Town Column : Chilmark
Weighing in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, Hollis William Oliver joins big brothers Solon and Barrett and big sister Delilah. Proud parents Elizabeth and Kevin are the friendly faces we have come to love at Menemsha Market. According to grandmother, Marie Mercer, mother and son are doing well and were due back at their Lady Slipper Lane home on Monday.
Sadly, I share the news that Ellie Littleton passed away on August 28 after a long illness. A service will be held on October 10, at 10 am, at the Chilmark Community Church with the Reverend Arlene Bodge officiating. If you would like to drop a note to Fred, please send it to Mayflower Place, 579 Buck Island Road, West Yarmouth, MA 02673-3257.
West Tisbury photojournalist Alan Brigish will discuss his new book: "Breathing in the Buddha" based on his recent travels in Indochina with photographs in slide show and music video clip formats on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 pm, at the Chilmark Public Library. His book explores how it is possible for people to find contentment and joy in politically and economically deprived societies.
Newly ordained, Nell Fields will return to Chilmark Community Church on Sunday, Sept. 6. After a successful career in business she changed direction and studied for her Masters of Divinity, which she earned from Andover Newton Theological School in 2008. She also earned a certificate in Health Ministries. According to Pam Goff, she is a lively preacher.
The grandchildren of Norman and Diana Freed were busy in Menemsha once again. Shoshana Freed Boardman found another nudibranch. With Fred Hotchkiss's help, they identified it as a scyllaea pelagica. Jonah found a juvenile smooth trunkfish, which looked a bit like a garbanzo bean with tiny fins and tail. Miriam found jellyfish the size of a fingernail, including tiny tentacles. I think we have some up and coming marine biologists in the Freed family.
It wasn't that long ago that Bradley Carroll was a little girl riding ponies, dancing to the songs of Elmopalooza and making up stories about fairies. Saturday, Sept. 5, is the day that she turns 13. Happy birthday, daughter of mine, you've outgrown my lap but never my heart.
Also celebrating a birthday is Garth Nance Edwards, son of Garth W. and Ollie of Abel's Hill. He will blow out his candles on September 3. Aquinnah Police Sergeant Paul Manning will celebrate on September 7. Thanks to his mother, June, the word is out. Happy birthday, Paul.
Chris and Hope MacLeod celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow, September 4. Chris usually has some witty remark when it comes to the comings and goings of his family and friends, but this time all I got from him was the joy in his voice when he told me. Happy anniversary to a wonderful couple and a great mom and dad.
As I mentioned last week, Mildred Mayhew of Menemsha celebrated her 95th birthday. With five dogs in the mix, Mildred celebrated with her family that resides on-Island but also her daughter, Carol, and her husband, Jim Mays, travelled from Londonderry, N.H. to celebrate. Additionally, her niece, Debbie, and her husband, Gus Sand, joined Mildred from Montana to partake in the two days of birthday festivities. Debbie's visit for Mildred's birthday has been a long-standing tradition.
The Chilmark Church has extended its Lobster Roll Tuesdays to include September 9. Between the hours of 4:30 and 7 pm you can stop by the church on Menemsha Crossroad and enjoy a lobster roll, chips and a drink - all for $13. For an additional $1 grab a cookie for dessert.
Patricia and Karl Burgess are back for a visit from their Sarasota, Fla., home. How nice it was to see their familiar faces in Menemsha.
Get-well wishes go out to Katy Smith, daughter of Kathy and Bill. Katy has been laid up with a case of pneumonia.
The Home Port will serve its last meal Labor Day evening and its last donuts on Sunday, Sept. 6. Chef Johnny Graham's strawberry rhubarb dipping sauce is so good it can stand on its own. Johnny had the pleasure of a few days off and filled them with fishing aboard the Kathleen E with Captain Karsten Larsen and eight friends including long-time buddies Peter Keene and Joe El-Deiry.
Speaking of fishing, it is almost time for school to be back in session, so that means it is nearly Derby time. Pull out those poles, dust off those shiny lures, register yourself (Menemsha Texaco will have registrations available after Labor Day), pack a lunch and dedicate some time to feeding your derby addiction. I look forward to hearing your stories about the big one, the big one that got away, and all-around adventures that will be had for the next month as Derby fever settles in.