Chilmark: Happy Valentine’s Day everyone

It was so wonderful to get the chance to see what artist Kara Taylor did in Cape Town, South Africa this winter. Kara said her new work “is still in an incubation period”. She “makes the masks, assembles parts, puts them on models and photographs them, assembles them, assembles them”. I can’t wait for Kara to show her latest work in her gallery this summer. In the meantime, his exciting new series can be seen on

When I moved from Edgartown to Chilmark and got a list of service people from the previous owners of our house, the chimney sweep listed was “Zeke”. Paul “Zeke” Wilkins was so much more, becoming the Tri-Town Ambulance Service Chief in 2011. We shared a deep love of the Adirondacks. Zeke always had a few minutes to chat wherever I met him, from the post office or Cronig to the annual barbecue. My thoughts are with his extended family and friends. Read his obituary at Donations in his memory may be made to The Code Green Campaign,

I don’t even remember how I met the painter Marie-Louise Rouff, but I do remember meeting her husband Paul Levine when she invited me to lunch years ago. They had recently moved from California to the island to be closer to his daughter Mathea Morais and her family. Paul was working in his office and joined us for a few minutes before letting us talk about art again. Extends its deepest condolences to all of his extended family and friends. Paul Levine, 95, died at home on January 25, find out about his remarkable life here

Sending condolences to Lenny Jason Jr. and their extended family and friends on the loss of Lenny’s wife, Sheila Jason, 75, on January 28. Donations in his honor may be made to the Island Food Pantry, PO Box 622, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Order forms are up Tuesday and must be placed by noon Thursday for the MV Seafood Collaborative’s community-supported seafood program. Pick up from Menemsha on Friday. Learn more about

Be sure to stop by Beetlebung Farmstand for fresh veggies from the hoops. I made carrot pesto with these sweet greens.

Learn about managing rainwater on the farm and other landscape choices for a changing climate with Kristen Andres, associate director of education at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, hosted by Island Climate Action. Find the Zoom link here:

Ethan from Gray Barn will teach you All About Onions on Thursday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ag Hall. Get your tickets at Be sure to check out all of their offers.

If you’re looking for a sweet Valentine’s Day treat, check out Gray Barn’s Chocolate Chess Pie offering,

Poet Chilmark Donald Nitchie is leading a poetry workshop on Wednesday, February 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Email the Oak Bluffs Library, [email protected]before class to get poems for the week and the link.

Grant applications for farmers and homesteaders are due February 12, see Also check out Ag Society courses and upcoming events.

Launch your memoirs with Nancy Aronie’s online writing workshop, Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., February 16-23, and March 2-9. Register on

The Chilmark Library welcomes Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan, authors of “The Babysitter: My Summers With a Serial Killer” on Wednesday, February 9 at 6 p.m. This non-fiction book “reveals the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.” Create a hardcover multimedia journal with Laurel Rogers for two Wednesdays at 4 p.m., February 16 and 23. Join Peaked Hill Studio’s free online yoga class on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. [email protected] to register, get the list of materials and get Zoom links. For customers ages 8 and up, you can subscribe to the monthly Chilmark Book Box with library books, toys, snacks and more. Learn more and register at Registration for next month’s box is open until February 21. Take and Make craftsmanship continues on Thursdays.

Tuesdays are Open Writing and Poetry at Pathways, an amazing series hosted by Ron Slate, 7-9 p.m., you can be in person or Zoom. Early works by artists Robert Hauck and Wendy Weldon are in place at Pathways Arts. For online programs, films and inspiration, see

Chilmark Community Church Sunday 9am services are held on Zoom, meeting ID is 890 298 4151, password 332743, or join us at

Check It’s a Chilmark Thing on Facebook for up-to-date information about our town and island.

Have a great week and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

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