Chilmark: Signs of spring

Ah, new Dorper lambs have arrived at Beetlebung Farm. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Congratulations to Chilmark resident illustrator Elissa Turnbull, whose artwork was chosen for the 158th M.V. Ag Fair poster. I can’t wait for the Grey Barn’s new bakery, which will begin baking bread around mid-May to sell at their farm stand every day but Tuesdays. In the meantime, pinkletinks have taken over Beetlebung Corner, Beetlebung Farm’s first lambs are playing, the sun is shining — need I say more?

Congratulations and welcome home to Kate Taylor, who was interviewed live by her longtime friend, musician, record producer, and manager Peter Asher, plus sang and enjoyed being part of the fun aboard the Celebrity Infinity for its Rock and Romance Cruise to Mexico and the Bahamas.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with Shirley Mayhew, and I’m happy to report she has a new book of Vineyard essays available, “Living Life With the Grace of a Butterfly.” You can get a copy on Amazon for $10, or email her at Congratulations, Shirley, I’m so glad I got to listen to you read so many of your wonderful essays at Howes House when I first moved here and we attended the same writer’s group, led by Cynthia Riggs.

A gentle reminder from Susan Murphy, cemetery superintendent at Abel’s Hill, to remove Christmas wreaths and worn or broken decorations from the graves at the 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.

The town’s warrant for the April 22 Chilmark town meeting at 7 pm is available at

Do you have a spare bedroom and want to host a Yard artist or staff member while they’re performing/working at the Yard, June 24 to July 1, August 5 to 10, or May 15 to Sept. 15? If so, please call 508-645-9662.

It’s Jazz on Friday, April 5 at Pathways Arts, with the Convertibles featuring Rich Giaimo, Becky Williams, Steve Turner, and Mike Alberice plus special guests Bella and others. Tuesdays April 9 and 16 are the last Open Reading evenings. 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. For evening events doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm, free.

A fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 6, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Ag Hall for the Fischer family and Flat Point Farm. Please bring a potluck item to share — salad, entrée, soup, or dessert and your own place setting if you remember. There will be live music by Johnny Hoy, Phil DaRosa and others, plus art and more for sale. $25 at the door. Contact Amy Coffey at to donate an item.

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.

Come to the Chilmark library for the candidates forum on Saturday, April 6, from 3 to 4:30pm; hear positions and get your questions answered. Thanks to the M.V. League of Women Voters for hosting. On Wednesday, April 10, at 5 pm, hear Doug Cooper speak about onsite, residential septic systems, including the science, design, operation, and troubleshooting of septic systems for the average homeowner, and the general impact of septic systems on the environment and water quality. 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.

The Chilmark Democratic Town Committee meets Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 3 pm at the Chilmark library. All are invited, bring a friend. Topics of discussion include local and statewide issues and the September state Democratic Convention caucus.

If you’re looking for a reason to eat out and support a good cause, join IGI for a multi-course, locally featured, plant-based fundraising dinner on Wednesday, April 10, 6 pm in the MVRHS Culinary Arts dining room, featuring chef Kyleen Keenan from Not Your Sugar Mamas. Tickets are $45. All proceeds support the Culinary Arts Department and the high school garden.

Stop by the Georges Berges Gallery at 462 West Broadway through April 28 to see Carol Brown Goldberg’s work in “The Feminine Sublime: Abstract Paintings of Seven Women,” curated by Donald Kuspit.

Have a great week.