Chilmark: Always happy to return home

Freshly dyed indigo items dry in the sun at Native Earth Teaching Farms last dye of the season. — Valerie Sonnenthal

I’m always happy to return home, and got back last week from my Tibetan adventure after almost three days of travel, and have been catching up since. Oh October, we’re so lucky to have been enjoying near-perfect weather as fall colors begin to appear, apples abound, and the seasons change. It was so much fun to get to the last Indigo Dye afternoon hosted by Rebecca Gilbert at Native Earth Teaching Farm on Sunday. If you didn’t get to one this summer, she’s hoping to offer an off-season dye event at Pathways. In the meantime, check out her Natural Dye library program below.

If you’re a shopper, it’s time to hit up the stores in Menemsha, which have sales ranging from 30 to 50 percent off before they close their doors after Columbus Day (which I’d rather refer to as Indigenous People’s Day). Even North Tabor Farm’s sign says “Last Call for Summer Sale: Tomatoes, eggplants, onions, and peppers.” Get your Chilmark Chocolates shopping done before they close from Oct. 7 – 23. Then they’ll be open through Wednesday, Dec. 18, when everyone will mourn the passing of this much-loved Chilmark establishment.

Did you know the Grey Barn has fresh chocolate and plain croissants at 10 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays? Their bread subscriptions are sold out, so you’ll just have to stop by their farm stand, open from 7:30 am to 5 pm daily. You may even get some of their fresh apple butter.

Beetlebung Farm’s stand is open, and continues to carry vegetables in season and gorgeous flowers. Mermaid Farm is always a staple for yogurt, lassis, their cheese, local grains, and seasonal veggies, our only 24-hour farm stand.

Fall hours continue for a couple more weeks: the Menemsha Galley is open from 11 am to 3 pm daily; the Menemsha Deli, Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Fish stores are open daily. Breakfast with a View at the Beach Plum Inn continues 8 to 10:30 am daily through Oct. 20. The Kitchen Porch is curating dinners on Fridays through Oct. 11; Sunset drinks and Nibbles at 6 pm, followed by a seated dinner at 7 pm, BYOB, $60 per person, RSVP required, call 508-645-9454. Themes for Oct. 4 are Vineyard Finds, “A Meal All About the Bounty of the Island,” and Oct. 11, “Fish, Fish, Fish (in Honor of the Derby).” 

Chilmark General Store’s last day is Saturday, Oct. 5; they‘re open daily 8 am to 3:30 pm, and after that we must say goodbye until next year. 

Pizza nights welcome everyone on Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Chilmark Church; head over for some welcome food and fun.

Constance Messmer joins Dr. Stephani Stephens at the West Tisbury library on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 pm to talk about how they see and conceive of loved ones who have crossed and others in unconscious spaces. Dr. Stephens will present from her new book, “Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination, and the Unconscious Terrain.” They will share their current findings on what the ancestors want from us, and why we may be pressed or want to maintain some aspect of communication or connection after they have departed. They will also discuss why those in spirit may reach out to us. There will be time for audience participation, and finally, there will be some shared communications from spirit to some audience members.

The Chilmark Public Library continues Lorena Crespo’s drop-in Spanish-language conversation meet-up, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 pm: a short 15-minute topical refresher lesson, followed by 45 minutes of open conversation with optional guided exercises. Beginner-level lesson, open-level conversation. This meet-up is intended for those who are learning on their own and want to converse with others to practice. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5 pm, Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm will offer a presentation on Natural Dyes from plants grown on her farm. Be sure to see artist David Grey’s watercolors, on exhibit from Saturday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Nov. 1. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. The library, now on off-season hours, is closed both Sundays and Mondays.

Have a great week.