Chilmark: The Martha’s Vineyard Sea Serpent


Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Gabe Ambulos, who will be playing in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championship finals with the Boston Rams U18 team in round robins from June 29 to July 2 in Spotsylvania, Va. We hope Gabe’s team makes it all the way to the finals! Congratulations on just making the team; have a great time.

Last week at Harborfest, children’s book author Amelie Loyot gave a book to Chilmark School Principal Susan Stevens for the kids. She didn’t think twice about the donation until she received an envelope from the K-1 Chilmark School class, who made her their own book with illustrations of Vanessa, the Martha’s Vineyard Sea Serpent, just for her. She sends “a huge thank-you to Robin, Lucy, Moses, Mira, Genevieve, Tauras, Rasmus, Oscar, Kiyia, Annalee, Maybeline, and Emme! You are such wonderful artists, and I will treasure it forever! May all your summers be magical.”

Pasture Road Softball season’s first game was enjoyed by a dozen players. Sig Van Raan reports, ”After batting and fielding practice, a five-inning exhibition resulted in a 6-6 tie between Arlen Roth’s team and Hans Solsman’s team. Given the low turnout and rusty fielding by some players way out of position, the game actually got exciting, competitive, and high-spirited. Beautiful sunny skies complemented the good vibes all around, and it was a delight to have Commissioner Emeritus Bill Edison drive up in his ancient Volvo and join in on the schmoozing and razzing. Bill actually made the final call on a controversial play at first base: ‘He was safe.’” The field has been meticulously manicured through the efforts of groundskeepers and commissioners Sig Van Raan and Caleb Caldwell. Hans Solsman provided new bases, and carefully measured the distance signs in the outfield. Be sure to come and play, or stop by Sunday, July 2, for the official season opening, with Anthony Peak playing bagpipes. Games start by 8 am, all ages welcome.

Head up to the Aquinnah Library to hear Nancy Aronie speak about her personal relationship with Ram Dass and his book “Be Here Now” on Thursday, June 29, at 5:30 pm.

The Ag Hall hosts Eric Walberg, the senior climate services program leader at Manomet science center in Plymouth, on Thursday, June 29, from 7 to 9 pm. Hear him discuss the likely changes to weather patterns and extremes that have serious implications for our farming community, as well as the projected rising sea level, and increased coastal storms and the risks that they pose to the built coastal environment.

See Ruth Childs perform works of her aunt, famed Lucinda Childs, at the Yard on Thursday, June 29, at 8 pm, including “Pastime” (1963), “Carnation” (1964), and “Museum Piece” (1965). Try Ballet for the Older Body with Kate Stephan from 9 to 10:30 am on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5 and 6. Tickets available online at, or call 508-645-9662. Check their website for morning dance classes and daily yoga classes.

The Chilmark Library exhibit of Fan Ogilvie’s poetry and art is up through July 7. Stories and Songs continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. The Summer Reading Kickoff Party will be held at the Ag Hall on Saturday, July 1, from 10:30 am to noon.

On Tuesday, July 4, join Susan B. Whiting, co-author of “Vineyard Birds” and “Vineyard Birds II,” for a morning bird walk. Meet at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 am to carpool. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, sunblock, hat, and water.

Photographer Peter Simon will be speaking about his new book, “Martha’s Vineyard: To Everything There is a Season” on Wednesday, July 5 at 5 pm at the Chilmark Library.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Cinema Circus will be at the Chilmark Community Center on Wednesday, July 5, at 5:30 pm. Free and fun for all. Learn more at

Try goat yoga at Native Earth Teaching Farm with Josey Kirkland, all summer long, Saturdays from 10 to 11:15 am, and Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:45 pm. You must be 13 years or older. Cost is $25 and registration is required by emailing

If you missed the opening, be sure to stop by the Kara Taylor Gallery at 245 South Road and see Kara’s latest paintings in various mediums and subjects. Summer hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Vineyard Sound performs on Tuesday evenings from 8 to 9 pm at the Chilmark Community Church.

Have a great week.

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