Chilmark: we have a very special library

Welcome back to the Food Truck now parked at the Home Port on their first day open, greeting practically everyone by name. You can now get fresh hot pretzels as well as their standard offerings and seasonal soups. We'll keep you posted if they are able to move to the church parking area. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

Brisk and beautiful weather has graced us, with amazing light and the last yellows and oranges fading and falling with the winds. I hope everyone had a chance to read Angela Prout’s great article about our Chilmark Library ( on the cover of the MVTimes Community section last week. Who knew we had the highest per capita circulation in the commonwealth, besides the oldest library on-Island?

This week the Food Truck opened its window for business. The new hours are 11 am to 2 pm, so head over to the Home Port parking lot, because the truck’s generator is out and they need to be plugged in. We wish Josh Aronie and crew all the best, and could not be more pleased to have them back. Call 508-560-5883 if you want to phone in your order for pickup. Of course, you may be in the mood for chowder and seafood chimichangas, bluefish burgers, and so much more, so know you can always rely on Menemsha Fish Market, open all year! Their menu is online, and you can phone orders in at 508-645-2282.

If you have not already secured your turkey, you may still be able to order a locally raised turkey through the GOOD Farm; you can email them at, or call 714-785-0112. Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm has some organic turkeys for sale, and is offering to teach how to process your own holiday poultry; call 508-645-3304. Rebecca may even still have chestnuts for sale, if you’re lucky. Buy some of your local Thanksgiving veggies, meats, cheeses, yogurt and more at Chilmark’s farms; Grey Barn and Farm, Mermaid Farm, Native Earth Teaching Farm, and North Tabor Farm.

Although I never met Dan Greenbaum, I do know he did much for Chilmark in the many years he served the town, besides stories from those who grew up from childhood together. We send much strength and love to his extended family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Chilmark Community Center, with more information later. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan’s name can be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748,  Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.  

Chilmark Planning Board is “seeking a dedicated registered voter with an interest in zoning, planning, and development to fill an unexpired term. Please submit a letter of interest and résumé to the selectmen’s office by 4 pm, Nov. 24;” Also the Community Preservation Committee needs a third member-at-large. Meetings are held as necessary on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 12:30 pm. There are no meetings in December or January, so if you missed the Nov. 18 meeting, come to the February meeting and see if you are interested in serving, or contact Chuck Hodgkinson at 508-645-2114 for more information, and check for committee responsibilities.

Enjoy Tuesday Pizza Nights at the Chilmark Community Church, 6 pm. And stop by the Chilmark library if you have not seen the up-Island Bead Makers exhibit, which has been extended until the end of the month. If you have little ones visiting for the holidays, be sure to join Kristen’s Stories and Songs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Chilmark Chocolates is open through Dec. 18, except for Thanksgiving, from Thursday through Sunday, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Get your holiday shopping done early. Also remember the Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Store is open from 11 to 5 pm daily, as are the stores on Basin Road in Menemsha, so support our locals, and have a good week.