Ward Just discusses new book at Chilmark Community Center

Valerie SonnenthalOh my, summer is making my head spin! Stopped at Chilmark’s Norris Garden and Brookside Farm open to the public for The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program last Friday. What a treat! I’ve taken my niece and nephew to Menemsha beach for afternoons, done the Flying Horses. My nephew played in Sunday’s All-Star softball game, stopped by Cinema Circus with my niece, and that’s only the half of it. My husband hoisted an American flag over Flanders Field last Friday morning only to have it go missing by 4 p.m. Please return the US flag, no questions asked!

Menemsha Market may be small but has a great selection of necessities plus gluten-free home-baked blueberry cake and chocolate cake, both delicious. Open daily from 11 -7 p.m.

If you missed Linda Thompson’s reception you can still catch her show at Santander Bank through Thursday, July 17th.

This year’s great MVFF Interns include: Adrienne Caminer, University of Colorado Film Studies BFA and Art History MA grad, helped in development of the Boulder Queer Youth Film Project; Chandler Cook, pursuing a BFA in Film production, design and visual communication from Lesley University College of Art and Design, owner and Creative Director of XC Productions and Designs; Brigid Igoe, BFA in Film Production from The University of Colorado, Producer of “Bill the Galactic Hero” scheduled for release in Dec. 2014; Nora Kroopf, studying film at Colorado College, Director of Best Documentary at the 2013 Laguna Beach Film Festival; and Sascha Oswald, majoring in Media Studies at the University of Virginia and senior advertising associate at the Cavalier Daily. For the full schedule of weekly offerings go to http://tmvff.org.

Lots going on at Chilmark Library, foodies check out Green Island Farm founder Susie Middleton’s Book Talk: Fresh From The Farm Wednesday, July 16 at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, July 23rd at 5 p.m., co-founders of Revive & Restore, Stewart Brand (founder/editor of the Whole Earth Catalog) and Ryan Phelan, will talk about the science of de-extinction, reviving the Woolly Mammoth, and how genomic technology could bring the Heath Hen back to Martha’s Vineyard. For more info: 508-645-3360

Join Kara Taylor for her next gallery opening, “Hull,” on Sunday, July 20th from 5 – 8 p.m. Otherwise stop by anytime Tuesdays – Sundays 2 -5 p.m. For more info: 508-332-8171.

Come to Roberta Kirn’s Community Sing at The Yard on Tuesday, July 22nd, from 5- 6 p.m. and if you are interested you can also participate in her first “spontaneous, improvised, vocal rhythm circle” at Built on Stilts between August 16 – 19th. For more info: robertakirn@hotmail.com.

Ward Just will be interviewed by Paul Schneider on Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm about his new novel “American Romantic” to kick off the Summer Lecture Series. For tickets: ticketsmv.com or the Chilmark Community Center (M-F, 9-12 only). All books purchased in advance will be available for pick up at the Chilmark Community Center on the evening of the event. Ticket prices: 1 book & 1 ticket $30; 1 book & 2 tickets $40; 1 ticket $15. Visit mvbookfestival.com/authorlectures for further information.

Try to remember the heroes in our daily lives; they are many unsung among us who deserve thanks for our well-being! If you are interested in becoming an EMT (ttemschief@vineyard.net) or firefighter (dnorton@chilmarkma.gov) or for either, call 508-693-4992, please get in touch. Tribal members receive free EMT training.