HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - 2016 Mark Lovewell

This holiday season, we're looking for ways to keep the Island close, no matter where our travels take us: The Vine's annual Island-Made Gift Guide celebrates local artists, foodies and craftspeople. For more on holiday happenings, learn about an Island institution: The Red Stocking Fund; get in the holiday spirit with choral directors Lisa Varno and Peter Boak; and don't forget to cozy up with one of our favorite holiday cocktails.

Cheers -- and wishing you a very, happy holiday! 

Alexandra Bullen Coutts, Editor

Over forty years ago, the Vineyard Gazette fashioned its very first holiday gift guide. An honest-to-goodness mail-order catalogue, the inaugural publication served as a way for Island vendors to advertise special sales and promotions, and connected local goods and services with off-Island...
Peter Boak, music director of the Island Community Chorus, now in its 21st season, is well known to Islanders who delight in the three concerts he and his singers perform annually. Lisa Varno, artistic director of the Martha’s Vineyard Children’s Chorus, is a newcomer to year-round living, though...
If there was one word to describe the change of seasons, as we leave the long days of summer behind and settle into the darker days of fall, it might be “warmth.” Thick sweaters, blazing fires and turning back the clocks go hand in hand with all things cozy . . . including cocktails.

The first time I was told I had to play a game in order to get my Christmas presents I was annoyed. Isn’t it enough that I was good (well, mostly) for the entire year? Isn’t life the game you play to get the prize of Christmas presents? Now I had to figure out clues to determine which of the...