Town Column : Chilmark
It could have been Moshup out there Saturday night howling and screaming and dumping barrels of rain onto the already soaked earth, ripping storm doors from their hinges, battering all the trees, all to the tune of the roaring surf. His fury even gave the generator pause. It was a fine display of rage. On Sunday, the tantrum was spent, and the sun came out. For a while, anyway.
It is with sadness that we report the passing last week of Virginia Poole, and we send our sympathies to her husband Everett and their children and grandchildren. Her death is a loss to the community she represented in so many ways. May her spirit linger.
Peggy Freydberg certainly didn't look 100 years old at her birthday party last Thursday at the library where more than a hundred people came to wish her well. Writing - novels, magazine articles, non-fiction, poetry - has always been the driving force in her life, and for many years she also taught writing as therapy in a program for troubled youth. On Thursday, along with poetry - her own and John Maloney's - and a big birthday cake, she was awarded the MVP (Most Valued Patron) award of the Chilmark library, and the selectmen and library trustees declared March 6, 2008 to be Peggy Freydberg Day. She has been a loyal library patron for all the years she has lived at Stonewall Beach. We wish her many more happy years and many more poems.
School students are in thrall with what principal Diane Gandy calls March Madness. The madness includes a trip to the New Bedford Whaling museum and an afternoon performance of the New Bedford Symphony, in conjunction with social studies and a "writing across the curriculum" project involving musical instruments. Students have also been getting ready for the talent show tomorrow at 1:30 pm, and the all-Island up-coming spelling bee. After the fifth grade takes off on its annual skiing trip, grades 3, 4 and 5 will be immersed in the MCAS testing.
For the Island-wide community, Thomas Bena's M. V. Film Festival at the community center will liven things up this weekend. For his eighth annual festival, as always Mr. Bena promises great films, lively discussions, delicious food and comfy sofas. New this year: more kids' films, new releases and classics, which young people can view free on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the library. Times for the kids' films are 12:45 and 3 pm on Saturday and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. For adults, times at the community center are 6 pm to midnight on Friday, 10:30 am to midnight on Saturday, and 11 am to 9:30 pm on Sunday.
Don't miss Peggy Thayer's art show at the library this month. It features lots of paintings of the Gay Head cliffs in every conceivable size from huge to note cards.
The library is offering another sea-gong movie with historical overtones next Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30 to 6:30. This one stars the Coastal Picket Patrol, a vigilante enterprise composed of private yachtsmen and commercial fishing boat owners who banded together early in World War II to help patrol U.S. coasts, in support of the Navy and Coast Guard. The movie is sponsored by the Friends; admission is free, and popcorn and soft drinks will be served.