Chilmark: Life’s a beach

Hard to beat a Menemsha sunset, even in September. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Life’s a beach — at least it was last Sunday; with summer temperatures, Lucy Vincent’s parking lot was nearly full. The warm weather is a wonderful thank-you for Islanders. I think just seeing the sun lifted many spirits after rain and wind for days, besides all the other worries of the world weighing on people. Although for many, life has calmed down after another frenetic summer, for other friends it’s still another couple of weeks before the season is officially over.

Though it may feel like a lot less is happening, there are so many ways to get involved, whether you choose to volunteer for our local EMS and fire department (contact Fire Chief David Norton at 508-645-2550) or want to seek out other organizations who need help (see Check out classes through ACE MV and Featherstone Center for the Arts.

The Home Port is closed, and Chilmark General Store is closing a week early this year because the majority of its staff needs to leave before visas expire. Its end-of-season sale has started, and the store will be serving free pizza on its last day, Sunday, Oct. 1, starting at 2 pm and closing at 3 pm. Continue to enjoy the Galley, open daily 11 am to 3 pm through Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9. The Menemsha Market is still open 9 am to 5 pm, and later on the weekends if it’s nice weather. The Bite is open daily (except Tuesdays), 11 am to 3 pm through Columbus Day, depending on the weather. Larsen’s Fish Market is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm through Sunday, Oct. 22. The Menemsha Fish Market is open daily from 9 am to 6ish, all year. Pandora’s Box is open 11 am to 6 daily through Columbus Day, plus Oct. 14 and 15.

Chilmark Church Tuesday Pizza Nights at 6 pm have started, and all are welcome. Free food and conversation.

Stop by the MV Savings Bank to see Wendy Weldon’s painting show through Oct. 22.

Join Jennifer Burkin for an Acrylic Landscape Painting class at the Aquinnah library on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7 pm, but be sure to sign up by calling 508-645-2314.

It’s your last chance to try Goat Yoga at Native Earth Teaching Farm until next summer, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 am with Josey Kirkland. Cost is $25, participants must be 13 years or older, registration required, please email

Time to register or volunteer for the Gay Head 10K Race on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 11 am to 12:30 pm; see

The Minnesingers Fundraiser Dance Party with the Boogies (1970s dance music) will be held at Lola’s on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 pm. Expect fabulous food, a silent auction, and cash bar. Tickets are $50, available at, or call 508-821-0266.

If you’ve been waiting to take one of Nancy Aronie’s Writing From the Heart: Jumpstart Your Memoir Workshops, the last one on-Island this year will begin on Columbus Day and run through Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 am to noon. Partial scholarships are available. Contact Nancy at 508-274-4286.

Have a great week.