By Jacqueline Sexton - June 22, 2006

Menemsha these days provides so many choices for those who prefer dining out to cooking at home that it's possible to eat your way through the day without ever leaving town. And save money on gas, to boot. Starting at 7 am you can have breakfast, with superb coffee, at the Café, formerly the Deli; fish and chips at the Bite for lunch, or hamburgers, hot dogs or fish fillet sandwiches at the Galley, or, back at the Café, made-to-order roast beef and other sandwiches and more coffee. You can get an ice cream snack at the Galley, and, later, littlenecks on the half shell at Larsen's before a full course dinner, or stuffed quahogs takeout, at the Home Port. Buen provecho!

The arts in Chilmark, as well as all over the Island, are alive and well with art openings proceeding apace and poetry readings becoming ever more popular as it grows more accessible. Nancy Aronie is featured, along with Gerry Storrow, at the next Jazz Live Poetry evening tonight, June 22, starting at 7 pm at the Outerland, (formerly the Hot Tin Roof). Michael West and Linda Black are the hosts. We all know Nancy Aronie as the leader of her "Writing From the Heart" workshops at her studio on the State Road. But that's not all she does. A longtime commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered," Nancy has also been conducting writing workshops at Kripalu and the Omega Institute, writes a monthly column for McCall's magazine, and won the Eye of the Beholder artist-in-residence award at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In July she will start a one-hour show on Sirius Satellite Radio. No one has to remind Nancy to carpe diem.

The work of another Chilmark poet, Kay Goldstein, is included in a new anthology of the work of five Island poets, "Island Quintet", published by West Meadow Press.

Heather Sussman will open her Chilmark Gallery on the State Road this Saturday, June 24, with a reception from 4 to 7 pm. The public is welcome. Heather does wondrous sculptures, serious portraits as well as ceramic figures making wry fun of the human condition.

Allan Keith will give a slideshow, "Visit to Bhutan: Plants and other Wildlife," at the library next Wednesday, June 28, 5:30-6:30 pm. The Wednesday evening talks are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.