Chilmark: peaches, pitches and the president

A sign posted on North Road asks President Obama to free Native American activist Leonard Peltier. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

Berries abound, stars fly across our night skies, golden sunsets sparkle in reflection on evening seas. The Ag Fair opens Thursday. And summer doesn’t get much better than now. Kate Taylor celebrated her birthday at home with friends and family last weekend; we wish her all the very best. Thank you, Kate, for always sharing your bright creativity in song, jewelry, and everything you do. You can keep up with Kate at

Usually when the president is in town, our cell phone and Internet service work better than ever, thanks to the extra Verizon satellite trucks brought on Island, but this year we have the worst connection ever, with Internet connections constantly dropping and cell phone service at home near nil.

Peaches, peaches, peaches; Grey Barn has them and a gaggle of new black and white piglets. Stop by for a Friday-morning farm tour at 10:30 am. Stop by Native Earth Teaching Farm for tours and so much more on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, or visit Rebecca Gilbert in the Fiber Tent at the Ag Fair.

Hurray! The Chilmark Flea Market has been extended through Saturday, Sept. 5. Don’t forget you can still stop by on Tuesdays, starting at 4:30 pm, for Lobster Rolls to Go.

Dorrance Dance with Nicholas Young will be tapping their way onstage at the Yard with live vocal and bass accompanying them on Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23. For info and tickets call 508-645-9662 or Be sure to check their schedule for daily yoga and dance classes.

The second-to-last Community Sing at the Yard, led by Song Project creator Roberta Kirn, is Tuesday, August 25, at 5 pm. All ages are welcome.

If you missed the July Island Grown Schools benefit dinner at the Beach Plum Inn and Restaurant in Menemsha, be sure to buy tickets for this 20-seat intimate dinner on Tuesday, August 25. It is a great opportunity to support their work and learn more about what’s happening in the program while enjoying an amazing meal. Tickets are $150, and need to be reserved in advance. For more information or to reserve seats, please contact

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival has added “Learning to Drive,” “a coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s roadblocks,” at 7:30 pm followed by a discussion with screenwriter Sarah Kernochan on Wednesday, August 26, at the Chilmark Community Center. For more info or tickets,

The Flanders Field Softball Commissioner reported, “Last Sunday’s game, which started at 7:30 am, went extra innings, and it was a pleasure to watch the spectacular infield play of Balaban, Murphy, and Greenberg, and the high-fives by all players after the game.” Next week, Sunday, August 23, will feature the retirement of the self-appointed commissioner, who “does not want to be a mockery of a national pastime at age 87.” Who will become his replacement? Come out and join in wishing Bill Edison well, he will arrive at the game at 9:15 am. If you’re interested in filling his shoes, be there.

And thanks to all the staff and volunteers who’ve made the Chilmark Community Center a vibrant hub of summer life. Have a great year, and we look forward to seeing you all back next summer!