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.

Skip Finley

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.

Shirley Mayhew

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.

Kate Feiffer

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.

Kib Bramhall

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.

Simone McCarthy

Bringing life’s flotsam and jetsam together in a richly textured art form.

Brooks Robards

They’re cruising in cars, splashing in surf, strolling up Circuit Avenue, and napping in the narcissus. Dogs are everywhere on Martha’s Vineyard - from the ubiquitous black Labs to the pedigreed Pomeranians and Rhodesian ridgebacks.

Karla Araujo

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