Chilmark: Spectacular sunrises

I loved discovering this painting of Capt. Greg Mayhew's dragger, the Unicorn, by Washington, Conn., and Martha's Vineyard painter Tom Hollinger, which was recently donated to the Chilmark library. — Tom Hollinger

A hazy sunrise at Lucy Vincent Beach brought Alison Shaw’s photography students out besides surfers, regulars, dogs, and other walkers. There’s been a spate of spectacular sunrises. Maybe you’ve even gotten a peak at Wendy Weldon’s blooming dahlias, bringing her bouquets of joy. Glad the skies have been aglow, and weather holding between the rains, though it seems fall is finally here.

Sorry I missed mention of last week’s Sheriff’s Meadow walk at Brookside Ridge Preserve, so better check their site if you like their offerings and want to see what they are up to, or volunteer. See

Laurie David sent an email about Women Rising, “eight amazing women veterans who are running for Congress for the very first time.” Check out their video here:

Don’t miss the article “Venerable Beads: Musician Kate Taylor sees the sacred in a humble clamshell,” on page 75 of the October/November 2018 issue of AARP Magazine. Congratulations, Kate.

It’s the final week to get breakfast at the Beach Plum Inn daily, from 8 to 10:30 am through Oct. 20, or buy fish for a sunset meal at Larsen’s Fish Market, open daily from 9 am to 7 pm through Sunday, Oct. 21. The Menemsha Deli is staying open until November, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on Sundays. Head to the Menemsha Fish Market, open year-round, daily from 9 am to sundown; don’t forget you can always get gas and more at the Menemsha Texaco station. Be sure to stop by the Fo’c’sle Locker and next door at the Copperworks of Martha’s Vineyard, open year-round.

Jan Buhrman’s Back Porch is offering carry-away dinners every Friday, plus baked goods with a Saturday pickup; both require a phone order. Sign up for email notices and you’ll get a weekly menu. Call 508-560-5775 for more info.

Grey Barn Farm Tours continue on Thursdays at 10 am, no registration, kids free, $10.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 state election will be available at the Chilmark Town Hall at 401 Middle Rd. on weekdays between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon.

If you haven’t taken the time to enjoy the artwork at our library, I advise you to do so. It was a delight to discover a recent donation of Greg Mayhew’s dragger, the Unicorn, by Washington, Conn., and M.V. summer resident painter Tom Hollinger, who has spent the past 41 summers along with his wife enjoying the Island. In fact he and his wife were married in Chilmark.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, join Chilmark Writing Workshop founder Nancy Aronie for “Jumpstart Your Memoir: Short Talk and Even Shorter Workshop” at 4:30 pm at the Chilmark library. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 pm, hear Kayla Smith and Liz Baldwin of speak about BiodiversityWorks beach bird and black racer projects and volunteer participation in those projects. They will discuss the history of the species, the monitoring/research project, outcomes, and how volunteers have been and can be involved. Enjoy an afternoon of playing a variety of board games (like King of Tokyo and Jenga) and Wii-U games (Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and more) on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 pm. Snacks provided, families welcome. Afterschool Crafts with Irene is on Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 pm, for K-fifth graders. The Coffee Klatsch Knitting (bring your own supplies and projects) and Chess Meet-Up happens Thursdays from noon to 3 pm. Come enjoy free coffee — just be sure to bring your own mug — for a cozy, laid-back, and communal hangout up-Island. Stories with Rizwan continue Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Learn more at or 508-645-3360.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, recycle air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, and scrap metal. Fees between $2 and $30 per item, 10 percent discount for full car loads. All proceeds benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Sponsored by Bruno’s Rolloff Inc. For more information, contact Taylor Achin at 508-693-7900, ext. 374, or

Native Earth Teaching Farm hosts a free Herbal Clinic on Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 3:30 pm, educational consultations run 30 to 40 minutes. At 3:30 pm there is a guided plant walk until 4 pm. Enjoy free tea, medicines, and herb walk. Weekly lunch at the Farm on Wednesdays at noon. Bring your lunch, then take a stroll around the farm. Preschoolers encouraged but not required, at 94 North Rd.

Pam Goff shared that on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 9 am, the Rev. Steven Chambers, a dynamic young minister who has done a lot of youth ministry will be preaching at the Chilmark Church. All are welcome to the community church, plus child care is available. Pizza nights continue on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm until close to Thanksgiving. Enjoy a social gathering of all ages for free food and fellowship.

The next Women’s Symposium will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, “If Not Now, When?” from 9 am to noon at the Chilmark Community Center. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses.

Have a great week.