For people who frequent land bank properties, the experience is more than just getting some exercise, it’s about getting back in touch with the core character of the Island — what made people fall in love with it in the first place.

January 22, 2020

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. Send bird sightings to and follow the latest avian activity through the Gazette Bird News column.

January 22, 2020

This week, winter has shown us the most amiable of smiles. There's no holding a New England winter to any constancy; its whims are enshrined in folklore and all our memories.

January 19, 2020

The Tisbury School's fifth through eighth grade classes returned to their homerooms after a semester at the regional high school.

January 14, 2020

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

January 12, 2020

There's novelty in snow that falls overnight, squeaks underfoot in morning and yields to broom rather than shovel. In the glittering sunlight of early morning, the snow blossoms sparkled down from trees in puffs of breeze until it almost seemed to be snowing from a sky of brilliant blue.

January 8, 2020

On Saturday birders fanned out across the Island to count individuals and species in the 60th annual Christmas Bird Count, taking place around the world.

January 6, 2020

Henry David Thoreau, who went walking in woods and fields more than a century ago found the experience decidedly therapeutic.

January 5, 2020

The calendar points to the moment of Tuesday midnight, to the tolling of the Island bells, to that time in our lives when old becomes new and we wonder what lies ahead.

December 29, 2019

The year began with an emergency birth, as six-pound, 15-ounce Solstice Hannagan came into the world just short of the Tisbury drawbridge - the first Vineyard baby of 2019.

December 26, 2019

The Beach Road music festival and the Martha's Vineyard book festival lured hundreds of Islanders to panel discussions and one-on-one discussions with favorite authors.

December 26, 2019

In 2019 the Vineyard said goodbye to beloved Islanders.

December 23, 2019

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

December 23, 2019

The moods of the Christmas season are many and wondrous. They speak of joy and of hope, of laughter and of love, of warmth and of peace on earth, good will to all people.

December 22, 2019

We know this season in our bones. In the days around The first snowfall stripped down those few leaves that were left as a valiant but futile rear-guard on the gray branches of trees, and winter coats came out to stay. Beaches are lonely and wind-pierced places.

December 18, 2019

The Minnesingers closed out Christmas in Edgartown as night fell on the town, filling the pews of the Old Whaling Church with carols, the young voices lifting off and making their way through the empty streets of town, all aglow with storefront windows, lampposts and the warmth of Christmas cheer

December 16, 2019