Thursday, May 23, 2024

Chilmark

Chilmark: Toxic waste disposal, candidate forum, pointillism, memoirs, and Daffodil Time

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Last week we picked our first fat bouquets of yellow daffodils. The deer don’t eat them, and they grow well in the sandy soil. Many of the now large patches were started more than...

Chilmark: Pizza night, female farmers, ocean film, concert, gardening, antiques, and Community Center

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As I write, it is the last day of winter, pea seeds are soaking in bowls, bluebells, crocuses, and squill brighten the lawn, birds are singing, and laundry is drying on the line. I’m...

Chilmark: Grant for farms, spring wellness, Augusta Savage, salsa dancing, and Lorna Andrade

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The birds are singing, blue myrtle blossoms are open near my front doorstep, and Albert Fischer noted, “The daffies have started blooming in Chilmark.” And yet as I write, the weather folks are predicting “damaging...

Chilmark: Women Live and Imagined Gardens at Pathways, ‘Infinity’ film, and Chilmark Church

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“Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.”  –Mary Oliver There is a lot going on in our home right now. Flats holding six packs of soil...

Chilmark: In remembrance, drum museum, birdfeeders, songwriting, and Peaked Hill Studio

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Snowdrops and witch hazels are blooming. I am delighted by the longer days and the northern shift of the sun. We live in a ravine where in deep winter, shadows form early and the...

Chilmark: Elder care, Ocean Film Series, poetry with music, and Community Church

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Our family is still paying attention, working together and doing what we can to support our father, Robert Ganz, while he is a patient at MGH. I’m ensconced at the Wyndham Beacon Hill and...

Chilmark: Susan Markwica, Leo the dog, knitting, collage, music, and Potluck Jam

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What a week it’s been. The super-cold, windy weather was followed by almost record highs and glorious blue skies, and then more rain. Prayers, please, for my 97-year-old father, Robert Ganz, and our family. He...

Chilmark: Music at Pathways, collage workshop, mending clothes, and Hopscotch Hootenanny

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We three made it through two super-hard weeks, thanks to many, including Brian Welsh, who took time out of his always busy schedule and built us a wheelchair ramp. He also brought extra insulation...

Chilmark: Shirley Mayhew celebration, library events, Gray Matters, jazz concert, and leaf collage

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After years of careful isolation and after two nights in Boston around a medical test, my elderly parents and I came down with COVID. We went a day early because high winds were predicted....

Chilmark: Leaf art workshop, Island Eats new program, and Art Talk with Janet Mandel

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This week I’m writing from a Boston hotel — doing the MGH shuffle — and so very grateful to friends who stepped in to help keep the home base going. It is a good...

Chilmark: Panel discussion, new book, leaf collage, women artists, and TV news history

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“All I’m saying is simply this: that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all...

Chilmark: Town openings, Native Earth Teaching Farm, Pathways, and Peaked Hill Studio

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"Town meetings are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they bring it within the people's reach, they teach men how to use and how to enjoy it."  --Alex de Tocqueville This past week,...

Chilmark: Chilmark Potluck Jam, Big Book Sale, and Pathways Arts at the Chilmark Tavern

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For the first time in my entire life, I ended the year with calm instead of chaos. Over the years, I would put my head down and lurch from one request to another. I...

Chilmark: Joyous Chanukah celebration, goodbye to the Dunkls, Open Writing and Poetry Series

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When the Cliffs are frozen, they can withstand the battering waves, but this storm was warm, wet, and windy. Strong surf and extra-high tides split off a chunk of a huge boulder that had...

Chilmark: Free community yoga, Tea Club meeting, and Christmas Eve service

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The forecast predicts a calm, cool, cold, and windy Christmas Eve, with a slight chance of snow. I would like snow, but can do without the wind. I have a tradition of lighting candles...

Chilmark: Menemsha is festively decorated, and Katie Carroll is busy preparing gifts

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When one of us suffers a tragedy, we pull together. To the wide circle of family and friends mourning the death of Riley Ignacio-Cameron, a 20-year-old resident of Aquinnah, and student at Maine Maritime...

Chilmark: ‘Art of Up-Island Women,’ and North Tabor Farm is fully stocked

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My heart is full of gratitude to all who joined us for a lovely community gathering of music, words, and light, followed by soup, treats, and conversation, at the Chilmark Church. Lia Littlefield Kahler...

Chilmark: Pathways dancing, “Offerings of Music and Light,” and Island Hip Hop performance

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Editor's note: Welcome Claire Ganz, who will be taking over the Chilmark town column for longtime columnist Valerie Sonnenthal. Ganz is a multigenerational Chilmarker with deep ties to the town. She has written for...

Chilmark: Jay Lagemann’s sculptures, and holidays in Menemsha

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Last Thursday was unusual: a bank robbery, Jay Lagemann’s sculptures riding the ferry, and heading off Island for the holidays. I began writing the town column in May of 2014 and 410 or more...

Chilmark: Giant turnip, chocolate pop-up, and Don Nitchie virtual poetry

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Was the election anticlimactic or just reassuring? Chilmark voter turnout beat Aquinnah by 2 percent, as well as the rest of the towns. Last Sunday morning’s rain did not stop dog walkers on Lucy...