The Vineyard Artisans Festivals provide both a lively marketplace for some of the best Island creations and a supportive network for artists and craftsmen.

Remy Tumin

1. A week of Kahoots. The popular (and prolific) Vineyard band Kahoots is hitting the road, and luckily for us, it’s an around-the-Island tour. The band will be jamming its indie rock sound in all six towns and Chappaquiddick from August 1 to 7, playing through its twelve albums in chronological order. The newest, “Play Something You Know,” is timed for release at the Saturday performance. Tickets are $5, on sale at the door, and shows are for fans of all ages (except those at bar venues). For a full schedule, visit the Kahoots Facebook page.

Simone McCarthy

It would be hard to overemphasize how joyful the Vineyard made me. Like most children vested with the privilege of summers on the beach, I got a long- lasting, mellow kind of high from the annual pelagic assault on my senses – the feel of warm sand against my cheeks; the brackish air; the view of a lighthouse’s brave silhouette; ambient sounds made by boats at anchor, halyards pinkling against their masts. I loved to swim and would surf the chilly New England waters on an inflatable raft until my fingers looked like tips of white asparagus.

Alexandra Styron

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Island’s beloved Ag Fair, which honors the Vineyard’s agricultural traditions, fosters community participation, and offers all kinds of fun food, games, and carnival rides.

Karla Araujo

In her memoir, Reading My Father, Alexandra Styron lays bare the complexities of a turbulent family life with the late Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Styron, who suffered from debilitating depression. In this excerpt, she describes her summers on Martha’s Vineyard as much-cherished interludes, and great fun in their own right.

Alexandra Styron

The people responsible for garnering and escalating bids at charity auctions can significantly impact the bottom line of Vineyard nonprofits, some of which are now hiring professionals.

Kate Feiffer

We once had a more personal relationship with our food. It came from our gardens or from a farm on the other side of town or a butcher shop or bakery whose owners we’d known for years.

One of the great things about farmer’s markets today is that they connect us again with the sources of our food.

Geoff Currier

July is jam-packed with fun events and activities. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.

Simone McCarthy