Town Column : Chilmark
Please note that this Saturday's children's fair at the church has been postponed. We'll keep you posted about if and when it's re-scheduled.
Meanwhile, registration for the children's summer reading program at the library, "Wild Reads at Your Library," begins on Monday, June 30, with sign up for reading logs and coupons of appreciation from local merchants. (Children get prizes for what they read.) Bill Ross of Screaming with Pleasure Productions will kick off the reading program with his juggling act at the West Tisbury Agricultural Hall on Saturday, July 5, at 11 am.
Stories and songs for all ages continue at the library on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 am.
Here are some dates for Thomas Bena's 5th annual summer film series at the community center: Weekly screenings begin next Wednesday, July 2, at the community center. Kids' film at 5:30 pm; adults' at 8 pm. In the interim, the Scottish Bakehouse will provide an assortment of dishes made from locally grown ingredients, and Colin Ruel is in charge of live music, 7 to 8 pm out on the patio. Tickets are $5 for Martha's Vineyard Film Festival members; $10 for others.
Dan VanLandingham is showing landscape paintings at the library until July 3, and Linda Thompson will show her landscapes starting July 4, through July 25. Don't miss them.
John Bullard, president of the Sea Education Association will discuss the history, present, and future of global warming in a talk at the library next Thursday, July 3, 5 to 6 pm. Mr. Bullard was formerly with the Clinton-Gore administration, and his talk is adapted from Mr. Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free. Everyone is welcome.
In amongst all the comings and goings during this busy season, I ran into an Island institution, artist Millie Briggs, the other day. Ms. Briggs, 93, is well-known to Chilmarkers for her numerous art shows at the Chilmark bank quite a few years ago, as well as for her plein air demonstrations at the All-Island Art Show held every year at the Tabernacle. She is still painting and showing and selling her work. Clad in a stylish deep purple shawl/stole with a matching skirt set off by white accessories, she was pleased, she said, that everything was ready for her show which opened last Saturday on the Oak Bluffs Harbor. Ms. Briggs, who has also taught painting and has written several cookbooks, said she retired at 60, "But then I went back to work."