Chilmark Town Column

By Jacqueline Sexton - December 6, 2007
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Muriel Bye of West Tisbury is showing a collection of her watercolors depicting Island scenes at the library through the month of December. At a time when Island life has become more complex, the scaled down peaceful simplicity of her images are a reassuring reminder of the Island's enduring landscape, perhaps most notably in The Old Homestead c. 1834. But her other scenes, Owen Park Pier in Tisbury, the solitary skiff at Sengekontacket, and Little Lady and other vessels in Menemsha are also testimony to the Island's essential nature. The delicacy of her precise brush strokes and the subdued colors are entirely appropriate for her subject. The paintings are reasonably priced.

Clarissa Allen's gift shop has been open weekends, and her annual Christmas party will be this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 am to 4 pm. That means shoppers can move back and forth from the flea market, also on Saturday, at the community center, and the Allen Farm and get a lot of shopping and socializing accomplished, not to mention enjoying the holiday fare, without driving more than a few miles. Shoppers will find unusual gifts, many handmade, at both places.

All Island Methodist churches will worship together this Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Christ United Methodist Church (Stone church) in Vineyard Haven with the Rev. Susan Heafield and pastor Richard Rego leading the Advent Christmas cantata, "Hold the Child Gently." Everyone is welcome."

Diana and Norman Freed returned last week from a Thanksgiving visit to their son and daughter in law, Andy and Melissa, and their grandchildren, Orion, four years old, and Calvin, two, in West Lafayette, Ind., where Andy is a professor at Purdue University. While they were there, Mr. Freed, who is a library trustee, did some research on local libraries.

Congratulations to Ingrid Goff, three of whose books of quotations have been published by Andrews McMeel Publishers in hard cover, using Japanese paper in the covers. The books are "Friendship," "Happiness," and "Love."

Interested shoppers, familiar with Ingrid's artistry and poetry, can find the books at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Ingrid and two colleagues, Dan Waters and Beldan Radcliff, will open an artisan's gift gallery in front of Cronig's with a reception tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 pm to 7. The shop will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm through December.

Patricia Nanon, founder and for several decades guiding spirit of The Yard, has donated, together with her daughters, Vicki, Cate, and Justine, the 2.75-acre parcel to The Yard, Inc., thereby ensuring continuation of the dance and choreography traditions begun by The Yard. The Yard has given Chilmark a new dimension over the years, and we are grateful for Ms. Nanon's extraordinary generosity in all she has contributed to the cultural life of the town.

In between shopping sprees this Saturday, Dec. 8, you can catch Peter Simon's slide show, "Through the Lens: A Life of History, Friendship and Addiction" at the library, at 4 pm. He will show photos from his book "Reggae Scrapbook," which chronicles the events and protests of the 1960s, including the Beatles at Shea Stadium and Jamaican reggae. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.