Chilmark: Holiday happenings

Barefoot in November, Lucy Vincent Beach. —Courtesy Valerie Sonnenthal

Happy Thanksgiving. The Dorper sheep have been moved back from Tea Lane and are grazing nearby. Lucy Vincent has been abuzz with locals and families visiting for the holidays. Camerawoman Angela Anderson seemed to be the only person bold enough to play barefoot in the surf with her dog last weekend. I’m always thankful for the winds bringing down dead branches before winter’s heavy snows. November seems to be slipping away, between rain, cold, and welcome sunny days. The winter Farmers Market at the Ag Hall was packed before the holiday. Even the horse-drawn wagon rides have started. I finally tried a Miller’s Wife savory crepe, the rice one, a favorite of Lynne Whiting, who was ahead of me and had decided to try a sweet crepe (their menu changes weekly). Everyone enjoyed their fresh fare.

The Chilmark Community Church’s Pizza Nights continue free on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. You can head to the Chilmark Community Church and enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal at 1 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. The Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. All who need a place to go that day or who may not have family nearby are welcome. Donations or a dish to share would be appreciated, but are not necessary. For further information or a ride, call 508-645-3100. Stop by the church on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am and enjoy a weekly musical jam session.

It looks like the Food Truck will return either the week after Thanksgiving or the first week of December, and now be parked in front of Menemsha Blues, from 11 am to 2 pm, Mondays through Fridays. We look forward to having Josh and Angela Aronie return.

The first Chilmark Jam Potluck of the season is Saturday, Nov. 24, which also happens to be its 10th anniversary. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy a stellar lineup of Island musicians beginning at 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Come early, stay late, all ages welcome.

Chilmark Chocolates is closed on Thanksgiving, and open Friday through Sunday after the holiday.

The annual Community Poetry Reading at the West Tisbury library hosted by town poet laureate Spencer Thurlow takes place on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Bring a poem to share, your own or someone else’s; all are welcome.

Federated Church will be holding Wreath Workshops on Monday, November 26, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Parish House on 45 South Summer St., Edgartown. Help make over 75 all-natural and hand-decorated wreaths to be sold at the Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 6 pm, to benefit the preservation and maintenance of the 1832 Mayhew Parsonage. If you wish, you may purchase the wreath you make at the workshop for $70 the day of the workshop. Experience useful, but not required. For more info, call 508-627-4421. Free.

Pathways Arts at the Chilmark Tavern is hosting a Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 am to 6 pm, with Jeri Danzig’s glass, Joan LeLacheur’s wampum, Eileen Sullivan’s children’s book, Vital Signs hand-block print baby wear, and Holly Wayman’s holiday cards.A reception for Ann-Maria Stromberg’s “Blue Heron” series exhibit is on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 3:30 to 6 pm. On Tuesdays, enjoy or read at Writing and Poetry Tuesdays. Doors open at 6:30 pm and events begin at 7 pm, free.

The library will be closed early on Wednesday and on Thanksgiving. If you always wanted to learn to knit, you can now check out a Knit Kit. A reception for artist Vivian Ewing’s exhibit “Dry Grass” will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 2 pm. The Hybrid poetry book club and timed free write meets on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 pm. All levels of poetry familiarity welcome. Co-led by poet/poetry workshop facilitator Donald Nitchie and Chilmark library adult programs coordinator Marlan Sigelman. Come to Writer’s Submit-a-Thon hour on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5 pm for a low-pressure environment to gather with fellow writers and commit to submitting your work for publication. Tables will be set up in the meeting room to spread out with your laptop or notebooks, snacks, and a list of open-for-submission publications. 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 hang out up-Island. Stories with Rizwan continue Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Learn more at or 508-645-3360.

Have a great week.