Chilmark: Kate Taylor concert

Sig Van Raan and his wife Susan Dickler escort their daughter Sofia down the aisle at her wedding to Zachariah Murray at their West Tisbury home on Saturday, June 26. — Valerie Sonnenthal

School’s out and summer’s in; farmers markets twice weekly, flea market twice weekly, farm stands filled with seasonal bounty, flower stands bursting with color. Good news this week is the Chilmark library finally has a new website.

The field of dreams, Flanders Field, may have laid dormant last summer, but the 2021 softball season gets underway on July 4, an official opening day starting with the dedication of a player’s bench honoring Tony Horowitz commissioned by his wife Geraldine Brooks, who will throw out the first pitch. The national anthem will be sung by longtime pinch baserunner Sophie Balaban. All are invited including town officials, dignitaries, and players from the past and players of the future. Games begin at 8am.

Happy 19th anniversary to Jim Feiner and Deb Dunn. Cybele Benton McCormick celebrated her birthday on Saturday, June 26, and smartly closed Menemsha Deli for the day. Birthday wishes also go out to Linda Thompson.

Congratulations to Sig Van Raan (a Flanders Field softball regular) and Susan Dickler who, along with friends and family, enjoyed the backyard wedding of their daughter Sofia at their West Tisbury home. Sofia and her husband, Zachariah Murray, are spending their honeymoon at their Menemsha family cottage.

Dan Waters shared that the M.V. Museum is looking to complete their collection of Island phone books prior to 1975. If you happen to have any odd phone directories that you’re willing to donate, please contact Dan or Bow Van Riper (MVM librarian) at the museum. Thank you!

Congratulations to Wendy Weldon on her painting being chosen for NYC’s Denise Fibro Fine Arts Virtual National Exhibition. See through July 3.

Kara Taylor is not only showing her work at her South Road gallery, open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, she shared that her most recent work “created in Cape Town this year are now on view at Everard Read in Franschhoek, South Africa,” South Africa’s oldest gallery begun in 1913.

Tickets to attend Kate Taylor’s Album Release Concert with Peter Asher and other special guests on Tuesday, August 3, 8pm at the Tabernacle are on sale at Pre-order Kate’s “Why Wait?” album on her website,

The Chilmark Community Center camps have begun. The office can be reached from 8:30 am to 12:30pm, Monday to Friday, at their new phone number 508-560-2622 or chilmarkcommunitycenter@gmail; Tennis at 508-645-3061 or Be sure to check their COVID protocols before leaving home.

In-person Sunday BLM vigils at Beetlebung Corner (on the library lawn) are at 10:30 am. All are welcome. Get on the mailing list by writing to

Native Earth Teaching Farm’s Sunday Indigo Vats returns from 2 to 5 pm; bring something to dye. Learn about their summer offerings from the Community Garden to Goat Happy Hour at

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm. See their new exhibit.

The Chilmark Community Church holds Sunday 9 am services 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 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. See for more info.

The Chilmark library brings you Moth veteran Terry Wolfish Cole’s Introduction to Personal Storytelling on Wednesday, July 7, at 6 pm; Email for information and the Zoom invite. Mechanic Shop Femme’s Chaya Milchtein explains the Whys and Whens of Car Maintenance on Thursday, July 8, at 7 pm. Write for Zoom link. Porch pick-ups continue Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 4:30 pm. Thursday Take and Make Crafts continue, pick-ups from 11 am to 4 pm. Contact the library at 508-645-3360.

Learn about all Pathways Arts offerings from silent discos to nighttime projections at

In-person Kaiut Yoga at Peaked Hill Studio on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9 am. Also Tuesday 11 am Foot Work class. Register at Mollie Doyle Yoga at the Beach Plum Inn on Wednesdays at 8 am and Saturdays at 9 am, register 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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