A Meeting of Land and Sea

Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard

Author: Director of the Harvard Forest David R Foster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300214178


Page: 352

View: 3895

An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected

The History of Martha's Vineyard

Author: Arthur Railton

Publisher: Commonwealth Editions

ISBN: 9781933212715

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 4133

"Published in association with the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, this comprehensive illustrated history of the island was written by its foremost authority."

The Nature Principle

Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

Author: Richard Louv

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616201509

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 352

View: 2414

For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society. This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

Hidden History of Martha's Vineyard

Author: Thomas Dresser

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 143966028X

Category: Photography

Page: 144

View: 4028

Behind the mansions and presidential vacations of Martha’s Vineyard hide the lost stories and forgotten events of small-town America. What was the island’s role in the Underground Railroad? Why do chickens festoon Nancy Luce’s grave? And how did the people of the Vineyard react in 1923 when the rumrunning ship John Dwight sank with the island’s supply of liquor aboard? Delve deep below the surface of history to discover the origin and meaning of local place names and the significance of beloved landmarks. Celebrated local historian Thomas Dresser unearths the little-known stories that laid the foundations for the community of Martha’s Vineyard.

Martha's Vineyard

A History

Author: Thomas Dresser

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625849044

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 8345

Martha's Vineyard is cherished by many as a summer paradise, but few know of its rich past. Descendants of the first Native American inhabitants still reside on the Vineyard. Once a critical whaling hub, the island's success drew in newcomers from around the world. Following the Civil War, land developers set their sights on attracting tourists to the island's scenic beaches, and soon thereafter, a visit from President Grant established Martha's Vineyard as a vacation haven. From a movement to secede from Massachusetts to the making of the summer blockbuster Jaws, author Thomas Dresser weaves together the threads of the Vineyard's fascinating history. Discover how this remarkable island adapted to the times and came to be one of the most sought-out vacation destinations on the East Coast.

Oak Bluffs

The Cottage City Years on Martha's Vineyard

Author: Peter A. Jones

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738549774

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 8403

Oak Bluffs, originally incorporated in 1880 as Cottage City, is located on the northeast shore of Martha's Vineyard. Oak Bluffs: The Cottage City Years on Martha's Vineyard traces this historically significant town from its early years as the site of a renowned religious camp meeting to its incorporation as Cottage City and later as Oak Bluffs. Using historic images, it captures the religious and social spirit of the community and the fun times of promenading on the bluffs, bathing at the beach, playing croquet, and celebrating with parades and illuminations. This book evokes memories of a bygone era: the canvas Tabernacle and tents in Wesleyan Grove, the Sea View House and Martha's Vineyard Railroad in Oak Bluffs, the horse-drawn trolley, and the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute in the Vineyard Highlands. Also captured is the remarkable preservation of Oak Bluffs, as seen in early photographs of its parks, cottages, and buildings, such as the Tabernacle, Union Chapel, and Arcade.

To the New Owners

A Martha's Vineyard Memoir

Author: Madeleine Blais

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0802189091

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7800

In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais’ in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha’s Vineyard for the exorbitant sum of $80,000. 2.2 miles down a poorly marked, one lane dirt road, the house was better termed a shack—it had no electricity, no modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect. Sitting on Tisbury Great Pond—well-stocked with oysters and crab for foraged dinners—the house faced the ocean and the sky, and though it was eventually replaced by a sturdier structure, the ethos remained the same: no heat, no TV, and no telephone. Instead, there were countless hours at the beach, meals cooked and savored with friends, nights talking under the stars, until at last, the house was sold in 2014. To the New Owners is Madeleine Blais’ charming, evocative memoir of this house, and of the Vineyard itself—from the history of the island and its famous visitors to the ferry, the pie shops, the quirky charms and customs, and the abundant natural beauty. But more than that, this is an elegy for a special place. Many of us have one place that anchors our most powerful memories. For Blais, it was the Vineyard house—a retreat and a dependable pleasure that also measured changes in her family. As children were born and grew up, as loved ones aged and passed away, the house was a constant. And now, the house lives on in the hearts of those who cherished it.

Martha's Vineyard Basketball

How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class

Author: Bijan C. Bayne

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442238976

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 833

Year round on Martha’s Vineyard Island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, residents and vacationers have played basketball—almost since the game was invented. The Oak Bluffs summer league on the Island was innovative, ethnically diverse, welcomed female players, and fostered thousands of friendships. President Obama, NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, and Family Matters sitcom star Jaleel White have all played basketball on Martha’s Vineyard, as did future college stars, authors, war heroes, and entrepreneurs. Their stories touch current events from World War I through the Civil Rights Movement—and even include the filming of the blockbuster Jaws. Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class follows the rich history of basketball on the Island and tells the stories of the players and coaches themselves. During the heyday of Martha’s Vineyard basketball in the 1970s and ‘80s, the courts provided a place for friendships that looked past social class and race—a unique situation given that nearby cities such as Boston were sites of violent demonstrations against integration. Original interviews with those who were there not only reveal the racial dynamics on Martha’s Vineyard, but also relate amusing anecdotes of encounters with celebrities that include Charles Lindbergh, James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, and future star James Taylor. Martha’s Vineyard Basketball reveals little-known aspects of the Island, shares the realities and triumphs of residents and vacationers alike, and demonstrates the unifying power of basketball. New Englanders, basketball fans, and those interested in race and class relations will all find this book a noteworthy account of a singular place.

Martha's Vineyard

A Field Guide to Island Nature

Author: Suzan Bellincampi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991502806

Category: Nature

Page: 186

View: 2317

In Martha's Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature, author Suzan Bellicampi takes you both on the favorite Island trails and behind the scenes in what the natural Vineyard has to offer. The book even explains how the Vineyard was formed by glaciers moving across the land, and the clues to the past those massive ice forms left behind. The book has trail guides to six of the favorite walks on the Island, with specific directions and what you can see along the way. It also includes sketches of the flora and fauna on the Vineyard, to help you recognize all the plants and animals that call the Island home. It is fully illustrated with beautiful Island photographs and illustrations.

A Sense of Place

Houses on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod

Author: Mark A. Hutker,Philip Regan,Marc Kristal,Charles Orr,Jim Cappuccino

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1580934277

Category: Architecture

Page: 223

View: 3755

Hutker Architects, led by founding principal Mark Hutker, has designed more than 300 houses along the New England shore. In their design and construction, these houses honor the vernacular traditions of craft and indigenous materials and are deeply respectful of the beauty of the landscape. As architects, the firm is committed to the principle "Build once well," looking to the historic architecture of the region as inspiration for contemporary design. The result is an architecture that is at once highly contemporary and yet enduring, efficient, inevitable, and appropriate. Fifteen houses are presented here, each offering a unique and satisfying solution to building on the beautiful but fragile landscape of bluffs and dunes that lines the shores of Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Martha's Vineyard Outdoors

Fishing, Hunting and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island

Author: Nelson Sigelman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692972304

Category: Fishing

Page: 288

View: 8456

Martha's Vineyard is a well known summer vacation spot. In this collection of columns, former Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman describes an island preoccupation, less notorious than tourism but more obsessive, rooted in fishing, hunting and waterfowling traditions that shaped the island's character well before a mechanical shark named Bruce and presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attracted slavish media attention to a 100-square mile speck off the coast of Massachusetts. Martha's Vineyard Outdoors casts a wide net. "The pleasures of Nelson Sigelman's distinctive voice held this non-fishing, non-hunting, feminist, tree-hugging pinko spellbound from the first column to the very last," said Island resident and Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. The setting is Martha's Vineyard but the stories are rooted in the humor and love of the outdoors found in small communities across the country.

Caleb's Crossing

Author: Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 073228922X

Category: Biographical fiction

Page: 369

View: 5373

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure.

Martha's Vineyard in World War II

Author: Thomas Dresser,Herb Foster,Jay Schofield

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: 9781626193727

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 6479

Explore the history of Martha's Vineyard during the World War II era.

Managing the Wild

Stories of People and Plants and Tropical Forests

Author: Charles M. Peters

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030022933X

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 6359

Based on more than three decades of fieldwork in tropical forests around the globe, the stories in this absorbing book provide a look at how local communities subtly manage the forest resources on which they depend.

Caleb's Crossing

Author: Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 0143121073

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 4960

Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent ivy league education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March. Reprint.

City Sense and City Design

Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch

Author: Kevin Lynch,Tridib Banerjee,Michael Southworth

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262620956

Category: Architecture

Page: 853

View: 1945

A collection completing the record of one of the foremost environmental design theorists of our time.

The Legend Of Katama

The Creation Story Of Dolphins, A Wampanoag Legend Of Martha's Vineyard

Author: N.A

Publisher: Island Moon Press

ISBN: 9780975560501

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

View: 7668

The Legend of Katama is a beautiful presentation of a Native American creation story. Vibrantly illustrated, it is a story of young woman, who through following her heart and listening to her dreams, makes difficult and courageous decisions which bring peace to the Wampanoag Tribe. The book includes a fascinating forward by a Wampanoag tribal storyteller. Perfect for use in the classroom or as a bedtime story.

Back to the Garden

Nature and the Mediterranean World from Prehistory to the Present

Author: James H. S. McGregor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300197462

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1555

A cultural and ecological history of the Mediterranean region argues that the world's present environmental crisis is a result of the Western world's abandonment of a harmonious interrelationship between human communities and the natural world.

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408841916

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 4260

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction ? into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.