Chilmark: Art fundraisers

This painted wood cow was a brief visitor on Middle Road making me do a double-take. — Valerie Sonnenthal

It seems we are slipping too soon into August. Our farmstands are full of plants, vegetables and more. This week North Tabor Farm began a partnership with Iggy’s Bread, a Cambridge-based bakery with a summer pop-up in Edgartown. You can find their fresh bread Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoon. By the way, they are looking for “a part-time helper, 8 am to 12 pm on weekdays to help with harvesting and farm chores. If you, or anyone you know, is looking to laugh, sweat, and bring home some delicious veggies” please email

Last week’s Zoom town meeting sadly shed no new light on the four-year closure of the Menemsha Market, where according to Eunki Seonwoo’s MV Times article, “Debby Packer told the board that she was not ready to discuss her plans.” However, Sarah Nixon said “she plans to open the Bite and Home Port as soon as possible.” We can continue to cross our fingers for next season.

Thomas Bena shared that a sign has been posted at Squibnocket Pond letting us know due to “Harmful Algal Bloom” the pond is closed to both humans and pets, there is no fishing, swimming, or motorless crafts allowed, only boats with motors.

Please be extra slow on our windy dirt roads, I stopped counting how many times a day I pull to a full stop to let a vehicle barrel by. The Dukes County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to lock their phones in their pockets so 911 can be freed up for real emergencies.

Did you know Brooke Adams painted before she became an actress? She’s taken up painting again, read her story in MV Arts & Ideas, see

The “Poetry of Trees,” a first-time exhibit of 20 paintings by Chilmark painter Gretchen V. Feldman at the M.V. Film Center, runs until August 16. If you see the show and are interested in any of the work, contact Louisa Gould at or 917-327-9229. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Film Center.

Read the incredible story of Ndume Olatushani here: There are still some 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

Harbor Homes’s Give Me Shelter: Art Auction Benefit will run Tuesday, August 3, from 2 to 8 pm at the Grange. Help this important Island organization and learn more at

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

Tickets are required for in-person M.V. Book Festival events from August 5 to 8, and Zoom is also available. See the schedule and get tickets at

Drizzly skies over Flanders Field softball did not dampen any enthusiasm. A full complement of players and fans felt like an August turnout as an assortment of pitchers rotated through two five-inning games, shortened due to weather concerns. Among the pitchers were Peter Halperin, Hans Solmssen, Joel Blier, and Jim Ketcham. Bleir and Ketcham combined on a 10-0 shutout for the second game while the first game was a much tighter, 9-7. Great to see three generations of families at the game, including the Jacobs and the Ketcham families. Jim Ketcham showed no mercy as he induced his daughter Katie to hit a pop up while pitching. Eleanor, 92, shared that she has dutifully been attending these games since Jim was 9 years old, and enjoys watching her grandkids Mike and Katie play as well.

Jake Greenberg showed up and displayed his MVP talents from two years ago. Having many younger players alongside the older players is always a welcome joy, besides getting to see certain players who play only one or two Sundays.

In-person and 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 at

The Chilmark Library Chess Club with Bill McCarthy meets on the library patio at 4 pm on Saturday, July 31, all ages welcome. Travel Among the Stars with Mark Alan Lovewell on Wednesday, August 4, at 8:30 pm to stargaze from the library lawn. Thursday Take and Make Crafts on August 5 are Buggles. The next STEAM Saturday is August 7 with Paper LED circuits (ages 7 and up, or younger with adult help). Sign up for the Summer Reading Program online. Contact the library at 508-645-3360 or visit

Mollie Doyle Yoga continues at the Beach Plum Inn outside. Peaked Hill Studio yoga and foot work class info can be found at

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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