It’s hard to believe it’s 2015. I feel like I just got used to writing 2014 on things, and I feel like the year went by way too fast.
Some weeks I am so grateful for this blog. It forces me to leave my little world and keep in touch with Island happenings. Without, I am not quite sure what my life would be like at this time, as a mom of two under five.
Each Spring and Summer one of the things I look forward to most is seeing what new restaurants and stores are going to be opening on Martha’s Vineyard, and this year did not disappoint. Here are my top three.
When 20 by Nine opened, I could not have been more thrilled. A cozy whiskey and craft beer bar right in my neighborhood? How lucky are we. It’s coziness made it the perfect place to wind down and relax. I miss it.
How about Isola? One of the best things to happen to Martha’s Vineyard. With good pizza, good Italian food, and good cocktails, this spot really is a little gem.
Rockfish! Just saying the word makes me smile. The second floor of that restaurant might just be my favorite spot on the Island to have drinks.
It’s amazing, totally different from what it was before, with a welcoming and upscale feeling. I just realized that I need to write an On Point blog about Rockfish. Something to look forward to in 2015.
I think I might be a festival, event junkie. Though a recent phenomenon, I am sure that this was lying in wait. I love, love, love going to events on Martha’s Vineyard, and each season I welcome my favs with some new twists.
There are the educational events that are sprinkled with fun like the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.
From Fresh Off the Farm where you get to sample and learn about amazing food made with local ingredients and have wine to the Sommelier Throw Down where you get to learn about a number of different wines from some of the best Sommeliers around – this four day event brings something new to do each year after the Summer is over.
How about the fact that the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite went for a whole month and had its very own cottage? Seeing so many children get to enjoy its splendor was truly heart warming. I can’t wait for next year’s.
As much as I enjoy the food and event aspect of the Vineyard, I also really enjoy learning about Island artists. I am always amazed at the abundance of talent here, and each artist’s story is so interesting.
I also love that Martha’s Vineyard is such a source of inspiration for so many people.
I really enjoyed learning more about Emily Prescott and her Vaalbara collection. Her bags are all the rage on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard and beyond.
I love how she had a dream and is pursuing it with so much passion. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I like popping into Citrine in Vineyard Haven to see the newest designs.
Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week, another fun Island event, gave me the opportunity to learn more about local clothing designers, including Lauren Morgan. Her chic, well made versatile collection, Lauren Morgan, which was premiered during MVFW was a huge hit on the runway. Just think, her line will be in stores in 2015.
I met so many talented people throughout the year, and I can’t wait to meet and learn about more throughout the new year. I still think that someday I will find a hidden talent of my own.
New for Point B Realty this year was a series, Your Island Home, we did with Island architects and interior designers. Of course these were so much fun since two of them were hosted at the stores of people I adore.
Our kick off event was at Bespoke Abode in Vineyard Haven. Owned by Elizabeth Stiving-Nichols, her designs resonates so well with the Vineyard.
Also, she just happens to have some serious accolades including New England Home’s 5 Under 40! Having an event with her and her team was so much fun. The wine and design flowed. Loved it.
Another one of my favorites was at Brickyard, also in Vineyard Haven. Owner Scott Mullin and Kate Shanor have an eye for design for your home and for you. It was a night of serious shopping and laughs. I still am loving the clutch I got from there.
Let’s see where Your Island Home pops up this year!
One thing I’d like to do more of for On Point is more outdoorsy stuff. Martha’s Vineyard is so beautiful and magical, and I realized that I haven’t really written much about it.
I write about our farms which I enjoy, like Mermaid Farm and Blackwater Farm. And learning about Cranberry Acres was not only educational but was also fun. I’d like to explore the Island and its natural beauty more. Let’s see if I can make this happen and not get lost in my excitement for other things.
With two On Point blogs per week, that’s 104 per year – wow. 104 topics to learn more about, people to meet and 104 more reasons to love Martha’s Vineyard, and for that I celebrate the end of a great year.
I also have to mention how great it is to have MVY back on the radio too – we love our Island station!
Thanks for reading On Point and I wish you a very Happy New Year! May 2015 be a year filled with everything that makes you happy, and if you have an idea you’d like to share with me for an On Point blog, let me know firstname.lastname@example.org.