Chilmark: Reading Beyond the Box

It’s summer bounty on all fronts and hopefully a respite from the heat. Swimming is my bliss, and it took me a guest to get to one of my favorite ponds. Now I will make sure to reserve this time, it is such a short season to enjoy our waters.
Tasting of field tomatoes at the Beetlebung farm on Thursday August 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. Pepper tasting on August 25. Sign up at

It’s time for the Chilmark Road Race on Saturday August 13, with a 10.30am start. If you are interested in volunteering for the Chilmark Road Race, email [email protected] or call 508-560-2622.

This is the last summer writing workshop with the heart of Nancy Aronie, from August 15 to 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 508-274-4286 or email [email protected] to register.

Martha’s Vineyard Bank is hosting “The Art of the Great Ponds of Martha’s Vineyard” exhibit at its Chilmark branch, 517 South Road, August 12 through September 1. Curated by Monina von Opel, the exhibition comes from the permanent art collection of the MV Hospital. Join the artists of Great Ponds at the opening reception on August 12 at 5:30 p.m., where “Great Ponds” documentary filmmaker Ollie Becker will answer questions.

See “Let’s Dance!” 50 years of construction! at the MV Museum until October. Brownbody will present Tracing Sacred Steps (TSS), which combines modern dance, figure skating and Ring Shout, on Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Buy tickets and find The Yard programs and classes at

Morning meditation family drumming from 8-9 a.m. on Mondays began at the Milokan Cultural Center, or join herbalist Rebecca Gilbert for a walk in search of edible weeds around her lush farmland at Native Earth Teaching Farm Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please no dogs. Check out other music and farming events at

This week’s Sunday Flanders Field Softball report arrived despite Sig Van Raan’s absence due to family obligations. Two well played games with a full roster of players. Hunter Weiss continues his sparkling defense in the outfield with some great running catches. An unknown player came off the field and hit two majestic home runs in Game 1, then disappeared. Keith Heller promoted himself from umpire to first baseman after a season of recovery from hip surgery.

The Ketchum family showed up in force. Jim Ketchum pitched against Jim Feiner in a high scoring opener. So far, there hasn’t been a single Keruoac all season (a Keruoac is a home run hit On The Road).

MV Author series ending author Amor Towles in conversation with author Richard Russo about his third novel, “The Lincoln Highway,” is Sunday, August 17 at PAC. Buy your tickets at

Chilmark Library hosts Rick Shweder, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, on Wednesday, August 10 at 5 p.m. to discuss the “debate over religious exemptions and the free exercise of culture in the United States.” Programs are hybrid, in-person and on Zoom. Email [email protected] for more information. Children can still participate in the summer reading program, “Reading Beyond the Beaten Path.” Join artist Kate Feiffer as she reads from her bestselling picture book “Henry the Dog Without a Tail!” Thursday, August 11 at 11 a.m. Afternoon Lego Club meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. For more help or support, call 508-645-3360 or [email protected] Summer opening 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

MVBLM in-person vigils on the Chilmark Library lawn take place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Learn more at Keep up to date with what’s happening with MVBLM and subscribe to their YouTube channel at

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.

If you have Chilmark Town Column suggestions, email Valerie Sonnenthal, [email protected]

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