Chilmark: Flea market and jazz concert

Cassidy of Ali Ver Designs is ready to add a hand-carved stamp to your item or hers at the Chilmark Flea Market. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Foggy days bode well for our markets, though go early to beat the crowds, especially for Maple Mehndi at the Chilmark Flea. One cool thing is Vaalbara Designs founder, Emily Prescott, mans her table at Chilmark Flea, the place that helped them get their start, though she encourages visiting the Edgartown store with their full line. I’m just so happy the flea is back on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 2 pm on North Road.

Morning Squibby dog walks are much more fun when the tide is low, never mind the fog or even drizzle. We passed Bill Murray on a walk and I’m still amazed at how tall he is. When everyone heads to the Saturday Farmers Market, I go to Grey Barn after teaching. This week I bought baby carrots and noticed the sign read “pesto” as one of the suggestions. When I got home I checked online for recipes and made wonderful pesto with the carrot greens, also adding celery greens for a second batch.

Marjorie Mann shared that Mr. James Lake and the Hon. Robert Biller are visiting Augustus

Wheeler on Stonewall Pond through the end of July. “This will be the 20th year these queens have enjoyed summer time on the Island [especially] Lucy Vincent and the newest restaurants when James is not cooking and Robbie is not performing (he most recently played Doc in the Santa Rosa production of ‘Come Back Little Sheba’).”

The town of Chilmark is holding the second of three community meetings to discuss development opportunities for the Peaked Hill Pastures property on Monday, July 26, at 6 pm. Learn about options for creating a pocket community on the property. Consultant Karen Sunnarborg will present some diverse models of effective community housing approaches on Martha’s Vineyard and off-Island and then help facilitate a discussion on options for developing the property. Join the Zoom meeting at

Boston’s Danza Orgánica returns to the Yard for a two-week residency in collaboration with Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal members through July 26. The engagement closes with two studio showings of their in-process performance âs nupumukâunean (We Still Dance), held at the Yard’s open air studio in Chilmark on Friday, July 23, at 6 and 8 pm.

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

Tickets for Kate Taylor’s Album Release Concert with Peter Asher and other special guests on Tuesday, August 3, 8 pm at the Tabernacle are on sale at

The MV Book Festival is August 5 to 8 will be both live and Zoom. See the schedule and get tickets at

Flanders Field softball had a nice crowd watching the Sunday morning double header. Joel Bleir’s team won the first game 9-4 over Hans Solmssen’s team. Hans gave up nine runs in the first inning, although his ERA stayed the same. From the second inning on he pitched shutouts. The second game featured the usual assortment of great fielding and Chilmark bloopers. Peter Halperin’s team prevailed over Hans’s team 9-7. High fashion was visible in the diversity of T-shirts and hats worn by players and spectators. In the T-shirt department: Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick’s proclaimed him the “Hebrew Hammer”; Rabbi Josh Plaut’s has the eyes of a Buddha; Jerry Murphy wears “Dogfish Baseball”; Ed Eger’s “Chilmark Road Race” T-shirt could be from the last century; Larry Weiss wore “Andover Baseball”; John Freedman proudly wore “NY Mets,” and Joel Greenberg’s said “Martha’s Vineyard, Est. 1641.”

A female spectator was razzed for wearing a Nantucket T-shirt until she displayed her M.V. hat. Max Solmssen, Hans’s grandson, wore his Colby College “Lacrosse” shirt. The distinguished psychiatrist and classical pianist Dr. Peter Halperin wore his usual button-down white linen shirt. The best spectator T- shirt was worn by Sophie and depicted photos of the entire cast of the famous TV show “Friends.” Games begin at 8 am, all are welcome.

In-person/Zoom Sunday vigils at Beetlebung Corner (on the library lawn) are at 10:30 am. All are welcome. Stay informed, write to

Learn about Native Earth Teaching Farm’s summer offerings from goat yoga to indigo vat dyes and farm visits at

The Chilmark library hosts James Meyer, curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., who will speak about The Double: Identity and Difference in Art Since 1900 on Saturday, July 24, at 5 pm. He will explore four formats of “doubling” in modern and contemporary art from Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp to Roni Horn and Maurizio Cattalan. Themes include: seeing double (the same image or form repeated); reversal (a form mirrored); dilemma structures (the staging of an impossible choice); and the doubled and divided self (Doppelgängers, shadows, twins and pairs.) Get the Zoom invite from Bring a chair or blanket for Jazz on the Porch with Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson on Wednesday, July 28, at 6 pm. Learn about appointment hours, “hold” pick-ups and porch pick-ups and anything library at Thursday Take and Make Crafts on July 29 is a fancy dog. Next STEAM Saturday straw rocket 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.

The first live Restorative Sound Journey is Sunday, July 25, at 7 pm at Peaked Hill Studio, reserve your mat at, limited to 12 guests.

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

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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