Chilmark: The rhythm of the season

North Tabor Farm stand. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Summer is on, hot days and thankfully some breezy evenings. I am finally settled in to the rhythm of the season. My visiting Kaiut Yoga teachers have fallen in love with our Island, and look forward to returning, my garden is growing, my dogs are slowing down in their senior ways, and visitors abound.

Kate Taylor’s Paintings exhibit at the Chilmark branch of the M.V. Savings Bank will be up from Friday, July 19 through July 31. Come join her for a reception at the Friday, July 19, opening from 5 to 6 pm.

It’s not too late to support Meet the Fleet with a company banner; prices range from $500 up. Contact or call 508-687-0344.

Our man in the field of dreams, Sig Van Raan, sadly missed this week’s Chilmark softball game, so we hope he gets better and is ready to play soon. What he did share was that when he recently visited the late Tony Horwitz’s wife, author Geraldine Brooks shared that she plans to commission a memorial bench for the softball field in her husband’s honor. What we do know about last week’s two games is they were well played under perfect skies, with a strong turnout of players and spectators. Whether you live in Chilmark or not, know you are welcome to join in the fun, 8 am at Flanders Field on Pasture Road off Tabor House.

The CCC has Cuban Salsa classes with Christina Montoya on Thursdays at 11 am. Don’t miss Tom O’Shea, director of coast and natural resources at The Trustees, and his overview of The Trustees’ coastal strategy, with a focus on the most vulnerable places, and interventions to increase coastal resilience in partnership with local communities on Monday, July 22, from 5 to 6:30. Food from Black Sheep and beverages will be served. RSVP required. On Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 enjoy the All Star Piano Quartet with Dolores Stevens on piano. Buy your tickets at A full list of happenings at the CCC are at

The M.V. Film Festival plays in Chilmark at the CCC on Monday and Wednesday at 8 pm with dinner and music beginning at 6:30 pm. Check the schedule and buy tickets at Don’t forget Cinema Circus on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm, free for all ages.

The Chilmark Flea Markets are ongoing on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm at 142 North Rd. More info at

Catch Vineyard Sound on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Chilmark Community Church on Menemsha Crossroads, weekly through August 20.

See artist Carol Brown Goldberg’s painting exhibit, “Mirror Universe,” at the M.V. Playhouse through August 1, open during box office hours, 24 Church St. in Vineyard Haven.

Not to be missed is the “Benton’s Martha’s Vineyard” exhibit, up through August 11 at the new M.V. Museum in Tisbury. Remember Tuesday evenings are free, and the Art Cliff food truck is cooking.

The Yard presents Yanira Castro and a canary torsi in “Cast” on Thursday, July 18, and Saturday, July 20, at 7 pm. On Tuesday, July 23, at 7 pm, come listen to musician/singer John Forté. Check out the Yard’s summer creative dance and choreography program, July 22 to August 9, for children ages 6 to 11, adult dance classes, upcoming performances, and memberships for the Yard at If you’re ready for a night of dancing, the Yard’s annual benefit will celebrate “Evening Songs of the Malecón: A Cuban Sunset in Menemsha,” tickets available online.

Come learn about Advance Care Planning with Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard at the Chilmark Public Library on Tuesday, July 23, from 1 to 4 pm. Topics include assigning a healthcare proxy, discussing end-of-life and other healthcare values with family and physicians, and preparing an advance directive that can be filed at M.V. Hospital. Contact Holly Bellebuono at Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, 508-693-7900, ext. 455, or for questions. Don’t miss artist Margot Datz on Wednesday, July 24, at 5 pm, when she speaks about her influences and process, focusing on the pieces she recently completed for the children’s room at the Chilmark Public Library, inspired by Thomas Hart Benton and our local history. Artist reception to follow. Join Heather Sommers for an opening reception on July 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 of her newest work, “Centaur Chronicle,” 16 archival prints of politically satirical ceramic sculpture. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

The late Gretchen Feldman’s never-before-shown paintings are up at the M.V. Film Center through July 28 during regular hours.

Chilmark, England, will celebrate its 400th anniversary on July 20, and include a small display about our Chilmark. Let us know if you go.

Have a great week.