Winter birds are settled in on the Vineyard, and feeders are busier in January as birds look for reliable sources of food in snow and cold temperatures.

January 18, 2022

It’s been a weird weekend. First came Saturday’s bitter cold — bitter, at least, by Island standards. Then came Sunday’s thaw, and Islanders stepped outside for the first time. Fog was everywhere, until the winds came howling. Monday brought heavy rain pounding down and flooding Island roads.

January 17, 2022

The Vineyard is justifiably proud of its history as a place apart from the mainland, a place where African Americans were welcomed when they were not elsewhere.

January 16, 2022

The storm storm over, Vineyard children wasted no time grabbing their parents and heading to Sweetened Water Farm to get in some downhill runs.

January 10, 2022

The Vineyard in January. Not as many people see her then. Putting on hats and gloves replaces pulling on bathing suits and a walk on the beach may find you alone instead of weaving through pockets of people on blankets. But the beauty remains.

January 9, 2022

The wonders of snow falling up-Island fascinates and enchants us. Henry David Thoreau perhaps phrased it best: "How full of creative genius is the air in which these [snowflakes] are generated. I should hardly admire them more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat!"

January 8, 2022

Snow is the companion of open fields and peaceful land, of hearthsides and the gray shingle of Island homes, of rolling moors and stonewalls up-Island, of the coastline that is our boundary with the sea.

January 7, 2022

More than 4,000 rapid home Covid-19 test kits were given out Tuesday as part of a federal government distribution, coordinated by Island Healthcare and the Island boards of health.

January 5, 2022

It is these concerns of the day that turn us to poets and philosophers to define the importance of the coming of any new year: Housman reflected on the "beauty of the death-struck year." Emerson told us the "years teach what the days never know." In the 19th century Charles Lamb wrote: "No one ev

January 4, 2022

Thirteen teams fanned out across the Island Sunday for the 62nd annual Martha's Vineyard Christmas Bird Count.

January 3, 2022

Looking forward, we begin 2022 with plenty of hope for this Island that still holds its place for its quality of life.

January 2, 2022

It was balmy (for January) temperature-wise when a hardy group of people took a polar plunge into Nantucket Sound at Inkwell Beach to celebrate the New Year.

January 1, 2022

The Island economy rebounded in a big way in 2021: Visitors streamed off the ferries, businesses reported that 2021 was one of their best years ever, and the red hot real estate market grew white hot. Summer events were no longer virtual but in the open air.

December 30, 2021

Winter avian residents arrive and the occasional rare birds move through the Island in December, as winter begins.

December 29, 2021

Across the Vineyard, this holiday season unfolded in myriad small events that twinkled like so many lights on Island streets.

December 26, 2021

Friday dawned slate gray, as if nature had drained all color from the landscape. As light broke over the Vineyard the first flakes began to fall.

December 24, 2021