Tomorrow the Chilmark School 4/5 students will host their annual UNICEF Fair at the Chilmark Community Center (CCC). Cary, Dash, Ben, Adam, Madia, Thea, Owen, Bella, Brooks, Noah, Menasha, Imogen, Keira, Fynn, and Keiran have all been working on their games, hosting skills and knowledge of UNICEF. From 1:15 to 2:15 pm the doors will be open. The students of the Chilmark School, a collection of students from the West Tisbury School, and other community members will file in with their quarters to play games created by the 4/5s. In addition to fun games, there will be a bake/snack sale and lots of laughter. All the proceeds will be tallied and donated to UNICEF.
Don't forget, Halloween is rapidly approaching. The Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter's Association will host its annual party for the town's children. At 5:30 pm at the CCC on the 31st you will find a group of ghouls, ghosts, witches, phantoms, princesses, and fairies ready to whoop it up with friends. After they parade around in their costumes, dine on hot pizza and grab a goodie bag, most will venture out on the town with flashlights in hand to say boo to their neighbors. Watch out as you drive through town. Remember there will be a bunch of little frolickers.
Saturday the 27th, the Chilmark School PTO will coordinate its annual fall clothing swap from 9 am to 1 pm. Bring your outgrown (but in good condition) children's clothing to the West Tisbury School soccer field. Take some time and shop for what your young ones might need. Swap, shop or donate — it's all acceptable. Boots, jackets, pants, shorts, etc. — anything free of stains and holes would be great. All are welcome to participate.
Also on Saturday, the annual Women's Symposium, entitled "Unexpected Harvests," will take place from 9 am to 12 noon at the CCC. You will find speakers, small groups and refreshments. Monetary donations are appreciated but not required to cover costs.
Also on Saturday, Paul Mayhew and Patty Rossi will celebrate their birthdays. Paul and Beth will also celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Happy, happy happy! Also celebrating this week are Wren and El Christy, Bella Bennett, Buddy Mayhew, Jan Burhman, Erika Andresen, and Jenna Petersiel.
I would like to extend my condolences to the Edwards family of Connecticut and Abel's Hill. Sadly, at the age of 93, Ollie died shortly after she and Garth celebrated their 73rd anniversary. The couple that truly stood the test of time enjoyed being surrounded by friends and four generations of family as they picnicked, socialized, and displayed the true joys in life. There will be a memorial service for her during the summer of 2013.
After a life filled with family, friends, community service and educating, Charles "Chuck" Phillips of Lexington, Virginia, and Menemsha died after a recent visit to Menemsha. Heartfelt condolences go out to his family which includes his daughter Anne Davey of Vineyard Haven and great nephew Ben Ramsey and his bride Nisa Counter. His presence on Larsen Lane will be deeply missed.
David Geiger, who you may know from his beautiful pieces shown at Gossamer Gallery, is now showing his work at Shaw Cramer Gallery. Currently, David's kiln-cast glass pieces in the Houses and Homes series, Earth Nuggets, as well as small vessels are representing his creative and innovative work.
I would like to shout out to Linda Fairstein, the dynamic author who frequents our town of Chilmark. After entrusting me with a copy of her latest book, "Night Watch," I finally have found enough free time in my schedule to crack it open. Crack it open and not put it down. Thank you, Linda. It is riveting.