Chilmark Town Column

By Jacqueline Sexton - November 29, 2007
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Many of us vow every year to keep out of the shopping maelstrom that prevails at this time of year and limit everyone's holiday present spending to $5. It's the thought that counts, and finding anything for $5 would take a great deal of thought, given the rising costs of just about everything. But, shopping at some of the local shops and bazaars is worth a try and you'll also save energy.

Specifically: the flea market next Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the community center, organized by Coco Adams, will feature a wide choice of gifts and crafts at relatively reasonable prices. Vendors include Lorri Hart who will be selling her jewelry, Beth Flanders, rare books and antiques, and Ethel Sherman, jams and jellies. A selection of household furnishings from Inspiration, an Oak Bluffs boutique, will also be for sale. And, Coco promises, "There will be chowder and stuff."

Carol Marrama e-mails that the church will hold a Taize workshop starting this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 pm at the Chilmark church and continuing for four consecutive Sundays through Dec. 23. The Taize community began in France in the 1940s to promote reconciliation and peace among individuals, nations, and religious traditions. The worship style incorporates elements of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. Everyone is welcome to attend the 30- to 40-minute workshop. For more information, please call the office at 508-645-3100

Holiday celebrations for you and your pet will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 to 3 pm at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Edgartown. There will be photo-ops with Santa in his sleigh ($15), hot cider, refreshments and treats for your pet. For $10, you can buy a bulb to plant in memory of a pet. Proceeds go to the shelter.

Coordinator Jen Morgan also invites you to bring your pet and participate in the Edgartown Christmas parade. She especially would like "alumni" dogs that get to wear a special bandana while they parade. Please call 508-627-8662 if you can join.

Librarian Ebba Hierta has announced that December is "fine-amnesty month." Bring some festive holiday non-perishable food for the Island food pantry, and your fines for overdue books will be waived.

Doug Cabral, MV Times editor, was the featured speaker at last week's discussion group at the Howes House. His subject was "Planning."

Paving of a stretch of North Road will wind up tomorrow, and residents will be free to come and go as usual.

In an effort to transform school lunches at all the Island schools into healthier fare, the Island Grown Initiative has launched a Farm to School Initiative that hopes to provide, among other things, more fresh fruits and vegetables. The whole community is invited to attend the kick-off meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm at the Island co-housing common house in West Tisbury. Parents, teachers, school administrators, farmers, chefs, cooks, caterers, departments of health officials are all needed to ensure the success of the program. For more information, please call 508-696-5335 or e-mail

The Tri-Town Ambulance Service, covering Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury is hoping to enlist more volunteers at an open house this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Edgartown Fire Department on Pease Point Way. The service is desperately in need of more volunteers. Chilmark volunteers include Andy Bluestein, Mary Boyd, Roger Cook, Sloan Hart, Max McCreery, Meg Athearn, Leila McCarter, Jeff Day, and Bret Stearns. These volunteers play a vital role in our community as anyone who has ever had to call on them knows.

We salute you, and we thank you.