Chilmark: Magical trail and book festival

Bunny Rubens explores Island Folk Pottery's Magical Trail, while her family, not pictured, keeps up with her finds. — Jami Rubens

My son and I took our dogs to Island Folk Pottery’s Magical Trail for our first walk. We immediately met three generations of the Rubens family. Bunny, the youngest family member, noticed all the hard-to-find doors, butterflies, flying dragons and more. If you have not yet treated yourself to this adventure, all ages will enjoy the trail, open 9 am to 5 pm daily, the shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. See for more info.

Surfers had a storm treat for a few days running at Squibnocket. Mornings before nine it’s a dog party. On cloudy days the porch at the Chilmark General Store has been full as has parking in Menemsha with an August number of visitors. One new flower stand has sprouted, Peace Blooms, thanks to Marie Larsen, just off Beetlebung Corner on Menemsha Crossing. FYI; the Chilmark General Store is now open 8 am to 7 pm daily through Labor Day. It was great to catch up with the crew of the Impossible Dream catamaran before they took out Jabberwocky campers sailing Monday morning in the fog. Check their summer 2021 schedule and learn about the amazing work they do at

I stopped at the Chilmark Flea to check out new stands and would have finished up on Saturday except for the rain cancellation. I did meet Tom Lowe with elegant wood sculptures, and see the stoneware, gardenware, and tableware offered by SRS Grunden Pottery as well as Cassidy and her Alo Ver Designs where you can bring your own clothing or buy one of her pieces and choose the stamp to have printed on it. Chilmark Flea continues Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm on North Road.

Enjoy the Aquinnah Native Artisans Market on Saturday, July 17, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Aquinnah Circle on the Cliffs, rain date is Sunday, July 18. Free parking, food and Tribal Drum music.

Kara Taylor Gallery is hosting Disrupt Death Row: Art & Justice, a fundraising benefit for the Free Pervis Payne Campaign and the Innocence Project, see the work of Ndume Olatushani on July 31 from 6 to 8 pm. Get your tickets at Sneak peek at

MV Book Festival is coming August 5 to 8 in a hybrid form, live and Zoom. Get on the mailing list, see who’s coming and know when tickets become available at

Flanders Field softball early morning double header brought with it sunny skies and a full turnout of players. In the first game, Peter Halperin’s team prevailed over Hans Solmssen’s team.

Unlike last week’s exceedingly well played games, these two games featured the usual assortment of exciting and spectacular plays coupled with bonehead errors and misjudged pop ups. The first game intensified in the final inning when Hans’s team came back from a 7-2 deficit to narrow the gap to 7-5.  An argument ensued over a homerun that would have tied the game but  was reversed as a double because it technically did not hit the road. It was ruled a Non-Kerouac because it did not land “on The Road.” The final score was 7-6 as the game ended on a hard hit ball cleanly fielded for the final out. In the second game, Hans’s team prevailed over Peter’s team 9-5. Cody Jacobs, grandson of John Jacobs, one of the former legendary players of the 50s and 60s, made sparkling defensive plays and with dazzling speed, beat out two infield hits. Catcher Charly Weiss, caught a difficult pop up hit by her husband Larry Weiss who glared at her as he strode back to the bench. Another Weiss, Hunter, son of Charly and Larry Weiss, graduated from scorekeeper to pinch runner and got his first ever softball hit and made a terrific throw to third base almost getting the runner out. All agreed opening day’s great game was an anomaly, and it was reassuring to have old time Chilmark Softball provide moments of hilarity as well as moments of excellence. Games begin at 8 am, all are welcome.

Dance Your Blues Out the Door with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 20, under the CCC tent, thanks to Friends of the Chilmark Library. Register now for the Chilmark Road Race, scheduled for Saturday, August 14, at And check out all the adult and kids offerings at the CCC.

In-person/Zoom Sunday vigils at Beetlebung Corner (on the library lawn) are at 10:30 am. It was sad to learn that the sign was defaced, showing how much this work is needed. All are welcome. Stay informed, write to

Learn about Native Earth Teaching Farm’s summer offerings at

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

The Chilmark library hosts Richard Shweder, a cultural anthropologist from the University of Chicago, who tracks the fate of moral absolutes across cultures and traces the way they are given shape and substance on Wednesday, July 21, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Email for information and the Zoom invite. Learn about appointment hours, “hold” pick-ups and porch pick-ups and anything at the library at Thursday Take and Make Crafts on July 15 is a CD turtle. Next STEAM Saturday craft bags is July 24 (ages 7 and up, or younger with adult help). Sign up for the Summer Reading Program online. Contact the library at 508-645-3360.

Grey Barn and Farm, a certified-organic farm, offers a one-hour guided tour on Mondays and Fridays at 9 am; learn what “a day-in-the-life on an udder-to-table farm is and meet a few furry and feathered friends.” $10 per person, learn more at

Pathways continues Open Writing & Poetry Tuesdays on Zoom from 7 to 9 pm, you can read or just listen. Link is Keep up on all Pathways Arts offerings at

In-person Kaiut Yoga and more at Peaked Hill Studio, see Mollie Doyle Yoga at the Beach Plum Inn, see

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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