Chilmark: Donuts in Chilmark?

Although this was before the rain, I’m still wondering what happened to their fourth legs? — Valerie Sonnenthal

Do you think Back Door Donuts will have an outpost in Chilmark now that two of the new owners are seasonal town residents? How about at the Chilmark Flea? We can always dream. Congratulations to Chilmark and NYC residents Kate Davis and David Heilbroner who are heading to the Oscars as the filmmakers/producers of a short documentary, “Traffic Stop.” It tells the story of Breaion King, a 26 year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who is stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a dramatic arrest.

“Traffic Stop” plays on Friday, Feb. 16, at the M.V. Film Center at 6:30 pm and premieres on Monday, Feb. 19, at 8 pm on HBO. They are working on “Born Into the Gig,” with the help of Chilmarker and producer Tamara Weiss; focused on famous musicians kids’ lives, including Ben and Sally Taylor. Yes, Albert Fischer’s photographs are for sale, both framed and unframed, don’t miss his show at the M.V. Savings Bank. Don’t forget Monday, Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday and schools are closed.

The second screening of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” a documentary that shares the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, plus how they’ve found solutions and hope, takes place at the PAC on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 pm, free. The film includes an interview with retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. The Q and A will be hosted by Chilmark’s Tricia Bennett.

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. Rev. Dr. Charlotte Wright leads a Lenten bible study group on “The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem,” a book by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 am through March 27. Please RSVP for one or more sessions at 508-645-3100 or Books ($10) may be ordered locally or online. The church is at 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark.

Come to Pathways Arts on Friday, Feb. 16, for an Evening with Songwriters including Rose Guerin, Delanie Pickering, and Jemima James with Josh Campbell. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, members of John Hough Jr.’s Writing Group: Nat Benjamin, Wallace Bullock, Leigh Fairchild-Coppoletti, Leslie Eaton, Christine Ferrone, Rob Hauck, Kate Hennigan, Julie Anne McNary, and Janet Zeller will read. Doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm. 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, wifi and computer available. Learn more at

Lots going on at the library: On Wednesday, Feb. 21 see the documentary “The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen,” a dancer and artist who grew up in Boston and later formed a dance school for low income kids in New Haven, Conn., as part of the M.V. Women’s Committee Winter Film Series. Drop by when the community room is not occupied for live-streaming of the Winter Olympics. Also you can get your blood pressure taken on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11 am to 1 pm, free. Need help —  the library can be reached at 508-645-3360. Stories and Songs continue on Tuesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am, as does the Wednesday after school club from 3 to 4 pm.

Register for a Trustees winter walk at the North Shore Conservation Restriction on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3 pm on a property that is opened once annually by the owners; meet at Cape Higgon Way for “a rare habitat, fascinating natural history, and spectacular views.” Register at or call 508-693-7662 for more information.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, don’t miss Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal elder and former historian/genealogist June Manning’s talk at Howes House, from 9:30 to 11 am, free.

Don’t forget dump prices have gone up to $5 for a 32 gallon or less bag and $3 for a small kitchen bag. For further info and all prices, see

Have a great week and enjoy the long weekend.