Chilmark: Random Acts Of Kindness


Thanks for many random acts of kindness during the first big one of the snow season: Chilmark cops who arrived in time to help a family dog unlodge something stuck in its throat; angel snow-shovelers who came before 8 am; phone chains checking on snowed-in elderly; and many more small acts that made a big difference to friends and neighbors.

We hope the Chilmark School had a great community dinner to raise money for The Red Stocking Fund on Friday, January 22.

Our thoughts and love go out to the extended family and friends of longtime summer resident and Boston-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Arthur Obermeyer who passed away on January 10, 2016.

Welcome to Lisa Burkin, the newly appointed at-Large member for the Community Preservation Commission, replacing Karin Wetmore who we thank for her service since 2011.

If you have not yet heard about be sure to check their website or drop by one of the information sessions being offering around the Island to learn about the valuable resources and information now available in one place. It is an amazing resource for everyone – thank you Karin Rosenthal.

Doug Kent, beloved Island artist, is currently suffering from Uveitis as well as Charles Bonnet Syndrome, both rare conditions. Come to the Sale and Art Exhibition of his work to support medical expenses, plus some proceeds will be donated to the Mass Eye Research Center in Waltham. Live Music by Isaac Taylor and Willy Mason. Food is a finger food potluck and you’re welcome to contribute. Time: 4 to 7pm, Friday, January 29, at the Chilmark Community Center. Suggested $20 donation. Raffle tickets are $100 and include a signed giclee print and a chance to win the original painting. Ticket drawing is TBD. Feel free to come by on Saturday, January 30, from 11 am to 5 pm and if you can’t make it Friday, enjoy some Chilmark Coffee, sweets and have a look around.

Head to the Aquinnah Library on Thursday, January 28, at 4:30 pm and enjoy a free screening of Oscar contender The Martian. Popcorn served.

At 6 pm on Thursday, January 28, Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth will screen movies from their Sustainable Vineyard Series at the West Tisbury Library. Do not miss these films if you have not had a chance to see them yet.

Come in from the cold and enjoy West Tisbury Library’s Soup Recipe Swap and Tasting, Saturday, January 30, at 2 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring their recipe with a prepared sample of their dish to share with the group. The Library will supply spoons and bowls.

On Sunday, January 31, join the Library’s Seed Swap and Germination Testing Workshop at 2 pm. Home gardeners are welcome to bring any heirloom seed packets or saved seed to swap and share, or to donate to our new seed cabinet. Learn how to do germination testing for seed viability, and help us test all of the seed in our small but growing collection.

If you are planning on attending Marianne Goldberg’s Memorial at the CCC on Sunday, January 31, at 3:30 pm, be sure to RSVP to Remember this celebration is followed by a healthy potluck.

Looking for an evening out with the ladies? Come to Featherstone Center for the Arts on the first Monday of every month and work on small projects and get creative together! Admission: $20. Light refreshments served.

Chilmark Chocolates reopens on Friday, February 5. We hope everyone has enjoyed their winter break.

Sign up for The Vineyard Bread Project workshop on Saturday, February 6, from 2 to 6 pm and learn how to make three flatbreads, three spreads and three drinks. Go to if you’d like to see what Cathy and Kate Warner are up to!

Stay warm, all!