Chilmark: May Day

Chilmark School students celebrate their annual rite of spring, the May Pole dance on Friday, April 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mary Kuh Ambulos

May Day was celebrated at the Chilmark School with their annual Maypole Dance with bright ribbons and the kids circling, intertwining, and plaiting the pole and then unraveling it on the green, where all are welcome. I was sorry to miss this, but as if on cue the rains came a few days later, and we all look forward to the flowers of summer.

Last week I said you could buy dump stickers at town hall, but left off that they are available at the dump as well. Shirley Mayhew turned 90 and celebrated all weekend long with friends and family, attending multiple parties, and said she’d be retiring for the rest of May, but visitors are always welcome. I met Shirley in my Howes House writer’s group the first year I lived here and have enjoyed her writing ever since.

Congratulations go out to Sam Feldman, who not only can jump for joy at being re-elected to his fence viewer position, but also for the bat mitzvah of his lovely niece with his extended family in New York. Although Chris Fischer’s Beetlebung Farm dinner held at the James Beard Foundation over the winter had to be rescheduled, his cookbook came out on top last week for American Cooking, receiving one of 13 awards given out for books. Kudos to Chris and photographer Gabriele Herman, friends since their Chilmark Community Center days, and also to West Tisbury resident Emma Young, who designed the book’s cover and layout. Healing wishes go out to Jane Slater, who received a pacemaker last week. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8: Give your mom a break and let her know you appreciate all she’s done for you.

The Spanish Conversation Group continues, with Lorena Crespo leading and refreshments, at the Chilmark library on Thursday, May 5, at 5 pm. Stories and Songs with Kristin is offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Irene offers her Wednesday afterschool craft program starting at 3 pm.

Jonathan Mayhew will be honored at a potluck luncheon at town hall on Friday, May 6, at noon. Jonathan is retiring from 15 years of service as a Chilmark selectman. We all appreciate his years of service and wish him well in retirement. All are welcome to attend the luncheon and share your stories.

Zee Gamson headed to New York last weekend for the bat mitzvah of Serena Modigliani McGrane, a summer resident named for her late great-grandmother Serena Modigliani and great-granddaughter of Nobel prizewinner in economics Franco Modigliani. Congratulations to Serena and her entire family.

OK ladies, the day, has arrived for the Chilmark Women’s Symposium: Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Chilmark Community Center. The topic for the four speakers will be “Dancing Around”; come and listen, participate in small discussion groups, and enjoy refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses. Also, feel free to bring a breakfast offering you’d like to share.

If you are interested in volunteering to help monitor the breeding success of our Island’s horseshoe crabs, register for the Saturday, May 7, training program held at Felix Neck from 1 to 3 pm by calling 508-627-4850.

Middletown Nursery’s Saturday, May 7, free class at 1 pm is offered by author and personal chef Cathy Walthers and titled “What to Plant Now: Peas and the Salad Greens Garden.” Donations are accepted for Island Grown Schools in support of school gardens on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out free classes here and at Vineyard Gardens.

The Chilmark Free Library is one of the sponsors of the first annual Martha’s Vineyard Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 7, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ag Hall. Enjoy a day filled with arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water!

If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day present, Joan LeLacheur is holding an Open Studio on Saturday, May 7, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah. Call 508-645-9954 for information.

If you want to learn more about “Permaculture: Designs and Restoration,” come to the West Tisbury library on Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 8:30 pm and join Keith Zaltzberg, certified permaculture designer, for an overview of permaculture, along with specific residential, agricultural, and regional applications that can improve both the conservation and productivity of our land.

Free pizza dinners are still on at the Chilmark Community Church every Tuesday at 6 pm. Come and enjoy the company.

Have a good week.