I may have wished for warmer weather and more sun, but the holiday weekend brought out runners, bicycle packs, families enjoying our beaches, kids riding waves on boogie boards, a full porch and parking lot at the Chilmark General Store, explorers in Menemsha, the Artisans Fair and Family Planning Art Show, the Blessing of the Fleet in Menemsha, all before Monday’s rain. I’m always hesitant about summer creeping up on our quiet life, but admit that seeing the trees leaf, colorful flowers bloom, and more animals that the transition into longer days brings, the return of friends and neighbors from afar, sharing stories, and coming out of my winter/spring cave feels like a welcome change. And then there are the accident I passed next to North Tabor Farm; the proliferation of garbage, including a TV set left on the dumpster at Lucy Vincent Beach; and more cars in a hurry. A reminder life is always a balance.
I stopped by Creekville’s opening on Basin Road, and urge everyone to drop in just to get a little Island art history. Between the spectacular Thomas Hart Benton prints and assorted painters from the ’30s and ’40s, you won’t be disappointed by Doug Seward’s eclectic offerings. If you love paintings of swimmers, it would be hard to pick just one by proprietor Susan Pacheco. Around the corner at the new iteration of the Menemsha Market, you’ll find Doug Seward’s daughter Liz and husband Ken Oliver, back after five years with their kids to run the store. It is almost fully stocked, besides carrying its own label of salad dressings, sauces, Pie Chicks pies and cookies, Pain D’Avignon breads and assorted newspapers. It’s great to have nearby choices and not need to leave town to shop.
Noli Taylor shared a “great piece by Ali Berlow for WCAI-FM’s Local Food Report about this wonderful Island Grown Schools-instigated program [at the Chilmark School].” Listen to it here: bit.ly/mvschoollunch.
Beach Plum Inn is open daily for à la carte breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Chilmark Chocolates reopens on Thursday, June 1. Time to get your beach stickers, which you can now do online; see chilmarkbeach.cityhallsystems.com.
New local drop-off dump stickers good for all dumps except Oak Bluffs’ are now available. Residents with ID can purchase stickers for $25, seniors 65 and over for $10, and all nonresidents (including seniors) for $35. See bit.ly/chilmarkldo for hours and days at all towns for recycling, garbage, and hazardous and medical waste information.
Stop by the Grange Hall on Friday, June 2, for Windemere’s 10th annual Live and Silent Auction, from 6 to 8 pm. Proceeds will help provide residents with the opportunity to participate in a variety of engaging activities.
The Yard will host a Prince/Bowie DanceHall with DJ Christopher Anderson on Friday, June 2. Doors open at 7:30 pm, dancing begins at 8 pm. General admission is $10 ; $5 for kids 12 and under. If you are on Chappy, or just want to enjoy Dance the Yard and Friends at Mytoi Garden on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 3 pm, it’s free. Dance classes have begun at the Yard. Check the schedule to see offerings at dancetheyard.org.
Chilmark Church is hosting the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, June 6, at 11 am with a service and program about the Yard; feel free to bring your lunch. Come and enjoy the last Pizza Night at Chilmark Church on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 pm, free for all ages.
The Chilmark library now has Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout, so you can get Wi-Fi anywhere Verizon is available. Use it to stream music or video, surf the web, check your email, etc. If you have questions, call Rizwan at the library, 508-645-3360, and he’ll be happy to help you. Thomas Dresser will give a book talk on “The Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard,” Tuesday, June 6, at 7 pm. I will be presenting “Moving Beyond Exercise: An Introduction to Nutritious Movement” on Wednesday, June 7, at 5:30 pm at the library. Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement offers a refreshing perspective, one that will change your relationship to your body, and help you learn to see the multitude of natural movement possibilities in your home and work environments, and how you move through your day. “Stories and Songs” continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.
Don’t forget all our wonderful farmstands. There’s a plant sale going on at Native Earth Teaching Farm. Grey Barn is now open daily, 7 am to 7 pm. Quanaimes Gardens on Quenames Road at the Hancock Beach Gate has a self-serve farmstand, and is again offering CSA shares for five, 10, or 15 weeks. Learn more at QGardensCSA.com, or call 508-955-9284.
Enjoy your week.