Chilmark: Winter has slipped away

One of the 50 Lighthouses of Knowledge in Curitiba, Brazil, serving as a cultural community library, just across the street from the main Kaiut Yoga school.

I decided for the first time in years not to bring a computer with me when I went to Brazil for an eight-day Kaiut Yoga retreat in the Atlantic Forest, followed by a visit to Curitiba, where the first Kaiut Yoga school was started, and there are now six schools. It was an extraordinary visit with teachers and the Kaiut Yoga community, besides the wonderful nature of Brazilians in general. In fact I’ve begun studying Brazilian Portuguese daily online. Of course when in the real world, the simplest words escaped me, but I hope to improve little by little.

The first day home was a chilly welcome, and then with the sun out it has felt like winter has slipped away, and we all can enjoy spring. Piglets were born at the Grey Barn and Farm as well as Native Earth Teaching Farm, while lambs are a-hopping at Mermaid Farm. I have not yet heard pinkletinks, though Rebecca Gilbert affirms they’ve been heard at her farm. No worries, it’s officially spring, and you can celebrate with the reopening of Chilmark Chocolates on March 21.

My heart goes out to Flat Point Farm on the loss of their lambs, sheep, cattle, and chickens from a barn fire on Tuesday, March 19. Also I send condolences to Susanna Sturgis, who had to put her loyal malamute, Travvy, down.

Beth Larsen shared that her mother Jacquie Renear wrote a children’s book 50 years ago. When she moved to Chilmark late last year, it resurfaced, and she got Emily Keith to do the illustrations and finally published it. There will be a book signing on Sunday, March 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the West Tisbury library. Jacquie Renear was a teacher in Vineyard Haven, and the first West Tisbury kindergarten teacher, who had Marshall Carroll in her class. Help her celebrate “My Sister and I: Two Sisters Growing Up on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Hurray, the M.V. Film Festival begins Thursday evening, March 21, at 5 pm and runs through Sunday night, March 24. This year bring your own mug for coffee and tea, as well as a refillable water bottle. Robert Lionette of Morning Glory Farm will be cooking dinners Thursday and Friday, plus all day Saturday and Sunday. Or enjoy the Hay Café with fresh popcorn, Pie Chicks baked goods, and Chilmark Coffee. Check for the full listings.

Up-Island COA at Howes House is hosting a lunch and fire safety presentation on Monday, March 25, at 12:30 pm that you must RSVP for by Thursday, March 21, to listen to Aquinnah Fire Chief Simon Bollin and enjoy chowder from the Menemsha Fish Market.

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

The Yard’s Jesse Keller Jason’s last dance class at the West Tisbury library is Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 am. Beginner to advanced welcome, no signup required.

Coming at Pathways Arts after the film festival is an Evening Dedicated to Mary Oliver on Tuesday, March 26. 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 Community Church’s Pizza Nights are on Tuesdays at 6 pm, all ages welcome. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information call 508- 645-3100.

The Chilmark library presents Islander Dean Rosenthal, an internationally active composer speaking about field recordings and experimental music of his own and others on Wednesday, March 20, at 5 pm. Works discussed will include “Island,” a tapestry of recorded interviews and sounds from around the Island, “Menemsha Village,” a field recording made in Menemsha, and pieces by Glenn Gould and Stephanie Loveless. The talk will also include a discussion of approaches to composing this kind of music. On Wednesday, March 27, from 5 to 6:30 pm, join Donald Nitchie for a Drop-In Poetry Workshop of in-class writing exercises using poems as models. Start reading “Come On All You Ghosts” by Matthew Zapruder for the next Poetry Book Club on Saturday, March 30, at 3 pm. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. 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 that need help, see

Have a great week.