Chilmark: And….play ball!

On opening day of Pasture Field softball, Greg Sattler, second from left, arrived with his wife Katie and their two sons, Morgan, age 4, and Graham, almost 2 (in his father's arms) to watch his dad, Ted Sattler, far left, play softball. Ted has enjoyed playing every Sunday since 1998, unlike his good friend Mark Friedman, far right, who has been a regular since 1952. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

Let it rain, and rain some more. You may think Sunday’s washout of the Pasture Road softball season opener, postponed from the previous rainy Sunday, is the end of the story, but those plucky folks could not stand to wait a week longer, and gathered on Monday, June 29, for a 4 pm game, under clear blue skies and a perfect 69° with not too strong a breeze. I made my way over, crossing paths with my husband’s return, and took over the leashes, walking Gracie and Zero, not even kicking up dust round the curve and under the trees, serenaded by rising cheers. The field was full, men in baseball hats and mostly red T shirts, family and friends forming a single-view row. I hear this may be the last season for Commissioner Bill Edison, with pipe in hand, who sat alongside his wife Lydia enjoying summer, his baseball friends, and being home in Chilmark. Look for a full story in next week’s Sports section.

Zeke (Paul) Wilkins stepped down as the Tri-Town Ambulance chief last week after four years of service, and many years of serving our community as an EMT. We thank him for bringing the towns together and creating a well-functioning organization that flourished under his kind leadership. Deputy Ben Retmier will be acting chief until a permanent candidate can be sought in the fall. Anyone interested in joining this important Island crew can contact, or call 508-693-4992.

Join John Hough Jr., author of “The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue,” for a “Dialogue Writing Workshop” on Wednesday, July 8, at 5 pm at the Chilmark library. Whether you are working on a book, play, or screenplay, come and learn how dialogue can reveal a character’s nature as well as his or her defining impulses and emotions. You will learn ways to create tension in every conversation. Thanks to Friends of the Chilmark Library, you can enjoy this and all programs for free. For more information, call 508-645-3360.

All are welcome to join Kristen Maloney on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am for “Stories and Songs” at the Chilmark library. Come join in the fun.

Stop by the Granary Gallery to see Chilmark Coffee owner and Town Clerk Jennifer Christy’s new paintings. The Granary represents so many Island artists, living and deceased, that you can journey through different Island times. For information, see

The Chilmark Flea is on; come check out the new vendors, and catch up with vendors you know from the past, every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Chilmark Community Center is open for the summer with a host of offerings, camp, tennis, and more. For information on everything going on, see or call 508-645-9484.

Monday, July 6, from 10 am to 5 pm, the African Artists Community Development Project hosts an African Craft Sale and Puppet Show at 11 am, with the Spindrift Marionettes performing two short African folk tales. It’s for ages 4 and up. Come on over to Grange Hall in West Tisbury and have some fun.

Tuesdays at Chilmark Community Church mean lobster rolls to go, starting at 4:30 pm until 6 pm, and Vineyard Sound singers perform at 8 pm.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July, one and all.