As the seasons shift one to the other, we celebrate the brief bright palette of leaves about to fall, rejoice in the warmth left in the earth, and glory in the Vineyard in fall.

October 22, 2023

Button-encrusted derby hats, hooded sweatshirts and waterproof rubber boots filled the tent at Farm Neck Golf Club Sunday as Island recreational fishermen gathered to celebrate the end of the 78th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

October 17, 2023

On Saturday evening, fishermen were lined up half-way down the Edgartown dock for the final weigh-in of the 78th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

October 16, 2023

The rhythms in the Island community echo the new melody in the natural world around us. You can taste it in the October air on that last bracing sail before the boat goes into storage for another cold season.

October 15, 2023

Familiar places become wondrously new in the recast light of October. This is never more evident than at the edges of the day, when you can’t help but notice a clean, fine quality in the light as the first beams of the sun — or the last — slant across lawns and open places.

October 15, 2023

Islanders gathered at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Monday to hear Wampanoag singing, drumming, flute, and stories from native speakers.celebrate the third annual Indigenous Peoples Day hosted by Sassafras Earth Education.

October 11, 2023

With just one week remaining in the 78th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish derby, anything can happen, especially as the number of fish crossing the scales each day routinely reaches triple digits.

October 10, 2023

October’s palette is new, as befits the new season. Most of the flowering of summer is past now, although the goldenrod hangs on brilliantly, and adding their harmonious color in this month that partakes entirely of autumn are pumpkins.

October 9, 2023

The holiday weekend celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day kicked off at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven for First Friday. The festivities had pop-up food and artist vendors, and live music on the beach.

October 9, 2023

The Vineyard is at her best in October and this weekend brings the return of Island friends and seasonal residents. For the first time since Labor Day the pace of Island life slows enough to leave time to explore those qualities that set the Vineyard apart from most other communities.

October 8, 2023

More than 100 runners braved chilly temperatures, blustery winds and a hilly course to compete in the 11th annual Gay Head Light 10K Sunday. This year’s road race was dedicated to Len Butler,  who was instrumental in the effort to move the lighthouse to protect it from erosion.

October 3, 2023

It's been a major success story for the beekeeping community on-Island, which has managed to thrive despite the best efforts of the varroa mite, which weakens bees and spreads disease amongst the colony.

October 2, 2023

Ladyfest, the annual female-fueled arts and music festival that raises awareness and money for Connect to End Violence, returned again to Oak Bluffs. The event moved inside to The Ritz and Dos Mas instead of outdoors on Circuit avenue due to inclement weather.

October 2, 2023

Despite cold winds and overcast skies, the Kids Derby took place Sunday morning and the kids’ enthusiasm ran high, as the shouts, squeals and exclamations of joy among the young fishermen rose above the rhythmic din of ocean crashing against pier and beach.

October 2, 2023

October is the month of mood and memory and a time to be enjoyed before the winds of winter blow in its wake. The full harvest moon of a few days ago seems a fitting preview to a new season.

October 1, 2023

Acorns fall from oak trees, plinking off the roofs of houses and sheds, plunking onto dry ground and crunching underfoot during hikes. Flocks of swallows fly to winter homes, making their way south with other September air travelers.

September 30, 2023