Chilmark: Panel discussion, new book, leaf collage, women artists, and TV news history

“All I am saying is simply this: that all life is interconnected, that we are somehow caught in an inescapable web of reciprocity, bound together in a single garment of fate. Whatever directly affects one indirectly affects all. For some strange reason, I can never be what I should be until you are what you should be. You can never be what you should be until I’m what you should be. It is an interconnected structure of reality.” – dr. Martin Luther King Jr., commencement address, Oberlin College, June 1965

Last month, Natasha Osborne, my brother-in-law’s sister, was posting on her feed about Delta Sigma Theta’s 110th anniversary celebration. I love cheering her on, joining the chorus of support for her sorority sisters, and realizing with a jolt that contrary to movie sister stereotypes, these women take nurturing the business of mutual support seriously. It was founded by 22 young women studying at Howard University on January 13, 1913, to “advance determined efforts in sisterhood, scholarship, service and social action.” To date, there are more than 350,000 established sisters and 1,000 established chapters worldwide. It was a pleasant surprise to find that the keynote speaker for this year’s annual MV Collaborative Black History Month event was Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM and TEDx 2019 speaker, recognized global thought leader, tri-state social action coordinator for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. This year’s panel discussion presents a historical look at black resistance with speakers from the Martha’s Vineyard chapters of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the NAACP and the League of Women Voters (LWV), the MV Museum, and the Oak Bluffs Public Library, in a webinar on Saturday, February 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Zoom registration is required at

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It’s great to see that beneath the challenges and divisions that fill the airwaves, we’re actually a community of communities rooting for each other.

Chilmark author Patti McCracken is busy designing borders for her book tour and is happy to report that Tisbury Printer offers custom bookmark runs for at least half the price of others online. This week, Patti’s book, The Angel Makers, received Publishers Weekly’s coveted red star, with a review that begins and ends, “Journalist McCracken debuts a compulsively readable account of a group of women who ran a network of assassins for years…This is a must for fans real crimes.”

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Dana Nunes and her partner Ed Swenson returned to New Zealand’s South Island for the winter after a three-year hiatus.

I know I’m not the only one who feels jealous and happy for them. The world in miniature — in New Zealand they crossed paths with Ted Wise, who together with his Kiwi wife ran the MV Youth Hostel 20 years ago. Ted is the host of Marfells Beach Camp.

Coming to Pathways: “Leaf Art” with the talented and creative Emily Davis, Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register at or call 508-645-9098. Suggested donation is $20.

The Chilmark Tavern is hiring for the 2023 season (early May to early October): cooks, cooks, dishwashers and bussers. An apartment is available for the right candidates. Email [email protected] The Tavern is a partner of Island Eats’ waste-free takeout program, and discounted early-bird memberships are available at

The USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course on January 28 filled up so quickly that they are having to put some applicants into the next course scheduled for March 11.

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I recently discovered that in addition to access to the NY Times and Washington Post, a Chilmark library card gives access to Kanopy, a video-on-demand service that offers a wide variety of art, documentary, popular, classic, and international films. movies and TV shows and Big Courses.

Our library continues to support artists and feed our curiosity. Wednesday January 18th at 6pm Janet Mandel discusses Suzanne Valadon, the first amazing artist you probably haven’t heard of. Also Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 p.m.: Florine Stettheimer; Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 p.m.: Augusta Savage; Wednesday, April 19: 6:00 p.m.: Ruth Asawa. To access Zoom, email [email protected]

Libraries in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury and Chilmark are sponsoring “And That’s the Way It Is,” a look back at 70 years of television news with Brian Rose on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. on the Web; it’s free. Email your local library to access Zoom or for more information.

If you have any Chilmark Town Column suggestions, please email Claire Ganz, [email protected]


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