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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: And what a day it was

I missed the 325th anniversary Potluck Celebration of our very own Chilmark on Saturday, Sept. 14, since I am traveling in Tibet, but I...

Chilmark: Going to the Dogs

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Alison Ostreicher losing her beloved canine bestie Sen. Sen just happened to be born on the same...

Chilmark: School has started

School has started, so I just want to welcome all the new families and kids to the Chilmark School and Island community. Congratulations to...

Gardens of Love: Nancy Kilson

“Love is all around” was the feeling I had when meeting Nancy Kilson for the first time in the garden of her West Tisbury...

Chilmark: Nothing fancy

Early mornings Squibby has been filled with surfers, SUPs, and dog walkers. This is the first week one dog is noticeably missing, a border...

Chilmark: The fair was great fun

The fair was great fun, and too fast, like summer now slipping away. Some of the ribbon winners at the fair include Grey Barn...

Chilmark: Five pounds per person

Busy is how Chilmark Chocolates spent the last couple of weeks. I learned the average wait time on the second to last day to...

Artist and sculptor Barney Zeitz’s far-reaching projects

Barney Zeitz, “a self-employed artist since 1972,” just had some of his stained glass windows installed in a church in Flieden, Germany, and two...

Chilmark: It’s been busy

Chilmark has been busy, buzzing with traffic, cyclists, surfers, beachgoers, sunset watchers, book lovers, and Chilmark Chocolate shoppers. Perhaps I sound like my grandmother,...

Chilmark: Chilmark Chocolates countdown

You know it's August because the Chilmark Chocolates countdown is on; the store will be closed August 10 to Sept. 12. Last week the...

Chilmark: Not to be missed

I loved learning from my friend Alison that Squibnocket is an Algonquin word meaning “at the place of the red cliff bank.” It sure...

The vine-tied fence at Lucy Vincent Beach

After moving to Chilmark seven years ago, I began to notice the intricacies of the bentwood natural fencing that lines the right side of...

Gardens of Love: Jaime Hamlin

Updated July 22Jaime Hamlin is better known as the chef and caterer who has garnered annual Island recognition since 2008. She runs a successful...

Chilmark: The rhythm of the season

Summer is on, hot days and thankfully some breezy evenings. I am finally settled in to the rhythm of the season. My visiting Kaiut...

Chilmark: There’s more than enough to do

Chilmark Writing Workshop founder Nancy Aronie could not be more fulfilled than when Camp Jabberwocky campers come for their own writing workshop. I get...

Chilmark: Quintessentially American

Happy July Fourth, everyone! Always a perfect evening to enjoy Menemsha, since everyone else heads down-Island. I moved to Edgartown 14 years ago, walked...

Chilmark: Summer momentum

It's happening, that strange sense of summer momentum while enjoying the dogwood days of summer. After days of rain and a perfect weekend, even...

Gardens of Love: Paul Doherty and David Behnke

Updated July 2When visiting Paul Doherty and David Behnke's home to write about their art collection, I knew I had to return to see...

Chilmark

School is officially out for summer, so please be extra-mindful driving, look out for cyclists, walkers, runners, deer, raccoons, turkeys, box turtles, and anything...

Chilmark : The bustle is building

The Farmer's Market was bustling on opening day, and from Saturday through August 28, we can enjoy Wednesday and Saturday market days from 9...