Are you musically inclined or simply a music lover looking for a delightful way to pass some time on a Sunday afternoon? The hall behind the Chilmark Church may be just the spot for you. At 4 pm you can find folks with their trumpets, their recorders, their violins and more playing some music and enjoying the company of friends and neighbors. This is a nice community event: you need not be a member of the church to stop in. Please contact Irene Hungerford with any questions 508-645-3257.

A group of junior high aged students, known as the Torch Club, at the Boys & Girls Club are doing a pet food drive. If you’d like to participate, you can drop pet food off at the Boys & Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Club Second Hand Store, the Dukes County Animal Shelter, or the Edgartown School. The drive will run until March 15. If your pet or that of a friends is in need, contact Abby at 508-627-3303 or stop by the Boys & Girls Club.

Daryl Owens is back with baby Kazmira from her week long stint in the Big Apple. She completed her Level 1 Foundation Teacher Training Course in Gyrotonic exercise. Next step certification. I will admit, I had to look this method up and a simple definition would say it incorporates key aspects of dance, yoga, gymnastics, martial arts, and swimming with the use of a pulley tower into a unique physical training program. Gyrokinesis is based on the same principles but is done without equipment. If I am wrong about the definitions I stand corrected. But, either way, kudos to you, Daryl, for accomplishing the first big hurdle with baby in tow.

Zee and Bill Gamson are back from their trip to sunny Arizona. Their first week provided temperatures in the 40s, but as soon as Josh and his girls arrived temperatures rose into the 70s. Amazing what warmth two little girls can bring. While there, they visited the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, ate plenty of southwestern and Mexican food, rode a carousel and train with their granddaughters and caught up with long-lost relatives and friends. A well-rounded trip which landed them back in the arctic blast Massachusetts had in store when they returned.

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays. Folks celebrating include, but are not limited to, Janis Syslo, Bill Shanok, Mary Ambulos, Johnny Graham, Stacia Broderick, Cody Gray, Andrew Fischer, Hellie Neumann, Lindsey Scott, Emily Bramhall, and Tip Kenyon. Emmett Carroll, John Larsen, Kathy Bega, and Colin Hickey all celebrate along with the Groundhog. Too see a shadow or not? That is the question that will be answered on February 2.

I am going to share again that the Chilmark School’s big PTO/Outing Program fundraising event is fast approaching. “Rockin’ away those winter blues with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish” will be sure to knock your socks off. For only $15/ticket the February 9 event is bound to be one of the greatest events the CCC will see this year. Get your ticket now from any school parents, at the school, at Menemsha Texaco and online at If you cannot make it but want to see the PTO/OP continue to uphold their strong traditions, consider a tax-deductible donation. It can be sent to the Chilmark School PTO, PO Box 60, Chilmark, MA 02535/ A receipt will be returned to you. Do you have a hobby, talent, piece of art, gift certificate, jewelry, or anything else you would like to donate as a tax deduction? Contact me or Hillary Noyes-Keene. We’d love to free you up from those goodies bogging you down.