Chilmark: Daylight saving time has arrived

Something about those eyes...two of my most favorite creatures to drive by on Middle Road. — Valerie Sonnenthal

After snow and gray days, it’s nice to know daylight saving time has arrived. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour for Sunday, March 10. I’ve seen witch hazel in bloom, the beginnings of forsythia, and green shoots pushing their way toward the sun — perhaps we can thank Punxsutawney Phil for his early spring prediction.

The Times reported Expedia saying Menemsha has a lot to do with making M.V. the fourth most popular place to get engaged. I always love stumbling upon weddings at Menemsha Beach. We got married at home in March in Edgartown in 2010, planning both outside and indoors just in case. Wouldn’t you know it would be one of these weird winter weather days when the sky is cloudy, then full-on sun, followed by snow and rain, so indoors it was, with 12 friends before joining 50 more over at Cleaveland House. Urged on by Cynthia Riggs insisting “the house loves celebrations,” and so glad we could oblige.

By now I hope you’ve met Chilmark library program coordinator Marlan Sigelman. She and Chilmark poet Donald Nitchie, co-leaders of the monthly library hybrid poetry workshop, will both be readers, along with Jennifer Tseng and Spencer Thurlow, at the M.V. Playhouse’s Poetry Cafe hosted by poet Fan Ogilvie on Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm in Vineyard Haven. Admission of $10 gets you a slice of Pie Chicks pie and tea or coffee.

Author, Reiki master, and parapsychologist Constance Messmer offers weekly Wednesday workshops and more in Chilmark. Check her calendar at

Head to the Yard at the PAC on Saturday, March 9, at 7 pm for Bridgman/Packer Dance, performing “Voyeur,” a 2017 Bessie Award winner, featuring “video partnering” — the integration of live performance and video technology. “Voyeur” is inspired by artist Edward Hopper’s world of color, light, perspective, and under-the-surface eroticism. Fragmented moments of private lives are witnessed through windows and doorways. For info and tickets, see

Move and groove with the Yard’s director of island programs and education, Jesse Keller Jason, in a weekly dance class on Tuesdays at 10:30 am though March 26 at the West Tisbury Library. Beginner to advanced welcome, no signup required.

Coming at Pathways Arts is the Sixth International Women’s Day “Women Live!” multi-arts evening on Friday, March 8, hosted by Natasha Taylor, with the Yard’s Claire Paige, poets Rachel Baird, Mary Wheeler, and Anita Griffin, writer Niki Patton, and Karam Belly Dance. Stop by from 11 am to 5 pm every day except Wednesday and Sunday. The next Meditative Sound Saturday will be held on March 16, from 5 to 6 pm, free, with flutist Jan Hulka, pianist David Stanwood, and others. 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). For evening events, doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm, free.

The Chilmark School annual art exhibit opens on Thursday, March 7, from 3 to 4 pm. All are welcome.

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

The Chilmark library hosts Ali Berlow, food writer and co-host of “The Local Food Report” on WCAI, on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 pm for a Community Food Writing Workshop. On Saturday, March 9, join Beth Wike, coordinator of the Island Disability Coalition, for Chowder and a Chat from noon to 1 pm. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Afterschool crafts with Irene continues on Wednesdays at 3 pm. Learn more at or 508-645-3360.

Do you have time to volunteer for our local EMS and Fire Department? If so, please contact Fire Chief David Norton at 508-645-2550. Or if you want to seek out other organizations who need help (see Check out classes through ACE MV, Featherstone Center for the Arts, and all our local libraries.

Have a great week.


P.S.: I’m sorry there will not be a March 14 column while I am visiting the original Kaiut Yoga School in Curitiba, Brazil. And for those who celebrate, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!