue Heron Farm, the Obama family’s recent vacation getaway, Vineyarders were abuzz. What changes were in store for the expansive but low-key Chilmark property? How much time would the jet-setting couple spend here? Might we see them around the Island?

The answers (so far): a lot, a little, and not likely. The closest most of us will get is the 2011 documentary How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Cultural Outpost

Shops and eateries atop the Gay Head Cliffs have been drawing tourists and Vineyarders alike for more than a hundred years. Run by Wampanoags, the shops are part of the tribal culture in Aquinnah.

Sailing Through Life

For ten years, Scott DiBiaso has been the captain of Juno, a sixty-five-foot schooner owned by Robert and Melissa Soros and built by Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway in Vineyard Haven.

Selling Beauty and Relaxation

Mary Anny Oggioni DeFreitas learned at a young age to make people look and feel beautiful. “My grandmother was a cosmetologist,” Mary says. “She was the one who taught me how to do a manicure.”

Mary was born in Iúna in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is used to scenic vistas, growing up at the foot of one of the country’s tallest mountains, Pico da Bandeira (Flag Peak), in an area known for producing coffee. Her first time on the Vineyard was the summer of 2002.

How it Works: The Job of Harbor Master

If you ask Todd Alexander what it’s like being the Oak Bluffs harbor master, he’ll give you a simple answer: “It’s like being an air traffic controller.”

A New Model for Medicine

“Old-fashioned medical care in the modern world” is how Dr. Gail O’Brien describes her primary care practice at Alliance Internal Medicine in Edgartown.

Aquinnah’s Huberts

Dedicated advocates of racial equality and education.

Meet Six of 365

High schooler and photographer Eli Dagostino has set a portrait-a-day goal for himself. His 365 Project turns the lens on a variety of Vineyarders, including these six subjects, presented here in pictures and words.

A Facebook Yard Sale

It started innocently enough. Kim Hilliard, a Vineyard Haven massage therapist and musician, had an attic full of stuff she wanted to clear out. So in December 2011 she formed a Facebook group called MV Stuff 4 Sale, a virtual yard sale.