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Community Skates to the Rescue for Tony Lombardi

At the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena on Friday night, skaters of all levels hit the ice for a benefit to support Tony Lombardi, director of Alex's Place, who suffered a stroke on Dec. 23.

Black Whaling Captains Found Liberty at Sea

Of the 2,500 masters who captained whaling ships during three centuries of whaling, at least 63 were men of color, five with Martha’s Vineyard ties, Skip Finley told a rapt audience Wednesday night.

Lynn Murphy, Menemsha Salt Who Inspired Jaws Character, Dies at 88

Lynn Murphy, a longtime Chilmark resident and salty Menemsha character who helped inspire the character Quint in Jaws, died at home Thursday morning.

A Joe of All Trades Tells His Tale of Cooking on the High Seas

Joe Keenan has followed wherever life has taken him, from music halls in Northampton to the galley of a ship traveling the world.

Documentary Takes Deep Dive into Seas of Plastic Waste

A Plastic Ocean, a documentary film showing at the film center Jan. 19, shows plastic waste in the ocean is not just an Island problem.

Reviving Sign Language on Martha's Vineyard Is Personal and Historical Mission

Lynn Thorp is the energy behind MV Signs: Then and Now, an endeavor to revive Martha’s Vineyard sign language used from the 17th to 19th century.

The Red Stocking Fund: Island Elves and Christmas Dreams Come True

More than eighty years ago, two Island women knitted six red stockings, filled and distributed them to needy local children, and the Red Stocking Fund was born. Today the fund is still very much a grassroots organization run by volunteers. Every year the Red Stocking Fund provides gifts and warm clothing for 300 to 400 children ages newborn to eighth grade.

O' Come, All Ye Carolers: Choral Directors Peter Boak and Lisa Varno

Peter Boak, music director of the Island Community Chorus, now in its 21st season, is well known to Islanders who delight in the three concerts he and his singers perform annually. Lisa Varno, artistic director of the Martha’s Vineyard Children’s Chorus, is a newcomer to year-round living, though her family has deep Island roots. This year they are joining forces for the annual holiday concert at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on December 3 and 4.

2016 Vine Gift Guide

Over forty years ago, the Vineyard Gazette fashioned its very first holiday gift guide. An honest-to-goodness mail-order catalogue, the inaugural publication served as a way for Island vendors to advertise special sales and promotions, and connected local goods and services with off-Island consumers leading up to the holiday season. Here we present you with the talents and energies of our Island community in 2016.

Where The Heart Is

When I went from seasonal to full-time Island dweller I thought it was temporary and then eight years later, when I left, I figured that was temporary, too. The Vineyard had become my home but in 2013, I was newly engaged and before my guy and I took the marital plunge we wanted to try living somewhere new.

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