Chilmark welcomes Film Festival and other summer happenings


July 4th took us to the Home Port for dinner now that Josh Aronie is cooking. We were greeted by hostess Truda Silberstein, a former classmate of my older son; we hope you have a wonderful summer and final year at Bard. Too many good choices on the menu, all our dinners were done to perfection and we enjoyed our front row seat for Arthur.

See B. Martin Wlodyka’s recent paintings at the Santander Bank through noon on Friday, July 11th. Anyone interested in making an appointment with the artist can call 508-332-4096.

Primo Lombardi returns for his 8th summer offering Yoga at Chilmark Church’s community room in the back on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 -10:30 a.m., $15 includes mats, blankets, blocks, etc.

Also Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Vineyard Sound performs at Chilmark Church. Some people have asked about the missing cross on the top of the steeple. Due to Hurricane Sandy bending it, repairs will begin in the fall and any donations would be most welcome.  (Chilmark Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad, 02535).

Come to this week’s MVFF Wednesday, July 9th, dinner by Chris Fischer at 6 p.m. with Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, as well as cofounder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films Rory Kennedy; then watch her latest documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam.” For more info

Noted Harvard Law Professor and Chilmark summer resident Alan Dershowitz will discuss his memoir “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” on Wednesday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m.  On Thursday, July 10th, come hear the Jim Thomas Spirituals Choir present the U.S. Slave Song Project. These free events, held at the Chilmark Library, are sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. 508-645-3360.

Enjoy a farm tour at Grey Barn, offered Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (about one hour) $5 per adult and kids free. 508-645-4854.

Native Earth Teaching Farm is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 6 p.m., Come between 10-10:30 to help feed and collect eggs, after that for animal visits, spinning demonstrations, and consults. Admission is $5/person or $10/family. Ask about their ‘chore of the day’ for 1/2 price admission. 508-645-3304.

Join Chilmark summer resident Ellen Liman at her opening of new paintings, At The Beach: Vineyard People and Places, on Saturday, July 12th, at the newly refurbished Vineyard Playhouse Art Space in the Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

It’s the 50th All-Star Chilmark Softball Game, Sunday, July 13th, 8 a.m. Commissioner Bill Edison says shoeless Jason Balaban cannot be outdone at 3rd base for his spectacular fielding. Jason admits his “prowess is due to his daughter, Sophie’s lemonade;” for sale along with cookies graciously donated by Menemsha Market.

My heart goes out to the friends and family of Alexandro Garcia, 22, of Springfield for the loss they must accept and learn to live with. Equally my heart goes out to the driver and two passengers of the pick-up truck who must go on living their lives while they adjust to living with this darkness. I hope signs, like the one in front of Mermaid Farm that read, “Drive like your children live here,” will help drivers slow down and everyone using the roads to stop at the STOP signs, wear reflective gear in the dark and to mind the rules. Be safe, be mindful and enjoy summer.