High Summer 2013

Labor of Love

By Sydney Bender, EDITOR

High Summer 2013

That’s me in the photo: my hands holding a big buttery lobster roll from the Net Result in Vineyard Haven. In July, at the behest of my job, I went lobster rolling with Sybil Teles while she photographed some of the most delicious mayonnaise and butter drenched seafood sandwiches on Martha’s Vineyard (p. 6). As we traveled from the onewindow shacks up-Island to the crowded picnic benches down- Island (and the many, many stops in between), we tasted, tested, critiqued, savored and devoured different varieties of the New England staple. “Oh your job must be hard,” a woman hollered.
We smiled. Truth be told, it’s fun when people witness us working “in the field.” While a typical work day for our editorial board takes place in an office, it’s great to have random strangers point out the unique research we do when putting together an issue. And our nineteenth issue is no exception. It is with great pleasure and pride that we introduce Claire Lindsey, our new Art Director, an Islandborn artist with a passion for design. I believe in the words of Harvey MacKay when he said, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Throughout these pages, we bring you a medley of stories about people on the Vineyard who love what they do. Like Zephir Plume, whose own curiosity of nutrition and love for food sparked a passion inside her for experimenting with herbal remedies, which led to creating her own brand of bitters (p. 52). A lot of planning and drudgery goes into flower farming on the Vineyard, but when Krishana Collins talks to customers at the Farmers’ Market, her enthusiasm for what she does for a living is as bright as her dahlias (p. 40). It’s no secret that jobs require a lot of hard work, especially in the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, where people often work more than one. And even when we realize that there are more “hard” days at work than days that we go on, say, a lobster roll road trip, it’s good for us to keep in mind that we are in good company with those who share similar moments. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed making it.