Chilmark: Graduates, lobster rolls, and farmer’s markets

Chilmark high school graduates stand under a rainbow at their Menemsha Beach family barbecue celebration. From left are Chris Mayhew, Brahmin Thurber-Carbone, Jared Bardwell, Adelaide Keene, and Olivia Knight. — Alicia Knight

More sun and rain; I know everyone’s antsy for summer to officially begin. Let’s hope by June 21 we have no regrets. I’m proud to live in a town that has legally raised the minimum purchase age of cigarettes from 18 to 21, and limited tobacco permits to the three existing retailers, none within 500 feet of a school. I hope other towns will follow.

Some Chilmark families held a barbeque on Menemsha Beach to celebrate the June 11 high school graduation. It was a potluck affair, with Peter Knight, father of Olivia Knight, manning the grill. Attendees included the families of Chris Mayhew, Brahmin Thurber-Carbone, Jared Bardwell, Adelaide Keene, and Olivia Knight. Despite the rainstorm, a wonderful evening was had by all.

Congratulations to Chilmark high school graduates: Isabella Morais from the M.V. Public Charter School, and MVRHS seniors Andrei Bernier, Olga Bernier, Julian Bernstein, Emma Bunker, Elizabeth Durian, Adelaide Keene, Violet Kennedy, Olivia Knight, Natalija Lakis, Christopher Mayhew, and Caroline Roddy. And congratulations to Ruby Sage Dix, graduating from Cambridge School of Weston, who plans to attend Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Wishing each and every one of you well as you begin a new chapter in your lives.

The Chilmark Church’s Lobster Rolls To Go will no longer be offered, but you can head down to Menemsha to quench your lobster craving and so much more. The first Vineyard Sound concert will take place from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday, June 13, preceding the last Community Supper of the season; all are welcome at the Chilmark Community Church.

Hurray! The West Tisbury Farmers Market opening day is Saturday, June 10, from 9 am to noon. Look for a number of Chilmark purveyors, including Beetlebung Meat Farm, Chilmark Coffee, Grey Barn Farm, the Kitchen Porch, Mermaid Farm, North Tabor Farm, and Tea Lane Farm.

The Yard begins its season with Schonberg Fellows artists Raja Feather Kelly and David Hamilton Thomson and their collaborators, who will perform in-progress explorations after their three-week residency onsite on Thursday, June 8, at 8 pm, or Saturday, June 10, at 6:30 pm. Remember dance classes have begun on weekdays, and ballet classes begin Saturday, June 10, from 10 to 11:30 am. Check the online schedule, as classes change daily. Join Roberta Kirn for her first Community Sing at the Yard on Tuesday, June 13, at 5 pm, all ages welcome. For more information, call Roberta at 774-563-0318. On Thursday, June 15, see Adele Myers’ “The Dancing Room,” featuring collaborator and interactive media artist John Slepian and ongoing collaborator and composer Josh Quillen, of Sō Percussion. Visual and lighting direction created by Kathy Couch. Original costume design by Heidi Henderson. Performed in the round by four female athletes of the heart for no more than 30 audience members, “The Dancing Room” is an intimate visual wonderland of illumination, laughter, and elegance. Tickets available online at, or call 508-645-9662.

The Chilmark library is now on its summer schedule, meaning it is now open Mondays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; all other days remain the same, and yes, they are still closed on Sundays. Come hear author Nancy Star talk about her new book set on Martha’s Vineyard called “Sisters One, Two, Three” at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, June 14, at 5 pm. Nancy Star is a novelist, essayist, and former movie executive who is a summer resident of Chilmark, and lives with her husband in New Jersey. Learn more about her at Stories and Songs continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Don’t forget all our wonderful farmstands.

Have a great week.