Town Column : Chilmark
Your opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to benefit the Chilmark School Outing Program is quickly coming to an end. Now is the time to purchase $5 raffle tickets through any Chilmark School parent or at Menemsha Texaco. Some really neat items are up for grabs, including a fishing charter with Jennifer Clarke, autographed "Marley & Me" goodies from screenwriter Scott Frank, a trip to Cuttyhunk with John Keene and much more. Tickets will be available for purchase through Monday, August 3.
Not only is Sean Slavin the newest member of the Chilmark Police Department, but he can now say he has hit a homerun at Fenway Park. Sean was one of the more than 3,000 people who attended Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day, helping raise nearly $400,000 for the Jimmy Fund's lifesaving mission. Sean managed to hit one off the Pesky Pole named after Red Sox's Johnny Pesky who played during the 40s and 50s.
Jeanette Demeestère, an artist who lives in Paris and summers in Chilmark with her family off Middle Road, has her artwork on display at the Chilmark Library through August 14. A professor of American literature at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, she is known for her portraits and collages.
On Saturday evening, August 1, the eve of the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival, there will be a panel discussion and champagne reception with the participating authors. This opening event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm under the tents at the Chilmark Community Center. The $30 tickets are available at ticketsmv.com, Edgartown Books, Chilmark Community Center, or at the door.
On August 2, the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival begins. Authors, both of local fame and national acclaim, will read from recent work, discuss the creative process and sign books. The event will be held from 11 am to 5 pm and feature such authors as David Ignatius, James Reston, Jr., Geraldine Brooks, Linda Fairstein, Alan Dershowitz, and my former high school classmate, Lisa Genova.
Friends of Bob Caldwell, who died this past April, are warmly invited to a memorial service at Abel's Hill cemetery at 3 pm on Saturday, April 8, followed by a reception at Bob's home on Prospect Hill. In addition to celebrating Bob's many contributions to Island life, it will be a chance to chat with his four children, eight grandchildren, and many other members of his family. For more information, you can call Bob's son, Duncan, at 508-645-2009, or his daughter, Susanna, at 305-606-1153.
Chilmark summer resident Karen DiMaura joins seven national artists in a show filled with playful and colorful artwork at the Shaw Cramer Gallery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Karen's photographs will be on display at the "Color & Whimsy" show from July 31 through August 13.
Vineyard Village at Home (VVAH) is putting out an urgent call for volunteer drivers. A relatively new nonprofit on the Island, VVAH is a member-based referral service for Island residents who are at least 55 years old. Several Chilmark residents are members, and they desperately need rides to medical appointments and more enjoyable things like poetry readings, movies, etc. Jane Hawkes, program Coordinator of VVAH, would love to hear from any up-Island folk who are interested in volunteering. "It's fun," says Jane, "and often volunteers and members become friends." For information on membership, donations, and volunteering, please call or email Jane at 508-693-3038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.