JANE N. SLATER
The mild weather continues, as Chilmark settles into its quiet pace for the next few months. The sunset crowds at Menemsha are mostly gone but I must say the sunrise on Wednesday morning was one not to miss. I shared it with the crows who were trying to outshout the seagulls, maybe they wanted us all to wake up and enjoy the beautiful sky.
I have been reading the Jeremiah Pease diary published over time in the Dukes County Intelligencer. He tells us about the steam ship Naushon that arrived here from New Bedford where he tells us she was built for “this place, she being the first steam boat ever owned here.” The date was August 1845. On Oct. 13 of that year he saw the steamship Great Britain sail up the sound on the way to New York. Jeremiah tells us she was said to be the largest steam ship in the world. Pays to look out at the waters around us once in a while! Steam power has come and gone but boats get bigger and bigger.
The selectmen invited citizens who were interested in the future of Menemsha to attend their Tuesday evening meeting. I was encouraged by the enthusiasm and the agreement that prevailed in the hopes of keeping commercial fishing going for our Chilmark fishermen. Many suggestions were made that will be under consideration this winter.
The Women’s Symposium will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. at the Community Center. This will be the 10th year of their meetings. The symposium consists of several speakers whose subject this year is: What I Didn’t Say Then. Discussions follow and there are refreshments.
The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council will meet on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Howes House in West Tisbury. The group will review grant applications for the coming year.
Terry and Kathy Meinelt and their daughter Sarah were in Chilmark last weekend with friends, Charles and Nancy Badavas, and Sarah’s guests, Courtney DeRoo and Maddie Houghes. They are all of Topsfield. They spent the fall weekend with Terry’s parents, Ted and Polly Meinelt, at their South Road home.
Dr. Lisa Nagy, M.D. will speak at the Chilmark library on Oct. 24. She is a specialist in environmental medicine and will talk about the causes and treatments for chemical sensitivity. The one-hour program starts at 5:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
The off season library café is now open and will offer refreshments in the meeting room during all the hours that the library is open. It will be nice to spend some time with a good book, a good friend and a brownie — sure to lift our winter spirits.
Evening entertainments continue Islandwide and the African Artists’ Community Development Project is premiering their documentary film Waging Peace in Zambia at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Marsha Winsryg has more information at 508-693-4059.
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