It took 24 years for John Murphy to find his calling on Martha’s Vineyard; but find it he did when he opened Tracker Home Décor in Edgartown, with partner Helen Koch back in 2010. Tracker Home Décor now has 8 year-round employees and this past summer opened a second shop in downtown Edgartown. We wondered how John viewed modern Vineyard style.
Quite suddenly in mid-September, night-time temperatures start to fall, we unpack that feather duvet and a pot of hearty soup simmering on the stove once again is an appealing meal. Yet the pleasure in color, growth, and greenery are perennial and can be enjoyed in various ways, even as the season changes. You can bring the garden indoors as you firmly shut the door to keep the drafts out.
Heartbreakers running club from the Boston area dominated the Gay Head 10K road race Sunday, with club members Justin Keefe winning the men’s division and Emily Ganley finishing first in the women’s division.
For 20 years, Featherstone Center for the Arts has offered a home for Island artists, making the most of its old barns and stables. But with a major donation this summer, the center is looking toward the future.
In a restaurant, plating is the last step for the kitchen and the first impression for the customer. All the planning, ordering, prepping, cooking and executing culminates in a few final moments when the meat is seared and set, the veggies are ready, the sauce is up and there is nothing left for a chef to do except arrange the food on the plate and summon the server.
I never set out to be a designer. A one-off stint doing album art led to more album art, then a paint scheme for Nascar, branding a law firm and marketing for non-profits. Before we knew it, my wife and I had a full-blown design business with an international client base. Our “work from anywhere” business model led to Martha’s Vineyard.
Julie and Marla Accursio-Gibbs, co-managers of two Edgartown inns—the 8-room Sydney and the 15-room Christopher— are passionate about their roles as stewards of these totally updated, boutique properties. Here they talk to The Vine about their new roles, Island hospitality and going the extra mile for their guests.