Chilmark: Tour and Tasting at Grey Barn

Island Housing Trust executive director Philippe Jordi heads out for some early morning surfing at Squibnocket Beach. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Besides some great storm surf, packed Menemsha sunsets and bounteous farm stands, everyone now knows “an incident” involving 8 and 9-year-old boys took place at the CCC. There have been articles both locally and nationally. I have seen reactions from extreme, “close the CCC” to the enlightened conversations and dialogues through the MV BLM network. This should be a teaching moment aside from letting the NAACP, the M.V. Diversity Coalition and any other professionals now involved handle this particular situation. But for the rest of us, consider joining a Community Conversation through A Long Talk,, or learning about resources available through the Center for Racial Justice, Educate yourselves, engage in conversation and learn what any of us can do better. Join the weekly MV BLM vigils, Sunday at 10:30 am on the library lawn. All are welcome. Stay informed, write to

Thank you, Kate Taylor and friends, for making my summer! A joyous concert, every single musician there exceptional in their own right. Get a special edition vinyl or CD at

Martina Mastromonaco is offering a reward for the safe return or any information on the 4-foot high LVB “Lot Full” sign. It was last used Monday, August 2. Contact Martina at 508-645-2777 or

Last week Wendy Wolf opened her Chilmark home to host an evening to learn about ways to support IHT, the Island Housing Trust. This 15-year-old organization is working hard to bring affordable housing to our community. They will partner with businesses looking to create employee housing, they are open to any and all ideas, if you have a piece of land to donate, or even to lease back so you can continue to live on your property as it also accommodates new housing, or can help identify any property which could be turned into affordable housing, reach out. Many of us know people whose lives have been turned around since they were able to move into their own homes, homes they will not have to leave, nor worry about being priced out of. If you have any leads, radical ideas to share or want to donate or volunteer please get in touch with them at 508-693-1117 or learn more at

You can start your support of IHT by attending the M.V. Sound Festival on Sunday, August 15, learn more at (You can read more about the festival in the Calendar section of this edition of The Times.)

Good luck to everyone running the 44th Annual Chilmark Road Race on Saturday, August 14, at 10:30 am. Get all your parking, bus, check-in and other race info at

Grey Barn has added a 90-minute Veggie Garden Tour and Tasting family friendly experience offered through August. See

Flanders Field softball might have been a washout but the sun worked its magic, players arrived though each team only had 10 to 12 members. There were the usual mishaps, missteps, and mistakes with all three commissioners absent, the two games were still played well and without incident. Joel Blier, pitcher for game one, was replaced with Arlen Roth, who recently returned to Chilmark. To welcome him back, Jonathan (a.k.a. The Hebrew Hammer), drove his first pitch right back at Arlen, who deflected it with his glove hand. A valiant attempt to catch or stop the ball, but alas it lay a few feet away while a discussion ensued on Arlen’s future guitar playing career. Chris Scanlan-Shelby made his debut appearance with a couple astounding catches in center field, robbing Charly and Larry Weiss both of singles. An older “young” player, Noah Lipnick, started as shortstop, and it seemed as though he made pretty much every out, leveraging his telescopic glove arm to snag line drives, grounders, and more. All of this youth caused Keith Heller to wonder out loud, “Has anyone noticed that I’m the oldest person playing today?” Peter Halperin pitched a 4-0 shutout. The second game featured Arlen Roth vs. Joel Blier, meaning that each at bat took at least 15 minutes, due to the ongoing conversations between pitchers, batters, and any who would participate. During this game, carrying over from his performance in the first game, Jim Feiner set a Chilmark softball single game record of catching three foul pop-ups. Howie contested the ruling, arguing that some of the fouls were not high enough to count against the previous record (held by Howie the Hustler) of a single catch. Larry Weiss played center field and on a hard hit ground ball by Charly Weiss, thought about taking a shot to throw her out at first, but held his throw recognizing the marital challenges such a move might cause. As Charly stood on first, she observed that had he hit the ball to her and he was running, she definitely would have thrown him out. After all, while love is love, softball is life. Also in this game Elijah made a tremendous catch down the left field line running down one of Larry’s typical shots heard round the world. With tremendous team play, Arlen won the game 4-2. Thank you cub reporter Ed Eger for filling in this week.

The Chilmark library hosts author Pamela Petro on Wednesday, August 18, at 5 pm to discuss “The Long Field: A Memoir of Wales and the Presence of Absence.” Petro “braids memoir with the essential hiraeth stories of Wales, and in doing so creates a radical new vision of place and belonging.” Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite. On Saturday, August 21, at 4 pm get serious in the Chess Club played outdoors, all ages and abilities welcome. Thursday Take and Make Crafts are first come, first serve until they run out. Summer reading program signups are online. For more info, contact the library at 508-645-3360 or

Andreea Stamate Leighton’s oil paintings of seasons runs from Friday, August 13, through Thursday, August 26, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bank at Beetlebung Corner.

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

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

Netta Yerushalmy is an artist in residence at the Yard. See her evening-length dance work, “Movement,” on 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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