We’ve pretty much been holed up at home for a week and now, 10 days into my husband’s flu, he still has a wicked cough and chest congestion. We made it through my homemade winter beet borscht and are still working on my curried squash and apple soup as we nurse ourselves back to health.
When my son came home from NOLS last spring, he baked bread for us all summer long. When my husband returned from a trip to California in the fall, he was baking no-knead bread. Now that I have The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book, I too am baking no-knead bread. I have recipes for everything from bialys to cheese twists, and only have to make dough once a week. I’m finally over my fear of breadmaking.
Over the weekend, when I went into Menemsha to get gas, it was nice to see N.Y. plates and visitors stocking up at the Menemsha Fish Market, reminding me, oh right, it’s a holiday weekend. Jesse Keller and the rest of The Yard were thrilled that 70 people put on their dancing shoes and came out in support of their programs on a frigid Friday night.
We’ve had rain, snow, and happy ice skaters this week. Waking up toward a red sun on Sunday, I was able to get a springlike walk with our dogs on Peaked Hill between the rains and before the wind. Looks like winter will keep us guessing.
Come and learn about how the process of the Chilmark Pond restoration will work at the Massachusetts Estuary Project Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 5 pm at Town Hall.
The Chilmark Library’s Food for Fines continues through the end of January, or if you just want to donate to the Island Food Pantry you can drop your nonperishables in the collection box opposite the checkout desk. This week’s movies at the library include Friday evening, Jan. 23, 7 pm, On Golden Pond, a 1981 triple-Oscar-winning movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry and Jane Fonda. Enjoy fresh hot popcorn and refreshments while you watch. Warm up with a cup of chowder on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at noon and see the classic film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, starring Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney, and George Sanders. Films are sponsored by The Friends of the Chilmark Library.
Spread the word and come and support the Chilmark School PTO and Outing Program Red Hot Blues Bash Benefit featuring the Mike Benjamin Band, live on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 7 pm to 11 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Here are some of the fabulous auction items you can bid on: a 10-day rental in Maui; one week at the FARM Institute camp; a Morning Glory hayride; a one-week rental in Burgundy, France; a half-day of paddleboarding; a seasoned cord of wood; dinner for six prepared by Chef Robert Lionette; a sunset cruise aboard the Hinkley; and Patriots Club tickets with parking. Tickets are $15 in advance online (no processing fee) at ticketsmv.com or at the school, or by calling 508-696-4911. Tickets at the door will be $20; they include desserts and beverages. This is a 21-plus event.
It’s that once-a-year chance to visit the Brickyard on the North Shore. Walk the brickwork ruins for about two hours with staff from The Trustees of Reservations and learn about a once-prosperous industry on Sunday, January 25, 1 pm. Light to moderate hiking conditions with a brook crossing. The walk is $10 for the public (children $3, members are free) and preregistration is required, call 508-693-7662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, will be a special community supper at the Chilmark Community Church; in addition to the usual assortment of soups and casseroles, there will be Korean food prepared by Eunji and Seongmoon Ahn. All are welcome to enjoy the food and company beginning at 5:30 pm.