Chilmark: Goofy factor

The Food Truck: Cat, Kitty, and Angela Aronie greet hungry customers at the Home Port in Menemsha, Monday to Friday, 11 am to 2 pm. — Valerie Sonnenthal

I hope everyone enjoyed the warmer weekend weather before the rain. It’s hard to believe it’s winter when there are too many choices of events on any given evening. I was lucky enough to attend two of the Yard’s offerings, the Sandglass Theater puppet performance and Cie Herve Koube, both outstanding. On my way home Saturday night I passed a group of five young men, heads bowed, standing quietly in a circle around the cross on Middle Road honoring Jake Baird. Each day I notice new offerings left by those who knew Jake and others who did not. Again my heart goes out to Jake’s family and friends as they heal from this unexpected tragedy.

Some of you I hope have enjoyed Built on Stilts dance festival over the past 21 years, but now you can enjoy a dance class for “grownups” alternately taught by BOS founder Abby Bender and Laura Sargent Hall (and occasional guest teachers) on Mondays from 6 to 7:15 pm at the old Beadniks space next to the Vineyard Playhouse on Church Street in V.H. (Please do not park onsite.) Laura’s classes include warmup and dance phrases on and off the floor, though not particularly technique-heavy classes. Abby says, “It’s a relaxed environment designed for all to have fun dancing together while challenging our minds to learn interesting combinations and exploring how our bodies (and imaginations) might move in new ways. Goofy factor will be somewhat high.” There’s a $5 to $10 sliding scale.

The West Tisbury Dumptique is closed until March.

If you love Indian food, you’ll be happy to know the Barn, Bowl and Bistro is featuring Indian specials on Tuesdays along with its new regular menu, thanks to Shiva Datta, daughter of Indian chef and ACE MV teacher Uma Datta. There’s still time to sign up for Uma’s Indian cooking class beginning in February, or check out other courses at

The Chilmark Community Church Tuesday winter meals continue through February from 5:30 to 6:30 pm; enjoy free food, conversation, and community. All are welcome, free. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information, call 508-645-3100.

Come to Pathways Arts on Friday, Jan. 26, for the annual Arts and Scripts Event, where we get to see and /hear works in progress with Corrinne de Langavant, Timo Nanda, Barnyard Saints, Milo Silva and Bruce MacNelly, Sean McMahon, Tony Tobia, Danielle Mulcahy, and Barney Zeitz, plus music from Cicada and Howl. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, enjoy readings from novels, Short Stories and Essays by Ilka List, Gaston Vadasz, Jib Ellis, Julia Kidd, and Rick Glassberg. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and performances start at 7 pm for all events. Mondays, join Rebecca Gilbert for knitting from 1 to 3 pm. You can stop by every day but Wednesdays and Sundays and find a warm environment to work in, with Wi-Fi and computer available. Learn more at

Karen Kelleher of Boston Thermography is coming to Peaked Hill Studio in Chilmark on Sunday, Jan. 28, and offering a range of thermography scans (cranial-dental, breast, and full body) as well as Quantum Bio-Feedback. Learn more about her offerings at, and call 617-389-3828 to schedule an appointment.

Be sure to drop by and see Mila Lowe’s “Local Immigrants” photography exhibit at the Chilmark library meeting room through Friday, Feb 2. Join Shelley Edmundson, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 5 pm to learn about the current state of fishing on Martha’s Vineyard, and the challenges our fisheries face. She will be accompanied by Chilmark locals Jeremy Mayhew and Wes Brighton, who will show some clips about their upcoming feature-length documentary on commercial fishing on the Island, funded by the Vineyard Vision Fellowship. This film will tell the story of the island’s commercial fishing history, describe present-day issues, and offer possible solutions to ensure our community has a strong and sustainable commercial fishing community now and for generations to come.

For questions or information, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360. Sign up for the new monthly newsletter by emailing to stay up-to-date on what’s happening. Stories and Song continue on Tuesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am, as does the Wednesday afterschool club.

Have a great week.