We were once a place apart, but now, each August, the world comes to us. It is a month of dizzying choices, a month that is in every respect too much, a wonderful ride that is over too soon and a surfeit of pleasures that leaves us ready for the quieter, calmer days of September.

August 16, 2018

The Camp Ground was alight for the 149th Grand Illumination Wednesday. Before the lanterns were turned on, crowds packed the Tabernacle for a concert by the Vineyard Haven Band and a community sing.

August 16, 2018

On Wednesday the final preparations were being made before the Island descends upon West Tisbury on Thursday for the first day of the 157th Agricultural Fair and Livestock Show.

August 15, 2018

A day at the beach stretches into the late afternoon, when the sun drops low in the sky and the wind backs off in perfect synchrony with a falling tide. Coastal ponds around the Island are full of quahaugs and blue claw crabs.

August 13, 2018

The overcast Saturday morning made for ideal conditions for the 3.1-mile Chilmark Road Race, now in its 41st year. There were 1,442 runners entered this year. Eighteen-year-old Tristan Forsythe of Pittsburgh, Pa. was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 16:03.

August 13, 2018

In the predawn light yesterday, the moon still was high in the gray-blue sky, crows were obnoxiously noisy, and the air was soft with warm humidity. At the same hour only a week ago, the fierce red ball of the sun was rising across Edgartown harbor beyond Chappaquiddick.

August 12, 2018

The Sharks are one win away from the World Series, and in the opener Tuesday, a packed house was treated to one of the most exciting baseball games of the season.

August 9, 2018

A sighting of a brown booby is a rare event on the Vineyard. The southern-based bird has been in Menemsha since Monday, delighting Island birders and visitors alike.

August 8, 2018

Dance lovers turned out along with skating fans to witness Le Patin Libre's current performance at the ice arena. The four men and one woman in Le Patin Libre perform on skates, but they are not always skating.

August 6, 2018

Now, as the midpoint of summer rushes toward us, it is apparent that the days are drawing in. Dawn is more grudging with its earliest light, and evening shadows grow long before we are quite ready for darkness to come.

August 5, 2018

Dutcher Dock was filled to capacity as commercial fishermen in Menemsha mingled with their customers and friends at the annual Meet the Fleet. The event was sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen's Preservation Trust.

August 3, 2018

The Chilmark Backyard Bash is a summer institution. Multigenerational clans of Chilmarkers flock to the field behind the Community Center every year for the volunteer firefighter association’s annual cookout and get together.

August 2, 2018

On any given afternoon, one of three sounds can be heard coming from

August 1, 2018

Summer - it's the season for reading, whether on the beach, a park bench, a hammock, or a cozy chair on a rainy day. Here are some examples of what people are reading on the Vineyard this year.

August 1, 2018

The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Ground began when summer visitors gathered for Methodist revivals and pitched their tents in a semi-circle within Trinity Park.

July 31, 2018

Founded in 1868 by 18 Civil War veterans from both the Union and Confederate armies, the Vineyard Haven Band is the Island’s oldest. It is also one of the three oldest bands in the United States that have performed regularly since they were founded.

July 31, 2018

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