Heart of the Vineyard - 2017 Jeanna Shepard

The Heart of the Vineyard celebrates real Island heroes: Martha's Vineyard nonprofit organizations, the work that they do and the community they serve. The community of Island seniors is resilient and engaged, and in this issue of The Vine we learn about how and where they are living and how they stay fit. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we've planned the perfect Island date night, and in the spirit of every day, an essay about finding love and support in surprising places

Martha's Vineyard, be mine. 

Alexandra Bullen Coutts, Editor

Beth Kehoe, a lively 86 year old, lives in the Oak Bluffs house built by her late husband. She relies on a variety of local services to assist her each day, from Meals on Wheels lunches to the Vineyard Village volunteers who bring her grocery shopping and to the YMCA, where she swims laps in the...

Ray Whitaker, director of elder fitness at the YMCA, sees the link between physical fitness and mental well-being as inextricable.
February can be bleak and so when pink and red hearts start appearing in storefronts, I appreciate the splash of color. I like Valentine’s Day and its over-the-top gaudiness: stuffed animals clutching red satin hearts with “I love you” written in script; cheap chocolates, red wine, those gross,...

I found myself knocking on an unlikely door recently. I’m not a religious person, but I arrived at the door of St. Augustine’s church to light a candle for a friend. As I struggled with the key code, a woman appeared next to me and let me in. After lighting the candle I turned around to see the...