Chilmark

By Jacqueline Sexton - June 29, 2006

Alexandra London-Thompson, daughter of Linda Thompson and Mark London, was married on June 17 at the family home on the North Road to Peter Stray, son of Margaret Kenna and Chris Stray of Swansea, Wales. The bride's sister, Natasha London-Thompson performed the ceremony and was assisted by an old friend of the couple, Craig Russell. A family reception followed at the community center, and a barbecue for the whole community took place the next evening, also at the center. The couple is well known to Vineyard Playhouse audiences for their performances there over the past several years. The bride is a drama teacher at the Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Md. The couple will live in Washington, D.C.

The community center summer program committee is celebrating the first 50 years of the center's existence this summer. The laid-back grey-shingled building is a landmark and is in continual use both on- and off-season. In the winter, it's where wedding receptions, memorials, flea markets, sing-alongs, breakfasts, dinners and other affairs are held. And in the summer, of course, the summer program committee provides us all with an endless succession of concerts, lectures, films, sports and crafts for children and adults, and many other events.

This weekend the committee invites the community to a birthday party - film, poetry, food and music - starting at 6 pm on Sunday, July 2. David Modigliani's short film, "Barefoot at Beetlebung" will star a bevy of Chilmark characters and trace the center's history "from its improbable origins...to its present incarnation...."

John Maloney will read selections from his 1994 poem, "Town of Chilmark," written for the town's 300th anniversary.

The catered (adult) dinner begins at 7 pm and will last until 8:30 when the movie will be shown again. Advance tickets, $20 each, will be available at the center tomorrow, June 30, from 9 am until noon, or, on a first come, first served basis, at the door on Sunday evening, for $25. Advance ticket holders have three dinner choices, chicken, halibut, or vegetarian. All adults are welcome to come and bring their guests.

The movie will be shown again on Monday morning, July 3, at 11 am during the regular summer program.

There will be a graveside memorial service for Robert Papp, formerly of the South Road, at Abel's Hill Cemetery next Thursday, July 6, at 10 am. The Rev. Thomas Roan of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will officiate.

Good news at the Conways'! Bob Conway is recovering from a recent illness and is expected home this week.

Summer reading programs at the library are off and running with registration for "What's buzzin' at your library?" with logs and coupons from local merchants starting this Saturday, July 1. The kick-off event will be a magic show by Scott Jameson at the new Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury on Saturday, July 1, from 11 to 11:45 am. The program is suggested for children five years and older. Meanwhile the sandpipers program at the library is ongoing on Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11 am. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome.

Thomas Bena, producer/director of the Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival, tells us that, new this year, he has scheduled films for kids at 5 pm. The first one, "Five Children and It," directed by John Stephenson, will air at the community center next Wednesday, July 5, at 5 pm. It is the tale of children who discover a secret passage and a sand fairy while visiting an eccentric household. The adult film, "51 Birches Street," is a personal documentary by Doug Block that asks, "How much do you really want to know about your parents?" It airs at 8 pm, also at the community center.

Back to the library, where Heather Sussman and Marianne Neal will have a two-person show beginning Saturday, July 1. Ms. Sussman will show sculptures and ceramics, while Ms. Neill will exhibit paintings. The show will be up until July 15.

Cookbook author Joan Nathan will be the guest speaker at the library's Wednesday evening program this Wednesday, July 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Her most recent book is "The New American Cooking." She will discuss the quiet change in American cooking. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Unless you have picked up your copy of The Times at 7 am today at The Times's front porch in Vineyard Haven you're too late for today's walk with Julie Coleman and her associate walking guide, Judy Maynes. So plan to go next Thursday, July 6, when the group will meet at 9 am to walk the Fulling Mill Brook preserve starting at the Middle Road entrance. Julie recommends that you get a copy of Will Flender's "Walking Tours of Martha's Vineyard," third edition, which gives directions and information, historical and otherwise, about the places you walk. For more information, call Julie at 508-645-2261 or Judy at 508-645-3460. Be sure to wear light-colored clothing, sun and bug protection and bring water. The hikes are open to all women who want to walk for an hour or two once a week. Ms. Coleman has been leading the walks for several years and has an enthusiastic following.

The church flea market grounds were swept clean and looked beautiful for opening day last week but it got rained out, as it did last Saturday. Try again this Saturday, July 1, from 8 am until 2 pm, a mile up the Middle Road on the right. Lots of antiques, handcrafted items, jewelry and collectibles. Good prices.