Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted June 14, 2007

Congratulations to all the fifth graders who will graduate tomorrow at 10 am. They are: Joshua Bernstein, Chantal Booker, Jessica Campbell, Mariah Campbell, Bradley Carroll, Oscar Hansen, Thorpe Karabees, Janelle Larsen, Galen Mayhew, Alistair Morgan, and Mikayla Tinus. Good luck to you all next year and in the years to come.

The final weeks of the school year are always packed with finishing-up activities, shows and other events. This year is no exception. The fifth graders have been busy writing reflective essays on the highlights of their time at the Chilmark School. In keeping with long tradition, the fourth graders will prepare a potluck luncheon for the graduating class. Year-end activities in Spanish class are all about "comida." The 4/5 class will run a restaurant today for the 2/3 class, serving quesadillas, salsa, and chips, among other things. And the K/1 class will have its own fiesta.

This Saturday, June 16 the 2/3 class will wrap up its intergenerational project with Windemere residents with a photography show, "Growing Up-Island," at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday, June 19, is the last day of school. School will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Art shows are opening all over as the season gets off to an early start. Kitty Murphy and Enos Ray are "at home" at the Murphy Gallery on the South Road where they are showing their oil paintings, prints, and Kitty's dramatic necklaces and other jewelry. Hours are 10 to 5 daily.

Lyn Hinds and Claire Chalfoun will have a joint show of their oil paintings at the Chilmark Library opening this Saturday, June 16, through Friday, June 29. Ms. Hinds paints semi-abstract landscapes with an emphasis on color, including a scene at Squibnocket and another at West Basin. Ms. Chalfoun paints representational landscapes and still lifes, using fruit, flowers and blue and white china in the still lifes.

Nancy Cabot's Friday afternoon painters put on a splendid show of their work last weekend at the Howes House in West Tisbury that attracted many visitors. Ann Howes, Susan Silva, and Virginia Blakesley were among the artists showing.

Thanks to Katie Carroll for some Squid Row news. Ballyhoo, the local bluegrass band, which includes the likes of Taurus Biskis, gave an impromptu performance on the dock outside of Menemsha Texaco as a grand finale to the Memorial Day weekend. Taurus's son, Kestutis has now reached the great age of one, as has Axel Abrams, whose birthday was on Memorial Day. He is the son of Pinto Abrams and Jessica Benjamin.

Kyle Joba-Woodruff of West Tisbury was the first-place winner of the comics contest at the library, which was judged by cartoonist Paul Karasik. Anna Hughes, also of West Tisbury, came in second, while Eliot Gee of Chilmark and Warwick, N.Y., placed third. The contest was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Licensed massage therapist and Marathoner Joseph (JB) Burkett will give a talk at the library this Wednesday, June 20 at 5 pm. His theme is "How to Keep Your Body Healthy" and how to avoid injuries. He will give a massage demonstration to show how individuals can give massages to themselves, or others.

And on Thursday June 21 at 5:30, selectman Warren Doty will talk at the library on "Fisheries Management or Mismanagement" and why management of certain species has failed. He will recommend strategies to protect important commercial stocks. Mr. Doty is president of the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund and a board member of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group.

The community was sad to learn of the death of long-time Chilmark resident, architect Don Page, on June 4.

Condolences to Allan Keith and his family on the death of his mother, Lucile Keith, at the age of 94 on June 3.