Chilmark: Local award winners

After Henri receded, we went to bed under a full moon in Chilmark. — Valerie Sonnenthal

The storm was coming but so was my oldest son and his girlfriend. We took the dogs to the beach, he got his annual ocean swim in and our family made it to the fair on a hot and quiet Saturday morning. With both my sons’ help we secured, cleared, and prepared for the storm. My youngest son got his wish and the dread of a hurricane eye missed us. We drove up to the Cliffs around 11:30 am Sunday and then to Squibby. The Chilmark Store was standing-room-only all day. We stopped by North Tabor Farm to say hi to Crouton the piglet, and snagged a free loaf of Iggy’s bread. The best was learning that though we had not seen Crouton at the Ag Fair, Crouton had won a blue ribbon.

Some of the ribbons I noticed awarded to Chilmark residents included: Blue Ribbon to Kate Taylor for her “Why Wait” sea-glass, stone, shell, and gold necklace; Blue Ribbon to Jessica Roddy for tallest sunflower; Blue Ribbon to Bill O’Callaghan for a ceramic multi-tower castle; White Ribbon to Jessica Roddy for two jars of honey; Blue Ribbon to Tanner Weiss for wild blueberries (three hours to gather his pint); White Ribbon to brother Hunter Weiss for brownies; Blue Ribbon to Grey Barn for Humphrey, an Old Spot Gilt boar, also Blue and Red Ribbons for yearling dairy cattle and a Red Ribbon for a ram under six months; Red and Blue Ribbons to Josh and Lindsay Scott for Dorper ewe lambs; and ninth Blue Ribbon to Doug Liman for Ruby, an over 6-year-old purebred goat. Congratulations one and all, thanks for helping make this year’s comeback a beacon of hope.

Congratulations to Grey Barn on being named Massachusetts Creamery of the Year at the New York International Cheese Competition. Their Prufrock and Bluebird cheeses both won Silver Awards in a competition that had 200 submissions from the greater U.S. and over five countries. Read more here:

The last M.V. Fishermen’s Trust Open House is Thursday, August 26, from 1 to 3 pm. See the new wholesale market, meet local fishermen and learn about the process of getting seafood from the boat to your favorite restaurant. A free event at 56 Basin Road, Menemsha. Learn more at

Though Sunday morning Flanders Field softball was a wash-out, all are welcome for 7:30 am warm-up and games begin by 8 am.

The Yard’s last summer performances are from two-week residency artist Jenna Pollack, who is joined by seven collaborators, who come from the realms of dance, film, performance art, engineering, and sound design presenting a work-in-process on Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, at 7 pm. For tickets and info see

The Chilmark library hosts author David Elliott on Saturday, August 28, at 6 pm in discussion about “The Seventh Raven.” His latest novel in verse explores the unintended consequences of our actions, no matter our intentions, and is filled with powerful messages teased from a Grimms’ fairy tale. Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite. The new library website just gets better, check it out and sign up for their monthly newsletter. For more info contact the library at 508-645-3360 or

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

Paul Doherty’s scenic photography exhibit opens Friday, August 27, from 5 to 7 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Bank at Beetlebung Corner. The exhibit runs through Sept. 9.

Kara Taylor Gallery hosts “People You Know and People You Don’t Know,” an exhibit of paintings by Brooke Adams, Robert Davies, and Kara Taylor, postponed opening is Sunday, August 29, from 5 to 8 pm. The show runs through Sept. 5.

Goat Yoga, indigo dye days and more happening at Native Earth Teaching Farm, see

Mollie Doyle Yoga continues at the Beach Plum Inn outside and on Zoom. Peaked Hill Studio yoga and Foot Work classes continue. Relax at the first monthly Sunday Special Workshop, August 29, from 10:30 am to noon, enjoy 15 minutes of footwork, an hour of biomechanically based yoga, and 15 minutes of Sound Healing see

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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