Chilmark: lots of holiday visitors to Menemsha

Mary Ann and Jonathan Eastman visited from Park City, Utah. — Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Eastm

OK, it really is 2015, a number that once seemed so far in the future I did not imagine being alive, but here we are and we have all survived the holidays, winter settling its cold upon us, sharing with family, friends, and neighbors, and keeping a pot of hot soup on the stove. I even changed my party plans, instead inviting everyone to attend Saturday night’s Chilmark Potluck Jam with an amazing lineup of local talent and not a free seat in the house. I know some of you really wanted to go out dancing, and you will have your chance to get your dancing shoes on and support the infrastructure of The Yard’s “Making It: Kids Make Dance” program, providing children with movement and kinesthetic learning in schools. Come on out to the Chilmark Community Center on Friday, Jan. 16, from 7:30 pm to 10 pm; a $10 or higher donation is requested.

The holidays brought a lot of visitors to Menemsha, including Mary Ann and Jonathan Eastman from Park City, Utah. When I met them they were enjoying a platter of steamers at the Menemsha Fish Market. In fact, it was the second time in a week they had made the trek from Vineyard Haven, where they were house- and dogsitting for Jonathan’s sister, Judy Federowicz, owner of Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate. Jonathan spent his first week in bed with the flu and was making up for lost time, so they brought a 2-pound lobster dinner back to Vineyard Haven to enjoy, and are hoping they may be able to housesit for the holidays again next year.

Seeking chowder? Stop by the Chilmark Community Church for Tuesday Soup Nights at 5:30 pm or drop into the Chilmark public library for Chowder and a Movie on Wednesdays in January and February at noon. You can catch more free movies and enjoy popcorn and refreshments at Friday-night films from now until mid-March at the Chilmark library. And if it’s an afternoon tea you desire, join in bidding farewell to Norman and Diana Freed at 4:30 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 14. Norman has served as chairman of the Chilmark Library Board of Trustees since 1997. We wish them well as they move to the mainland to be closer to their family. For further information on films and library programs, go to

K–5th graders are invited to join Story and Arts & Crafts Time every Wednesday in January from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Chilmark library. Call Irene for questions at 508-645-3360.

Nancy Aronie has added a two-day Winter Chilmark Writing Workshop, beginning Friday night, Jan. 23 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 am to 4 pm, which includes a hot soup lunch prepared by Nancy. Call 508-645-9085 or go to her website for details.

If you find yourself in West Tisbury and are hungry, the good news is, 7a is now open for the winter, except from Sunday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, March 8, 2015. Their regular hours are Monday through Saturday, from 7 am to 3 pm.

Heartfelt condolences go out to Sarah Guinan Nixon, who sadly lost her father, J. Edward Guinan on Dec. 27. He was a remarkable man, a priest, founder of the Community for Creative Non-Violence, peace activist, and so much more. Learn about his life in the Washington Post obituary: