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Martha’s Vineyard Redux—the Eighth Year

The Kast family week on Martha’s Vineyard was just a wistful wish the year I turned 70. “You can have it,” said my daughter, Erica, and I did. Our motley mix includes the progeny and friends of many marriages, ranging

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Seventh Summer Week on Martha’s Vineyard

Lola Morell, my granddaughter, was reading Counting by 7’s when the extended Kast family assembled for the seventh time last week on Martha’s Vineyard. Seven, fourteen …it’s hard, but no harder than explaining how and why we convene, fourteen of

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You Can Get Away From It All—and Find It Too on Martha’s Vineyard

I just ended a week with Carter Frank and Jan and John Leary in the Lewis camp on Deep Bottom Cove of Tisbury Great Pond. During the ’40s I spent some summers  on this  pond, and the biggest change I

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Martha’s Vineyard Redux, Vinalhaven, Avi Kast

Kids grow up and get jobs; babies arrive, couples form and split, but Kast family week on Martha’s Vineyard brought a remnant together again this year for an action-packed week of surf swimming on South Beach and Aquinnah, kayaking on

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Endangered Island—Martha’s Vineyard

I take a deep breath of salt-laden sea air on the ferry from Wood’s Hole to Martha’s Vineyard and catch a whiff of the island’s stories: its first Wampanoag people, Puritan settlement, vanished culture of sign language and persistent Portuguese

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Whole Group at Martha’s Vineyard

This is the fourth year our mix-and-match family has gathered at Martha’s Vineyard, and this time my West Coast sons made the trek with granddaughter Lola, making the total fourteen peeps at its height. The first couple of nights Erica

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