How Sweet the Sound of Banjo Bliss
Bill Eville
On Wednesday evening, West Tisbury couldn't get a quorum for night two of its town meeting. That's because, like most of the Island, everyone in that town was watching Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the Performing Arts Center.
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Memorial Service for Bob Carroll Embraces Sacred Art of Creative Swearing
Bill Eville
It was standing room only at the Harbor View Hotel on Saturday afternoon for the memorial service of Bob Carroll. Friends and family shared stories at a celebration of life that did not hold back on the four-letter words.
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From Pauper to Penthouse, Bob Carroll Charged Through Life
Bill Eville

Robert J. Carroll, the prominent Edgartown businessman, conservationist, raconteur and longtime Vineyard power player who was sometimes a lightning rod for controversy, died on March 31 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 90. A celebration of his life will be held at the Harbor View Hotel on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 4 p.m.

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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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