Vineyard Gazette

Late Spring

Spring has been very slow getting to MV this year. Yesterday, my phone gave me a Freeze Warning, and this morning it was about 38 degrees when I woke up (sigh…). But trees and plants are finally starting to turn green and colorful, and the skies are mostly blue instead of mostly gray. Hooray!

Last weekend was “Pink and Green” weekend in Edgartown in honor of Mother’s Day, so I went out to make a photo gallery of various goings-on:

MV at the Garden

The varsity boys’ basketball team made it to the state semifinals for Division 3 this week, so they earned a trip to the TD Garden (home of the Celtics and Bruins) to play last year’s state champs, Danvers. Last Saturday, I went to the section finals at UMass Boston, where the Vineyard defeated perpetual rival Wareham to win the South Section. We decided to try live-tweeting that game, and it worked very well, so my editors decided we’d do it again for states.

I’m usually photographer and reporter for sports coverage, and while tweeting updates in between taking photos is wicked stressful, it was a huge help later when I went back to write everything up. Instant notes!

They played a great game, but the Vineyard lost 50-47, and Danvers is once again in the state finals. The story about the postseason isĀ here.

I wish I could shoot at the Garden all the time; I loved the dark contrast of the massive ceiling, and that bright green floor.


Little Fans

I photographed the 15th Annual Oak Bluffs School Talent Show tonight (well, the second half, at least). It started with a literal bang, as six kids on six drum sets joined their music teacher (on guitar) and friend (on bass) for a wicked awesome run-through of Smoke on the Water, Fire, and Wipeout. I didn’t have a tripod (or knowledge that it was about to happen), or I would have recorded video. So good!

This was my favorite non-performance moment, though. The OB School, like all of the other town schools here, is K-8; there’s no separate middle school. And the little girl was so excited about watching an Eighth Grader (gasp!) perform.


Snow Scenes + Snow Critters

Last year, it snowed exactly once on Martha’s Vineyard.

This year, we’ve had two snows in the past week, with more on the way. In between those two snows, we had a very pleasant and very unseasonal 50-degree day. I don’t know what the heck is going on.


This morning, instead of going to Menemsha, I went to the Farm Institute to continue the ongoing animals in the snow series.


Winter Strings Concert

Usually, when we cover the elementary school orchestra recital (which is always on deadline night), we rush off to the performance for a quick photo and then rush back to the newsroom to get that photo on the front page of the Friday paper. But this time, the editors decided not to overnight the story (hooray for web sites!), and so I stayed for the whole show to create a multimedia gallery and short article.

It was adorable- particularly the youngest group plinking their way through “Hot Cross Buns” (nobody started at the same time, so it was kind of like a round!). The nice thing about these kind of recitals, when all the levels perform on the same night, is that you can see (and hear) the progress of the musicians. It’s a very good testament to the entire strings program here.