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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: Write away

Wow November is flying. Last week I took Nancy Aronie’s final Chilmark Writing Workshop of the year with 22 other participants (thank you ACE...

Chilmark: Library cafe now open

I dusted off sweet potatoes with the M.V. Gleaners last week at North Tabor Farm. The gleaners are a wonderful group of helping hands...

Chilmark: Rites of fall

One of my favorite rites of fall is the resuming of Island hand-papermaker Sandy Bernat’s Mixed Media Journal Group meetings. The first one happened...

Chilmark: Farm.Field.Sea. discounts with Island Card

Last Thursday, my husband and I beat the rain to the Island, making our way home from NYC through awful bouts of thunderstorms. So...

Chilmark: History on Abel’s Hill

A couple of weeks ago, John Hill (a longtime colleague and friend of my husband) and his wife, Dorothy, came to Chilmark to inter...

At home on the farm

The Barnes-Klaunig family at Grey Barn.

People and their collections

Dolly Campbell: the only problem is where to put things.

Is There a Goddess in the Picture?: The Photography of Lisa Levart

Photographer Lisa Levart captures women portraying goddesses from world mythologies.

Chilmark: Pies aplenty

So thankful for the rains and once again the sun shining away the fall chill a little bit longer — good for us swimmers....

Chilmark: falling into autumn

We are thankful for the rain, the sun, and the apple tree, and so much more this first week of autumn. When I moved...

Chilmark: Fun in the waves at MVFF Surf Night

I love September. The swimming is good, the weather sunny, the garden bountiful, great starry night skies, and getting back into the off-season groove....

Chilmark: No reservations

September mornings wake me to the cool of changing seasons. I love seeing the new Dorper lambs grazing in the field next door. We...

Chilmark: Still Open for Business

The sun has been shining, and getting those beach days in before the start of school was an unexpected gift for many. Monday brought...

Chilmark softball ends, attention turns towards next season

The final “official” softball game of the season was played at Flanders Field on Sunday, August 31, followed by Paul Iantosca and Arlen Roth’s...

Chilmark: ‘Some Kind of Lucky’

A visit with summer Chilmarker Joan Bowman

Chilmark: Library announces poetry contest winners

The season is winding down, nights have an added chill as the temperature drops, the Ag Fair has packed up, the last Chilmark Flea...

Chilmark: Fisher Family Reunion

Still in the August blur and enjoying beach cookouts at sunset, swimming in the rain, the best tomatoes ever courtesy of my neighbor, and...

Chilmark: the August blur

Summer movie on Menemsha Beach with Sylvia Earle and Bob Nixon, Backyard Bash on a gorgeous evening enjoyed by families and all ages, Chilmark Road Race with more runners than ever, the First Family nestled into their vacation digs, hearing Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Foundation founder and president Dr. John Aucott speak at an informal gathering, one of my sons returning from a summer semester in Poland and one off camping in New Hampshire, dancing in Built on Stilts, girlfriends from Rockland County, N.Y., visiting — it’s the August blur under the Supermoon and Perseid meteor showers. It’s time to start thinking about the Ag Fair, what to enter, and enjoying the myriad of offerings all over our Island.

Chilmark: life is buzzing

Life is buzzing in Chilmark. Can’t even pull into parking lots, local eggs are sold out by noon, and the bulletin board at Chilmark Store has no space left. I stopped there for breakfast last week in the rain and the porch was full. Take it slow on the roads and be sure not to cut off the Presidential motorcade.