Town Column : Chilmark
Pianist Dee Stevens is due to return to Chilmark this week from Los Angeles to put together the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society's annual spring concert for Islanders, which will be held this Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The concert, entitled "The Phantom Violin," will feature selections from Schubert and Beethoven, among others. Tickets, $15, are available at the door. A reception will follow.
April is National Poetry Month, and the library will celebrate with readings by three Chilmark poets, Peggy Freydberg, John Maloney, and Donald Nitchie, next Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Mrs. Freydberg is the author of several novels, a book of short stories, a memoir, and two books of poems, "Evening on the Pond" and "Wanting."
Mr. Maloney, well-known for his poem, "Town of Chilmark," commissioned in 1994 for the town's tri-centennial celebration, has published poems in Poetry, Ploughshares, and The New York Times. He will read some new poems as well as poems from his book "Proposal."
Mr. Nitchie is the editor of the monthly Banjo Newsletter. He received his MFA in poetry from the Columbia University School of the Arts. He has taught poetry writing to students in Island elementary schools, as well as to seniors at the Howes House in West Tisbury. He will read selections from his recently published book of poems, "Driving Lessons." The Friends of the Library sponsor the event, and everyone is welcome. There is no admission charge.
Julie Brand's bright and colorful show at the library features flowers in oils and landscapes in pastels. It is her first show using oils. It's a perfect spring show and will be up through the end of the month.
The men's breakfast club will meet this Saturday, April 5, at 8:30 am in the fellowship room at the church. The topic for after-breakfast discussion will be drag fishing. Come one, come all.
Adult education will resume meetings this Sunday, April 6, at 9:45 am, and continue for the next eight weeks at the church. Readings will be available featuring prayer from Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist traditions. For more information, or if you're coming for the first time, please call Rev. Vicky Hanjian at 508-696-8225.
Sunday school for young people age 11 and up will be held at the church at 4 pm on Sundays.