Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - December 7, 2006

Happiness and long life to Katie Mayhew, daughter of Lois and Greg Mayhew, and Derek Christianson, who were married at the Chilmark Community Church on November 18. Here are the details in the words of the bride's mother: "Katie and Derek met at Drew University, from which they both graduated six years ago. Derek, after working in Vermont and Boston, followed Katie to the Vineyard and worked for the Norton Farm - he is an organic farmer. He is now employed by Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, N.Y., where he has a house, and where they moved last weekend. They returned from their honeymoon in Belize last Friday, stayed overnight, packed their cars with wedding gifts and Katie's things and left on a Saturday morning ferry.

"Derek is originally from Minnesota, and his father and stepmother, Glen and Kay Christianson, live in Minneapolis. His mother, Andrea Christianson, lives in Tennessee. They all attended the wedding. Rev. Vicki Hanjian was the minister. Katie's sister, Gwen Mayhew, was maid of honor, and Jake Stults was best man. Katie's long-time friend, Meg Dole Abramowitz, played the violin. Rev. Phillip Dietterich was the organist. The reception was at the community center with an apple tasting - organic farmer, remember? - followed by a buffet with organic chicken and gravy, lobster salad courtesy of Greg, and roasted organic vegetables from Derek's farm. There were two wedding cakes - one three-tiered chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberry filling decorated with Chilmark Chocolates' sea shells, and another organic carrot cake baked by Meg. The center looked beautiful with many tiny white lights and beeswax candles. As a surprise, Gwen had prepared a slideshow of Katie and Derek, with photos from babyhood to their wedding day to the soundtrack of "In My Life," by Allison Crowe. It really was one of those perfect wedding days when everything flowed effortlessly, people were happy and having fun, and beautiful memories were made."

A wonderful, only-in-Chilmark fairy tale wedding.

On to more prosaic happenings. The winter-spring edition of Martha's Vineyard Writing, a twice-yearly journal featuring the essays, short stories, poems and other writings by Island writers, is out and available at libraries and bookstores. This issue includes the work of a number of Chilmark summer and year-round residents, including Ann Hammond, Ann Lees, Michael Levin, Nelson Potter, Ethel Sherman, and Linda Zeltzer.

The art show at the library this month is a display of 24 photographs of Chilmark and Chilmark people taken by Lucy Vincent between 1907 and 1921. The library thanks Bob Vincent for the use of the negatives and John Flender of the Chilmark Historical Commission for developing the prints and help in framing and hanging them. As many of the people in the photos as possible have been identified from Lucy Vincent's notes. Perhaps others in the community will recognize some of the unidentified people.

Everyone is invited to the library's holiday open house next Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 5:30. Refreshments, lots of good cheer for the whole family. Greens will be on hand for anyone who wants to make swags or mantle toppers and a great selection of used books and videos for Christmas presents. Hardcover books are $1, paperbacks, 25 cents. The party and the book sale are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The month of December is amnesty month for all overdue books. Fines will be waived, and, for long overdue books, fines will be forgiven to anyone who brings in canned food for the food pantry.

We have an email from Primo and Mary Lombardi, former proprietors of the Chilmark Store, announcing the birth of their granddaughter, Brooke Mary, on Nov. 7 at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. She is the daughter of Ariane Lombardi-Wiley and her husband Ryan Wiley, and she weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. "She is a beauty," says her happy grandmother, adding that Brooke has two Island cousins, Cai Lombardi and Jack Holmes, who "...will love showing her all around the Island next summer." The family lives in Woburn.

The ChilLib Offseason Café got off to a rousing start last Saturday with a steady stream of people using laptops, reading newspapers and books, playing board games, chatting with friends and just hanging out and enjoying the coffee cake and cookies. Vicky Bartels and Marcia Randolph, Friends of the Library, helped set it all up. Café dates throughout the winter are Saturdays, starting at 10:30 and Thursdays, starting at 3:30. Everyone is welcome.

Here is some church news: The theme of the book study group, which meets at 9:45 am on Sundays at the church, is "Understanding Islam." A timely topic. For more information, please call Vicki Hanjian at 508-696-8225.

Editors of the church newsletter are looking for a name for it. Anyone with good ideas may call the parsonage at 645-3100. If you would like to volunteer in the office, call the same number. The Rev. Dr. Susan Heafield will lead the worship service on Dec. 10.

The new postmaster, David Madeiros, was officially installed as postmaster last week. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the community center.

What would Robert Frost, or for that matter, Edith Wharton, think of the paltry "snow" fall we had for an hour on Monday morning before the sun came out and temperatures rose?