Chilmark: Farmers Market finds


Don’t forget to turn back your clocks on Saturday night. Hunting season has started, so please be sure to wear bright clothes if you walk in an area open to hunters. And make sure your dogs also wear orange. Our town hall provides state regulation guides, should you need them.

Thanks go to all the ladies who help make the Chilmark Women’s Symposium a must-not-miss event, plus the amazing speakers. The next symposium will be held on April 27, for those who plan ahead.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 state election continues at the Chilmark Town Hall at 401 Middle Road on weekdays through Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon. Polls are open 7 am to 8 pm for the state election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The latest time to apply for an absentee ballot is Monday, Nov. 5, at noon.

Be sure to stop by the Saturday Farmers Market at the Ag Hall and try either sweet or savory crepes from the Miller’s Wife, started by Chilmarker Mary Rentschler. Enjoy the fire, music, and local Island offerings. Last weekend farmers and vendors in costumes made for a very festive market.

All the stores at the circle in Aquinnah are open weekends through Thanksgiving. Juli Vanderhoop has baked goods available at her home bakery and at the circle shop; otherwise detour to Menemsha for eats at Larsen’s Fish Market, or drinks and more at the Texaco Station, besides shopping on Basin Road.

I just heard from our English Chilmark guest, Mike Scott, who picked up a cold while visiting in NYC and has just gotten over it. He wrote, “We really enjoyed our visit, and found the whole trip so intellectually stimulating, quite a different holiday. It is now a challenge to distil some of the thoughts into a series of articles. Martha’s Vineyard is such an interesting and beautiful place, and probably unique in the fact that it is so unspoilt and retains much of its history, especially through some of the historic families. Had we known before we booked the trip what was to transpire, we would have allocated much more time. We have formed a committee to start to plan our 400th anniversary event next year, and there are many things yet to resolve. Many thanks again, and I hope we can keep the Chilmark connections going.” If you’d like to reach out to Mike Scott, editor and treasurer of the Chilmark Village Voice, you can do so at Also, if you’re interested in receiving a .pdf of the Chilmark and Tisbury photobook Jo Scott put together and donated to the library, just email me at and I’ll send you a copy.

Heather Goff has been busy making tiles, and is offering studio visits by appointment (message her on Facebook), or you can check out her tiles at If you have small dogs and are looking for a Chilmark dog sitter, Heather offers a variety of services — check out

Doug Liman had a screening of his new director’s cut of “Fair Game” at the end of the summer; read what the Guardian had to say about this new release:

Pathways Arts is starting up again at the Chilmark Tavern on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with Writing and Poetry Tuesdays. The first monthly “We Dance” event is Friday, Nov. 9, starting with performances followed by dancing for all with DJ K-OS (Keith Bassett). Doors open at 6:30 pm, and events begin at 7 pm; free.

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.

IGI is not only gleaning, they’re now cooking in Jan Buhrman’s kitchen. Check out volunteer opportunities and get more info at, or call 508-687-9062.

Also, Jan Buhrman has added Tuesday Night Specials: Call ahead and pick up either at the Back Porch or the Farmers Market. Stop and get the low-down from Jan, besides amazing soups, popovers, croissants, and other treats, along with savory hand pies, weekly pizzas, sausage pretzel rolls, and carry-out dinners. For orders and info, call 508-560-5775.

The Contemporary Poetry Book Club at the library had its first meeting with a strong Chilmark showing, and if you’re interested in next month’s poetry gathering, the book is “Surge” by Etel Adnan. Be sure to check out Islander Vivian Ewing’s mysterious exhibit “Dry Grass,” including photos and text, in the community room. Her small books are also there, and worth checking out. Please know a reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 2 pm, and the show is up through Nov. 30. Weather permitting, join Mark Alan Lovewell for an evening of Amateur Astronomy on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 pm outside (so dress appropriately). Afterschool Crafts with Irene is on Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 pm, for kindergartners 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.

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 West Tisbury library is looking for submissions for “Through a Lens II,” a juried show which will run from Dec. 3 to 31. The show is open to professional and amateur photographers. All genres are welcome. Submissions in digital, silver, or gelatin print or alternative processes will be accepted as long as they were captured and created by the submitter. Submission due by Nov. 15. See the library website for submission guidelines.

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

Have a great week.