Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Chilmark

Chilmark: The art of return and restore

After leaving last Wednesday's Farmers Market and heading up Middle Road, I noticed four pink pigs running ahead of me along the side of the road, but clearly confused as to where home was....

Chilmark: Summer activities

Back to summer beach days, sunshine, and family. Chilmark lost one of its brightest lights, Betty Eddy, only eight days after reaching her 100th birthday. Condolences to her extended family members, and to the...

Chilmark: Serendipity at every turn

Storm surge, despite no rain, brought out a packed early morning Saturday surfing crowd to Squibby. Looked more like California. Dog walkers were plenty, and even early morning beachgoers staked out their spots all...

Chilmark: Peaceful garden walks

Sweet honeysuckle fills the air while hydrangeas show off their full-bodied blossoms, I love this time of year. It's a comfort to see gardens exploding with color and offering their seasonal bounty. I harvested...

Chilmark: Local gallery now open

Summer has officially begun, bringing packed parking lots, like Home Port on a weeknight where everyone seemed to return from sunset at the beach, families window-shop, pick up orders at our fish markets and...

Chilmark: Vigil at Beetlebung Corner

Summer has officially arrived, and June 22 was the last day of school. Congratulations to the Chilmark School fifth graders who will be moving on, including Izabella Arters, Zebediah Athearn, Arjuna Begle, Malia Bodnar,...

Chilmark: More shops are open

Graduation may have been a couple of weeks ago, but I want to send congratulations out to all the graduating MVRHS seniors from Chilmark, including Dashiell Chris, Keith Healy, Kieran Karabees, Thea Keene, Adam...

Chilmark: Support our local farms

Ticks. Need I say more? Did you know we have an M.V. Tick Program, where you can get your yard assessed? See dukescounty.org/mv-tick-program; also learn more from our board of health at bit.ly/2Uoepcq. Graduation processions...

Chilmark: New gallery of fine art

As some of you know, our dear Zero, a 15-plus-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, passed away a month ago. Zero so enjoyed his life on this Island, from the beaches to the Edgartown library,...

Chilmark: Online menus for local goods

It was Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend. After the rain, I drove to Menemsha to walk my dogs. There was a steady stream of cars heading to the beach lot for sunset, filling all...

Chilmark: Abundant local farms

Last week I participated in a Sing with Roberta Kirn online, which made me so happy to connect with friends I haven't run into, and to be part of a welcome activity I'd been...

Chilmark: Seen around Zoom

I love that seasonal resident Susan Balaban and her family have a weekly Zoom game night, while another family I know has a weekly Zoom dinner. Did you see two of our selectmen and...

Chilmark: Adapting to a new landscape

When the sun comes out so do Islanders. It was nice to see David Emerson working on a shade garden by his parking area, Mollie Doyle and her daughter readying themselves for an afternoon...

Chilmark: Find edible spring delights

Between rainy days and grey hung skies, I hope everyone enjoyed a perfect sunny Saturday. I went and bought gas at the Texaco Station around noon, drove slowly by parked cars opposite Menemsha Fish...

Chilmark: Links to everything you might need

During this “big quiet” (what I now call this Covid-19 period) seems there's always something happening in Menemsha. And this week it was the Martha Rose colliding into the fishing wharf at 6 am...

Chilmark: Craving up-Island trails and beaches

Signs have been posted at the triangle at Beetlebung corner that read both in English and Portuguese, “Welcome Back, Be Safe, Self Quarantine for 14 days.” In fact the quiet solitude of life up-Island...

Chilmark: Neighbors working together

Our visitors this week include six young deer daily, three dorper lambs, one brown ram, and 8 dorper ladies next door; one young osprey with fresh catch in its talons, and, returning daily, an...

Chilmark: We’re all connected

We may have thought it an April Fool's Day joke, but schools will remain closed through April. Days are no longer marked by the blast of noon, no longer marked by what we took...

Chilmark: Stay calm and wash your hands

Daffodils, cherry blossoms, snowdrops, crocuses, birdsong, sheep, deer, turkeys, horses, fog, sunrise, clouds, sunset … these are some of the things I'm grateful to bear witness to in these uncertain days. I am grateful...

Chilmark: finding balance

Let's start with good news, heartwarming news. Remember Gabe? Not only does Gabe now have a Big Brother but so do four other boys on-Island. It would be so great to find 8 more...