Chilmark: Shared Use Path

Cut Rock offers a sense of sanctuary on my Peaked Hill walks. — Valerie Sonnenthal

As I wrap my orange scarf around my neck I realize hunting season has officially ended, despite gunshots heard on my Saturday morning Peaked Hill walk. We loved taking advantage of Black Dog Tavern’s 1971 50-year anniversary menu, they have the best home fries hands down. There were many family outings I strove to steer clear of on my New Year’s weekend walks with trail parking lots full, lines at Menemsha Fish Market, a steady flow of traffic for sunsets in Menemsha, and variable weather.

I am glad conversations have started about the Menemsha General Store, still sitting empty three years after suffering a fire. Jane Slater wrote, “The Chilmark historical commission will be happy to hear suggestions from the public.”

Katie Carroll says, “The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) is seeking a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant to build a Shared Use Path (SUP) from West Tisbury to Menemsha on North Road and another encompassing Menemsha Crossroad making its way towards Aquinnah. Data is already being produced and designs are starting to be made by the MVC.” This may be “on the fast track for Chilmark’s Spring Annual Town Meeting.” If you missed the Jan. 5 selectmen’s meeting you may want to listen online or read the minutes when they’re posted. Everyone must weigh in on this controversial topic of sharing the road, keeping Chilmark’s character intact or whatever you feel.

Nancy Aronie is offering her Writing From the Heart workshop virtually, four Wednesday mornings from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10, from 9:30 am to noon. Register and learn more at

All are welcome to put a decoration on Carl Widdis’ wishing tree at his gravesite in the Aquinnah cemetery. Make a wish or promise to do a good deed for someone else, and follow through in the spirit of Carl. It is up through April.

The Grey Barn farm stand can be found in the barn, Friday through Monday, 8 am to 5 pm, through March. Mermaid Farm is stocked with their Jersey cow herd’s raw milk, plain whole milk yogurt, lassis, feta, fresh soft cheese, raw milk hard cheeses, plus beef and lamb. They carry Katama Kombucha, local flour, staples, and have a freezer of assorted ice cream and other delicious offerings. North Tabor Farm has continued to add organic products including frozen pizza, crackers, chips, popcorn, salad dressings, and more produce, open dawn to dusk.

Takeout, staples, and dry goods to round out your meal available from Menemsha Fish Market. Check their daily specials at

Peaked Hill Studio’s online Kaiut Yoga January schedule is on

The Chilmark library has created a monthly virtual group, Writing for Young People, to share work, critique, and discuss favorite books. Join Tracy Thorpe who has an MFA in Writing for Young People, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 6 pm. Write to to sign up and get the Zoom link. You may want to get a jump on the book groups, check out the Sweet Cookbook Club’s Trine Hahnemann’s “Scandinavian Baking” for Jan. 16; also the M.V. Libraries’ Jan. 21 choice is Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach.” Take and Make Craft Kits are available on Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm (while supplies last); Mittens on Jan. 7, Hot Cocoa on Jan. 14. For library info see

The Chilmark Community Church services continue on zoom, see for link.

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

Check It’s a Chilmark Thing on Facebook for up-to-date information about our town and Island.

Have a good week.

If you have any Chilmark Town Column suggestions, email Valerie Sonnenthal,