Chilmark: Salt Rock Chocolate and MV Film Fest

Enjoying lunchtime on Middle Road and feeling spring day n the air. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Update: The MV Film Festival scheduled for March 26-29 has been postponed.

Snow only for the third time this winter. Wind keeping ferries docked and finally sun again. What an incredible series of musical evenings between Pathways Women’s Month and the Chilmark Potluck Jam. Hard to beat these free offerings in Chilmark. Musical magic both evenings. Mark your calendars now for the last Potluck Jam of this season, don’t miss it April 11. If cinnamon buns are your thing perhaps you braved the cold and lines to wait your turn for some finger-licking deliciousness, if not you’ll have to wait until April 11 at the Grey Barn Farm stand.

Though the folks at Menemsha Texaco were lucky enough to get a taste of the Flanders sisters new Salt Rock Chocolates, the rest of us will get to enjoy their offerings when they make their debut appearance at the MV Film Festival at the Chilmark Community Center, March 26-29, selling small pre-assorted boxes and baggies of fresh chocolate. Let’s hope they don’t sell out in what I expect will bring many curious palettes whose cravings have only intensified since Valentine’s Day. You can check out their website here:, but you cannot purchase chocolate online until the film festival.

The TMVFF schedule is up and you can now purchase tickets for the upcoming MV Film Festival, March 26-29,

If you want to “learn more about regenerative farming practices, carbon sequestration, and the amazing programs that IGI runs here on Martha’s Vineyard, from “rescuing” food waste from the community, to building farming practice for a better future” you may want to listen to Gavin Smith’s Feb. 28 podcast interview with Matt Dix of North Tabor Farm and IGI. Here’s the link: Also you may have read about Up-Island Cafeteria Director, Jenny DeVivo, but you can listen to Gavin Smith’s podcast with her from March 6 and learn more about her innovative practice of locally sourced food she cooks for 500 each school day besides “food insecurity, farming, education, and much more” at

Tuesdays are Pizza Nights 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Church. Stop by Thursday Strings from 10-11am, 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 Public Library welcomes the public to attend a comment forum on the new firehouse and Tri-Town Ambulance headquarters building project on Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 pm. Irene’s Afterschool Craft continues on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. Stories and songs are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. For library information call 508-645-3360 or go to

The 2020 U.S. Census is expected to begin this week. Keep an eye on your mail for the initial notification letter, and be sure to fill out your Census form online, or by phone or mail. The online and phone versions are available in 13 languages, including English and Portuguese, and the mail-in version is available in English and Spanish. All responses are strictly confidential. The Census will determine about $16 billion in federal funds to Massachusetts, so an accurate count is essential. The Census also affects political representation at the local, state, and federal levels, including the redrawing of legislative districts. For more information, or to get involved in your community, contact Keith Chatinover, chairman of the Dukes County Complete Count Committee, at

Permaculture Through the Seasons continues their monthly (thru June) programs at the Allen Farm on Saturday, March 14, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm with garden design and biomimicry. Required pre-registration and questions at

Pathways Arts offers their annual International Women’s Month event on Friday, March 13 with host Niki Patton, music by Maryse Smith, spoken word by Nan Byrne, Margaret Emerson and Niki. Phylis Vecchia will talk about her Women in History MV School Program; Marsha Winsryg will talk about her Zambezi Doll Co-op and more. On Saturday, March 14, Cheyanne Vandal leads the all-ages Collage Workshop from 10:30 am to 12:30pm. From 3 to 4:30 pm enjoy Meditative and Restorative Sound Journeys with David Stanwood and Valerie Sonnenthal; bring mats and blankets or anything else to make yourselves at home for this sound healing experience with a suggested donation of $5. On Tuesday, March 17, Writing and Poetry Evening. Come hear Jenny Allen, Claudio DiChiara and Georgia Morris read from their novels in progress. 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 art exhibit, write, enjoy your lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Have a great week.