Chilmark: Hoedown Fundraiser

So happy to see so many daffodils, these are on Middle Road. — Valerie Sonnenthal

The weekend was wonderful, from Saturday surfers, screeching pinkletinks, a riot of daffodils to the Island Community Chorus offering the world premiere of “In Heaven, Hereafter” with soloist Molly Conole, and Kate Taylor helping kick off the music at the Hoedown Fundraiser for Flat Point Farm at the Ag Hall. So many community gatherings always deepening ties of support, besides getting to see so many people I haven’t run into recently, including neighbors Bob and Irene Hungerford. I also loved learning that Irene played pied piper for the escaped sheep and lambs, letting them follow her back to their Beetlebung Farm home, double-checking the gate of course.

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, which means it’s a state holiday, and courts and the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be closed. Public schools will be closed as part of spring break week. The Boston Marathon takes place, and the Red Sox are also scheduled to play a home game on April 15.

Please note there is a 6:30 pm special town meeting (see the warrant at prior to the April 22 Chilmark town meeting at 7 pm (see that warrant at The town election follows on Thursday, April 24, from noon to 8 pm. The last day to register to vote for the special town meeting is Friday, April 12, from 2 to 4 pm or 7 to 8 pm. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 23, at noon. The town meeting and election are both held at the CCC.

Do you know about the Vineyard Conservation Society’s (VCS) Take Back the Tap campaign? In an effort to curb plastic bottle waste, the VCS has been creating water refill stations, which include units at every local school, the hospital, the CCC, the Boys & Girls Club, the Ice Arena, the Ag Hall, and other locations. To fulfill their mission of bringing refill stations to many more Island locations, they need our support. Learn more at

Check out this wonderful Ira Kantor interview about Kate’s album “Sister Kate” at

Pathways Arts hosts the M.V. Cultural Council reception for the 2019 grant recipients from up-Island, including Carole Vandal from the Aquinnah Cultural Center, poet Don Nitchie, filmmakers Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham, the M.V. Film Festival’s Cinema Circus, and the Yard, on Thursday, April 11. On Friday, April 12, enjoy Ocean Film Shorts with live improv music by David Stanwood and Dan Waters. Native Earth Teaching Farm’s Rebecca Gilbert will offer an Indigo Dipping Day from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 13; bring something to dye, or buy it there. The last Open Reading evening is Tuesday, April 16. Mark your calendar for the We Dance finale of the season on Friday, April 19, with a roster full of great performers followed by public dancing with a DJ. For evening events, doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm, free, but donations appreciated.

Join the Trustees for a guided walk via a new trail addition at the Menemsha Hills Brickyard from 1 to 3 pm on Monday, April 15. Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids for nonmembers; more info at Be sure to RSVP online or call 508-693-7662.

Congratulations to Andrea Rogers, who is giving a book talk on her newly published family memoir, “My Granma’s Pearl-Handled Dagger,” on Wednesday, April 17, 4:30 pm at the West Tisbury library.

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 hosts Doug Cooper speaking 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, on Wednesday, April 10, at 5 pm. Join staff from the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary for Chowder and a Chat on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 1 pm. For kids at 2 pm, there’s Open Tabletop Gaming and Legos on Wednesday, April 17, and a Movie Matinee on Thursday, April 18. Learn about astrology with Arlan Wise on Wednesday, April 17, at 5 pm. Be sure to check out Gloria Burkin’s new paintings in her Up-Island Landscapes and Seascapes exhibition, up through April. 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.

Have a great week.