Chilmark: holiday activities in abundance

Happy Holidays, Menemsha-style.— Valerie Sonnenthal

Besides beautiful weather, fog, and rain, there have been a plethora of holiday activities from the Chilmark Flea to the last Farmers Market, concerts, holiday shows, and our last of Lia Kahler’s Offerings of Light and Music (minus Lia). If there are a couple of heavy lifters who wouldn’t mind moving a few things around after the morning Sunday service, then the Rev. Charlotte Wright wouldn’t mind hosting one Offerings of Light and Music a month for January, February, and March. Coming together for these community events has been magical, heartwarming, and joyous, something we can all stand to revel in and share.

The most poignant moment this week was Albert Fischer’s heartfelt post, originally on Facebook, about selling their family homestead of 60 years. When I ran into him at the Farmers Market, he acknowledged that getting so many responses online and in the local papers has been a help to him and his family as they transition to a changed Island life.

Pam Glavin wants everyone to know a Christmas tree has been set up at her late husband Carl Widdiss’ gravesite in the Gay Head Cemetery, on Rose Meadow Way off State Road. It will be up through April. Come and put a decoration on the tree and take a goodie from the stocking, and write a note with a promise to do a good deed for someone else in Carl’s honor.

Get to the Simon Gallery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven before it closes at the end of the month. Open weekends 11 am to 5 pm.

If you’re holiday shopping, remember the Allen Farm store, open 11 am to 5 pm daily. The stores on Basin Road in Menemsha are open, and so is Menemsha Fish Market. Meat, cheese, yogurt, and more at our local farm stands, Grey Barn, North Tabor Farm, and Mermaid Farm. Chilmark Chocolates is closed until February. And don’t forget gas in Menemsha.

The last meteor shower of the year, Ursids, is Saturday, Dec. 22. Check to see where to look in the sky.

The Chilmark Community Church’s 5 pm Christmas Eve simple service offers Lessons and Carols with guest musician Sandra Bitteman Attwood on harp. All are welcome. Community Suppers start up again on Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, all ages welcome. Thursday morning Jam Sessions from 10 to 11:30 am continue through Dec. 27. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information call 508-645-3100.

The Food Truck is parked in front of Menemsha Blues from 11 am to 2 pm, Mondays through Fridays, but also open Saturday, Dec. 22. They’ll be closed Dec. 24 and 25, then open Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 29. Closed again on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Pathways Arts at the Chilmark Tavern hosts “An Evening of Music with Kemp Harris” on Thursday, Dec. 20. Every Saturday at 3 pm, join Alison Cameron Parry for a weekly All Ages Qi Gong; for more info write or call 508-397-1743; $15 suggested donation (livestream also available). Doors open at 6:30 pm and events begin at 7 pm, free for all evening programs. Pathways will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

Librarian Irene Tewksbury needs low glass jars (baby food) for tealights and small round cardboard boxes (like the ones brie cheese comes in) for a craft project; please bring any items to the library for her.

The Chilmark library is hosting a Holiday Concert with the Vineyard Brass ensemble on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Holiday activities for kids include the Maker Space Project on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 2 pm, and a Drop-in Afternoon Craft on Thursday, Dec. 27. 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. Check out Whitney Cleary’s wonderful paintings, hanging through Dec. 27. The annual book sale is half-price Dec. 18 to 22 and free Dec. 26 to 29. Stories with Rizwan continue Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. The Poetry Book Club meets on Dec. 29 at 3 pm to discuss “Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God” by Tony Hoagland and write from prompts. Learn more at or 508-645-3360. The library will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Kids Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Chilmark Community Center starts at 6:15 pm. If you are in fifth grade or younger, come meet Santa and see what he has for you.

Town Hall closes at 12:30 pm on Dec. 24 and 31, and is closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Happy Holidays, one and all.