Chilmark: Meet the ponies

These turkeys are celebrating, and we hope you are too. Enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Here’s what’s open on Thanksgiving: Menemsha Fish Market, 11 am to 3 pm, and Menemsha Texaco from 11 am to noon (or maybe later if the weather is nice). No Food Truck on Friday, though you can find them at the M.V. Community Horse Center Open House from 10 am to 1 pm, and meet the ponies, learn about their winter programs, enjoy pony rides, an obstacle course, indoor maze, face painting, scavenger hunt, and refreshments. Free. Chilmark Chocolates is closed on Thanksgiving, but open Friday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Also Menemsha Basin Road shops will be open for holiday shoppers over the weekend, and you can get takeout from Menemsha Fish Market.

Chilmark Community Church welcomes all who would like to share a meal on Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, at 1 pm. The Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. You are welcome to make a donation or bring a dish to share, but know it is not necessary. For further information, call 508-645-3100. Chilmark Church community suppers now serving hot home cooked meals at 5:30 pm, starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. All are welcome.

Remember, no Farmers Market over Thanksgiving weekend, but head over to the last Artisan’s Fair at the Ag Hall on Friday, Nov. 24, or Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Parking is $2, which goes toward scholarships to graduating MVRHS students for studies in the arts each year.

Federated Church’s Wreath Workshops are on Monday, Nov. 27, Tuesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 am to 4 pm, at their Parish House on 45 South Summer St., Edgartown. Help make over 75 all-natural and hand-decorated wreaths, to be sold at the Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 pm. Experience useful, but not required. For questions, call 508-627-4421. Free.

Pathways Arts is where you’ll find Rebecca Gilbert’s Knitting Group every Monday from 1 to 3 pm. Tuesdays is Writing and Poetry, with optional prompts. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and program starts at 7 pm. To learn more about programs and participation, see You can stop by every day but Wednesdays and Sundays and find a warm environment to work in.

The library will close at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22, reopening on Friday, Nov. 24, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Chilmark library offers a four-part “Qigong for Beginners” series in collaboration with M.V. Partnership for Health. Each Wednesday from 11 am to noon, nurse practitioner Marcia Denise will lead the class in an instructional video of Qigong, a gentle exercise that helps to encourage body awareness, flexibility, and mental relaxation. Following class, Marcia will lead an hourlong information session about a different medical topic. Be sure to come back on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 5 pm for Sophie Abrams and Kat Soni from the Island Grown Initiative, who will talk about food equity on the Island, the new Mobile Market, a truck stocked with reduced-price, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, stopping at low-income, elderly, and disabled housing in order to help provide access to fresh food to communities that otherwise might not have access to it. Join Stories and Songs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. For questions or information, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360.

Our library wants you to know that on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and Island libraries will offer a free screening of “Ex Libris” by film legend Frederick Wiseman, a new documentary about the New York Public Library as a place of welcome, cultural exchange, and learning for 18 million patrons and 32 million online visitors annually. This free event is made possible by the generous support of the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association, the Friends of all the Island Libraries, and the M.V. Film Society. Meet librarians from Martha’s Vineyard libraries and enjoy festive sweets made by Beth Kramer, library director and baker. Admission is free, but reserve your tickets online, and please consider bringing nonperishable Food Pantry donations or unwrapped toys for the Red Stocking Fund.

Shotgun season for deer hunters begins on Monday, Nov. 27, and runs through Dec. 9. Remember there is no hunting allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts. Be careful out there, folks; wear orange, and if you walk dogs, they too should be wearing orange if you choose to walk in hunting areas.

Please attend a special Chilmark town meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. There are 16 articles to vote on: see

Have a great week; safe travels if you’re heading off-Island, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.