Chilmark School Holds Winter Fundraiser

Save the date for next Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Chilmark School holds its annual winter fundraiser. The party will be held at the Chilmark Community Center. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish provide the backbeat.

The fundraiser is from 7 to 11:30 p.m. That’s way past Chilmark midnight (8 p.m.) but, hey, time to step up and stay up for a good cause.

The cost is $15 at the door or online at

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Performance Arts Meet Science At Chilmark Community Center
Megan Dooley

A love of the arts is just one aspect of the Vineyard that sets it apart from other communities.

And on Saturday Islanders who love the arts will have the opportunity to attend a free concert titled Drops in the Stream: A Concert of Music, Poetry, and Dance. Performed by the Row Twelve Music Ensemble at the Chilmark Community Center. The concert is the brainchild of Chilmark resident Frederic Hotchkiss and the result of a community collaboration to bring a fusion of music and performing arts to the Vineyard.

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Mother Earth Festival Evokes Food, Music, Community

Terra Madre Day is here today. Are you ready? And do you even know what it is?

Well, it’s a global mother earth celebration created by the slow food movement. This year’s focus is on the thousand days initiative that aims to develop community and school food gardens across Africa.

Here on the Island the day is being celebrated with a slow food potluck tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. The event is a gastronomical coming together as well as a benefit. All proceeds go to the Thousand Days initiative.

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Chilmark Selectmen Respond to Incident, Tweaking Community Center Rental Policy

Chilmark selectmen may in the future consider changes to the rental policy for the Chilmark Community Center, including requiring a certified bartender or a designated supervisor for events where alcohol is served, following a recent incident involving alcohol when a Menemsha fisherman was arrested at a memorial service event at the center.

This week selectmen called for a review of the rental policy for the center, which is often used for social events such as weddings, birthdays and memorial services, where alcohol is served.

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Future Actress Is Frank About Quality

Each week this summer, until this Wednesday, which is the last, the folks at Cinema Circus show a series of short films at the Chilmark Community Center. The films begin at 6 p.m. but at 5 p.m. the circus, complete with jugglers, face painters, stilt walkers, food and music, gets underway.

An advanced screening of the films is arranged with a young Island cineaste, plucked from the age bracket of the target audience. In a world with few certainties, the kid critic is the critic to trust.

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No Relief from Heat in Debate on Israel
Sara Brown

It was a Chilmark showdown Sunday night: on one side was the noted civil liberties lawyer, law professor and author Alan Dershowitz. On the other was author Peter Beinart, an associate professor of journalism and an editor at the Daily Beast.

The debate centered on Mr. Beinart’s recent book, The Crisis of Zionism, and differing views about the future of Israel. A large crowd at the Chilmark Community Center watched the two spar, sometimes heatedly, in a debate moderated by author Richard North Patterson.

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Films and Feast

Films and Feast

This Saturday, Jan 7, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival throws open the doors of the Chilmark Community Center for another night of films and food. At 5 p.m. there is a program of short films for kids and at 6:30 p.m. Chris Fischer takes the stage with a farm fresh meal. Todd Christy provides his Chilmark Coffee and Amy Miller brings on the sweet treats.

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