High School Musical Goes Into the Woods
Bill Eville
The high school theatre department is putting on Into the Woods this weekend. Performances are Thursday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 15, and the production is a true community affair. The play was written by a Vineyarder - Tony award winner James Lapine.
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Looking Sharp, Big Sword Maker Prepares for His Close-Up
Bill Eville
Tonight at 10 p.m. the Discovery Channel premieres a new series called Big Giant Swords. The reality show features the Vineyard's Michael Craughwell, who creates swords of up to six feet long and weighing 80 pounds.
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Never Too Old or Furry to Love Christmas in Edgartown
Bill Eville
Away in a hotel, no crib for a bed, a giant six-foot stuffed Teddy Bear named Obie raised his sweet head. The stars in the Vineyard sky looked down where he yawned. The rest of his bear friends, Chappy, Edgar and Tisbeary, lay asleep until dawn.
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National Book Award Nominee Lets the Music Lead the Words
Bill Eville
Fanny Howe, whose latest book of poetry, Second Childhood, was nominated for the National Book Award, suggests that readers not try to understand her poems but rather just listen to the music of the words and images. Her collection centers around "the convergence between old age and childhood."
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New Testament Meets New Novel
Bill Eville

A new novel by Rick Herrick arrives with a weighty yet straightforward title — A Man Called Jesus.

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Married a Month Ago; Friends for Over Four Decades
Bill Eville
On Sunday, Sept. 7, Linda Fairstein texted all her friends: "What did you do this weekend? We got married!" Ms. Fairstein and Michael Goldberg had eloped at their home in Chilmark. The two have been friends for 45 years.
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Where Vineyard Dead Waltz With the Living
Bill Eville
Perhaps this Halloween is the time to dig the grave just a bit deeper. It is time to walk hand in hand with the real dead. And if Holly Nadler is your guide, it could prove to be a very crowded walk.
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50 Years Later, True to Their Roots and Each Other
Bill Eville

Tony and Abigail Higgins, who celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 24, would like to give rather than receive. They want to help restore the Mayhew Chapel on Christiantown Road, the place where they were married in 1964.

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Learning to Live Again Through Photography
Bill Eville
In his new book Fighting for My Life, Michael Blanchard recounts the story of how he hit rock bottom, and how he returned to the living through his pictures. Mr. Blanchard's numerous photographs evoke the beauty and serenity of the Island.
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The Daddy on the Bike Says Wah, Wah, Wah
Bill Eville
Before you become a parent you have no idea this first day of school scene exists, most likely all over the world.
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