Aliyah Walker

Taking a Tour in the Slow Lane
Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard is a self-guided driving tour that allows individuals to explore on their own and learn more about the history of the Island.
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Dancing to the Magical Beat of Joy

Built on Stilts is turning 25 years old this summer.

“I’m just ecstatic that we’re able to do it again,” said Abby Bender, co-creator of the festival that settles into Union Chapel each year, turning it into an Island-wide dance hall.

Last summer the show still did go on, but only as a flash mob dance performance rather than multiple nights of performances.

“I didn’t want to let it lapse because I’m a firm believer that if you let things go then traditions can die out,” Ms. Bender said of going ahead with the abbreviated program last year.

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To Be Pun-Tastic Is a Way of Life

Earlier this summer Walter Robinson thought of an activity for his 10-year old son, Merwan, to help lighten the mood.

“We started making puns and collecting them,” Mr. Robinson said. “So we collected about 113. And then I said, well, as a summer arts project I have an idea. Let’s create a book, we’ll collect the best 50.”

The book is called Martha’s Vineyard Puns to Bring a Smile and it is available at various outlets this summer.

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Creative Cast Helps Bring Shakespeare to the Masses

Shakespeare for the Masses is typically an off-season, indoor production. This summer, however, the troupe of intrepid actors and Shakespeare experts have taken their show outside and on the road.

In collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the show is performed at the Tisbury Amphitheatre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It also pops up at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Featherstone Center for the Arts and the Vineyard Drive-In.

But despite the venue shifts, the core message from 13 seasons remains the same: “Quick & Painless & Free!”

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Revealing the Ugly Truth of Social Media Required Old School Journalism
Cecilia Kang is a reporter for the New York Times, covering the technology field where short and informative sentences are often the norm. Co-writing An Ugly Truth gave the author the opportunity to explore a different kind of writing, one that she missed.
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Finding Depth in Writing About an Unfamiliar Subject
Sadeqa Johnson has always written stories about subjects she knows well, but the story of Yellow Wife called to her on a different level — one she was not familiar with.
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Fashion, Activism Join Forces to Raise Money for Family Planning
Stina Sayre’s Freedom Collection fashion show last week was a benefit for Friends of Family Planning.
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Getting Real on the Screen at Doc Week
The seventh annual documentary week film festival arrives next week, hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society.
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Museum Medals Honor Achievement and Giving Back
An archaeologist, a lawyer and civil rights activist, and an interior designer were each honored this week at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum medal ceremony.
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For Seahorse Sculpture, It’s Go Big or Go Home
Anthony Holand’s latest sculpture, an 11-foot seahorse, is so impressive it’s stopping traffic.
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