JANE N. SLATER
Chilmark is getting a real taste of winter as I write on a sunny but very cold day mid-week. I woke up to 14 degrees in my part of Menemsha. There are about five inches of snow blowing around from one driveway to another. Our roads are clear and wide, thanks to the efforts of Keith Emin, Chilmark Highway Superintendent, and those who work with him. Everyone is out and about in spite of the cold and snow.
Please remember Bette Carroll’s birthday party on Jan. 30. The party is at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. On that day she will turn 90 and her family and friends invite us all to help her celebrate. We are asked to bring food and any musical instrument we might play. Music and good cheer will be our birthday celebration for such a young and popular Chilmark senior. Cheers from us all!
The Democratic Party threw an inauguration ball at the community center on Monday eve with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish providing music. It was very well-attended and a good time was had by all! Cheers for the next four years!
Again, people news is scarce but there are a number of social events that will warm up the coldest week. The Friday night movie this week, Jan. 25, will be Anastasia with Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman. The film starts at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room with free refreshments for all.
The library hosts storybook character Curious George for the youngsters who know his stories. He will be at the Chilmark library at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 2. The Martha’s Vineyard Library Association sponsors this visit. All are welcome.
The Chilmark Democratic Committee will meet on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in the selectmen’s meeting room at town hall. They will discuss the candidates for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention later this year. All are invited to attend.
The Chilmark Community Church continues its soup suppers on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to the supper and stay to share in some table games afterwards. It is a pleasant social evening we are all invited to share.
The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven will host a staged reading of Paddy Chayevsky’s play The Tenth Man. Arnie Reisman will be reading the Jack Gilford part of Zitorsky. Arnie will be known to Chilmarkers from the many years that he and his wife, Paula Lyons, visited their summer home on Larsen Lane. They are still Vineyarders, just not Chilmarkers, as they now live year-round in Vineyard Haven.
You might want to mark your calendars for Feb. 2 when there will be a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at Howes House followed by a talk by Dr. Virginius Bray Thornton III who will speak on the subject Women of Interest, Past, Present and Future. Dr. Thornton has had a distinguished career in academics and the civil rights movement. He is a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring this distinguished speaker. All are welcome.
The Chilmark Library is gearing up for the arrival of the CLAMS program that will take reading a step further into the electronic age. Our staff is undergoing training and our desk is busy preregistering library cards for all of us who wish to get signed up and be ready for the arrival of the program. Even if you are already a card-carrying CLAMS member at another Island library, you must still preregister in Chilmark.
The staff will welcome any who wish to volunteer in preparation of CLAMS. You may call the staff at 508-645-3360 if you have questions.
Susan Larsen has sent word that she will be walking in May with the Avon Walk for Cancer in Boston. Sue says this will be her third walk and we are proud that this Chilmark cancer survivor has given so much of her time and energy to raising funds for cancer research and, ultimately, a cure. The walk will be May 18 and 19 and we will update you with details as we get nearer the date.