Chilmark: Natural cooking

Thanks to Fenway, Bernie Sanders enjoyed his visit to Lucy Vincent Beach. — Courtesy Pam Coblyn

After Jan. 6 you may have noticed a large peace sign was affixed to the outside garden fence at the home of the Larsen’s at Beetlebung Corner. A welcome light with a necessary message of hope. A light that caused me to pull over feeling a wave of connectedness, sorrow, and much-needed hope. I officially decided to wait until Jan. 20 to celebrate New Year’s 2021 and was glad to do so. Since Inauguration Day the Bernie Sanders meme that has infiltrated images across the country, time, history, and the world also made its way across Martha’s Vineyard. In Chilmark I’ve seen Bernie at Lucy Vincent Beach and the BLM Beetlebung Corner vigil.

Congratulations to Petty Officer Colleen Wilson who re-enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and is in training to be a heavy weather coxswain.

Pathways Arts hosts two webinars with Lisanna Wallance, author of “The Natural Witch’s Cookbook.” The first will offer an introduction to plant medicine and natural healing to support the immune system on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 pm. Register at and receive a Zoom link. On Thursday, Feb. 4, attend the Book Project Think Tank, see Be sure to see the virtual art exhibitions of Darcie Lee Hanaway’s paintings, Beth Parker’s paintings, and Annette Sandrock’s photography from her recent poetry book at

Soup’s on with Jan Buhrman on Jan. 28 with Iranian Soup, and Feb. 4 Iranian Chicken Soup with Lamb Meatballs. Get recipes a week before class and a Zoom invitation. Recorded sessions available if you can’t make class. Register at

I’m looking forward to being one of the eight readers for the Saturday, Jan. 30, COVID Monologues MV virtual reading at 4:30pm. Join the Zoom meeting; Meeting ID: 845 8119 6597; meeting password: 853858. Learn more about how to participate in March at Speaking of readings, you can also join me for the next free M.V. Playhouse Virtual Poetry Cafe, hosted by former Chilmark resident Arnie Reisman, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 5 pm. Learn more at

The Chilmark library hosts a Tea Talk and Tasting with tea consultant and food writer Max Falkowitz on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 4 pm. For tea sampler order info or to sign up for the Zoom invite email Take and Make Craft Kits are available on Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm (while supplies last); Snow Globe is the craft on Jan. 28. 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.

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