Late nights in front of the computer, countless hours pounding the pavement seeking out auction donations, baking and frosting tasty desserts, and a day’s worth of decorating really paid off once all was said and done at the Chilmark School’s Caribbean Night Fundraiser this past Saturday night at the Community Center.

Heartfelt thanks from the PTO and Outing Program are extended to everyone that escaped to the Caribbean on a chilly February night in support of our school and the children in our community. As the chair of the PTO, I would like to give an extra special thanks to Frank and Merrily Fenner for going above and beyond the call of duty, Judy and Frank LoRusso for their generous donation of wine and a lot of spirit, John Keene Excavation for the generous donation of assorted hops and water for hydration, Cronig’s Market for making sure I had my Coca Cola fix throughout the evening, the students and their teachers for producing the most fantastically colored artwork to adorn the Center walls ever, and the school families and community members for donating their time, energy and some of the most remarkable auction items this side of Sotheby’s.

Although I cannot list each and every name of those that made Out night spectacular, I must mention three big ones. Phil Morris and brothers Bill and Dennis Duffy, also known as the Smok’n Flamingos, who donated their time and talent to help raise funds so that we may continue to offer programs that go above and beyond the typical scope of the classroom: theater programs, community lunches, parent education workshops, school aboard the Shenandoah and Alabama, the school garden, kayak and ski trips, and more. What a fantastic community event that brought out school supporters like Graeme and Judy Flanders, Susan and Jeff Parker, Rebekah and Josh Thomson, Linda and Robert Coutinho, Jeffrey and Mary Maida, Margaret Maida, Deborah Hancock, Frank and Merrily Fenner, Judy and Frank LoRusso, Barbara Fenner, Kathie and Emmett Carroll, Ted and Judy Mayhew, Dan Leventritt, Wendy Weldon, and the list continues.

Was a fun night out on the town not your thing? Still looking for a great way to give back to the community? You should consider joining the Chilmark Volunteer Fire Department. This team of dedicated townspeople that are ready to assist their neighbors is always looking for folks willing to lend a hand and become active participants in one of the oldest professions in the book. Pick up the phone and call the Cross Road station at 508-645-2550 for further information.

The library’s Free Friday Movie is: “I Know Where I’m Going.” At 7 pm free popcorn and drinks will be served along with the showing of this classic 1945 romantic comedy starring Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey set in the bleak and moody Scottish Hebrides.

Next Wednesdays portion of the library’s computer workshop entitled Getting Connected will focus on the marketing possibilities of Facebook for all of you entrepreneurs out there. It begins at 5:30 pm.

Summer resident Jennifer Joanou Frank has a new website where we are lucky enough to check out some of her work. You can think of her pieces as scrapbooks but I am more inclined to think of them as art. If you give her some pieces and a little time, she is capable of creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake for you or that special someone.

Her mixed media art is truly exceptional and would be a treasure to pass down through the generations. Check out her work at

Tonight is the opening night for the high school’s rendition of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Two Chilmark teens, Thorpe Karabees and Bradley Carroll, will take the stage at the high school’s Performing Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and for a Saturday matinee. The evening shows begin at 7 and the matinee is at 2. After months of rehearsals under the guidance of Kate Poole Murray it’s time to get on with the show!