Chilmark: Peak nights of Geminids

Holiday greetings from the Chilmark Post Office. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Are you getting in the holiday spirit yet? If you haven’t driven around looking at holiday lights or made it to Donaroma’s spectacular, you can catch two more peak nights of Geminids (120 meteors an hour), Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, the year’s most active meteor showers. Send in a good shot to share.

Where to shop for the holidays in Chilmark: You have a little time left to do your chocolate shopping, and choose from a selection of Peace Quilts from Haiti merchandise. Chilmark Chocolates will close from Dec. 19 to Feb. 3. There’s a Pop-Up Shop of local artisans and books at Pathways Arts (Chilmark Tavern, open 11 am to 5 pm, except Wednesdays and Sundays). Menemsha’s Basin Road has a great assortment of goods; start at Everett Poole’s Chandlery for marine gear plus his handcarved, hand-painted small buoys for key chains. Next stop in Scott McDowell’s Copperworks of Martha’s Vineyard for Scott’s great copper wall hangings, artwork by his son, assorted local wampum jewelry, antiques, and more. Drop by Virginia (Ginnie) Jones’s Foc’sle Locker and find assorted books for all ages from cooking to maritime, vintage wool sweaters and vests, silk scarves, buttons, cards, and too much to mention, but always worth the visit (open noon – 5 pm every day from Dec. 15 to 24 (closed in “miserable weather”). And if you’re looking to deaccession maritime books, Ginnie Jones will buy and help you value what you’ve got; try her at 508-693-6397, also she’s open by appointment until early April. Don’t forget Menemsha Fish Market for a quick bite at the counter, takeout, and gift cards, and even the Texaco Station has some good stocking stuffers. Always worth a visit to the Allen Farm Shop for great wool items from throws to clothes, plus too many items to mention, open daily 11 am to 5 pm. If you want to reserve lamb or have items shipped, call Clarissa Allen at 508-645-9064. Beetlebung Meats can be purchased at Beetlebung Tree Care, also delivery and shipping available upon request, see Be sure to check out Kate Taylor’s Etsy site for all of her gorgeous pendants and CDs at

Chilmark artisan wares can be found at the Holiday Shop at Alley’s, including John R. Jordan’s ceramics and Stephanie Tilton Rossi’s felted ornaments and decorations, plus Suzy Zell’s handwoven towels. Also find Chilmark artists Jennifer Burkin, Karen Gourley Lehman, and Wendy Weldon represented with many others at Featherstone’s Holiday Gift Show, open noon to 4 pm through Sunday, Dec. 17. Chilmarker Peter Simon’s new book was mentioned in the Sunday Boston Globe; stop by his and Ronni Simon’s gallery in Vineyard Haven for calendars, jewelry, books, and great gifts. You can pick up Thomas Bena’s “One Big Home” at the checkout line at Cronig’s, or buy it online for $20 — always a good stocking stuffer.

Join the Chilmark Church Tuesday winter meals at 6 pm to enjoy free food, conversation, and community. On Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 pm enjoy a free concert celebrating the holiday season with Bellamira’s English Country Dance music, soprano Becky Williams, mezzo-soprano Martha Hudson, Carol Loud on piano and organ, reading by Lori Shaller, the Black Brook Singers with drummers and dancers, plus Holly Wayman on flute with Atzic Marquez on violin. Candle lighting and refreshments included. All are welcome, free, at 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information, call 508-645-3100.

The last Farmers Market is Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Ag Hall. Enjoy a Craft Day with the Waldorf School, and Gingerbread Cookie Decorating with FARM Institute from 11 am to noon.

This year’s Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Potluck Christmas Party at the Chilmark Community Center will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 pm. Chilmark kids, newborn through fifth grade, will receive a gift. Be sure to bring a dish to share, and be ready to join in Christmas carols. For more information, contact Katie Carroll at 508-645-2641 or

Pathways Arts is where you can come hear music on Friday, Dec. 15, with MoLazes, Andy Herr, Lydia Fisher, and Kat Soni. Check out Utopia Vintage Clothes Pop-Up Store at Pathways on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 am to 5 pm. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, come hear the Cleaveland House Poets read. To learn more, see

Chilmark Library’s annual Used Book Sale starts Tuesday, Dec. 12, with used books, DVDs, and more for sale. Full price (from $.25 to $1) will be from Dec. 12 to 14. All items will be half-price Dec. 19 to 23, and free after Christmas, Dec. 27 to 30. “Being in the Light,” photographs by Claire Ganz, are up through Dec. 31. Family Movie Nights will be held Wednesdays, Dec. 20 and 27, at 5 pm; come enjoy food, crafts, and a film. For questions or information, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360.

Deer hunters’ primitive firearms season runs from Dec. 11 to 30. Be careful out there when walking your pets.

Have a great week.