Athearn cows graze on Peaked Hill. They filled their truck with water from our well and I was delighted to find a pile of fresh Morning Glory corn on our doorstep as a thank you. There are still a few places available for the road race on Saturday August 14; see https://bit.ly/ChilRRace. The best new thing in town is the Milokan Cultural Center, created by Rick Bausman, at Native Earth Teaching Farm. Consult the program of activities on bit.ly/MilokanCenter.
I was able to host Amazon Robotics Day One Fellows (a program launched in 2021) and let them experience sound healing. After a busy two-day retreat in Boston, they made their way to our island courtesy of Amanda Rodrigues Smith, Global Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Education. She vacations here, just one week a year, with her family, and wanted to share the island with these children, all enrolled in demanding master’s programs at seven partner universities, including Brown, Boston University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern, Stanford and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If you want to know more about the fellows in the photo, see bit.ly/Day1recipients. A beautiful morning was spent by all.
Chilmark artists showing work around the island include Stephany Danforth at the Knowhere Center at 73 Circuit Ave.; Wendy Weldon and Robert Hauck at sister art gallery Knowhere, 91 Dukes County Ave., both shows in Oak Bluffs through July 29, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. 5 p.m. More info on knowherart.com/about. Carol Brown Goldberg is exhibiting “On the Other Hand” at Chilmark Library through the end of July, a work created with her non-dominant hand after breaking her right hand and undergoing surgery. Jennifer Christy’s paintings are at the Field Gallery from July 24 to August 4. Former Chilmarker Margaret Emerson is exhibiting mixed-media collages at the Old Sculpin Gallery July 23-29 — drop by to say hello on Sunday July 24, open 5-7 p.m. (If I missed you, let me know.)
If you missed Roberta Morgan’s Beach Plum Jelly, stop by Galerie Ruel, open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This week’s Sunday Flanders Field Softball reports another perfect morning for two well-played games by a mix of younger and older players fielding balanced teams. Peter Halperin’s side edged Hans Solmssen 12-3 in the opener. In the much closer second game, Caleb Caldwell’s team beat Peter Halperin’s team, 6-4. Unusually for morning softball games, there were no silly plays with “bad jump” excuses or sad stories about “the sun in right field”; no arguments about close games or glove complaints during the selection process. Bullets and strikes were called. There were no calls at bat or walks – just a perfect blend of friendship and good camaraderie. Chilmark Softball Games at Flanders Field (on Pasture Road near Tabor House Road), Sundays at 8 a.m.; Ages 12 or older, and all skill levels are welcome.
Nancy Aronie’s Chilmark Writers Workshop August 15-18 still has room. Call or text 508-274-4286 to register. If you didn’t attend one of his 2022 “Memoir as Medicine” book talks, head to the Aquinnah Library on Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m.
Beetlebung Farm is hosting a Cherry Tomato Variety Tasting on Thursday, July 21 from 5-6 p.m. Sign up and learn more about beetlebungfarm.org/events.
Candy Shweder’s Up-Island Pottery Sale will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4 Fulling Mill, near Middle Road.
Chef and cookbook author Catherine Walthers and farmer and author Rebecca Gilbert have teamed up to teach “Preserving an Island Summer Bounty” Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Native Earth Teaching Farm; July 28 is “Quick Pickles”, August 4 is “Growing and Enjoying Edible Flowers”. Pre-registration required; Space is limited. Sign up and learn more about bit.ly/Walthers_NativeEarth.
Don’t miss the incredible lineup of the MV Author Series on Thursdays through July. All programs are at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center unless otherwise specified. Find out more and buy tickets at mvbookfestival.com.
Kara Taylor’s ‘Guardians of Us’ exhibit is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (next to Gray Barn).
The Simon Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 14 Wisteria Road, near Tabor House, with photography by Peter Simon and Ronni Simon Designs.
Support Russell Maloney’s Island Autism 5K Trail Run on Saturday, July 23; see bit.ly/IA5Ksignup.
Discover the Yard’s programs and courses on dancetheyard.org. Info on yoga with Mollie Doyle is on mollieyoga.com/inpersoncalsses. Course passes sold at the door. See Ronald K. Brown’s Dance Company in evidence at PAC on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets to bit.ly/RKBrowntix.
Information about yoga and the Peaked Hill Studio sound path at peakedhillstudio.com.
The Chilmark Library welcomes Dr. Ira Helfand as he weighs in on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the growing dangers and potential consequences of nuclear war, and the “Back from the Brink” movement in the United States that aims to abolish nuclear weapons, on Wednesday, July 27, at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are hybrid, in-person and on Zoom. E-mail [email protected] for more information or the link. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish Dance Party on Tuesday, July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to participate in the summer reading program, “Reading Beyond the Beaten Path”. Cartoon workshops for children begin Thursday, July 21 for three weeks, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Lego Club meets Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. For more help, call 508-645-3360 or email [email protected]. New summer hours: Monday and Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. See chilmarkma.gov/chilmark-library.
The in-person MV BLM Vigils on the Chilmark Library lawn take place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Learn more about mvblm.org. Keep up to date with what’s happening with MV BLM and subscribe to their YouTube channel at bit.ly/MVBLM_YT.
Check It’s a Chilmark Thing on Facebook for up-to-date information about our town and island.
Good week and good summer to all.