Chilmark: Velella velella

Did you see these all over Lucy Vincent Beach? They are called Velella velella, windblown blue jellyfish, and are usually found in the spring washed up on beaches. They are basically benign to us, but avoid touching your face or eyes after handling. — Valerie Sonnenthal

It was a nice week, until the up-Island blackout on Sunday night. Thankfully, Eversource worked their magic and power was restored by 9:16 pm. Big thanks and love to all who made the Pot Luck Jam a great community event. Sorry to miss this one, but loved seeing and hearing some clips, even abroad while visiting my brother’s family in Berlin, where it does not get light until nearly 8 am and starts to get dark around 4 pm. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of fresh hot pretzels! Then I met my husband, Ed Grazda, in Paris for his book signing at Paris Photo, a place I haven’t been since 1984, when we were there together. Pathways Arts will be hosting a presentation in early December about Ed’s new book, a screening of “Ravenite,” a short doc about John Gotti’s lower Manhattan social club, and a book signing for “Mean Streets: 1970-1985.”

Special thanks to all the vets who have served to keep us safe. Happy belated birthday to Candy Shweder. Congratulations to Anne Cook, who has been “awarded a grant from Music Drives Us, founded by Ernie Boch Jr., and will be working with a group of wonderful musicians on Martha’s Vineyard to offer singing-songwriting workshops for youth, ages 11-17, starting Jan. 6, 2018, through end of March, on Saturdays, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Kids will have the option to sign up for five or all 10 sessions, each with a featured guest songwriter-mentor. We will ask families for a contribution of $20 per session to supplement the grant funding, with a discount if signing up for all 10 sessions.” A website will be up soon with musician bios, music links, and dates each artist will be participating. “The project will culminate in performances of the kids’ original music, in collaboration with their songwriting mentors and a house band of pro players.” Sessions are limited to 10 kids. Sign up ASAP to reserve spots at

My family discovered Totoro 23 years ago, and it was a favorite of both my sons. If you aren’t familiar with master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, know that when Pixar and Disney animators feel stuck, they turn to this man’s work. Head to the West Tisbury library on Friday, Nov. 10, for a 1 pm screening with Japanese food. All ages welcome; children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Chilmark Chocolates is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Food Truck is in the Home Port parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Also, Menemsha Fish Market has great takeout and fresh catch every day.

Island herbalist Missy Larsen leads a salve-making workshop at the Saturday Farmers Market at 10:30 am, free. Get some hot food, and enjoy the fire or listening to some great local music.

Alexandra Pratt, the Chilmark library’s new programs coordinator, welcomes programming ideas. Please reach out to her at Be sure to sign up for the new monthly e-newsletter at the circulation desk, or call. Stop by the walk-in blood pressure clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 1 pm. Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm will talk about her experiences with farming and community connections, and demonstrate the stages from sheep to wool garment, share her farm’s philosophy, and answer questions on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5 pm. Join Stories and Songs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Wednesday Afterschool Club is on, come and check it out. The Off-Season Library Cafe is open, and you are welcome to bring your lunch or enjoy cookies, coffee, tea, or cocoa. Come on in from the chill and relax at the library. For questions or information, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360.

Come hear an evening of music at Pathways Arts featuring Siren Mayhew, Griffin McMahon, and Sean McMahon on Saturday, Nov. 11; doors open at 6:30 pm, and program begins at 7 pm. If you are interested in participating in this season’s events, learn more at

If you’re looking for good company, head to the Chilmark Church Tuesday Pizza Nights at 6 pm to enjoy free food, conversation, and community. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving is coming soon, and the Vineyard Committee on Hunger continues its Family to Family Holiday Meals Program. Please consider making a donation; $25 buys one family meal basket. You can send checks payable to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH), and indicate on the memo line that your contribution is for the Family-to-Family Program. (The VCOH is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and contributions are tax-deductible.) Mail to VCOH, P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or make a donation online at

Have a great week.