Chilmark: Sunday softball

A welcome corner in Chilmark. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Summer has officially begun, not because it is after June 21, but because Bill Edison, former Pasture Road Softball Commissioner, is back in town, and called me to let everyone know the first game of the 2017 summer season will take place on Sunday, June 25, at 8 am-ish, and every Sunday thereafter. All ages are welcome; bring your mitts and join the fun, or just bring a folding chair to cheer from the sidelines.

Congratulations to Matthew Mayhew and Molly Peach, who tied the knot on June 17. Congratulations and best wishes to Alison Manning and Alison Weaver and the three adoring daughters in their lives on tying the knot on Prospect Hill. Congratulations also go out to Matthew Dix of North Tabor Farm on becoming the new farm hub director of Island Grown Initiative (IGI), where he has served as the poultry program leader.

Time for the fourth annual Vineyard Herreshoff Cup Regatta on Menemsha Pond, Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, from noon to 4 pm. Seven Herreshoff 12½s representing the Edgartown Yacht Club will sail five races against seven Herreshoff 12½s from the Menemsha Pond Races over the two days. All the sailors and their spouses will be dining together Saturday evening between the two days of racing. Sail MV will be officiating for the regatta.

The Chilmark Flea, on North Road, begins its summer season with markets every Saturday and Wednesday, beginning June 24, 9 am to 2 pm, through Sept. 5.

The Chilmark Community Church writes, Thanks to  all who visited the Children’s fair at the church this past Saturday. A happy day in the fog. Thanks to Julie Flanders, organizer, and to the M.V. Horse Council, which helped with the pony rides.”

Sunday, June 25, is the last service officiated by the Revs. Vicky and Armen Hanjian. They will be missed! We look forward to welcoming Rev. Charlotte Wright and her husband Don, who will be living in the parsonage.

It’s time for the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club’s Blooming Art Show at the Old Mill, across from the Mill Pond at 690 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury, opening Thursday, June 22, from 5 to 8 pm, $50, or stop by from Friday, June 23, through Saturday, June 24, from 10 am to 3 pm or Sunday, June 25, from noon to 3 pm, for $5. Always worth stopping in to be inspired.

See Jon Kinzel on Thursday, June 22, at 8 pm. Kinzel, a choreographer, multimedia artist, and improviser, will initiate a new work at the Yard. The cast of five includes four dancers and one sculptor, who “reveal composed kinetic and visual languages that are at once unadorned and deeply detailed. The work features an investment in distinct performance material and original dance vocabularies, humor and gravitas, and connections between live art and object making. A construction of a set will be built on site.” Tickets available online at, or call 508-645-9662. Check the website for morning dance classes (already in session), and daily yoga classes, which begin on Sunday, June 25.

The Chilmark library invites everyone to join them for a remembrance of the wonderful longtime children’s librarian, Kristin Maloney, on Saturday, June 24, at noon. A tree will be dedicated in her memory, with refreshments to follow. Fan Ogilivie’s “Poetry and Art” exhibit is hanging through July 7. Join Fan for a reception and poetry on Wednesday, June 28, from 5 to 7 pm. Stories and Songs continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Maybe you’ve seen a video or heard about goat yoga; well, Native Earth Teaching Farm will offer goat yoga with Josey Kirkland all summer long, Saturdays from 10 to 11:15 am and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Classes begin Saturday, June 24. You must be 13 years or older. Cost is $25, and registration is required by emailing

It’s the opening of the season at Kara Taylor Gallery at 245 South Road on Sunday, June 25, from 5 to 8 pm. Come and celebrate, and see Kara’s collection of paintings in various mediums and subjects including “Portraits of Past,” “New Flowers,”and a case history of “My Late Grandfather’s Decoy Patterns.”

There’s still room to join Nancy Aronie’s June 26 – 29 Chilmark Writing Workshop. She’s only doing four workshops this summer, so secure your place by signing up at, or call 508-274-4286 for questions. Also listen to Nancy speak at the Aquinnah library about Ram Dass’s book “Be Here Now” on Thursday, June 29, at 5:30 pm.

On Tuesday, June 27, come hear the a capella group of male college students Vineyard Sound perform from 8 to 9 pm at the Chilmark Community Church. Can’t make it? No problem; they’ll be performing weekly on Tuesday evenings.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival kicks off its summer series on Wednesday, June 28, with dinner and live music at 6 pm, followed by “The Discovery” at 7 pm and “Canaries” at 9:30 pm, all at the Chilmark Community Center. Learn more at; volunteers are welcome.

Have a great week.