Town Column : Chilmark
Spring has certainly moved into Chilmark this week. The trees are popping out their leaves. The grass needs its first haircut of the season. There are frogs starting to croak in the ponds. Shopkeepers are dusting off shelves and welcoming customers once again. And, I just received in the mail my homeowner application for Squibnocket and Lucy Vincent parking privileges. Yes, spring is certainly making itself known.
Today is the day we welcome Kevin and Elizabeth Oliver back behind the counter at Menemsha Market. One can only wonder what neat new items they will have on the shelves.
At present, The Galley is serving its first soft serve of the season. The big decision is whether or not to ask Frank, Merrily, and Barbara for colored sprinkles or chocolate.
Next week we will see the doors open at both the Home Port and the Bite. Just so you know, Josh and Angela at the Menemsha Café have decided to close on Mondays for the time being.
Not only are restaurants ready to serve their patrons but Kara Dougherty-Merry has really beautiful clothes hanging in the windows at Pandora's Box. Jane Slater has fantastic antiques on display at Over South and at the Harbor Craft Shop Roberta Morgan is ready to show off all of those handmade items she and Jim have been working on all winter. Jonathan Boyd's boat Mary Sea is back in its Menemsha slip. Jonathan, along with one-year-old daughter Emily, has been preparing the boat for another busy charter season.
At 5:30 pm on Wednesday, May 20, local author Cynthia Riggs will be at the library to discuss her latest book "Death and Honesty." This book is the eighth in her Martha's Vineyard Mystery series. After the talk, Cynthia will be on hand selling and autographing books. Please contact the library at 508-645-3360 for more information on either of these events.
At 2 pm this Saturday, May 17, there will be a celebration of friendship at the Hebrew Center in memory of longtime Chilmark resident and active community member Marcy Slater. All are welcome to attend to both listen and share stories and poems and celebrate Marcy's life with a High Tea. Please contact Bruce at 508-645-9236 or Jan Freeman at 413-374-1799 for more information.
Sadly, Diane Gandy, the current Head of School recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of this year. Diane will certainly be missed each day in the halls of the Chilmark School. After a lengthy review and first round of interviews held by the Chilmark Head of School search committee, the superintendent of schools has announced the three finalists for the position. Susan Kluver, a resident of Middle Road and interim dean at Bank Street School in New York; Susan Stevens, a guidance counselor in the Palm Beach County School System; and Deborah Hammett, an Oak Bluffs teacher. Each candidate will spend time in the school on the day of their interview to have an opportunity to meet and interact with the students, staff, and community members. The public is welcome to attend the interviews scheduled as follows: Susan Kluver, Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 pm; Susan Stevens, Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm; and Deborah Hammett, Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 pm.