Chilmark: Oh October

An array of mushrooms gathered during the Menemsha Hills third annual Mushroom Walk with identification by Wesley Price, founder of the Cape Cod Mycological Society and organized by the Trustees of the Reservation. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Oh October, you’ve snuck up on us already while temperatures drop in starry brisk nights, monarch butterflies and chrysanthemums catch our eyes, we find mushrooms among the fallen leaves, and watch wedding fireworks light up the South Shore sky. Days of farewells, summer sooner bidding adieu, last Sunday breakfast at the Aquinnah Shop (unfortunately they closed a day early!), last slice of pizza at the Chilmark General Store, last Chilmark Chocolate until Oct. 28. We are in a season of abundance and radiant light fading over water as day ends, thick in the bright fullness of autumn harvest, sweet corn from Morning Glory Farm, cauliflower from Slip Away Farm, pretzels from Jan Buhrman, enjoying our Saturday morning Farmers Market, the last at the Grange outdoors this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 am to noon, perfect haricots vert, lots of unexpected delicious finds.

It was hard to beat Thursday night up at Cliffhangers, being serenaded by Ellen and Taurus Biskis, Chris Carroll and friends. In celebration of Chris Carroll’s birthday, there was a spice cake that his parents, Katie and Emmett Carroll, shared with everyone as they held hands and kept the beat. An ideal sunset in an ideal location, enjoying my favorite fish tacos and veggie fries.

Don’t miss out on a perfect place to enjoy lunch or an early dinner, get thee to Menemsha by Columbus Day to sit on the rocks or in the back of the Galley, open daily 11 am to 3 pm. The Bite is open daily (except Tuesdays) 11 am to 3 pm. The Menemsha Market is still well stocked and has newspapers, open 9 am to 5 pm and later on the weekends if nice weather. Don’t miss Creekville Antiques on Basin Road open daily noon to 4 pm through Sunday, Oct. 15. Larsen’s Fish Market is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm through Sunday, Oct. 22. The Menemsha Fish Market is open daily from 9 am to 6ish pm, year round. Pandora’s Box is open 11 am to 6 pm daily through Columbus Day plus Oct. 14 and 15. And most other Basin Road stores are open for business, so stop by Scott McDowell’s the Copperworks for cool artwork and local Wampum jewelry, then pop into Virginia Jones’s Focs’le Locker, full of new and used books, maritime finds, vintage and Guernsey sweaters, and great gifts.

Congratulations to Albert Fischer and Peter Simon on their contributions to the wonderful “Eyes of the Island” photo exhibit at Featherstone Center for the Arts, up through Oct. 22, open noon to 4 pm.

Candy Shweder’s Up-Island Pottery Sale is Saturday, October  7 from 9 am to noon at 4 Milling Hill off Middle Road.

Dena Porter is having her first solo photo exhibit, “Water, in its Many Forms,” at the Chilmark library running through Oct. 27. Join Dena for a reception on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Stories and Songs continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. For questions or information, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360.

Kara Taylor Gallery is hosting a Nettie Kent Jewelry Trunk Show on Friday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 7 pm, during regular gallery hours.

Hurray, it’s Native Earth Teaching Farm’s Popcorn Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. This is family fun with goats, games, food, fiber, and of course free popcorn.

Chilmark Church Tuesday Pizza Nights at 6 pm have started and all are welcome. Free food, conversation, and community.

Stop by the MV Savings Bank to see Wendy Weldon’s painting exhibit through Oct. 22.

Get your groove on at the Minnesingers Fundraiser Dance Party with the Boogies (1970s dance music) held at Lola’s on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 pm. Expect fabulous food, a silent auction, and cash bar. Tickets are $50 and available at or call 508-821-0266.

You can still sign up for Nancy Aronie’s Writing From the Heart Workshop beginning on Columbus Day through Wednesday, Oct.11, from 9 am to noon. Partial scholarships are available. Contact Nancy at 508-274-4286.

A few years ago you may have read about Gretchen Coleman-Thomas awaiting a kidney transplant. The good news is they have a match for her, but she cannot get it until she has $25,000 in the bank for her recovery costs. At this moment she is really close, you can Dine to Donate on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 10 pm at Chef Dion’s restaurant at the VFW in Oak Bluffs or just give through the website listed, see

Have a great week.