Town Column : Chilmark
Chilmark summer resident Jane Naylor, who maintains the butterfly garden at the library, won a blue ribbon for flower arrangement at the Agricultural Fair. Here's the nice touch: the flowers she arranged were from the library garden. Congratulations!
Wendy Weisman Jenkinson's family held another memorial service for her last Saturday at the community center. We all feel her absence.
Eric Turkington, state representative for Dukes County for the last 20 years will be the guest of honor at a retirement and thank you party at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury on September 21 from 4 to 6 pm. Everyone is invited. Please bring an hors d'oeuvre to share. Mr. Turkington has been a familiar figure all over the Island and has faithfully attended numerous public town affairs, forums and festivities.
Bob and Phyllis Conway have had a busy summer filled with family visits. Their daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Tom Morley, of Long Valley, N.J., and their son, David Conway, of Whippany, N.J. have been here as well as their granddaughter, Tara Morley of New York City. For Robin and David, it's always a homecoming as they spent their teenage years working at the community center and at Poole's Fish Market. Robin also worked one summer at the Home Port when Chet Cummins owned it. Also here, enjoying the beach and the Fair and the beautiful weather we've been blessed with lately, was Bob Conway's sister, Nancy Bleser, and her husband, Phil, of Estling Lake, N.J., and Fort Myers, Fla. Phyllis meanwhile has also been busy coordinating the Chilmark church flea market, held this year on the West Tisbury school grounds which will hold its end-of-summer market this Saturday, August 30. Church trustees are looking for somewhere closer to home for the 2009 flea market. They need about two acres, one shaded for vendors and the other for visitor parking.
Dog days again at the MSPCA animal shelter: A walk for animals will take place next Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at noon. Registration is at 11 am, and the cost is $25; the MSPCA is also looking for sponsors for donations. There will be refreshments, raffles, and canine good citizen testing. If you have questions, please call the shelter at 508-627-8662.
The Aquinnah library will celebrate the end of summer this Saturday, August 30 from 1 to 3 pm, with an performance by the exuberant Black Brook singers and drummers and a selection of Afro-Latino songs by the Sol y Canto Band. The event is co-sponsored by the Chilmark library.
The Yard and the Limon Dance Company will premiere "The Othello Project" tomorrow, August 29, at 8 pm. Dessert and champagne will be served following the performance.
Performances continue on Saturday and Sunday, also at 8 pm. A free family matinee will take place at 4 pm on Saturday.
"The Othello Project" is a guided exploration of Jose Limon's "The Moor's Pavane" led by The Yard's artistic director Wendy Taucher and the Limon Dance Company's artistic director Carla Maxwell, and includes excerpts from Verdi's "Otello" and Shakespeare's "Othello." For reservations, please call 508-645-9662.
The walking women will end their summer of exploring Vineyard trails with a surprise walk. Meet at Julie Coleman's house at 150 South Road next Thursday at 9:30 am. Have fun!
With the end of summer, the library will revert to its year-round schedule. The hours are: Monday and Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; Wednesday, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 pm. The library is closed Friday and Sunday.