Chilmark: How Annie Rudner got to Chilmark

Annie Rudner and her mother Barbara Miller. Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

The other week I spotted a “Chilmark” license plate in the Post Office parking lot, and met owner Annie Rudner from Toronto, Ont., and her mother Barbara Miller from Florida. Annie first came to the Vineyard in 1978 with her boyfriend for a day trip from Boston, where she’d moved after college. They biked from the ferry to the Gay Head Cliffs and back. She came every weekend with her bike, spending the night at inexpensive B & Bs in Edgartown and biking up to the beaches in Aquinnah. She married in 1988, and her dream was to buy a home on the Island; however, she had to wait until 1999 to do so, and rented in Chilmark for all the years in between. She was lucky her mom could accompany her on the drive from Canada, and was willing to help her get her garden started before she returns for the summer in June.

The Chilmark Store officially opened Friday, May 8. My husband went back to his morning coffee routine on the porch. When my son and I showed up, nearing 2:30 pm, we found June Manning enjoying a cheese slice and catching up on this week’s Gazette. When Sgt. Paul Manning emerged with his lunch, she introduced Sawyer and me to her son. There were another five or so people enjoying the porch when we went inside. The after school rush was for pizza slices, and they admitted having seen a steady stream throughout the day. From now through May 25, Chilmark Store is open Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays from 7 am to 5 pm. Starting May 25, they’ll be open seven days a week. And don’t forget to fill up at Menemsha Mobil, the cheapest gas on the Island.

The Bite and the Galley in Menemsha open for the season on Friday, May 15, albeit weekdays until 3 pm, Saturdays until 8 pm, and Sundays until 4 pm. After June 20, summer hours and seven days a week prevail. Beetlebung Coffee House opens on May 18 for the season, 7:30 am to 7 pm daily. Chilmark Tavern will be open Tuesday, May 19, to Monday, May 25, and then be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the last week of June, when they expand dinner from Thursdays through Mondays to seven nights a week. Also, the Aquinnah Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm.

It’s Spring Electronics Disposal Day, Saturday, May 16, from 9 am to 2 pm at 111 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs (across from the high school). Recycle your air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, ranges, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, etc. Fees run between $2 and $30; 10 percent discount for carloads. All proceeds benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Local author Ed Merck will speak about his memoir, Sailing the Mystery: My Journey into Life’s Remaining Chapters, at the Chilmark library on Wednesday, May 20, at 5 pm. “Following the call of his spirit, he sells his house, buys a boat, and sets sail along the East Coast of America to find himself a new life. Along the way he experiences fiery romantic trials, a deepening bond with his only son, emerging spiritual insights, and the blaze of self-transformation.” Admission is free. For more information, please call 508-645-3360.

Ladies, if you have not already done so, mark your calendars for the Woman’s Symposium XXXV, Saturday, May 23, from 9 am to noon at the Chilmark Community Center. Donations are welcome to cover expenses, as are shared refreshments. This symposium’s subject is ”Just When You Thought …”