Town Column : Chilmark
There is no shortage of activities and places to go and things to see to help us celebrate Columbus Day this year. But nature marks the changes in the season impassively as always, the greens and yellows of the landscape giving way to the more somber reds and browns. Enjoy the weekend.
Candy Schweder's Up-Island Pottery will have its second annual sale in the new pottery barn on Sunday, Oct. 12, 5 to 7 pm. There will be huge reductions in the prices of discontinued designs and styles, and Candy will give wheel-throwing demonstrations. Refreshments will be served. The pottery barn is at 4 Fulling Mill Hill, off Fulling Mill Road, which is off Middle Road. Everyone is invited.
Marsha Winsryg is showing works on paper at the library this month. These include Vineyard landscapes in pastels, African portraits and still-lifes in gouache, and Italian landscapes in egg tempera. An opening reception is this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 5 pm.
The Bell Tower, principal Diane Gandy's monthly school newsletter, is a welcome change from the daily papers with their relentlessly dire tidings. Everything at the school is perking along smoothly, as usual, and Ms. Gandy reports that she has identified some "really good spellers" among her 2/3 students.
Alicia Knight is the new chairman of the PTO with Rachel Hickey as co-chair. Another new chairman this year is Hillary Noyes Keene who will coordinate the Outing Program, starting with the Sally Foster fall fundraiser to help pay for the outings.
And long-time favorite storyteller Lillian Kellman will tell stories on Fridays this year, helping the K/1 staff develop the children's' imaginations as well as good listening skills.
As winter starts to close in, the Friends of the Library are opening the off-season café in the meeting room to give sustenance and comfort - that is, tea, coffee, cocoa and cookies - to all library patrons on days when the library is open, starting next Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The Friends are also sponsoring two programs next week. On Tuesday, from 6 to 8 pm the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present its wildlife refuge plan for Nomans Land.
The next day, October 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, marine paleobiologist Fred Hotchkiss will talk abut horseshoe crabs and the importance of preserving our world fossil heritage. Mr. Hotchkiss, a Vineyard Haven resident, is director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute. He has a degree in earth sciences from MIT and has done graduate study at Yale. Both events are free, and the public is welcome.
The new staffer at the library is Irene Tewksbury, who will be telling stories and doing arts and crafts with children from grades 1 to 5 on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm. She needs donations of clean jars, baby food, jams, etc. with the labels removed for one of her crafts projects.
The annual crop walk, designed to ease world poverty and hunger, will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, starting at 12 noon. The walk will start at St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven and will go to Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs and back. In its 17 years, the service has raised $250,000; 25 percent of which goes to Martha's Vineyard's food pantry. For more information or to register, please call Ann Dietrich at 508-645-9506.
Now that church services in Chilmark are at 9 am, the adult study group will meet after worship at 10:15. If you have questions, please call Vicky Hanjian, who leads the discussions, at 508-645-8225.