The Sunday snowflakes danced with the statues at the Field Gallery, covered stacked lobster pots in Menemsha, and clung to sheep's thick wool coats.

February 8, 2021

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

February 7, 2021

Snow has a way of inviting us to see anew as it opens new vistas, which it seems to open up even as it decks them in white.

February 7, 2021

High tides and storm surge inundated the Island on Tuesday, washing over coastal dunes and forcing road closures after Monday's winter northeaster.

February 2, 2021

Regional high school students won nine Gold Key photography awards at the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Winners move on to the national competition held in New York city.

February 2, 2021

The northeaster dumping snow across the region battered the Vineyard with high winds, sleet and early morning snowfall. It is expected to last into Tuesday afternoon.

February 1, 2021

January on the Vineyard and the crispness of winter has settled in, we think. Now is the time to remember the cozy joys of the snug world we call indoors.

January 31, 2021

They come armed with snow shovels, long underwear and blades of sharpened steel on their feet.

January 30, 2021

This year with the pandemic, the normally quiet down-Island main streets have turned ghostly, as the off-season tests the Vineyard winter economy and social fabric and in a way it has never been tested before.

January 28, 2021

The Vineyard's many avian winter residents have arrived. Check out the Bird News column for the latest, and don't forget to send your bird sightings to

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