Chilmark: MVFF success

When your neighbor goes strutting by on Pasture Road. —Valerie Sonnethal

Thank you to all the folks and volunteers at MVFF for another great film festival, a place to eat out and hang out in off-season. I loved learning that “A Private War” filmmaker Matt (Matthew) Heineman helped set up chairs for MVFF some years back, and asked Thomas Bena to take a look at his first 20-minute documentary. Also loved getting to see some of the MVFF productions for IHT and SailMV, besides glimpses of ongoing documentary work about North Atlantic right whales by Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham, plus a teaser of the forthcoming documentary about stone artist Lew French.

Susan Murphy, cemetery superintendent at Abel’s Hill, would like to remind folks it is time to remove Christmas wreaths and worn or broken decorations from the graves at Abel’s Hill Cemetery. You can find recommendations for grave decorations at the cemetery on the town’s website at, or pick up a copy at town hall.

Welcome home to Susan Puciul, who shared that she and her husband Mark Hurwitz just returned from two weeks in Cuba, where they participated “in a cultural program sponsored by two Cuban-American women, which included dance and music workshops, festivals, concerts, and the inevitable robust afterparties. One highlight was spending time with the Children’s Theater of Cuba, known as La Colmenita or ‘Little Beehive.’ The impassioned founder, also a film director, Carlos Cremata, told us that their fundamental premise is that all children have talent, and the real task of education is to ‘create human beings without fear or prejudice.’” This inspiring school is “not an isolated case in Cuba, but a result of the political will of a government that fosters spirituality in children. Three other Vineyard women joined us for this program: Marlene DeStefano, Rhonda Baccus, and Roberta Kirn. Mark and I then continued on our own touring eastern Cuba, staying at Casa Particulares … perpetually amazed by the vibrancy of the arts and the great warmth of the Cuban people.”

When I attended Roberta Kirn’s Saturday Sing, I learned more about their trip to Cuba and La Colmenita, as well as the great drumming and singing opportunities Roberta enjoyed during her jam-packed visit.

You can hear wonder woman Hellie Neumann’s WMVY “Person of the Week” interview here:, and see that she’s having another amazing Roman holiday. Hellie not only started the Free Acupuncture PTSD Weekly Clinic, but inspires many with her daily sunrise photos as well as her travel photography. Thanks Hellie, safe travels, and see you on Lucy Vincent soon.

If you want to get a head start on the town’s warrant for the April 22 Chilmark town meeting see Also be sure to note the meeting will begin at 7 pm this year.

If you’re a Martha’s Vineyard resident with a spare bedroom, would you be interested in hosting a Yard artist or staff member while they’re performing/working at the Yard? Dates they need housing include June 24 – July 1, August 5 – 10, and May 15 – Sept. 15. Also the Yard is hiring an assistant production manager and technical director. Please call 508-645-9662 if you want to host.

Congratulations to the new Chilmark Gallery, located next to the Chilmark Tavern. Spring gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.

If you’re in NYC on Thursday, April 4, stop by the Georges Berges Gallery opening from 4 to 6 pm at 462 West Broadway, to see Carol Brown Goldberg’s work in “The Feminine Sublime: Abstract Paintings of Seven Women,” curated by Donald Kuspit. The show is up through April 28. Congratulations, Carol.

Coming at Pathways Arts on Friday, March 29, are “Three Pianists and the Grand Piano,” including David Stanwood, Paul Thurlow, accompanied by Nancy Jephcote, Peter Halperin, and Griffin McMahon. On Sunday, March 31, don’t miss “Three Pianos: David Stanwood and Friends,” featuring Boston-based Frank Wilkins,performing on piano with his wife and collaborator, Cleopatra Wilkins, on vocals, plus Wes Nagy, Taurus Biskis, Kestutis Biskis, Andy Herr, Len Morris, Dean Rosenthal, Jared Salvatore, Tim Winchell, 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 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 Donald Nitchie for a Drop-In Poetry Workshop on Wednesday, March 27, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Come meet Chilmark Police Chief Jonathan Klaren for Chowder and a Chat on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 1 pm. Join Morning Glory Farm head yeast baker Whitney Cleary for a tutorial on the process of sourdough for the home baker on Wednesday, April 3, at 5 pm, to cover the basics of mixing, proofing, shaping, and baking, as well as a guide to maintaining your own sourdough starter. Open to bakers at any level. Please bring a sterile Mason jar for your starter. “Come On All You Ghosts” by Matthew Zapruder is the inspiration for the next Poetry Book Club on Saturday, March 30, at 3 pm. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 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.