Chilmark: Shopping for Valentine’s Day

Chilly Chilmark winter. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

I don’t leave the house without my cleats on; snow is nice and ice is treacherous. Sunday morning’s dusting, rewhiting, brought back that calm of winter white, that serene all-is-well feeling. With enough wood stacked inside, I should get through the week before my husband returns. This frozen wonderland has many people asking if we will see the ground again before April. I can’t answer that, but I will tell you to be sure to check whether an activity you planned to attend is on before you head out.

Chilmark poet, dancer, and realtor Susan Puciel was not able to fly to Nantucket to participate in their marathon Moby Dick reading, but she is mailing the Cleaveland House Poets’ latest poetry collection and the Gay Head Lighthouse poetry book, Legacy of Light, to the Nantucket Atheneum for their collection, and hopes to make contact with Nantucket poets and writers when the weather warms up.

If you find yourself in New York City on Thursday, Feb. 12, be sure to attend an artists’ roundtable from 5 pm to 6 pm, moderated by Donald Kuspit, on “Reverie and Memory,” with Chilmark summer resident Carol Brown Goldberg, Don Kimes, and Carole Robb. A reception for the artists will follow from 6 pm to 8 pm at Denise Bibro Fine Art at 529 West 20th Street, suite 4W. You can see Carol Brown Goldberg’s acrylic and reflective ship paintings through March 14, 2015, at the gallery.

The Vineyard Conservation Society outdoor walk scheduled for Allen Farm on Feb. 8 was postponed due to ice, so if you plan or hope to participate in that walk or the March 8th walk at Mermaid Farm, be sure to check or call 508-693-9588.

Shopping for Valentine’s Day: Stop by Chilmark Chocolates and pick up a heart-shaped box full of your favorites, open Wednesday – Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm; stop by Santander Bank to shop for Lisa Vanderhoop’s valentine’s cards and Vineyard Seadog 2015 calendar, or pick up a piece of Jessica Kramer’s raw crystal jewelry; stop by Pathways to shop for Island artist-made gifts, books, DVDs, and CDs; or stop by Menemsha Fish Market and get takeout for dinner. You can always get someone a gift certificate for one of Nancy Aronie’s Chilmark Writing Workshops by calling 508-645-9085.

Pathways Projects is holding their third annual Valentine’s Love Songs on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Chilmark Tavern. Musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, and the community are invited to perform, or to join the collaborative jam in the second half of the evening. Percussive instruments available, or bring your own! On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the weekly Poetry and Writing Series continues at Pathways from 6:30pm to 9 pm; Island writers of all genres can come and share their work.

This week the Chilmark public library offers Lasse Hallstrom’s Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and Alfred Molina on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 pm. If you are looking for laughs, bring your lunch or enjoy a cup of chowder on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at noon to see Jack Benny and Alexis Smith in the 1945 comedic fantasy The Horn Blows at Midnight. Also if you have any old baby socks, Irene Tewksbury is collecting them for a craft project at the library.

There will be a Valentine’s Tea held Monday, Feb. 16, at 2 pm at the United Methodist Church, 40 Trinity Park in Oak Bluffs. Come and enjoy scones, shortbread, tarts, chocolate, sandwiches, and quiche, accompanied by live music. “Island chic” attire requested. Tickets are $8, and are available at Phillips Hardware on Circuit Avenue.

Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree.

Please join Sense of Wonder Creations’ young people this Saturday, Feb 14, Valentine’s day from 10 am to 2 pm and after to place your homemade heart on the Linden tree on Main Street in Vineyard Haven (next to Capawock) tree, with your heartfelt hopes, dreams, or prayers for your family, friends, the world or anyone that you know who is in need.

Then, it is up to you and universal love to make your valentine promise come true.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. make it waterproof if possible, or we can help with that.

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