It was a different economic class then – we were too. At one point we playfully considered going over to the mainland and robbing a liquor store if Clifford didn’t do well.

Norman Bridwell

Minding her own business: A Hair Affair.

Glenny Bartram

From August 25, 1941, to May 10, 1942, Helen Duarte of Vineyard Haven worked as the Charles Lindbergh family cook at Seven Gates Farm in West Tisbury.

Helen Willis Duarte

When the Cushing crew does its job right, fairgoers don’t realize the crew is there: a hand takes a ticket, an arm checks a safety bar, and that’s all anybody knows about the people who make it all happen.

Christine Schultz

I had actually been to the Vineyard once on a brief 
business trip [a year] earlier, but 
just in Edgartown. I was one of the lawyers on Ted Kennedy’s side 
in the Chappaquiddick incident.

Alan Dershowitz

What exactly do Islanders mean when they speak of the Island car?

Jib Ellis

Baba Smith, Phyllis Aldrich, Sharon Smith, Sunny Wright, and Cynthia Fulton

Brooks Robards

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever seen out your window?

Kate Feiffer


Getting My Goat(s)

When a former New Yorker finds herself with a couple of goats, she discovers there’s more to know about poison ivy, Pepto-Bismol, and the critters’ strong personalities.

Back and Forth: The Chappy Ferry

The Chappy ferry is making headlines. Passenger rates may go up, the lines may get longer, and the owner plans to sell. A look at the history of the service shows this isn’t exactly new news.

The Artists' Artist

Ruth Kirchmeier’s woodcuts capture the natural world as well as the sensibilities of her colleagues.

From Antique Bureaus to Battling Heirs... Good Riddance to All That

The mavens of the high-end tag sale game lure throngs of shoppers to their estate sales – and a couple of guys to run their business of bargains.

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

It used to be that everyone on the Island drove either a Jeep or a pickup. These days, the new Island car may be the Subaru, particularly the station wagon.

Willy Mason's Island Soul

The platinum-selling Vineyarder has been compared to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen, but most of his inspiration is from family and friends.

Albert Alcalay

I started in 1956 to take my family from Boston to Gloucester for the summer, where I opened a school of painting. I was very successful teaching both students and adults, so I had to run all over with a bicycle. Pretty soon it got so busy I was just saying hello to everybody and didn’t do any work. That was when David Douglas [of Campbell and Douglas Harness and Feed], who had been my student in Boston, told me about Martha’s Vineyard.

Family Portrait: The Rosbecks

The builders of Deep Bottom Pond and other developments are putting their signature on the Vineyard.

Ask the Experts

Experts answer home and garden questions.

Peter Norton and Gwen Adams

See inside the famous Ocean Park mansion that Peter built – twice.