Chilmark bids its graduates farewell

Fan Olgilvie, seated right, and Sarah Greene, standing, listen as Rose Styron (center) talks with Catherine Cusset during a break in Graham Fawcett's afternoon lecture at Sarah Glazer's Peaked Hill home. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

Yes, it is really June and weekends are swelling with visitors and activities in Chilmark. I just returned Sunday from getting my certification as a Gyrokinesis teacher and was very excited an hour later to join my neighbor on Peaked Hill, writer Sarah Glazer, for the culmination of the one-week Poets of New England Tour she arranged with renowned teacher, author, translator and BBC broadcaster Graham Fawcett. Graham gave two talks on Sunday filled with a plethora of history, anecdote and poetry. Vineyard poets and writers in attendance included Fan Ogilvie, Gail Tipton, William Waterway, Nancy Weaver, and Rose Styron. Be sure to check Graham’s website,, to be inspired. And thanks, Sarah, for sharing a remarkable feast by Jan Buhrman.

Gail Tipton was one of the lucky 27 ladies who attended the Women’s Qigong Workshop held at the CCC and told me Nan Doty plans to bring Deborah Davis back to share her self-healing techniques. I’ll keep you posted.

If you happen to be getting gas or stopping by the Menemsha Texaco station, be sure to welcome back Katy Smith, now returning for her seventh summer. She just finished her freshman year at Simmons College where she plans to major in biology.

Dance classes at The Yard have begun, offered on Mondays to Fridays by Yard staff and visiting artists. Go to for a complete schedule of classes, workshops, and performances, or call 508-645-9662 for information.

If you still need an extra-special graduation gift that reflects the beauty of our ocean go no further than Joan LeLacheur’s wampum jewelry Open Studio, Saturday, June 7, 10 am to 5 pm, 42 Old South Road, Aquinnah or contact her directly at 508-645-9954 or

Congratulations to all the graduating Chilmark Seniors at MVRHS: Samantha Bunker, Jessica Campbell, Mariah Campbell, Bradley Carroll, William Hurwitz, Thorpe Karabees, Sawyer Klebs, Alistair Morgan, and James Roddy. We wish you safe and amazing life journeys as you venture forth.

Please join my husband, documentary photographer Edward Grazda, at his A Gallery opening of Landscapes of the Four Corners on Saturday, June 7, 5–7 pm, 8 Uncas Ave. in Oak Bluffs.

Chilmark documentary filmmakers Marjory and Robert Potts will offer a Q&A after presenting their one-hour documentary, “You May Call Her Madam Secretary,” Sunday, June 8, 7:30 pm at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven ($5 suggested donation). The film is about Frances Perkins, FDR’s Labor Secretary and before that a leader of industrial reform in New York state. Did you know her work became the basis for much of the New Deal — especially the Social Security Act? Come and learn about this remarkable woman.

I began singing with Roberta Kirn five years ago to help heal my heart, and now she is in our backyard. Come and sing with Roberta on Tuesday, June 10, 5–6 pm, at The Yard. No experience necessary. Donation requested.

In case you have not yet heard local authors Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield discuss their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II,” Friends of the Chilmark Library are sponsoring their book talk on Wednesday, June 11, at 5 pm. Please call 508-645-3360 for more information.