Town Column : Chilmark
There are a lot of glad tidings to report this week. First of all, congratulations to Clarissa Allen and Mitch Posin for winning the Creative Living Award. They are as individually bountiful as their land, and are uniquely qualified to receive the award.
Thomas Bena and Mollie Doyle are receiving congratulations and good wishes on the birth of their daughter, Emma Elizabeth, at 2:35 am on August 3 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches.
And from Bonnie and Bob George comes news of the marriage of their daughter Emily Rachel George to Ian Scott Neugeborn, son of Joan and Michael Neugeborn of Jericho, N.Y., on August 2. Rabbi William Dreskin officiated at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, in Manhattan.
The bride, 30, will be a social worker at the Ross Global Academy, a charter school. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has a master's degree in education from Hunter College and a master's in social work from the State University of New York.
The bridegroom, 30, is a third year resident and clinical assistant instructor in anesthesiology at NYU's downstate medical center in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his medical degree, magna cum laude, from St. George's University in Grenada.
To refresh your soul and enliven your spirit, stop by the library to view the photographs of flowers and shells taken by Nancy Noble Gardner, who paints in Greece a good part of the year. The magic she creates with colors and form is amazing. The show opens this Saturday with a reception from 3 to 5 pm and will be up until September 3.
Linda Thompson is showing new landscape paintings at the Chilmark branch of the Bank of Martha's Vineyard with a reception tomorrow at the bank from 5 to 7 pm.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival's schedule for next Wednesday, August 20, includes a children's film at 5:30, followed by music and refreshments/dinner and an adult film at 8 pm. The latter is "The One Percent," and Jamie Johnson, the director, will be on hand for discussions. The film explores the political, moral and emotional rationale that permits a tiny percentage of Americans to control nearly half the nation's wealth. Both films are at the community center.
Noted cultural anthropologist Richard A. Shweder of Chicago will speak at the library next Wednesday, August 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. His talk is entitled "You want me to do WHAT?" and examines what he describes as "the puzzling cultural practice of male circumcision." He argues for a liberal approach and giving an adult a choice. Dr. Shweder's topics are usually provocative, and he invites audience participation. A frequent speaker at the library over the years, Dr. Shweder, a Chilmark summer resident, has received numerous awards and fellowships and is currently a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Science. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
The walking women meet next Thursday, August 21, at 9:30 am at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary, which is off Indian Hill Road, at the end of Obed Daggett Road. For more information, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261. Newcomers are always welcome.