Chilmark: falling into autumn

A photo by Hellie Neumann, whose work will be exhibited at Santander Bank in Chilmark.

We are thankful for the rain, the sun, and the apple tree, and so much more this first week of autumn. When I moved to the Island someone told me, “As long as the weather is good you should spend as much time as possible outside; don’t worry, winter is coming and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up.” Well, I don’t know if I ever feel caught up, but I do as he said and try to make the most of the weather. I have tried many new apple recipes to keep up with the harvest from our one tree: apple pancake, apple muffins, and sour cream apple soufflé cockaigne, and this week applesauce and sour cream apple pies are on my to-do list.

Join Hellie Neumann at her photography show opening on Friday, Oct. 3 from 4 pm to 6 pm. If you miss the reception, stop by until Oct. 17th at the Santander Bank in Chilmark. Hellie has taken photos of sunrise at Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket every morning for over a year. There are greeting cards, postcards, and matted and framed prints for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to M.V. Helping Homeless Animals, the shelter where Hellie adopted her pup, who is the inspiration for getting up predawn and getting down to the beach.

Nan Doty is offering Qi Gong sessions on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 am and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 am, followed by tea for those who can stay. Sessions take place in the community room in the back of the Chilmark Church on Menemsha Crossroad. If you need directions, please email Nan. Session cost is $10. If you are interested in a Thursday session at the Chilmark Church from 8 to 9 am, with tea afterward, please let Nan know. Also please note that Nan is introducing a new Qi Gong Tai Chi class on Thursdays at 10 am at the Anchors in Edgartown. If you need directions, please email Nan at

There are two ways to help Save the Gay Head Lighthouse this weekend. Participate in Cycle Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 am, P.A. Club, Oak Bluffs. The ride also benefits other Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard charities. See for more information. Or run in the 2nd Gay Head 10K on Sunday, Oct. 5, 10 am, Aquinnah Circle. For more information, call 508-645-9364 or go to

If you are looking for something to do with your little ones, the Chilmark library offers stories and songs at 10:30 am on Tuesdays and Saturdays weekly. And don’t forget Pizza Night, every Tuesday at 6 pm, through Nov. 25 at the Chilmark Community Church. Yes, it’s free.

Don’t miss the Living Local Harvest Festival at the M.V. Ag Hall from 10 am to 10 pm this Saturday, Oct. 4. There are free movies, a pig roast, and so many presentations and displays. Check for all the happenings.

ACE MV fall classes start the week of Oct. 6th, so register now online at Avoid a late fee for registering on the first day of class.

Remember Chilmark Chocolates will be closed Oct. 6 – 30. And lastly, the Chilmark General Store is no longer open on Tuesdays.