MVFF starts summer season in Chilmark


Getting home after my 6-day MELT Method Teacher Training in New York City, my husband drove us straight from the airport to the Chilmark General Store where I ran into Grace Culley Adamson enjoying a few moments of peace sitting on the porch while her son, River, 10 months old, sat below her contented. This is River’s first summer on the Vineyard, and I am sure his grandparents Dr. Greg and Donna Culley are thrilled to have Grace and River home for a month. Grace and her family are moving from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vermont, where she will begin medical school in the fall. Is this 38-year-old mother crazy? I think not, and we wish her much success!

Jennifer LoRusso says Chilmark General Store is “so grateful to have all of them back for the season!” Welcome back Carl (pizza maker), Zrinka (counter server), Jesse (counter server), Francois (dish washer), Natalia Cucu (sandwich maker), Madison (cashier), Noah (stock person), Duane (line cook), Champagne (line cook), and David (pizza cook).

At last week’s Tuesday circle time, outgoing chair of the Chilmark School PTO Katie Carroll was honored for her nine years of service with flowers, a basket of cards and by Susan Siegel Goldsmith, who gave a short speech thanking Katie and acknowledging that she would have big shoes to fill in taking over her role. The PTO plans to purchase a bench with Katie’s name on it for the school grounds. I hear it was a very moving experience and Katie was very touched.

This is my first summer registering kids, my niece and nephew, for the CCC summer program. All the ladies working were CCC kids once upon a time, registration went smoothly, and everyone couldn’t have been kinder. I look forward to a summer of making new roots for myself and extended family in what seems to be the heart of Chilmark in the summer. And if you want to know CCC’s history check out the DVD Barefoot in Beetlebung from our town library; you’ll be glad you did.

The MVFF Dinner and A Movie on Wednesday nights at the CCC have started. Come and relax on the lawn or sit at a picnic table, listen to live music, and enjoy dinner prepared by Marvin Jones and Deon Thomas available at 7 p,m, followed by an 8 pm screening of “Divide in Concord,” a documentary about banning single-serve plastic water bottles. Enjoy meeting director Kris Kaczor and film subjects Jean Hill, Jim Crosby, Jill Appel, and Janet Rothrock. For more info, go to

Pasture Road Softball Season got off to a great start and even made the Boston Globe thanks to reporter Mark Shanahan and photographer Peter Simon. So if you want to know the names I didn’t drop, check Commissioner Bill Edison tells me he caught Paul Iantosca filling in holes behind home plate and has promoted Paul to Head Groundskeeper. Come start your 4th of July holiday off with a game of softball at Flanders Field and join in for this special 9 am game. All are welcome and bagpiper Tony Peak is expected to play before the game starts!

Have a safe and Happy July 4th!

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