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January 28, 2021

First real snow. It was a gentle snowfall and it arrived Tuesday afternoon. This brief storm worked its magic across the Vineyard countryside. Large flakes fell and soon the Island was covered. By dawn the temperature rose and the melt began.

January 27, 2021

The Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard braved the cold to hand out Scottish delicacies in honor of Burns Nicht at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs.

January 25, 2021

Only eight days left in January and the Island now enters a final run through the back side of winter. The weather of our wintry season has been anything but predictable to this point. All the patterns seem confused and perhaps it will remain so until the gathering of another Vineyard spring.

January 24, 2021

Beachgoers still flock to Lucy Vincent Beach in the off-season, braving the wind and chill to walk the fine-sand shore, and look for treasure among the wrack line.

January 19, 2021

Winter's purpose now is to move us forward toward those days of thaw, toward the arrival of spring.

January 18, 2021

As our mild winter continues, we think of the work of Henry David Thoreau, who went walking in woods and fields more than a century ago.

January 17, 2021

Out walking, we see our own breath in the air and appreciate something essential about what it means to be alive.

January 10, 2021

The arrival of the new year last Friday on the first tick after midnight offered an opportunity to look ahead with hope of improving on times just past.

January 3, 2021

The year 2020 brought a global pandemic, an Islandwide lockdown, protests against racial injustice, a summer like no other, economic turmoil, and a historic presidential election.

December 31, 2020

In 2020 the Vineyard said goodbye to Islanders of many stripes. Readers are welcome and encouraged to add more names in the comment section.

December 29, 2020

Vineyard artists decided not to write off 2020. The months since March have revealed an Island scene that rewarded audiences with innovative new ways to engage with the arts.

December 28, 2020

Monday was the winter solstice, when the triumph of darkness over light is complete.

December 27, 2020

Winters takes its turn and the falcons are restless, just like you.

December 22, 2020

Much as a song grows out of the silence, the lights of Christmas are also with us again, illuminating this darkest moment in the year. It's a simple enough trick, really, but somehow it's always new. The lights speak to us from out of the darkness with a message of promise and of renewal.

December 20, 2020

In a history-making moment, director of emergency room medicine Dr. Karen Casper — who has battled the virus since March on the Island’s front lines — received the Island’s first dose of coronavirus vaccine early Thursday morning.

December 17, 2020