Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted August 2, 2007

Where's the rain? Firefighters will hold their annual barbecue on the grounds of the school playing field next Wednesday, August 8.

The deadline for the 14th annual Brickner poetry contest, sponsored by the library, is 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 11. The contest, a memorial to Elisa Brickner, who died in a horse accident at the age of 17, was established by her family to encourage appreciation of the poetic form among children. The contest is open to children entering 6th through 12th grades. Both year-round and seasonal residents are eligible. There are two categories: junior high students in grades 6 to 8, and high school students, grades 9 to 12. Winners in each category will be awarded a prize of $200; runners-up will receive $100. Copies of winning poems are kept in a special file in the poetry section of the library.

Please provide a cover sheet with name and address of the author, and the poem typed on a separate sheet with no identification. One poem per person limit. Poems may be faxed to 508-645-3737; mailed to Chilmark Public Library, PO Box 180, Chilmark, MA 02535, or hand-delivered. Please call the library at 508-645-3360 for more information.

A memorial service will be held for Adeline Cabot on Sunday, August 5 at the Chilmark church on the Menemsha Crossroad. Mrs. Cabot died last March at the age of 106.

Fiddler and singer Denya LeVine will do multi-cultural songs and sing-a-longs at the library this Saturday, August 4 from 10:30 to 11:30.

Allen Whiting, Perry Garfinkel, Phyllis Meras, and David Ignatius are among the local authors you'll find at next Sunday's book festival at the community center. The library is one of several sponsors of the event.

The walking women will meet at Great Rock Bight Preserve next Thursday at 9:30 am. The preserve is off North Road, near Tabor House Lane. For more information, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460. All women are welcome.

The library is presenting two eminently qualified professionals next week who will give listeners perspectives on a couple of timely topics. Both lectures are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Vicki Divoll will talk on "The Truth About Rendition of Terrorists by the CIA" on Wednesday, August 8, at 5:30 pm. Divoll is the former assistant general counsel for the CIA and the former general counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. She teaches American Government at the U.S. Naval Academy.

On Thursday, August 9, at 5 pm long-time Chilmark summer resident Rick Shweder will give a lecture and lead a discussion on "Conflicting Varieties of Liberal Values: What Should Educational Equal Opportunity Be in a Multicultural Society?" Shweder is a cultural anthropologist and the author of several books in the areas of cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, and comparative human development. He is the William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development at the University of Chicago.

Jazz aficionados, take note: The NAACP is sponsoring a series of workshops and lectures on African American music at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School this Saturday, August 4, a concert in the Performing Arts Center at 7 pm and brunch at Lola's the following day. For more details and ticket information, please call 508-696-5785 or Patricia Mathews at 508-696-5838.