Softball season opens in Chilmark

Tony Peak of Vineyard Haven played "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" on his bagpipes, to open the Chilmark softball season at Flanders Field on Pasture Road. Softball games are open to all, and are played at the field at Pastor Road, off Taborhouse, every Sunday between June 22 and Labor Day, starting at about 8 am. — Photo by Ed Grazda

Flanders Field Softball Season opened, serenaded by Tony Peak, in his kilt, playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Bill Edison sang his own verse and tells me it was “the most players ever at opening day,” and is thrilled to see new faces joining in. Three homes runs were hit over Pasture Road. And we hope Lexie Roth’s ankle is feeling much better.

Last month at Roberta Kirn’s SING, there was one new face, Megan Kershaw. Originally from Centerville, Megan moved to Chilmark in April and works full-time at Beetlebung Farm. Although she had visited Martha’s Vineyard throughout her life she is thrilled to now live here year-round. Megan has worked on New England farms for the last eight years and also has cooked and crewed on sailboats. Stop by and say hi.

I ran into Erin Haggerty who shared that she and Hal Ryerson married on Saturday, June 7, at his family’s house on Chockers Lane with 215 close friends and family! Erin says, “It was a perfect day. We’re going to spend some time here then go to Spain and Portugal for a July honeymoon then back to NYC in August.” She and Hal met working at the Outermost Inn. Erin is now finishing the graduate journalism program at NYU and Hal will be cooking again in NY in the fall!

Don’t miss BiodiversityWorks biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin sharing Life on the Beach – photos, history, information, and identification tips on birds, crabs, insects, and mammals needing beach habitats to survive, and how you can help. Presented free by Friends of the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, June 25, at 5 pm, Ages 10 and up. “Fizz Boom Read!” is starting Saturday, June 28, so kids come in and sign up for a summer of great reading!

Community Yoga classes, 7 days a week, begins June 28 at The Yard. Daryl Owens will be teaching Gyrokinesis on Fridays at 7 am. Go to for the schedule. Irene and Bob Hungerford walk their Clydesdales twice a day along Pasture Road. When I pass them coming or going it always makes my day. They recently returned from taking a 4-day draft horse workshop at Fair Winds Farm in Brattleboro, Vt. Look for one or both of their horses being ridden by Tracey Olsen competing in the MV Horse Council Dressage Show on Sunday, June 29, at the Ag Hall.

Join Kara Taylor for her Altar Show at her first Gallery opening of the season, Sunday, June 29, 5–8pm , 24 South Road, 508-332-8171. In case you miss the opening her summer hours are now Tuesdays–Sundays, 12–5 pm.

Marti Fabregat Pous, 11th grade exchange student through AFS, a nonprofit organization, has spent ten months living with Deb Dunn, Jim Feiner, and their son, Elijah. He does not want to go home, but Barcelona and his family beckon. Marti promises he’ll be back and this time bring his own family. Deb Dunn wrote: “Having an exchange student living with us has been fabulous for my 10-year-old son and given him the chance to feel what it’s like to have an older brother. Living in such an isolated, and somewhat homogenous community, Marti has given my son a sense of what life is like in Spain and hopefully instilled in him a lifelong curiosity about other cultures and people. We got really lucky with Marti, a special young man who fit in with our family perfectly.”

Valerie Sonnenthal, our new Chilmark town columnist, is a writer, artist and the publisher of Errata Editions. When she’s not teaching Foot Fitness or Gyrokinesis classes, she enjoys walking her dogs, swimming, and playing the drums. Got Chilmark news? Contact Valerie here or call her at 508-645-9692.