Chilmark: A change of plans

Last licks of summer enjoyed closing evening at the Galley. —Ed Grazda

I was supposed to take my car in last Friday, pick up my dog’s heart meds, which somehow did not get mailed, and then visit with my older son and his girlfriend in Boston for the night before meeting my husband in Providence for his 50th RISD reunion, but as we are all too aware, some wind and rain changed everyone’s plans. I did catch the 8:15 am on Saturday, and was shocked by the number of people waiting on a line stretching from the boat down Luscombe Avenue, a completely full car waiting area, and six buses, including to Hyannis and the shuttle buses. I felt lost after heading to what was the Peter Pan bus stop, but now was a parking area for pickups. I ran into Godfrey Muwulya, brought by the Yard, who had just completed another Island visit culminating in an all-Island fourth grade dance-off held at the Ag Hall. I helped him with his bag, since he was carrying three large instruments. Our Peter Pan bus arrived at its departure time, and anyone who did not have a ticket for the 10:30 am bus had to get off and wait for the noon bus. Dan Waters was shooting photos of the scene, and it was pretty crazy in the light rain. Thankfully the Providence bus was waiting for us in Bourne, and I met my husband on time.

Some people in our community may have had the pleasure of attending a workshop or seeing Godfrey Muwulya perform. He is from Uganda, and has begun a project to create the Rhythm Wonders School — learn more about it here, and share it with friends:

Sunday’s glorious weather brought crowds to Menemsha and kept the Galley hopping for its last days open. Ronni Simon’s home gallery is a delight; be sure to stop by for her next open house, or call 508-325-2242 for a private appointment.

Cheers to selectman Jim Malkin, who is starting a wine column for Cook the Vineyard. Congrats to Jim Feiner and Deb Dunn on their 18-mile hike up Mount Washington.

Friday, Oct. 18, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming special town meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 pm at the CCC. Here’s the link to what’s on the warrants:

Sheriff’s Meadow offers a free guided walk at Quansoo Farm on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 am to noon. From Chilmark/West Tisbury town line, take South Road and turn left onto Quansoo Road; follow 1.4 miles, and look for the SMF signs for parking. For more info, contact Sarah Hughes at or 508-693-5207.

There are two events on Saturday, Oct. 19, that support M.V. Community Services: Electronics Disposal Day, from 9 am to 2 pm at the MVCS campus, and Ladyfest from 5 pm to 1 am on Circuit Avenue. Learn more at

Larsen’s Fish Market’s last day will be Oct. 20. Oct. 20 is also when Breakfast with a View, 8 to 10:30am, at the Beach Plum Inn ends, so keep it local and make it special. The Menemsha Deli is still open, according to a sign on its door, from 9 am until 3 pm daily.

Chilmark Community Church welcomes everyone to Pizza Nights on Tuesdays at 6 pm for some welcome food and fun. Tuesday mornings, join Nan Doty at 8 am for Qi Gong/tai chi. Thursday Strings from 10-11am is a drop-in; bring your guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, mandolin, or whatever you like to play.

The Chilmark Public Library’s first Digital Services Help Hour is on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 3 pm; sign up for a 15-minute slot to learn how to use digital library services like Libby, Kanopy, and Mango by calling 508-645-3360. Healthy Aging M.V. offers an Advance Care Planning Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 pm; contact Cindy Doyle to register at or 508-645-5047. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 pm, Francis Murdock Pitts discusses the Araldo Cossutta compound of Chilmark, a family compound built over a 30-year span off Middle Road that offers lessons about the evolution of mid-century modern and contemporary architecture while raising questions about Vineyardness, technology on the Island, and the relationship between an architect and a client. Marlan Sigelman’s Contemporary Poetry Club meets Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3pm to discuss “Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992-2012,” by Lisa Jarnot. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Afterschool crafts with Irene are on Wednesdays at 3 pm. Interested in heading to the Boston MFA, or any Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations property? If you have a library card, you can check out passes for reduced admission at our town library. The library is now on off-season hours, and is closed both Sundays and Mondays. The library will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Food for Fines is on at our library, or just bring your unexpired donations to the purple Food Pantry collection bin opposite the Circulation desk.

Don’t miss the Women’s Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 am to noon at the CCC: The theme is “Denial.”

Have a great week.