Chilmark: Community events

Jimmy Morgan of Morgan Stone & Landscape takes a break from planting to say hi while working in Menemsha. — Valerie Sonnenthal

I like to walk my dogs in Menemsha and have watched what was a rental house slowly morph into a year-round home being completed for John Keene’s in-laws, who will move near their daughter’s family. I ran into Jimmy Morgan of Morgan Stone & Landscape there. We had met a few years back when I was interviewing his father at their Flanders Lane home and he stopped by for lunch. Now he was digging in greenery and clearing a new world emerging from an overgrown area that had an awkwardly placed picnic table sitting askew. He was doing a beautiful job, and just knowing that it would be another light on in the winter made my day.

Hurray for local in-person dining, RSVPs welcome at Chilmark Tavern. Kara Taylor Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm with lots of new paintings, guest artists, and her newsletter with lots of surprises coming soon.

You can pre-order Kate Taylor’s Why Wait album on her website,, and read the June 18 Rolling Stone piece about her cover of the Beatles “Good Day Sunshine,” at Go Kate.

The Chilmark Community Center has added weekly session all-ages Open Studio and Teen Art Workshops (ages 13 to 18) from July 5 through August 13, 12:30 to 3 pm. See

The first 2021 in-person vigil at Beetlebung Corner (on the library lawn) is Sunday, June 27, at 10:30 am. All are welcome. Get on the mailing list by writing to

Families who want to participate in IGI’s Summer Lunch Program should pre-enroll at The program runs from June 28 to August 13, Monday through Friday, with pickups at the West Tisbury School and at MVRHS. For more information, visit or email

The Aquinnah Cultural Center reopens on Saturday, June 26, and is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm. See their new exhibit.

The Chilmark Flea Market returns on Wednesday, June 30, and runs Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 11, from 9 am to 2 pm.

All beach stickers and walk-on passes for both Chilmark beaches are available at the Lucy Vincent gatehouse. Remember to buy beach stickers/passes online first at

The West Tisbury Farmers Market at the Ag Hall, 9am to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can pre-order for Morning Glory Farm and the Kitchen Porch.

The Chilmark Community Church Sunday 9am services are held outdoors on the patio behind the main church building and on Zoom, connect with

Island Folk Pottery’s Sculpture Trail and Shop are open: Trail hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily and the shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. See for more info.

Learn about the first American woman to become an M.D. in 1849 and her sister who also became a physician when author Janice P. Nimura speaks about her new book “The Doctors Blackwell,” on Saturday, June 26, at 6 pm. Enjoy a jazz patio concert with Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson on Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 7 pm; seating is limited, so bring a blanket or folding chair. Porch pick-ups continue Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 4:30 pm. Contact the library at 508-645-3360.

Pathways Arts and Orange Peel host Proud on MV: We Dance on Friday, June 25, come for Orange Peel’s pizza and salad dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and stay for the dance party with DJ Wayne Elliott, playing a wide selection of house, disco, and more from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Learn more about all Pathways Arts offerings at

New classes begin: In-person Kaiut Yoga at Peaked Hill Studio starts June 29, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9 am. There is also a Tuesday 11 am Foot Work class. Register at Mollie Doyle Yoga at the Beach Plum Inn (no drop-ins) on Wednesdays at 8 am and Saturdays at 9 am, register at

Do you have time to volunteer for our local EMS and fire department? If so, please contact Fire Chief Jeremy Bradshaw at 508-645-2550.

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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