Chilmark: Sliding into Memorial Day

Marshall Carroll enjoys seeing some hometown highlights of Munich, Germany, by Island visitors Berenice Tarasco, left, and Frauke Spitzbarth. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Chh-changes, ’cause it’s April. Turns out this was the last week for the Food Truck in Menemsha, next week is the last week for Pathways Arts, and we’ll soon be sliding into Memorial Day before we can blink. School break ends on April 21; enjoy your travels or staycation. Sorry I missed mentioning the Firehouse Open House, but when I ran into our Fire Chief David Norton and he told me about it, I thought it was the weekend before. What Fire Chief Norton did say is that we are in serious need of volunteers for our fire department. Please help spread the word, and contact Chief Norton at 508-645-2550 with questions or interest.

It was a bit chilly and even rainy last week when I stopped at the Texaco Station to fill up. There was a wheelchair parked outside. Marshall Carroll shared that there were some German visitors waiting for a taxi inside the station. I headed in to see where visitors Frauke Spitzbarth, her mother, and friend Berenice Tarasco were visiting from. Turns out they were on a road trip from New York City up to Boston and back with stops in New Haven, Providence, the Vineyard, and Boston before returning to NYC to head home to Munich. Sadly, they’d made the last boat and didn’t have a reservation for their rented car, so were forced to leave it behind. No one mentioned to them they could bring it over the following day, so they had been pushing the mother in her wheelchair and taking Bluefish Taxis to visit different areas of the Island. They had taken shelter from the cold, and were sharing images of Munich with Marshall, who said he can see the world from his window, or in this case iPad. From Menemsha they were heading up to Aquinnah Circle. I hope they enjoyed the rest of their stay.

Also I’ve heard from Mike Scott in our sister Chilmark in Great Britain that no one has reached out to participate in their 400th anniversary this July. Mike said he even plans to do a display about our Chilmark. Please feel free to reach out to Mike Scott at if you are interested in representing our Chilmark during their July 20 celebration.

There is a 6:30pm 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 apply for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 23, at noon. The town meeting and election are both held at the CCC.

Pathways Arts hosts We Dance finale of the season on Friday, April 19, with performances by Abby Bender, Island Hip Hop Dance Crew, Jesse Keller, What’s Written Within, Corinne de Langavant, and Martha Eddy, followed by public dancing with a DJ. On Saturday, April 20, NYC composer/performer Ned Rothenberg will be playing alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and Japanese shakuhachi. On Tuesday, April 23, Ken Wentworth and Liz Withim will give a presentation on the feature-length documentary they’re working on, “Follow the Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whales.”

For evening events, doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm, free, but donations appreciated.

Vineyard Conservation Society hosts Island-wide beach cleanups on Saturday, April 20, for Earth Day. Head to Lucy Vincent or Menemsha from 10 am to noon, gloves and bags provided. Please bring reusable water bottles; refreshments available. Learn more at

Congratulations to Margaret Emerson, whose “Ocean Moment” paintings can be found downstairs at the West Tisbury library through the month of April. Margaret, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, says, “This show is about the water that surrounds us on Martha’s Vineyard, and the feelings it evokes in our everyday lives.”

Start your Easter Sunday at a sunrise service at Menemsha Beach (parking lot is accessible) at 6:30 am. Anyone who would like to walk to Menemsha, meet at the church at 5:30 am. Then enjoy breakfast at the church from 7:15 to 8:50. Easter worship in the sanctuary at 9 am, with Sunday School followed by an egg hunt. Join in for any or all of the morning activities.

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.

Chilmark poet Susan Puciul will be one of the readers at the last of this season’s Poetry Cafés at the M.V. Playhouse, along with Myles Gordon, M.V. poet laureate Jill Jupen, and Georgia Morris, hosted by Arnie Reisman on Thursday, April 18, at 7 pm. Admission of $10 includes pie and a hot drink.

What’s happening during break week at the Chilmark library? For kids at 2 pm there’s Open Tabletop Gaming and Legos on Wednesday, April 17, a Movie Matinee on Thursday, April 18, and Wii-U Gaming on Saturday, April 20. Learn about Astrology with Arlan Wise on Wednesday, April 17, at 5 pm. There’s a Local Poetry Audio Archive drop-in recording session on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 3 pm; all poets welcome to participate. Contact adult programming coordinator Marlan Sigelman by calling the library at 508-645-3360 or emailing if you would like to learn more, or come in and read a poem for the audio archive project. Recordings by appointment only after initial drop-in session. On Wednesday, April 24, join Jonah Maidoff for Civics 101 at 5 pm, and learn about various methods of making change; discuss how much power citizens have to shape what happens in their community, state, and nation; and how citizens can access and participate in the democratic process. Stop in and enjoy Gloria Burkin’s “Up-Island Landscapes and Seascapes.” 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.

Mark your calendars, ladies, the Chilmark Women’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 9 am to noon.

Have a great week.