Chilmark: Martha's Vineyard Film Festival


Pinkletinks heard, woodcocks seen, snowbells blooming, clocks changed, temperature in the 60s, multiple rainbows, calves born, seasons changing, evening light, spirits rising, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival rolls into town from March 17 to 20. Besides the Chilmark Community Center and the Chilmark School, Pathways Gathering Space will host free films and workshops for kids all weekend. If you want to check the schedule, donate, or volunteer, call 508-645-9599 or go to There is an amazing lineup of films, a number of free screenings including “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA” on opening night, 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Let’s not forget the food, music, and art available through the silent auction.

Saturday, March 19, you can Bowl for the Arts from 10 to 11:30 am, in one of two sessions, to support Featherstone Center for the Arts. Call 508-693-1850 to reserve, teams up to four (any age), $200.

Adelaide Keene, a Chilmark resident, is one of the winners in the third annual high school art competition sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society. She and other winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 19, 5:30 pm at the Chilmark School, prior to the film festival film “Landfill Harmonic,” a film about waste and creative recycling, the art competition theme. All the honored artwork will be displayed in the Chilmark library from noon on. The exhibition at the library is free; tickets for the movie and awards ceremony are available by calling 508-645-9599 or going to

The Cookie Mouse is coming to visit the Chilmark library on Saturday, March 19, at 10:30 am during Kristen’s Stories and Songs. Be sure to stop by the library to see the Chilmark School’s Children’s Art Show of self-portraits accompanied by artists’ statements through the end of April. Also during non-program hours, you can enjoy my “Water Installation for 3 Screens,” a project made possible in part with an honorarium from Pathways in 2015. To submit video art for consideration, contact Chilmark library director Ebba Hierta at

The Sassafras Nature Exploration Winter Series started up again on March 5 for five Saturdays in a row from 11 am to 4 pm. You can look at all sorts of mysteries beginning while you wander and explore the land further, end up on the beach, check out pools and streams, see the first catkins and wildflowers, take your shoes off, play more, and check out the returning flocks of birds. For more information or to reserve a place for your child, call 508-645-2008.

The West Tisbury library is hosting music on Sunday, March 20, when Music Street presents Musical Treasures: “Concerto Night in our Living Room” from 4 to 5 pm with Letitia Jap, violin; Rainer Crosett, cello; and Diane Katzenberg Braun on piano. There will be three concertos, one for each musician, plus a few duos and trios. Composers will include Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, Brahms, Barber, Kreisler, Sarasate, Grieg, and Mozart. On Monday, March 21, enjoy “Bach’s Seven Violins and Two Violas Spring Equinox Celebration” from 7 to 8 pm with six violins, two violas, and a tailor-made five-stringed violin/viola, played by violinist César Atzíc Márquez and pianist Adele Dryer.

Ballroom Dance is happening every Sunday at the Barn, Bowl and Bistro in Oak Bluffs. Come learn partner dancing in ballroom, Latin and swing. Beginners at 6:30 pm; dance lesson at 7 pm. Couples or singles, $3.

See Academy Award-nominated film “Brooklyn” free on Tuesday, March 22, at 5 pm at the Aquinnah library.

Pizza nights continue on Tuesdays at the Chilmark Community Church from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Tuesday Writing and Poetry Series at Pathways continues on March 22, 6:30 to 9 pm, with an evening dedicated to readings by student novelists and their mentor, novelist and writing teacher John Hough Jr., who will also read from his latest work in progress. Doors open at 6:30 and program begins at 7 pm; free. On Wednesday, March 23, there will be a children’s Purim Celebration at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven, including a Purim Carnival from 4 to 5:30 pm, a marionette show and Megillah reading at 5:45, and then a Spiel-Cabaret sing-along at 6:45 pm. For more information, call 508-693-1350.

Looking for a great Easter Eve party? The Chilmark School PTO presents the Kiss Winter Goodbye Party with Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish. Saturday, March 26, 7to 11 pm, at the Chilmark Community Center. Live and silent auctions, photo booth, and food. Rafi Gonzalez as auctioneer and comedian; $20 at the door. Adults only.

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