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Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Holiday display [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: The Special Ladies [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Island Book [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: It's a Crime [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Growing Vegetables [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Summer Camp [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Summer Season traffic [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Advice for the bear [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Island Food Pantry [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Oak Bluffs arts [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Jury selection [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Shearer Cottage [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Bookstores (repeat) [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Chains Stores and the Vineyard [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Sharing or Gossip? [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Holiday Fundraisers [more]

Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Rotary [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Getaway [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Another dimension that is Martha's Vineyard [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Real Estate Tour [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Helping a Friend [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Winter life [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Encountering your former love [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: To Build a Workshop [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Vineyard Housing [more]

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Holiday Fundraisers [more]

Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.

The chili contest, the chowder contest, and the Harley Riders Toys for Tots Run take place annually for the benefit of the Red Stocking Fund, which has been supporting children and families on Martha's Vineyard since 1938. Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.

The chili contest, the chowder contest, and the Harley Riders Toys for Tots Run take place annually for the benefit of the Red Stocking Fund, which has been supporting children and families on Martha's Vineyard since 1938.

Commentary by Shelley Christiansen: Summer Season traffic [more]

 

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Commentary by Shelley Christiansen

This is an archive of Shelley Christiansen's commentaries. It was created in December 2012 and is no longer being updated. Enjoy exploring here. For current postings, please visit capeandislands.org.

Shelley Christiansen is a freelance writer and a regular contributor of features and essays to Martha's Vineyard Magazine. She is also the author of the Wedding Guide for the Grownup Bride, published by Berkley Books in 2000. Shelley has vacationed and lived on Martha's Vineyard since 1962. She makes her home in the town of Oak Bluffs.

You can hear Shelley Christiansen's commentaries on WCAI every other Friday.

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Lorelei 11.22
What a wonderful addition to the WCAI lineup. Shelleys essays are so intimate. I think they must come from a place of quiet solitude actual or selfmade that allows her to ruminate without distraction and immerse herself into the idea, the character, the tale. And then she delivers her story or commentary or radio ID or interlude with such a unique, calming voice. Hearing Shelley is a reason to stop, take a breath, and just listen. Ahhhh ...

Holiday display

Shelley has been keeping an eye on a particular holiday display in Oak Bluffs.

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The Special Ladies

A special group of year-round Martha's Vineyard residents.

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Island Book

This year's Island Book is a perky green, thanks to its hardworking publishers, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.  Shelley promises the Chamber that the teasing will stop as soon as her own listing is reinstated.

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It's a Crime

Most crimes are Martha's Vineyard are unexceptional.  Except when there's not.

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Growing Vegetables

Shelley talks about the Edgartown School Garden.  It is a project of Island Grown Schools, an initiative that nurtures young locavores in all seven K-through-12 schools and four pre-schools on Martha's Vineyard.

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Summer Camp

Camp Jabberwocky is considered to be the nation's first sleep over camp devoted to enriching the lives of people with disabilities. Helen Lamb, fondly known as Hellcat, founded the camp in 1953. She passed away last August. Her memorial service is scheduled for July 26 at the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle.

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Summer Season traffic

Year-rounders will especially relate to this essay.

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Advice for the bear

A wild bear has been wandering Cape Cod.  Shelley has some advice.

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Moshup's Dream

"Moshup's Dream."

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Island Food Pantry

Folks on Martha's Vineyard wait in different lines for a variety of reasons.  The staples for a basic meal, for example.

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Oak Bluffs arts

A musical arts walk in Oak Bluffs leads to the Pit Stop.

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Jury selection

Forget jury selection in the olden days of Perry Mason and Matlock.  This is Martha's Vineyard.

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Shearer Cottage

February is Black History Month.  Shelley prepared this story to mark the occasion.

Shearer Cottage will be the subject of a feature article in a summer issue of Marthja's Vineyard Magazine.

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Bookstores (repeat)

With the news that Edgartown Bookstore is closing, we repeat Shelley's commentary that first aired in June 2009.

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Chains Stores and the Vineyard

Chain stores aren't strangers on Martha's Vineyard.

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Sharing or Gossip?

Sharing or Gossip?  It's a matter of context when you live on an Island.

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Holiday Fundraisers

Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.


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Rotary

Shelley weighs in on the controversy over whether to build a traffic circle or "rotary" on Martha's Vineyard.

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Getaway

Everyone needs a getaway to Martha's Vineyard.

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Power Outage reflections

Adventures during a power outage.

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Another dimension that is Martha's Vineyard

Visiting that other dimension that is Martha's Vineyard.

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Real Estate Tour

Shelley visits portions of Martha's Vineyard in a unique tour.

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Helping a Friend

Sometimes friends band together.  Especially in a small community.

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Winter life

What's it like when you only experience life on Martha's Vineyard during the winter months?

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Encountering your former love

Sometimes you can't escape your past when you live on an island.

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View from the house

Houses have feelings, too.

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To Build a Workshop

Navigating the labyrinth of government regulations.

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Vineyard Housing

There are homeless people on Martha's Vineyard, too.

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Beach Glass
November 19, 2010


All that glitters is not beach glass.

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Holiday Fundraisers

Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.

The chili contest, the chowder contest, and the Harley Riders Toys for Tots Run take place annually for the benefit of the Red Stocking Fund, which has been supporting children and families on Martha's Vineyard since 1938. Shelley says philanthrophy on Martha's Vineyard is dignified -- but sometimes just barely.

The chili contest, the chowder contest, and the Harley Riders Toys for Tots Run take place annually for the benefit of the Red Stocking Fund, which has been supporting children and families on Martha's Vineyard since 1938.


Learn more >

Summer Season traffic

Year-rounders will especially relate to this essay.

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