Town Column : Chilmark
The family of Jackie Jensen extends their invitation to all to a graveside memorial service today at 11 am at Abel's Hill Cemetery. All are welcome to come celebrate Jackie's life will a gathering to be held following the service at the Jensen Family home in Menemsha.
Tonight at 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center there will be a talk by Marc Rosenbaum titled "Deep Energy Retrofits and Zero Net Energy Homes: A View from the Bleeding Edge." Join him for a view from the trenches at what the state-of-the-art low energy houses is, and how existing homes can get extreme energy makeovers. This event is free to center members and $5 for the general public.
One can mark the arrival of August with the arrival of Emmet, Morgan, and Louise Shipway. They are here filling their days with plenty of play dates with grandson Tyler Shipway, coffees at the Texaco, sailing on the pond and trips to the beach.
Scot Medbury, president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will be staying with Lucille and Charles Plotz at their Flanders Lane home this weekend. Scot, a major figure in American horticulture, is a native of Hawaii and an expert in plants of the Pacific Northwest. He is interested in the contrast with our Island at the opposite end of the country. He will be accompanied by Brian Lym, the modern librarian for City University of New York.
Garth Edwards managed to give his friends and family a bit of a scare last week. He is now at Mass General where, a few days ago he was scheduled to receive a pacemaker. June Manning reports that Garth is anxious to get back to his Abel's Hill home as hospital life doesn't seem to suit him. Well wishes on a speedy recovery.
Well wishes go out to Jonathan Mayhew who is home recovering from having an aneurism repaired. Jonathan has been spotted strolling the dock with his lovely bride, Ann. We are glad he is back as his presence has been sorely missed.
Congratulations to Gwen Mayhew, daughter of Lois and Greg. Gwen was officially commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and is now a Navy Nurse Corps Officer. She will begin Officer Development School in Newport, R.I. on August 15, and then will be working as a nurse at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Don't forget: August 10 at 7:30 pm is the annual selectmen's meeting held at the Chilmark Community Center. It is the perfect opportunity for seasonal residents to express concerns to the selectmen.
There will be a graveside service for Betty Lazarus on Saturday, August 15 at 4 pm, at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark. Following the service all are welcome at the Lazarus home on Middle Road.
The lives of famed sea captain Zebulon and his brother, George, two of Chilmark's most illustrious sons, will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 12, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, beginning at 8 pm. "Zeb: Schooner Life" is a film documentary about the Tiltons and Zeb's iconic schooner the Alice S. Wentworth. Tilton sailed out of Vineyard Haven from the 1800s until 1945. His older brother, George, was captain of seven different whale ships, gaining great fame for a remarkable 2,000-mile trek across Alaska to rescue whale men stranded in the ice off Point Barrow.
Susan Thomas will be the guest preacher on August 9 at the Chilmark Church. She holds a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. And, don't forget each Tuesday between 4:30 and 7:00 pm you can drive right up to the church and grab a lobster roll, chips, and a drink for only $13.
Happy birthday to Maggie Nixon who is now 11 and has been granted parental permission for the piercing of her ears. Big birthday wishes also go out to Bryce Cioffi who will be three on the 10th. Happy birthday goes out to Don Smith, too.
Jules Worthington's paintings will be on display at the Chilmark Sovereign Bank from August 7 to 14 with an opening reception on the 7th from 4 to 6 pm. Paintings and sculptures by David Geiger continue to be on display at Gossamer Gallery.
Next Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the library, Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund president Warren Doty will talk about the growing Slow Fish movement. The pleasures of eating well are at the core of Slow Fish and its stated mission to educate, promote, and protect. As part of the program, Doty will make a Menemsha Fish Salad from locally harvested fluke and offer a taste to the audience. Please call the library with questions: 508-645-3360.
Islander headed out of Menemsha the other day with Captain Steve Broderick at the wheel. He and his crew headed offshore looking for tuna. None were to be found that day, but fun was had by all and the captain and crew look forward to another trip. Perhaps this time, there may be a stowaway or two on board.