Chilmark: Chilmark Potluck Jam

Love and spring are in the air. This stone formation made it through two storms at Lucy Vincent Beach. — Valerie Sonnenthal

The 44th Chilmark Potluck Jam filled the CCC with delicious dinner offerings and a wonderful lineup of local musicians. When they start up again in the fall, it will be their 10th anniversary. I enjoyed dinner with my husband before heading over for the last hour of “Three Pianos” at Pathways. The place was rocking, with everyone singing along when I walked in. Growing up in NYC, I attended the free Sunday concerts at the N.Y. Jazz Museum on West 55th Street (sadly it only lasted from 1972 to 1977). Saturday night reminded me of those swinging Sundays. What an incredible gift David Stanwood organizes annually. I loved being introduced to Frank and Cleopatra Wilkins, as well as enjoying Island musicians Taurus Biskis, Chris Brown, Andy Herr, Len Morris, Wes Nagy, Michael Hayden, Paul Thurlow, and Nancy Jepcote. It was a night filled to the brim with love, making me grateful Chilmark and the Island are my home.

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If you’ve thought about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, head to the Wharf in Edgartown on Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 7 pm and learn how to get involved; have your questions answered by board, staff, and current bigs. Free, but please RSVP to 508-771-5150.

You’ll find all the Easter activities and egg hunts listed in our local papers; look online for recipes to make natural dyes for egg coloring and decoration, it’s easy and fun. Remember Easter and April Fool’s Day are one and the same this year. Be sure to get your chocolate shopping done at Chilmark Chocolates before they close on Sunday, April 1; they’re open added days this week.

Stop by Mermaid Farm to visit with newborn lambs and calves and do your shopping.

Pizza Nights continue on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm; enjoy free food, conversation, and community. All are welcome, free. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark.

Come to Pathways Arts on Mondays and join Rebecca Gilbert for knitting from 1 to 3 pm, and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm learn T’ai Chi Ch’uan Yang long form and Chi Kung with Yang Chang Fu, suitable for all ages and family groups. Come to the fifth annual Imagined Gardens and Landscapes multi-arts evening featuring visionary designs, ideas, and visual arts from Bill O’Callaghan, Wendi Goldfarb, Kris Hendriksen, Roxanne Kapitan, and Rebecca Sanders on Friday, March 30. On Tuesday, April 3, join Joe Keenan for some sea shanteys followed by an open floor for music, songwriting, and all writing forms. Programs continue through April from 7 to 9 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. You can stop by every day but Wednesdays and Sundays, and find a warm environment to work in; Wi-Fi and computer available. Learn more at

The Chilmark Community Church has three events for Easter Sunday; begin with a 6:15 am sunrise service at Menemsha Beach. If you want to walk, meet at the church at 5:20 am. Then enjoy an Easter breakfast from 7:15 to 8:45 am, back at the church. Or head to the 9 am Easter worship service. There will be an egg hunt for children after the 9 am service, and childcare is provided during worship.

Birdhouses are in; if you’ve made one you want to submit for the next Featherstone show, dropoffs are accepted on Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn more at

At the library, Beginner Sign Language Workshops will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 5pm on April 3, 10, 24, and May 1. See “Columbus,” a film focusing on two characters in Columbus, Ind., known for its cluster of mid-century modern homes, on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 pm. Check out the trailer: Stories and Song continue on Tuesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am. The Wednesday Afterschool Story and Crafts program runs weekly from 3 to 4 pm. For info or questions, call 508-645-3360 or email

Have a great week.