Chilmark: February vacation


Chilmark Community Center was filled to the brim with great food, great music, and Islanders getting to enjoy another Potluck Jam on Saturday night, thanks to Alex Karalekas and his helpers. It’s been a quiet week, with schools closed for break. I hope everyone who got off-Island has fun, and that those of you who stayed are availing yourselves of some of the wonderful offerings going on this week.

I loved Ali Berlow’s story about milking the cows at Mermaid Farm for WCAI’s Local Food Report last week. It can be seen and heard here:

Seems like the weather has topped off, so we just have some rain watering in preparation for spring — we can at least keep our fingers crossed.

Featherstone Center for the Arts’ new lineup of classes is now online, with too many great choices to list.

Head up to Gay Head Cliffs for a winter walk, and stop by Jason Widdis’s Wayward Wampum, open daily from 11 am to 2 pm. He is offering Orange Peel pizza slices and Jamaican spicy beef patties if you need a snack.

Daffodil time in support of the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group may seem weeks away; however, if you’d like to preorder bunches of 10 daffodil buds at $10 for a March 16 pickup, please contact Diane Ballay-Foley (508-693-7115) or AnneMarie Donahue (508-627-7958), or go to

Pathways will offer an exciting evening of Connecting Creations on Friday, Feb. 26, with an interactive work by Claire Ganz, and featuring others including Chilmarkers Wendy Weldon, Ed Grazda, and Sawyer Klebs. On Tuesday’s Writing and Poetry, hear poet Fan Ogilivie read from her latest book with guest Niki Patton. Doors open at 6:30 pm and performances begin at 7 – 9 pm. Free.

On Sunday, Feb. 28, learn how to turn an old picture frame into a loom and then use the loom to weave a rag rug at the second in a series of Sunday Craft classes at Chicken Alley Thrift Shop, from 2 to 4 pm. $10 materials fee. For more information or to sign up for the class, call 508-693-2278 or visit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Thrift Shop on Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven.

Don’t forget to come out and vote on Tuesday, March 1, in the presidential primary election, held at the CCC, from 7 am to 8 pm.

Oscar contender for Best Picture “Brooklyn” will be shown free at the Aquinnah library on Tuesday, March 1, at 5 pm.

Another surprise menu-free Community Supper at the Chilmark Church awaits all on Tuesday, March 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Island poet Jill Jupen is leading a free five-week poetry workshop for adults: “Poet in the Shed.” Come share your poems and write new poems in a safe, constructive environment. Space is limited. Please preregister at the library or via email:

You may want to understand elder law; in this annual update with elder law attorney Arthur Bergeron, he will review the basics of wills, trusts, MassHealth, and estate planning, and discuss court cases, law and administrative changes, and new government programs developed over the past year at the Tisbury Senior Center in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Register by calling 508-696-4205.

Come hear Martha’s Vineyard Museum assistant curator Anna Carringer tell the stories of 10 different treasured collection items at the Chilmark library on Thursday, March 3, at 4 pm. Copies of “Island Storieswill be available for sale at the talk.

The next “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a free series of six self-care education sessions designed to help family caregivers handle the unique challenges of caregiving, will be held March 7 to April 11, from 2 to 4:30 pm, at Howes House. To register, contact Mary Holmes at 508-560-6012 or at