Chilmark: Finding that perfect balance

Our beaches offer a perfect balance — seen at Squibby. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Winds, rain, fog and sun, cold and warm, well at least I know what day of the week it is, and have given up trying to figure out what I should be wearing. It was so windy on one dog walk I had to carry my Cavalier King Charles spaniels across the Quansoo Bridge. Congratulations to Lisa Gross on her first CinemaDance Film Festival, held at Pathways. I look forward to seeing this festival grow. One tap company featured in an amazing short film is Seattle’s Northwest Tap Connection doing community work; perhaps the Yard will bring them here one day!

Save the date of Saturday, Feb. 1, for the Chilmark School PTO Dance with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, plus a live and silent auction, to benefit the school Outing Program. If you’re interested in making a donation for the auction, please contact; they’re collecting until Jan. 24. You can also support the school through the purchase of Chilmark School gear at

The baker has returned to Grey Barn, and if you like English muffins made with lard, theirs are delish.

A community gathering and celebration of the life of Ram Dass with shared stories, kirtan, and meditation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 5 pm at the Yoga Barn on State Road. Bring bells and hand drums, and come raise your voice. Free and open to all, donations for the Island Food Pantry welcome.

Chilmark Community Church hot suppers are on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. All ages welcome to enjoy food, fun and Bananagrams. Thursday Strings from 10 to 11 am is a drop-in, bring your guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, mandolin, or whatever you like to play. Also there’s a weekly Thursday Prayer group at noon.

The Chilmark library hosts Arnie Reisman on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5 pm, when he speaks about how two screenwriters solved the nearly 30-year-old art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (and why they had to turn this historic event into a comedy). Need help with tech library offerings? Call the library for an appointment with assistant director Rizwan Malik for a 15-minute consult on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 am to 1 pm. Dog trainer Karen Ogden presents Dogs in Conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5 pm, where she explains what it takes to take a dog through the foundation stages of training into actual use in the field to detect. The lecture will feature both visual presentation and working demonstration with a dog. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Irene’s Afterschool Craft continues on Wednesdays at 3:30. 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.

Pathways Arts offers the last Collage With Meaning Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm with artist Billie Sullivan. Bring a piece of foam core approximately 18 by 24 inches, and anything you have to work with, like scissors, magazines, small objects like buttons, shells, work on your Vision Board collage and manifest what you desire in your life. Some materials available for participants as well. Enjoy an Evening of Music on Saturday, Jan. 18, with Nate DiAngelo (fresh from Passim’s), Kat Soni, and BOB (includes Paul Lazes, Aaron Lowe, Eric Lowe, and Elizabeth diSessa). On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Writing and Poetry night includes an open reading following Paul Levine reading a chapter from his book “Death of Darius,” and Ilmarinen Vogel reading from his new book, “Reinventing Life.” All evening programs begin at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. All events are free, donations welcome. Learn more about presenting and offerings at Stop by to see the dance art exhibit, write, enjoy your lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

The Yard’s first winter offering is Rubberband’s Vic’s Mix on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 pm at MVPAC. A kind of “best of,” spanning the immense creative territory explored by artistic director and choreographer Victor Quijada. In a remix of his own work, orchestrating the clash between urban pop and classical composition, Quijada goes further in his experiments, defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations while making sure that each body gravitating onstage in the highly athletic segments exemplifies the Rubberband Method. For tickets, see

Do you have a Chilmark Chocolate story to share? If so, feel free to send it to me; I thought it would be fun to run a series of stories about Chilmark Chocolate in our lives. You can send it to me at

Have a great week.