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Creating a Conversation Between Music and Computer Art
Louisa Hufstader
The lights were low at Pathways Arts in Chilmark as musicians performed near a glowing screen on which clouds whirled dizzily above a Vineyard vista of trees and grasses that kept changing color.
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Flower Artist Lets Mother Nature Do the Talking
Heather Hamacek
Anyone who has driven down Look street in Vineyard Haven on a summer’s day has seen Peggy Turner Zablotny’s small garden, alive with color. It is also Ms. Zablotny’s palette.
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From Juilliard to the Vineyard, Young Organist Makes Connections
Louisa Hufstader
Griffin McMahon, the new organist at St. Andrew's Church, has a degree from Juilliard and a desire to get involved in the larger music scene on the Island.
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Vineyard Sailors Get Deeply Involved in Ocean Science
Louisa Hufstader

Brock Callen Jr. and his father, Sail Martha’s Vineyard executive director and maritime instructor Brock Callen Sr. recently spent two and a half weeks steaming across the Pacific aboard a research vessel.

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A Lunchtime Oasis Rolls to the Rescue Each Winter
Heather Hamacek
The Food Truck anchors one of the furthest outposts up-Island for a hot lunch in the dead of a Vineyard winter. Josh and Angela Aronie have been operating the truck for four years now, never straying far from simple, handheld, comfort food served rain, snow or shine.
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Study Bolsters Theory That Shellfish Remove Nitrogen from Ponds
Alex Elvin
As communities on the Island and across the region look to shellfish as a possible strategy to restore the health of coastal ponds, a study on the Cape provides numbers to back up their work.
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Vineyard Dogs Will Compete at Westminster
Sara Brown
An Edgartown rottweiler and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Vineyard Haven will be among 3,000 dogs competing next week in the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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High School Musical Rolls the Dice With Guys and Dolls
Bill Eville
Cast and crew at the regional high school are busy transforming the performing arts center into a sultry Havana nightclub for next week's production of Guys and Dolls. The show opens Feb. 16.
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Island Light
Essay and Photo by Alison L. Mead

I found myself knocking on an unlikely door recently. I’m not a religious person, but I arrived at the door of St. Augustine’s church to light a candle for a friend. As I struggled with the key code, a woman appeared next to me and let me in. After lighting the candle I turned around to see the late afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass windows, projecting disco-ball-like colored spots of light on the pews. Beautiful, delicate light. And I started to cry.

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Love, Oysterly
Erin Ryerson
February can be bleak and so when pink and red hearts start appearing in storefronts, I appreciate the splash of color. I like Valentine’s Day and its over-the-top gaudiness: stuffed animals clutching red satin hearts with “I love you” written in script; cheap chocolates, red wine, those gross, powdery heart candies. I think it’s a little easy to dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday- even if it largely is one.
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