Chilmark: Unfamiliar transportation modes

A three-wheel motocycle-class vehicle winds its way through Menemsha driven by an Oaks Bluffs resident, accompanied by his daughter. - Valerie Sonnenthal

Updated 7.14.16, 10:25 am

Summer is in full swing, much-needed rain has come our way, the sun is back, and the weather is beautiful. Every time I drive by Chilmark Chocolates, the line is out the door, cars are parked on State Road, and the annual family trek for so many seems to be underway. I walk my dogs in the evenings in Menemsha, and have gotten to see a few transportation modes I was unfamiliar with: a three-wheel motorcycle-class vehicle in bright green that looked like it came from “The Jetsons” TV show, and the coolest electric bike conversion wheel (works on any bike and can be converted in under 60 seconds) — the GeoOrbital wheel. It will be available in 2017; check to learn more.

If you’re looking for Chilmark Fire Department T shirts or sweatshirts for the whole family, you can find a table set up at the mouth of a huge F.D. truck by the right far corner of the beach lot on most Friday and Saturday nights, and occasional weekdays.

Chilmark Writing Workshop’s creator and NPR commentator Nancy Aronie will speak on “The Stories We Tell Ourselves (About Ourselves)” at Aquinnah Town Hall on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 6:30 pm, free.

It’s Blueberry Festival time at the First Congressional Church of West Tisbury, Saturday, July 16, from 12 to 4 pm.

Ray Kellman invites everyone to a memorial service for his late wife Lillian Kellman on Sunday, July 17, beginning at 12 pm at the Chilmark Community Center, to honor her efforts to bring stories to children. She was a prominent face on the Island where for 25 years she captivated young children with her storytelling at the Chilmark School and then at the Oak Bluffs School. Come share your stories about Lillian with her family and friends. For four years on Sunday mornings, she shared stories on WMVY, and if you tune in this Sunday, July 17, at 10 am you will get to hear a tribute program they plan to broadcast. Ray and Lillian celebrated 70 years of marriage together last summer.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” runs four nights from Tuesday, July 19, to the 22nd at 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20; a portion of the proceeds benefit Vineyard House for Sober Living. Tickets available at will be showing three Shellfish Shorts on the Shore, Monday, July 18 at 8 pm on Menemsha Beach. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow. Although it’s free, you must RSVP at

John Zeisel, Ph.D., author of “I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care” and president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, presents “Hopeful Aging with Dementia: Making a Difference” on Wednesday, July 20, at 5 pm at the Chilmark library, free. Tuesdays and Saturdays, join the 10:30 am Music and Song get-together.

The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series kicks off on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center with local favorite Geraldine Brooks speaking about “The Secret Chord,” her gripping historical novel detailing the life of King David. Tickets are available at If tickets for the evening are not already sold out, individual tickets will be available at the door one hour before the event begins. Books will be available for purchase and author signing at all events.

Chilmark softball season got underway on July 3 with over 25 players in attendance. Retired Chilmark Softball Commissioner Bill Edison presided over the traditional bagpipes playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Two games were played and enjoyed by all. On Sunday, July 10, Sig Van Raan pitched to five batters, but had to take himself out with lower back strain. Tony Horowitz pitched two innings of no-hit ball: six pitches, six outs. Arlen Roth then came on to mop up a rainy third inning. Sig’s team prevailed over Hans Solmssen’s team. No spirits were dampened, though no one quite knew what the final score was. All are welcome to join the games beginning at 8 am on Sunday mornings on Pasture Road off Tabor House.

The Yard daily dance classes change weekly, so be sure to check what visiting artists and local talent are teaching each week. Also they offer daily yoga, and have a great lineup of exciting performances: Check their website,, to get tickets and find all of their offerings.

Summer camp is in full swing at the Yard, and at the Chilmark Community Center, and new this year is a filmmaking camp offered by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Cinema Circus is in town every Wednesday in July at the CCC from 5:30 to 7 pm, and be sure to check the schedule for film offerings or learn more at their website, Horse camp or riding lessons are available in Chilmark at Netherfield Farm; call 508-566-5235.

Have a great week.