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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: falling into autumn

We are thankful for the rain, the sun, and the apple tree, and so much more this first week of autumn. When I moved...

Chilmark: Fun in the waves at MVFF Surf Night

I love September. The swimming is good, the weather sunny, the garden bountiful, great starry night skies, and getting back into the off-season groove....

Chilmark: No reservations

September mornings wake me to the cool of changing seasons. I love seeing the new Dorper lambs grazing in the field next door. We...

Chilmark: Still Open for Business

The sun has been shining, and getting those beach days in before the start of school was an unexpected gift for many. Monday brought...

Chilmark softball ends, attention turns towards next season

The final “official” softball game of the season was played at Flanders Field on Sunday, August 31, followed by Paul Iantosca and Arlen Roth’s...

Chilmark: ‘Some Kind of Lucky’

A visit with summer Chilmarker Joan Bowman

Chilmark: Library announces poetry contest winners

The season is winding down, nights have an added chill as the temperature drops, the Ag Fair has packed up, the last Chilmark Flea...

Chilmark: Fisher Family Reunion

Still in the August blur and enjoying beach cookouts at sunset, swimming in the rain, the best tomatoes ever courtesy of my neighbor, and...

Chilmark: the August blur

Summer movie on Menemsha Beach with Sylvia Earle and Bob Nixon, Backyard Bash on a gorgeous evening enjoyed by families and all ages, Chilmark Road Race with more runners than ever, the First Family nestled into their vacation digs, hearing Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Foundation founder and president Dr. John Aucott speak at an informal gathering, one of my sons returning from a summer semester in Poland and one off camping in New Hampshire, dancing in Built on Stilts, girlfriends from Rockland County, N.Y., visiting — it’s the August blur under the Supermoon and Perseid meteor showers. It’s time to start thinking about the Ag Fair, what to enter, and enjoying the myriad of offerings all over our Island.

Chilmark: life is buzzing

Life is buzzing in Chilmark. Can’t even pull into parking lots, local eggs are sold out by noon, and the bulletin board at Chilmark Store has no space left. I stopped there for breakfast last week in the rain and the porch was full. Take it slow on the roads and be sure not to cut off the Presidential motorcade.

Art, music, and flowers at Gallery in the Garden

Two years ago, driving by the Vineyard Gardens sign “Gallery in the Garden tonight,” I put on my blinker and turned in to their...

Bad luck bee sting, then good luck

When I arrived, Emily was sitting in the chair of Land Bank attendant Richard Gleason, clearly having an allergic reaction. A woman was holding her hand, talking to her to help her keep calm while she struggled with her breathing.

Chilmark Flea is the perfect lunch

This was the final week for my niece and nephew’s first Island visit, but on their last day we had a real scare when...

Chilmark remembers Sheldon Hackney

Glorious days, fog, much-needed rain, clouds and perfect sunsets... So much to be grateful for this July!

Ward Just discusses new book at Chilmark Community Center

Oh 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...

Chilmark welcomes Film Festival and other summer happenings

July 4th took us to the Home Port for dinner now that Josh Aronie is cooking. We were greeted by hostess Truda Silberstein, a...

MVFF starts summer season in Chilmark

Getting home after my 6-day MELT Method Teacher Training in New York City, my husband drove us straight from the airport to the Chilmark...

Softball season opens in Chilmark

Flanders Field Softball Season opened, serenaded by Tony Peak, in his kilt, playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Bill Edison sang his own...

A case of the Willys in Chilmark

Congratulations to Marianne Goldberg and the entire Pathways Projects Team on three more winter residencies now lined up for Pathways Gathering Space at the...