Chilmark: More gray weather

Pay attention to the signs when walking at our beaches. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Fog, rain, a record-length town meeting, and the Women’s Symposium were last week. This week, well, more of the same weatherwise, but the sun shining always helps brighten everyone’s mood. Or just go out and watch some lambs or baby goats hopping around, jumping off rocks, and enjoying life; you’ll be smiling before you know it.

Warmest of birthday wishes to Nancy Aronie, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, May 1. Her Chilmark Writing Workshop summer schedule has been posted, and she’s only offering four workshops between the end of June and mid-August, so sign up early if you’ve always wanted to try this. It’s especially fun to do with visiting family or friends, whether you write or not. You can also sign up for a free online Midlife Mastery Summit with Nancy Aronie and Mike Picone; see

Please know we now have an immigration attorney available on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 3 pm, for advice and assistance with forms, at the Immigration Resource Center located at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative at 111 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road in Vineyard Haven. Call 508-693-7900, ext. 410 (English and Portuguese spoken) to schedule an appointment.

Help develop priorities for the newly formed Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative on Friday, May 5, from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theater at 54 Spring Street in Vineyard Haven.

It’s the annual Kid’s Trout Derby on Saturday, May 6, from 6 to 9 am at Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove Road, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Road and Gun Club, which stocks the pond with hundreds of trout. Awards, prizes, and hot breakfast are included in this free event.

Both Vineyard Gardens and Middletown Nursery have begun their weekly free Saturday classes, so be sure to check their websites regularly. On Saturday, May 6, Vineyard Gardens offers an 11 am talk on Cool Weather Annuals; Middletown Nursery offers a class from 1 to 2 pm on starting a veggie garden in a hay bale.

On Saturday, May 6, from noon to 3 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council holds an Equestrian Open House at Woodbe Farm, 628 State Road, West Tisbury. See driving and riding demos, or come for the tack swap, pony rides, education opportunities, and more.

On Tuesday, May 9, head to the Ag Hall for a free talk from 7 to 9 pm on bees: ways to attract our local pollinators, put them to work, and support their populations.

Special thanks to Harriet Bernstein for organizing the wildly popular architecture series at the Chilmark library. The final talk, on Wednesday, May 10, from 5 to 6:30 pm, will be given by Peter McMahon, founding director of Cape Cod Modern House Trust, on “Modern Architecture on the Cape and Islands, and Some Case Studies in Preservation.” Stories and Songs continues on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.

It’s the last Sunday Open Chamber Music rehearsal from 3 to 4:45 pm, May 7, at the West Tisbury library. Attend as an audience member or bring an instrument and join in.

Stanley Larsen is having a recreational lobster pot sale. If you’re interested, contact him at 508-645-2282.

Pizza Nights continue on Tuesdays at the Chilmark Community Church. All are welcome to enjoy some good company.

Have a great week.