Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted August 30, 2007

I've been so busy zipping around to fund-raisers, plunking down my $2,300 to be invited inside for "chats," that I've had little time left over for writing the column. All in the interest of civic duty, trying to pick up a solid fact or two in the tide of charisma and sound bytes. One wonders, though, with so many presidential candidates from both parties talking, talking, talking, if not at fund-raisers on television talk shows, who is running things back in Washington, D.C.?

Meanwhile, back to reality. The news of the Galley fire and early closing was a blow to all of us who are accustomed to stop by for a cup of chowder, a hamburger, or a grilled cheese. Not to mention the ice cream cones. My own long-time favorite is the grilled cod sandwich. All things to think about until next season, when the Galley will re-open

Starting tomorrow, the library will resume its regular off-season schedule, which means that it will be closed on Fridays until next summer. It is open every other day except Sundays.

Storyteller Lillian Kellman will end her storytelling seasons for children five and up this Saturday, Sept. 1, at the library from 10:30 to 11:15. Long a favorite with school children and library goers, she promises a "Jack Tale or two." Her wit and her style have been attracting audiences of all ages Island-wide for years.

Lisa Carter will show her collection of scenes in little houses at the library starting this Saturday in the meeting room at the library. The show will be up until the middle of the month.

Poet, author, and social activist Stephen K. Levine will read from his latest book of poetry "Song the Only Victory: Poetry Against War," next Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 at the library. Founder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, he is widely recognized in the field abroad as well as in the United States. He has taken part in many Vineyard peace initiatives. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is open to everyone.

The Friends of the Chiilmark Library will hold their annual meeting tomorrow, Friday, August 31 at 12 noon, at the library. Anyone interested in becoming part of the lively group is encouraged to attend; everyone is welcome.

While most of the summer activities are ending or are winding down, the hikes through Vineyard preservation areas, led by Julie Coleman and Judy Maynes will continue well into September. Next Thursday, Sept. 6, the group will meet at 9:30 at Ripley's Field Preserve. For directions, please call Julie at 508-645-2261 or Judy at 508-645-3460.