Chilmark: Big doings at Community Center


I’m still enjoying the daffodils, the sun, and warmer days. It was the last weekend at Pathways, and both the Friday night musical offerings and Saturday’s final farewell evening were wonderful. So many of us feel deep gratitude for the support and community created by Pathways on our Island, helping to make connections, make space and time required to experiment, work, and persevere. Thanks to the whole Pathways team and everyone who takes that step to share their work.

It was a bittersweet week for the Freydberg family, packing up the house and then holding a yard sale. I was thrilled to get copies of two of Peggy’s novels and a great hat. We wish all the family healing in this process. Healing wishes also go out to Joel Aronie, who broke his hand this week and required surgery and a couple of pins. If you were looking forward to playing tennis with Joel, he has to stay off the court for two months.

New dump stickers are available for purchase at Town Hall; they are free if you are a senior citizen, but now cost $20 per car if not. No cars will be permitted to dump unless they have a sticker; please don’t arrive and say someone else in your family is driving the car with the sticker, get one for each car or use the vehicle with the sticker.

Looking to start a business? Take the free Entrepreneurial Workshop on Thursday, April 28, from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Harbor View Hotel to learn about fundamentals of planning, preparing, and financing your business and understanding financial health and statements. For more information call the sponsor: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, 774-310-2030.

The All-Island Elementary School String Program presents its free annual spring concert on Thursday, April 28, at MVRHS PAC at 6:30 pm.

Volunteer to help clean our beaches for Vineyard Conservation Society’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am. Just show up; supplies will be provided. Head to Menemsha, Squibnocket, or Lucy Vincent Beach. There is an afterparty at the Harbor View starting at noon. For more information, see

Jan Buhrman had a great time in California attending a conference for chefs, where she presented a workshop on “The Sustainable Claim in the Kitchen.” Join her on Saturday, April 30, at 1 pm when she and Roxanne Kapitan offer a “Soil Building, Composting & Perennial Herb Class” at Middletown Nursery; free, but donations accepted for Island Grown Schools school gardens.

Big doings Saturday, April 30, at the Chilmark Community Center, starting with Nan Doty leading a celebration of World Wide Tai Chi and Qigong Day from 9:30 to 10:30 am, followed by a potluck of refreshments. Nan says, ”We will join this global wave of chi in our time zone, passing it on to the next time zone. Who is ‘we’? Those of us who have taken or shown an interest in Tai Chi or Qigong classes or workshops, as well as anyone else who is interested and simply wants to join in the festivities.” Please RSVP to or 508-645-3393. Potluck Jam No. 36, the last of this season, will take place beginning at 6 pm with another fantastic lineup of local talent. Thanks to Alex Karalekas and all our neighbor helpers who make this exceptional night happen.

There are free Pizza Nights on Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Church. Pizza Lunch is happening at the Orange Peel Bakery on Saturdays from 12 to 2 pm until June. $10 and you can bring your own toppings; check their Facebook page or call them at 508-645-2025.

Lots going on at the Chilmark library. Food for Fines is ongoing, and if you haven’t filled out a survey to help with the new five-year plan, you can find the link on their webpage or pick one up in person. I will be offering a Restorative Sound Bath on Wednesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillows, and eye pillow (or scarf to cover your eyes), or you can sit in a chair. The room will be darkened, and all you need do is listen and be bathed in the healing sound. RSVP to 508-645-3360. A Spanish Discussion Group will meet weekly starting on Thursday, May 5, to May 26, from 5 to 6 pm, with Lorena Crespo, a native Spanish speaker originally from Ecuador. All language levels welcome; virgin margaritas and Hispanic refreshments will be served.

The West Tisbury seventh grade students are getting their free newspaper “School’s Out” ready for publication. Not only do their articles about everything Island appear, but funds raised through the sale of advertisements offset the costs associated with the students’ eighth grade cultural exchange program with their sister school in England. Over 10,000 copies are circulated Island-wide all summer. Please consider an ad in support of our kids. For questions, contact Katie Carroll at; camera-ready art for ads should go to Al Mahoney at

Take a moment, stand still, have a good week.