Chilmark: Congrats to Carol Brown Goldberg

Signs of seasons, signs of change, Autumn greetings. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Over the summer I did not run into one of my regular swimming friends, and was shocked to learn that Carol Weichert passed away on Oct. 4, leaving behind her identical twin sister, Chilmark resident Susan Kluver, her children, and grandchildren. She had been a lifelong swimmer, and was the only other swimmer I ran into regularly in late September or early October. With her kickboard in tow, she swam daily. I will miss her company, and send my heartfelt condolences to her extended family.

Congratulations to Chris Fischer and Amy Fischer, who announced on Instagram they are expecting their first child,

Congratulations to Carol Brown Goldberg, “Visionary Artist” who is receiving Moment Magazine’s Creativity Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 pm. Other awardwinners include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Human Rights Award), Jane Mayer (Journalism Award), and Esther Coopersmith (Lifetime Achievement Award). If you are interested in tickets, contact Johnna Raskin at 202-363-6422 or

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is inviting all artisans, candlestick makers, knitters, and bakers to contribute to their Handmade from the Heart fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. If you have any unique handmade items, including jewelry, knitted items, paintings, pottery, photographs, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, and more, please call 508-693-0189 to donate items. All proceeds from the sale of the items will go directly to the care of patients and their families. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is a completely community-supported program.

Chilmark Chocolates is open from Thursday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The Chilmark School fourth and fifth grades annual fundraiser is for Water for South Sudan. Stop by their fair at the CCC on Friday, Oct. 26, from 1:15 to 2:15 pm, all are welcome. Games donations are 25 cents, and 50 cents for baked goods.

I hope everyone is getting their Halloween costumes ready for the Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter’s annual party at the CCC, for all Chilmark kids through fifth grade. Come for the costume parade, pizza, and potluck snacks at 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31, before heading out to trick-or-treat. For more info, please contact Katie Carroll at

Early voting for the Nov. 6 state election has started at the Chilmark Town Hall at 401 Middle Rd. on weekdays through Nov. 2, from 8 am to noon.

At the library, the Contemporary Poetry Book Club, a hybrid book club/writing group, begins on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4 pm (and will meet the last Saturday of the month through May). They will spend the beginning of the meeting discussing the chosen poetry book and the remaining time in a book-inspired free write. All levels of experience welcome, sharing encouraged but not required. Book clubs are co-facilitated by local poet and workshop leader Donald Nitchie and Chilmark library adult programs coordinator Marlan Sigelman. Afterschool Crafts with Irene is on Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 pm, for kindergarteners to 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.

Pam Goff let us know that on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 10 am. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Foster from Rhode Island will be preaching at the Chilmark Church. All are welcome to the community church; child care is available. Pizza nights continue on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. Last week farewells were said to seasonal residents, and Pizza Night was packed with “old and new friends”; come enjoy a social gathering of all ages for free food and fellowship. On Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am, come for a free weekly musical jam session.

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

Constance Messmer is offering “Simple Psychic Development” on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 am to 5 pm. Learn more at

Weekly lunch at Native Earth Teaching Farm on Wednesdays at noon. Bring your lunch, then take a stroll around the farm. Preschoolers encouraged but not required; at 94 North Rd.

Please mark your calendars for a special town meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 pm.

Have a great week.