Chilmark: Please remember to vote.


Labor Day so soon? This summer flew by, despite the humidity, and I can hardly believe school opens on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Welcome to all the new families and returning kids. Also please remember to vote in our state primary, held Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 am to 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. If you want to vote in November, the last day to register to vote or change your party enrollment is Wednesday, October 19, at Town Hall.

As the summer winds down, the Chilmark Community Church thanks everyone who participated in and patronized their fundraisers. The last Chilmark Flea Market is Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 am to 2 pm. What a great group of makers; thanks for sharing your work and kindness. On Sunday, Sept. 4, the Rev. Carol Stine, recently retired to the Vineyard, will be a guest preacher at the Chilmark Community Church 9 am service while the Revs. Hanjian are at a family wedding.

The Yard still has dance and yoga classes through Thursday, Sept. 16, and some great Island performances including DanceTheYard with the Yard’s own Jesse Keller and Alison Manning; performances are on Sept. 1 and 3. See them perform with friends on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm, and on Thursday, Sept. 8, join Island Musicians and Poets for a collaborative evening of performance at 7 pm. See for more info and tickets.

If you haven’t stopped to read the letter to patrons of mid-Island Cronig’s, you need to be aware they are planning to be closed on Sundays beginning Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend. If their employee situation changes, they’ll keep us posted. I think we’d all agree the staff could use a day off. The Vineyard Haven store will remain open all year on Sundays.

Here’s the Flanders field Softball final for Sunday, August 28: Players showed up, and by 7:30 am it was “play ball.” The first game was a blowout by Sig Van Raan’s team prevailing over Hans Solmssen’s team 14-6; maybe it had a little to do with the team picks. Everyone throws their gloves in a pile, and the youngest player divvies them into two piles. Sig’s team, filled with ringers and sluggers, was stacked against Han’s team. A rare game conference among the commissioners decided that if it appears there is an imbalance from the dividing of the gloves, negotiations and trades can be made to level the playing field. At the end of game one, the annual awards ceremony took place, with the MVP going to Larry Weiss for his prodigious hitting and all-round play. The rookie award went to 13-year-old Sophie Balaban, who after years as a lemonade sales rep at the game has become a pinch runner, and just recently became a full-time player. The vaunted Howie Hustle Award went to Keith Heller, a steady first basemen who discovered his strong batting stroke this year. Game two was an extra-inning thriller won by Hans and Sig’s team 12-10 over Syd Wolensky’s team. Next Sunday, Sept. 4, is the last game of the season, and all are welcome to join in for the annual postgame hot dogs and bagels brunch.

Perhaps you missed the opening at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown of the Aire MV group of Island artists last weekend; a second group of works will be celebrated at an opening on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 pm and a closing-night party Friday, Sept. 9. Included are works from Chilmark artists Lowley Finnerty and Kate Taylor.

If you have guests who want a more intimate tour of Menemsha and North Tabor Farm, see Jan Buhrman’s Kitchen Porch tour and lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 9 am to 1 pm. Learn more at

Congratulations to Wendy Wheldon, Kara Taylor, and all the other artists participating in the 10th annual Martha’s Vineyard Museum Art Party on Saturday, Sept.10. Learn more at

Beach Plum Inn continues to serve daily breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 am, through Monday, Oct. 31.

Hurray! Chilmark Chocolates reopens on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Have a good week.