Town Column : Chilmark
"Wow," is all I can say when it comes to the community spirit Chilmark had to offer on Sunday at the Chilmark School Garden Potluck/Work Day. Despite the drizzle, the turn-out was phenomenal. If I was allotted more space in this column, I would thank each and every one of you individually. But, since I have too much to say this week, a generalized thank-you and a heartfelt high-five go out to all.
Benjamin and Imogen Taylor, along with their parents Stephen and Kerry, have returned from a trip to Houston, Texas, where they visited grandparents and friends from their old school. The kids miss the pool at their Houston home but not the traffic jams that are a continual problem on even the largest of freeways. Stephen celebrated a birthday on May third. Kerry says, "He's 82. Isn't it amazing what Centrum vitamins will do?" Stephen, Josh Scott, and Peter Knight all had the Cha-Cha-Cha version of "Happy Birthday" bellowed out to them at the school garden work day. Also celebrating this week are Sarah Flanders who turned 18, Aaron Brown, Lillian Kellman, and Tim Carroll who, at this point, may not want to share his age. Happy birthday to you all.
Harriette Poole Otteson has returned from a five-day trip to Manchester, N.H., where she attended the 10th New England Regional Genealogical Conference. The title of this year's conference was "Discovering Family Treasures." Among other things, Harriette attended meetings concerned with furthering genealogical research and a workshop on cemetery conservation.
Speaking of genealogy, the Oak Bluffs Historical Commission continues its historical programs for 2009. They are sponsoring "An Evening of Memories of Going to School in Oak Bluffs, 1880 - 1960." The display of photos, documents and more will be presented on Thursday, May 14, at 6 pm in the Oak Bluffs Public Library meeting room. For further information, please call the public library at 508-693-9433.
Conservation is what George Szilassy has been tackling at Bayard and Suzanne Kellam's house in Menemsha. They were down for a quick visit last week to check on the new plaster and fresh coat of paint that George has used to freshen up their home.
Arlan Wise has also returned to the sandy shores and rolling hills of Chilmark. She attended a retreat in Pacific Grove, Calif., hosted by the Organization of Professional Astrology. While there, Arlan led a writing workshop for astrologers and gave a talk on the unique aspects of having an astrological practice in a rural community. Arlan also mentions that the next Women's Symposium will take place on November 7. If you'd like to be added to their email list please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow, the Chilmark School students, grades K-3, are making their final trip of the year to Windemere for their Intergenerational Program. The Windemere residents look forward to these visits with the students each month. Robin's K-1 class participates in group activities while Jack's 2-3 class chats with their "buddies." Jack's class will receive certificates for their volunteerism. Mark Lovewell will be on hand at this final visit of the year to perform for the group. Additionally, the 2-3 class will have their photos on display in the main Windemere dining room.