Chilmark: Weather rollercoaster

Chilmark Chocolates is now closed until Thursday, March 8. Here is their calendar for the year. — Valerie Sonnenthal

March is here and we’re on the weather rollercoaster from freezing temps to balmy ones with some snow, ice, and rain all mixed in. The February school break officially begins Friday, Feb. 23, at the end of school. Although one of the quietest weeks of the entire year, there’s lots of programs for kids at every library (ours are listed below), as well as at Featherstone Center for the Arts, the Y, the ice rink, bowling lanes, and more. So I hope for those who are enjoying a staycation as well as those families taking off, they have a wonderful week.

It may not be Flanders Field softball season yet, but that did not stop the three acting commissioners from sharing an April 1995 editorial by Bill Edison on “The Greenwood Pirates and the Field of Dreams” that appeared in the Mendocino Art Center’s A&E publication found by Bill’s daughter Miranda. True, it’s never too early to start dreaming about baseball/softball.

My heart goes out to the extended family and friends of Jon Harris, whose memorial will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Ag Hall at 5 pm. All are welcome to celebrate his life and Nina, his daughter, says, “Please dress casually (I know my dad would wear jeans!) and you’re welcome to bring a special dish if you’d like.”

The Chilmark School Spring Fling to benefit the Chilmark PTO on Saturday, March 10, is still accepting donations for its live and silent auction. Contact Beth Wike at for information.

Mazel tov to Chris Fischer and his new bride Amy Schumer, glad to hear that your family was in attendance, besides some other occasional Chilmark summer residents: Larry David and Jake Gyllenhall.

The Chilmark Community Church Tuesday winter meals from 5:30 to 6:30 pm continue through March 6; enjoy free food, conversation, and community. All are welcome, free. The church is at 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark.

Come to Pathways Arts on Friday, Feb. 23, for the monthly We Dance featuring MV Hip Hop Dancers: The Spinners & The Spin Crew of the Spindrift Studio with dancers Sophie Hiller, Alise Eve, Jess Francis, Lizzy Kent, and Arielle Hayes. Corinne de Langavant will dance accompanied by Andy Herr on guitar and David Stanwood on piano. Also expect to watch some great video shorts of dance followed by DJ Dern Campbell and a community dance party. 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 Pathways every day except 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 for free on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11 am to 1 pm. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, local writer and former radio broadcast executive Skip Finley will present “Voyage of Discovery – Vineyard Whaling Captains of Color,” which focuses on what Finley has discovered through years of research for his upcoming book on the subject. Here are the library activities scheduled during the school break: Mario Kart Racing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon, Legomania all day Wednesday, Feb. 28, Tabletop Game Zone on Thursday, March 1, and a Saturday Movie Matinee on March 3 at 2 pm to see the third movie about an evil genius, his minions, and now his twin. Need help, the library can be reached at 508-645-3360. Stories and Songs continue on Tuesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

The Yard presents The Wondertwins “To Hip Hop, With Love” choreographed and performed by identical twins Bobby and Bill McClain on Saturday, March 10, at the PAC, 7 pm. The twins “have created a distinctive style all their own, with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime.”

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Thanks to MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust you can sign up for the Fishing Partnership’s CPR/First Aid Certification Course to be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Tisbury EMS/Fire Building in the downstairs meeting room. This course has been modified for offshore situations and is geared toward fishermen and their families. The class includes CPR, First Aid, Narcan Training, and Ergonomics. This course will count towards your Captain License CPR/First Aid requirements. The cost for CPR is $25 and Ergonomics is free, but the Fishing Partnership will waive the fee for hardship. Learn more and register at

Have a great week.