Chilmark: Aerial image of algal bloom

Pervis Payne’s sister Rolanda Holman, right, and Ndume Olatushani address the Sunday morning MV BLM vigil at Beetlebung Corner on Sunday, August 1. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Ndume Olatushani’s “Disrupt Death Row: Art & Justice” exhibition at Kara Taylor’s Gallery was not to be missed. Kara Taylor donated 25 percent of the sales from her work during this week’s exhibition to the Free Pervis Payne Campaign and the Innocence Project. Pervis Payne’s lawyer, Kelley Henry, his sister, Rolanda Holman, and Ndume all addressed the Sunday morning vigil. Learn more and how to help Pervis Payne at In-person/Zoom Sunday vigils at Beetlebung Corner (on the library lawn) are at 10:30 am. All are welcome. Stay informed, write to

Good news for Yommi pop fans, Mermaid Farm now carries a full line of their Superfood Frozen Delight Bars, or you can stop by the Chilmark Store which also has a freezer full. Menemsha Deli sadly remains closed Sundays and Mondays. Please be kind whenever you shop or eat out, and remember the college kids are already heading off-Island, leaving skeletal crews working most Island businesses.

If you want to get a look at Squibnocket Pond’s harmful algal bloom, check out Tim DeWitt’s aerial shot here Thanks for sharing, Thomas Bena.

Maybe you were lucky to see Kate Taylor live this week, in any case you can pre-order her album on CD and added last week on vinyl too. Check out

Don’t miss Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, political commentator Heather McGhee, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, filmmaker Sebastian Junger, “Code Breaker” author Walter Isaacson, Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Kolbert and Louis Menand, food writer Mark Bittman and many more at the M.V. Book Festival. Tickets are required for in-person events from August 5 to 8, and Zoom is also available. See the schedule, get tickets and the parking scoop at

Laurie David is doing a book signing of “Imagine It: A Handbook for a Happier Planet” at Edgartown Books on Saturday, August 7, from 2 to 3:30 pm.

Flanders Field softball was brimming with an August turnout of players and spectators (ie. family members). In the first game, Peter Halperin’s team defeated Hans Solmssen’s team 6-4. The second game, a wild affair with no one able to give a correct score, had at least seven right outfielders making it tricky to get a ball in play. The Ketchum family showed up in full force as Mike Ketchum hit a Kerouac (recently downgraded to a triple if a ball hits “On The Road.”) Tim, a guy no one knew who wandered out of the woods with a bat in hand, also hit a Kerouac. Keith Heller, a long-standing first baseman, snagged a vicious line drive to end a scoring threat. Mark Friedman’s grandson Will, 6′ 6″, made a strong showing. Katie Ketchum made a fantastic play in right field snagging a fly ball and rolling on the ground. Ellie Ketchum, matriarch of the Ketchum clan, was saved from a foul ball by Katie’s boyfriend who reached over to deflect the ball. Lots of talented younger players are joining in and becoming the nucleus of the next generation of Flanders Field softball players. Congratulations to Commissioner Caleb Caldwell who proudly announced the birth of his new granddaughter, Meadow, born last week.

The Chilmark library’s Writing for Young People Group meets on Zoom, Saturday, August 7, at 2 pm. Share your work, critique, and discuss favorite books in today’s and yesterday’s marketplace. Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite. On Wednesday, August 11, at 6 pm enjoy a Missis Biskis patio concert, bring your chair or blanket and settle in for a good time. Remember Thursday Take and Make Crafts and the August 7 STEAM Saturday are first-come, first-serve until they run out. Summer Reading Program sign-ups are online. For more info contact the library at 508-645-3360 or

Check out the Simon Gallery, featuring Peter Simon photography and Ronni Simon Designs, open Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm, at 14 Wisteria Road, off Tabor House Road. You can also call for an appointment, 508-325-2242. Visit

Find out what’s happening at Native Earth Teaching Farm at

Mollie Doyle Yoga continues at the Beach Plum Inn outside and on Zoom, see Peaked Hill Studio yoga and Foot Work class info can be found at

Netta Yerushalmy is in residence for three weeks at the Yard to develop her evening-length dance work, MOVEMENT. The work “steals” movement quotes from an expansive range of dance genres, cultures, and idioms, in order to experiment with pluralism and discord as guiding creative and political principles.” These will be the first performances held in the Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater since August of 2019. Performances are Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, at 8 pm. See for tickets and info.

The Chilmark Community Church’s 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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