Chilmark: Holiday food and gifts

Hancock Real Estate begins getting everyone in the holiday mood. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Holidays have begun, trees decorated, lights hung, Hanukkah candles lit and accepting distance as part of celebration this unusual season. I am grateful to connect even through the e-world, Zoom meals, and 6-foot apart outdoor meetings.

It’s always a relief when shotgun season ends, though primitive firearms season continues through Dec. 31, so don’t put your orange wear away yet.

Despite Saturday’s rain, the line from Menemsha Deli for chocolate shoppers stretched to Creekville Antiques, while the parking lot at Home Port was partially filled, besides cars lining either side of Basin Road. Salt Rock MV Chocolates is selling out, the last day to shop at their Menemsha pop-up is Dec. 19 from 12 to 4 pm, check Other Island chocolate makers include (both ship) Oak Bluffs Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, and Enchanted Chocolates with curbside pick-up,

North Tabor Farm sold Cinnamon Starship Breads on Saturday, if we’re lucky they’ll be back again this Saturday. Rebecca told me they’re “processing 100 organically raised pastured poultry on Saturday to be at the stand after 3 pm.”

Chilmark Tavern Christmas to-go orders must be in by 12 pm on Dec. 17 for Dec. 24 pick-up, See Dinner to Go is on Fridays through Mondays from 5 to 7:45 pm. Call 508-645-9400 or order online at Plus takeout and gift certificates are available from Menemsha Fish Market. Check their daily specials.

The Simon Gallery’s outrageous sale continues by appointment. See and Call Ronni at 508 325-2242 or email

Salt MV at Pandora’s Box is open Wednesdays, and Fridays through Sundays, from 10 am to sunset through Christmas. Creekville Antiques is open weekends 12 to 4 pm. The Ruel Gallery is open weekends 11 am to 4 pm through Christmas, see and For appointments, email or call 508-955-9057. Shop online or call for an appointment with photographer Benjamin McCormick, Virginia Jones Focsle Locker is open weekends, stocked with a treasure trove of vintage sweaters, cards, and great books. Scott McDowell’s Copperworks is open.

Peaked Hill Studio offers a free Restorative Sound Journey for the solstice, 7 pm on Sunday, Dec. 20; online Kaiut Yoga classes five times a week, or join the Foot Workshop on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 12 pm through Dec. 22, and/or Thursdays from 8:15 to 8:45 am through Dec. 24. See

The Chilmark library’s Virtual Book Group meets Thursday, Dec. 17, to discuss Bill Bryson’s “At Home” at 2 pm. On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 pm, join a Solstice Celebration with music, poetry and more. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7 pm, play Vineyard Zoom Bingo, a new monthly offering, and win a gift certificate to Bunch of Grapes. Pick up the last Take and Make craft kit on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 11 am to 4 pm, while supplies last. For program Zoom links, write Tracy Thorpe at For library information, see, and sign up for the weekly newsletter on the Programs page.

Pathways Arts offers space for rehearsals and taped performances, call to reserve a time or to present something on Pathways pages and Facebook, or talk about video taping or Zoom recording your presentation. For the virtual Tuesday Writing and Poetry Series Zoom link, write or call 508-645-9098.

Shop at Bill O’Callaghan and Heather Goff’s pottery shop on Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm through December (closed Christmas), or by appointment. See Heather’s sister Ingrid Goff-Maidoff’s Tending Joy artisan shop: books, cards and gifts, 697 State Rd., West Tisbury, is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, or by appointment. Visit

The Chilmark Church’s Sunday 9 am services continue on Zoom, see information at

Schedule a free COVID-19 test at 877-336-9855. If you need any help, Chilmark Neighbors offers volunteer assistance. You can find them, and anything COVID or town related, at

If you’re on Facebook, check It’s a Chilmark Thing for up-to-date information about our town and Island.

Have a good week.

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