Chilmark: Early Mud Season?


Hurray, Chilmark Chocolates is open again — stock up for Valentine’s Day! This week you could imagine yourself or watch a GoPro film on Facebook of someone galloping down a snowy path through the woods in Chilmark; support Islander artist Doug Kent; celebrate the life of Marianne Goldberg; enjoy an early mud season, and be thankful we did not have another two feet of snow!

When I first moved to Martha’s Vineyard and would walk my dogs through Edgartown in the off-season, I used to dream about the empty windows being used as art installation spaces. Lucky for me and others, Ann Smith of Featherstone Center for the Arts, along with the Oak Bluffs Association, has made this possible. Come help us celebrate the first year of Art on the Avenue OB, Saturday, Feb. 6, 5:30 to 7:30. Start or end at Park Corner Bistro and stroll along Circuit Avenue to see six artists’ window installations. Map and info at

Then head over to Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and listen to local fishermen share their harrowing and humorous fishing stories in the Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 pm. Dessert and coffee included. Limited seating. $10.

Once you’ve had your fill of fish tales, get out your dancing shoes and stop by the Chilmark Community Center for another of the Yard’s beat-the-winter-blues Public Dancing Allowed evenings, featuring Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 pm: $10.

Sunday at 4 pm, mosey over to First Congregational Church of West Tisbury for their Mardi Gras Pancake Supper & Celebration for all ages, with masks and beads and Mardi Gras decor. After a supper of much-acclaimed pancakes (with real maple syrup) and sausages, there is dancing for all with music by Brian and Liam Weiland. $5 per person; $15 per family. For more info, call 508-693-2842.

If you are looking for information on Community Suppers and Shelters available thru March 31, 2016, the following PDF was provided by Island Housing Trust:

Chilmark Library continues its Tuesday and Saturday mornings Stories & Songs at 10:30 am with Kirsten; Wednesday after-school crafts with Irene at 3 pm; and Qigong with Nan Doty on Wednesday at 5:30 pm (be sure to check first if there is room). For more info, call 508-645-3360.

Tuesday Soup Suppers continue at Chilmark Church from 5 to 6 pm; all are welcome.

This week on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Pathways offers its sixth annual Valentine’s Poems of the Beloved — readers’ signup begins at 6:30 pm, and the evening runs till 9 pm.

Get Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Training on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the West Tisbury library. For more info, call 774-563-9436.

Volunteers are always needed for the Chilmark Fire Department. Call Chief Norton at 508-645-2550. If you are interested in running for any positions available in Chilmark, the last day to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars is Wednesday, March 9, at 9 am at Chilmark Town Hall. The last day to register to vote or change your party status in the presidential primary, to be held on March 1, is Wednesday, Feb. 10, between 2 and 4 pm or, on Feb. 10 only, 7 to 8 pm, at the Town Hall. Have a good week, all!