Town Column : Chilmark
Tomorrow marks the start of February vacation for the children of Chilmark. The streets will be virtually silent as, I think, just about everyone will be away. The states of California, Hawaii, Florida, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire will be visited. Saint Barts, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas - to name just a few destinations- will become home away from home, if only for a week. I look forward to hearing stories and reveling in the new-found rejuvenation that our travelers will bring home and share with all of us. I won't be jealous. I will experience their adventures with them, even if only through pictures.
Speaking of vacations, the Chilmark School PTO, along with the help of some truly remarkable community members (Merrily and Frank Fenner and Frank and Judy LoRusso to mention a few) managed to bring the Caribbean to the Community Center last Saturday night. The event revolved around a musical centerpiece known as the band Smokin' Flamingos who truly rocked the house. Friend, neighbor, and comedian Lenny Clarke had the audience in stitches during his auctioneer performance. A fun night was had by all and funds were raised to support both the PTO and the Outing Program.
Did you know that the music of Lenny's lovely bride Jennifer can be heard on WMVY Radio.com? Not only can her voice occasionally be heard on 92.7, but she's at your fingertips online at WMVY's local musicafe. Jen has been writing and performing with some of the best. Her musical endeavors have landed her in Nashville.
The Nashville Courthouse found a former Chilmark resident climbing its steps not to long ago. On February 8 Judd Fuller and long-time love Dana Radford tied the knot. Congratulations to the happy couple.
Birthdays are in abundance this week. Days filled with cake, ice cream, party favors and laughter will be found in the homes of Adelaide Keene, Adam Knight, Jane Slater, Warren Doty, Allen Healy, Julie Flanders, and Erin Hickey. Special birthday wished to Erin who will be celebrating lucky 13!
The world of paper publications has a new member. "Aquaculture North America-Fish Farming in the United States & Canada" has released its first edition with members of our community making the front page. In an article written by our own Erich Leuning, Tim Broderick and Alec Gale's mussel farm is a focus. The men hope to market their first harvest this summer. Tim has been awarded a lot in Menemsha to help facilitate his dream.
Bee Movie will hit the screen tomorrow night at the Chilmark Library's Friday Night Movie series. Swing by tomorrow night at 7 pm to see this animated comedy about a bee that speaks to humans. Voiceovers by a cast that includes Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger can be heard at the free event sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. As always, plenty of popcorn and juice will be available to all in attendance.
On Sunday, Liz Gude will be at the Chilmark Church to share her story about the work she has done in Haiti. The worship begins at 9 am and is open to all.
Still making a difference in Haiti is one of our town daughters, Gwen Mayhew. As I mentioned a while back, her blog is available through the Cedar Crest College website. I read her latest post and will share a quote: "Seeing our patients starting to get better is wonderful. Especially knowing they are being discharged to rehabilitation facilities or the Air Force field hospital rather than plunked back down on the shores of Haiti. Looking around at a ward filled with mostly smiling faces and positive attitudes fills me with pride for my coworkers, the Navy, our military as a whole, and the United States." We continue to be proud of you, Gwen.
Looking for a warm spot to take your lunch break and have a bite to eat? Keep in mind that next Wednesday, Feb. 24, the classic film "His Girl Friday" will be shown at the library at noon. Stop in and enjoy a hot cup of chowder while you watch this 1940 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as a plotting newspaper editor and his ex-wife the ace reporter.
We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Silva. Bobby was a kind and memorable fixture in town, and he will be deeply missed.
Sue Larsen continues to pound the pavement as she prepares for the two-day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston this May. Sue looks forward to being part of the cure. So, if you see her out there offer her your support and encouragement. Her efforts will better the future. We are proud of you, Sue.