Town Column : Chilmark
Get well wishes go out to Sam Carroll who is at Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital recovering from foot surgery. The surgery was to take place this past Monday, so we hope he'll be home soon to enjoy the rest of this crazy August that has been dropped in our laps. Does anyone else find it slightly overwhelming at times?
Big congratulations go out to Natasha London-Thompson the daughter of Linda and Mark of North Road. She is the new bride of chocolatier Rick Mast. The couple celebrated their wedding among family and friends in Williamsburg, N.Y. Island attendees included not only her parents, but Julie and Bill Coleman, Jackie Mendez-Diez and her daughter Alexandra, and Sharif and Mary Nada. Rick, formerly of Iowa City, Iowa, and son of Caroline Mast, cooked at the Outermost a few summers back but the couple now resides in Williamsburg. Check out mastbrotherschocolate.com - it made me want to take a road trip.
Maggie Nixon, daughter of Sarah and Bob, ventured to the biggest competition of her life along with trainer, Sarah Doyle. Eleven-year-old Maggie placed eighth in her division at the 2009 United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Awesome riding, Mags, we are all so proud of you.
Bob Rosenbaum will have his photography on display at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard beginning with an opening get together from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, August 21. His exhibit, which will be on display until the 28th, focuses on the shores of the Vineyard and the coral reefs of the world. Unfortunately due to a family illness he was not able to take an exotic scuba diving trip this winter, but still have lots of photographs from past trips.
A black and white photography exhibit by Riggs Parker featuring Donald LeMar Poole and the now scarce "round" wooden lobster pots will open at the Chilmark Library on August 15 and remain until September 10. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 pm on August 15. Riggs's photographs were taken in the early 1980s when Donald was 80 years old. I was lucky enough to sneak a peek at some of Riggs's work and it is quite wonderful.
Norman and Diana Freed have had their grandchildren visiting this week. Eight-year-old "Eagle Eye" Jonah Boardman, along with sisters Miriam and Shoshana, spotted, collected, studied and released some really fantastic sea creatures this past weekend while in Menemsha. Their collection included a stunning Portuguese Man o' War, the tiniest sea robins in existence (a quarter of the size of my pinky nail), and some really funky orange "flying" nudibranch. Nudibranchs, of which there seem to be thousands of types, are often referred to as sea slugs.
Kate, Will, and Emma Dolan are here with their parents, Tori (Shanok) and Will, visiting their grandparents on Middle Road. Bill and Susan Shanok are certainly thrilled to have three adorable grandchildren here.
Max Wisniewski is here visiting his grandfather, Chet, of Flanders Lane.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks will lecture at the Chilmark Community Center on August 13 at 8 pm. Her exclusives in unraveling the Madoff scandal, identifying accomplices, and the role of family and friends have garnered national attention. The lecture is free to Community Center members and $5 for non-members.
Guest preacher at the Chilmark Church on August 16 will be Reverend Arlene Bodge. Arlene is looking forward to seeing old friends so please think about stopping by for her 9 am service.
Karsten Larsen had a productive trip on Kathleen E, the fishing boat he is running this summer. He and his crew returned to the dock with bigeye and yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, and swordfish. It was a big weekend for "tuna wishing," as it is fondly referred to. The weather was great so the boats, rigged up, fueled up, and headed offshore.
Mariah Campbell reeled in a beauty of a tautog while fishing with Marshall, Bradley, and Brooks just off Menemsha. Mariah fought and overcame the fish, with it ultimately ending up on the dinner table.
Billie Hancock was in town last week staying atop Crick Hill. Billie had a chance to catch up and visit with old friends while she was in town from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Billie's daughter, Buffie, was here with her husband, Gil Carroll, and adorable four-year-old grandson, Christian.
Yard Arts! Opera returns with a presentation of "Dido & Aeneas," sung in the original English and featuring a string quartet with the remarkably talented couple, Steve and Susan McGhee. Performances are Friday, through Sunday, August 14-16. Call The Yard for more information.
With salt in my hair and sand between my toes I bid you farewell until next week.