Chilmark: Chilmark Chocolates countdown

Kathleen Fichtner, a summer visitor since childhood brought her boyfriend Scott Lathrop both from Menden, MA, for his fist visit as they head off Squibby with their morning catch. — Valerie Sonnenthal

You know it’s August because the Chilmark Chocolates countdown is on; the store will be closed August 10 to Sept. 12. Last week the Impossible Dream was docked in Menemsha, weathered the near tornado, and hosted not only staff from Chilmark Chocolates, but Camp Jabberwocky, and it was their first year hosting Vineyard Independence Partnership (VIP). In fact it was J.P. Hitesman, from the M.V. Playhouse who kindly wrote me to let me know that VIP members would be taking their first sail on this amazing catamaran outfitted for wheelchairs. Learn more about VIP at and more about the Impossible Dream at

Head to the Menemsha docks on Thursday, August 1, from 3 to 7 pm to Meet the Fleet: enjoy historic fishing vessel, Roann tours plus on environmental and Coast Guard vessels, see a helicopter rescue demo; net mending and sea scallop shucking competitions; music by Brothers Rye; crab races and fish printing; silent auction, raw bar, and more.

The Chilmark Fireman’s Back Yard Bash is Wednesday, August 7, from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy dinner, music, and enter the raffle at the CCC field.

If you love Yommi popsicles and like stocking up for home, and they’ve run out of your favorite flavors at the West Tisbury Farmers Market, head to the Chilmark Flea and stock up there. If you don’t know their wonderful treats, read more here: Also there’s a new food truck, Sunshine and Coconuts, started by best friends Jessica Frascotti and Mary Klimasewiski, that can be found weekly at the Chilmark Flea and also at the Grange during the Artisans and Antiques weekly shows. They offer açai bowls, smoothies, and Bullet coffee. Learn more at

There’s still a couple of openings for Nancy Aronie’s Jumpstart Your Memoir Chilmark Writing From the Heart Workshop for August 5–7, 9 am to noon. Sign up at or call Nancy at 508-274-4286.

The Coast Guard Day Celebration offers a reunion of veterans, visitors and current crew members. Coast Guard memorabilia will be on display, enjoy boat and station tours, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda provided, potluck items welcome to share, fun, games and more on Sunday, August 4 from 11am to 2 pm at the Coast Guard Menemsha Station House, 20 Edy’s Island Way.

Sig Van Raan reports it was a truly gorgeous early Sunday morning at Peaked Hill, with 30 folks ready to play at 7:30 am. The game commenced at 7:36 am. By 9:1 5am they were in the second game of a high-spirited doubleheader. Hans Solmssen’s team beat Sig Van Raan’s team 12-8 in a game that wasn’t decided until the final out. Sig came off the disabled list to pitch, and went three innings. Lack of command in the first inning plus pop-ups landing where they ain’t resulted in a seemingly insurmountable edge by Hans’ team, but late-inning bats got the game close until the end. In Game 2, Joel Bleir’s team beat Hans Solmssen’s team 3-2 in extra innings. The walk-off winning hit was produced by Josh Plaut, his second week of play after 22 years. There were eight family combinations, including Caleb Caldwell and his son Jacob; Jim Feiner and his son Elijah; Joel Greenburg and his son Jake; Paul Iantosca and his son-in-law Jonathon Ross Godin; Jonathon Lipnick and his son Noah; Josh Plaut and his son Jonas; plus Larry and Charly Weiss and their sons Hunter, a pinch-runner, and Tanner, a scorekeeper. Also turning out for his first game was Seastone Papers owner Sandy Bernat’s grandson Adam, age 13, visiting from New Jersey. Adam Bernat had tried to play baseball twice at a high school program only to turn up to an empty field, so he was delighted to join in, getting in a few hits and playing outfield. Sig Van Raan graciously shared his CBD roller ball oil with others of the achy-breaky players. In between the two games, there was a quiet moment where a few of the players who’d missed the opening game shared thoughts and remembrances of the late Tony Horwitz.

The CCC presents ethno-ecologist and wildlife migration specialist Adam Gebb on Thursday, August 1, from 7 to 8pm. Gebb, currently working in Ecuador, will highlight the “ancient relationship between the Andes Mountains, the Amazon, and the indigenous people who still live in roadless rainforests today,” with video, photos, and stories about his work, and a project to conserve millions of acres of ancient forests that stretch from the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon up to the 17,000-foot spine of the Andes. Talks are free for members and $5 for nonmembers. A full list of happenings at the CCC are at

Hurray, the Book Festival is in town, offering book talks and activities all weekend! See the full calendar at

Are you curious what Margot Datz paints for herself? Head to her once-a-year exhibit, “Enchantments, Dark and Light,” at the Grange on Saturday, August 3, from 4 to 8pm.

The M.V. Film Festival plays in Chilmark at the CCC on Monday and Wednesday at 8 pm, with dinner and music beginning at 6:30pm. Check the schedule and buy tickets at Cinema Circus continues on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm, free for all ages.

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

If you are interested in volunteering for the Chilmark Road Race (August 10), it’s time to call 508-645-9484.

On Tuesdays at 7 pm, hear Vineyard Sound weekly through August 20 at the Chilmark Community Church.

“Benton’s Martha’s Vineyard” exhibit (check out the exhibition catalog) and Lindsey Lee’s “Vineyard Voices” (see her new book) are both up through August 11 at the new M.V. Museum in Tisbury. Remember Tuesday evenings are free, and dinner is available for purchase.

The Yard has brought the remarkable Malpaso Dance Company, accompanied by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, back to MVPAC on Thursday, August 1 at 7 pm, and a family performance on Saturday, August 3, at 11 am. Bring your lunch and join acclaimed dance writer and critic Mindy Aloff at the Yard for a discussion of her book, “Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology,” on Friday, August 2, at 12:30. Join Roberta Kirn of outside at the Yard for an all-ages community sing on Tuesday, August 6, at 5pm. The Yard’s summer creative dance and choreography program runs through August 9 for children ages 6 to 11; learn who’s teaching adult dance classes, and about upcoming performances and memberships for the Yard at

It’s Pizza and a Family Movie at 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 1, at the Chilmark Public Library. Author Eric Klinenberg speaks about his new book, “Palaces of the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life,” from 3 to 4 pm on Friday, August 2, thanks to the M.V. Book Festival and the M.V. Library Association. The talk, moderated by past American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan, will cover how shared spaces, including libraries, play a crucial role in bridging societal divides. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served. Join poet/artist Fan Ogilvie for her Examining First and Last Lines of Poems workshop on Tuesday, August 6, from 3 to 4 pm. Local osprey expert Alan Poole will speak about “Ospreys Around the Globe: MVY to Europe and Beyond” on Wednesday, August 7, at 5pm. See Heather Sommers newest work, “Centaur Chronicle,” 16 archival prints of politically satirical ceramic sculpture. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. Read a poem aloud for our Local Poetry Audio Archive, participate by contacting adult programming coordinator Marlan Sigelman at 508-645-3360 or emailing To make an appointment for recording.

Have a great week.