Chilmark: Up-Island entertainment

Blue Canyon trading post ruin in Arizona. Most interesting was that our Hopi guide had never been there in fog; at 63, he was awed. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Whenever I travel, at some point there’s usually a Vineyard connection. This week my husband hired a Hopi guide to take us to a trading post ruin that we’re no longer allowed to visit on our own. Turns out our guide, Ernie Northrup, a self-described Hopi renaissance man, was taken to the White House as a child for a visit with his mother and a group of Hopi women. While they had their tour and visit, he was sent off to play with “John John.” He said they played cowboys and Indians, reversing the roles, and that John John was afraid of him until he gave him a feather. Ernie is a renowned flutist, carving all his own flutes, and has played not only for Hollywood films, but visited the Vineyard, getting to play at a powwow many moons ago during his time teaching Native American music at Harvard. His own kachina carvings, jewelry, flutes, anything he touches is breathtaking. Our walk was amazing, but our visit with Ernie was inspiring. He passes on his craft teaching jewelry, and flute making and playing, and couldn’t have been more welcoming.

If you want to catch up on the Menemsha bus turn-around, the latest selectman’s meeting can be found at Katie Carroll shared, “Essentially, the project has been put on hold for re-evaluation in the fall. We have this winter, spring, and summer to do further research into the impacts of installing the bus turnaround into a natural resource area.” Please continue to share your design, environmental, or other ideas to ease congestion with our selectmen.

If you missed photographer Albert O. Fischer’s opening at the M.V. Playhouse, you can see the show through Feb. 1, but only during hours posted here:

Mark your calendars for the Chilmark School PTO’s “Blues Blizzard” on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 11 pm, at Chilmark Community Center with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, live and silent auctions, desserts, beverages, and photo-booth fun. Funds will support the Chilmark School outing program and PTO. It’s $20 at the door or through any Chilmark School family, $15 for seniors. Adults only. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Beth Wike at

If you want to support Second Chance Animal Rescue of M.V., head to its dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Jan. 19, 5 pm at the P.A. Club. Advance tickets are $20 (call 508-560-6046), and $25 at the door per person. Dinner includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options..

The Chilmark Community Church’s Community Suppers are on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, all ages welcome. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information call 508-645-3100.

Pathways Arts at the Chilmark Tavern hosts an Evening of Music on Friday, Jan. 18 with Seth Cooperrider, Rico Holley, David Hannon, Barbara Dacey, Misses Biskis, and Nate D’Angelo. Tuesdays offer readings by local writers. 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.

The M.V. Family Center and M.V. Film Festival invite families to watch short films and help MVFF kids decide what to play at the 19th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival on Saturdays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, from 10am to noon at Pathways Arts (Chilmark Tavern).

If you haven’t walked Menemsha Hills and learned about the old brickworks, join the Trustees for their Winter Walk (moderate to strenuous, with a stream crossing) on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 3 pm. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, please register online or email Shannon at

The Yard continues its adult dance classes with Jesse Keller Jason at the West Tisbury library every Tuesday at 10:30 am through March 26, free.

The Chilmark library hosts poet Jill Jupen at 4 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for “The Poet Dobby Gibson and the Fortune Cookie Poem” workshop. On Saturday, Jan. 19, join USCG guests from Menemsha for Chowder and a Chat from noon to 1 pm. At 1:30 pm on Jan. 19, join Rizwan for Tabletop Gaming; learn to play new card or board games, or bring your own board games in. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, learn how nature writer and Mass Audubon Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary director Suzan Bellincampi has managed to write a weekly newspaper column for 16-plus years, and get a copy of her newest book, “The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard.” Try the Chess Meet-Up on 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. Afterschool crafts with Irene continue on Wednesdays at 3 pm. Stories with Rizwan continue Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Learn more at or 508-645-3360.

Have a great week.