Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted May 17, 2007

Chilmark is finally catching up with down-Island spring and it looks more colorful and festive than usual with flowering shrubs and trees bursting into bloom almost overnight. The wild flowers in our reclaimed lawn are thriving with thousands of the tiny yellow flowers, as well as the sturdy old dandelions. We always think we should do something with dandelion greens, but so far we never have.

The traffic on the roads picked up last week with comings and going for Mother's Day celebrations. We have our own resident about-to-be mother robin sitting on her nest carefully constructed deep inside a rhododendron bush which is next to a back door causing her to fly out to deflect us every time we go in or out. So we've been using other doors.

We hear from Walter Epstein, president of the Chilmark Town Affairs Council, which runs the community center, that there will be another book fair this summer, and that Sail Martha's Vineyard, which has a history of successfully giving sailing instructions for all levels, will run the center's sailing program this summer at Quitsa and Menemsha Ponds.

Rosalie Powell's Island rug hookers plan an exhibition of their work at the (new) Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury this Saturday, May 19, from 10 am to 4 pm. They produce beautifully artistic examples of the traditional craft. There will be demonstrations, and educational information will be available also. There is no admission charge. If you have questions, please call Ms. Powell at 508-693-1984.

The Friends of the library are having another movie night next Wednesday, May 23, at 7 pm. The movie is the just released "The Painted Veil," a romantic drama starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. The film is based on the Somerset Maugham novel of the same name and is set in China. There is no admission charge, and everyone is invited. Popcorn will be served.

The Friends will start their book sale in the library, also on Wednesday, with scandalously low prices - everything is $1, except paperbacks, which are 25 cents. The following week, everything will be half price.

An e-mail-only computer kiosk is up and running at the library so patrons can walk right up without checking in at the circulation desk and use the computer for 15 minutes.

The Bank of Martha's Vineyard (Sovereign Bank) will be open Saturday mornings starting this Saturday, May 19.

An e-mail from Tom Dresser invites all of us to "remember the songs from the summer of love" at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, May 30, when he celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." For more information, please call Mr. Dresser at 508-693-1050.

Finally, for those who were wondering, the blue whale is the largest mammal on earth, and the sperm whale can swallow half of a harpoon boat in one bite. So it's probably a good idea to stay off harpoon boats unless you know what you're doing.