Town Column : Chilmark
Solon Oliver celebrated his seventh birthday by following a map that led to buried treasure at Menemsha beach. I don't think he dug up his new bike, which you can see him riding early mornings before the traffic gets too thick around the bight. Birthday wishes also go out to Barrett Oliver, who celebrated his fifth birthday yesterday.
Happy eighth birthdays to Ridgeley and Harrison Green, who celebrate on the 18th. Other big birthdays being celebrated this week belong to Ted Meinelt, Bob Conway, and Peter Teel. Belated birthday wishes go out to Kari Cioffi, Jennifer Clarke, Tim Rich, and to my neighbor, Jennifer Frank.
Sam Feldman shares that he is one of the luckiest grandfathers around since he has his adorable granddaughter, Vera Kelly, visiting for the entire summer. I'll bet Vera has been, perhaps, spending a little time at The FARM Institute?
The David and Becky (Harrison) Parker family has been here for a visit from their home in Carlisle. It is always a pleasure to catch up with them and their four daughters when they are here.
Once again, Vineyard birder Susan Whiting will lead the Tuesday morning summer bird walks from 8 to 11 am. Meet Susan at the Chilmark Community Center dressed appropriately with binoculars in hand. The walks are free to Community Center members and $10 for non-members.
During the week of July 23, the Chilmark Police Department will join the National Buckle Up Campaign and will be teaming up with Menemsha Texaco to offer a special reward to child passengers. During the Click It or Ticket Blitz, officers will be buckling down on those not buckled up. If child passengers are found to be properly using car seats and safety belts, a Chilmark Police officer will reward them with a coupon redeemable at Menemsha Texaco for a Popsicle.
This July and August the Menemsha Inn is hosting Tuesday night sunset clambakes on the lawn of the Inn for guests and Island friends. Dinner is $50 for adults and $20 for kids and includes all the yummy fixings that go along with a traditional clambake. Call the inn for reservations or information at 508-645-2521.
On July 10, Kristi and Gary Maynard hosted a fundraiser for Mapendo International at their home in Spring Point. Mapendo is a refugee-aid organization whose mission is to rescue and protect forgotten refugees in Africa.
It's that time again, another Island Images show by John Wightman at the Chilmark branch of the Bank of Martha's Vineyard. His fantastic photography show will run through July 17. Other pieces include giclée prints on watercolor paper incorporating wampum, sea glass, beach grass, fishing flies, and clay beads by Wampanoag artist Gladys Widdiss.
It's one show to the next at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard. There will be a reception to mark the opening of an exhibition of oil paintings of Vineyard landscapes by Linda Thompson on Friday, July 17, from 5 to 7 pm. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City, Linda also studied art at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and at McGill University in Montreal. Linda was a summer resident of the Vineyard for 23 years before moving here seven years ago. Linda's exhibit continues until July 23.