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Members of Chilmark Community Church hosted the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Menemsha Harbor on Sunday. More Photos [More Photos]

A crowd of around 50 gathered at water’s edge on Menemsha Harbor Sunday morning, for the annual Blessing of The Fleet.

Chilmark Community Church Pastor Seongmoon Ahn, a volunteer pastor at Chilmark Community Church, led the morning service alongside Reverend Arlene Bodge. Church members, children, a few dogs and a group of U.S. Coast Guardsmen shared in a series of hymns and chants before bowing their heads in prayer for safe passage in the season ahead.

“I had a great time with these people. I never expected this many people would be here,” Mr. Ahn, a native of Korea, said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Organist Carol Loud provided a nautical theme for the service with her rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” as a group of children organized toy boats in a circle for their own symbolic blessing of the fleet.

Trumpeter Edson Rogers first rehearse the lyrics of “America The Beautiful” with the group. “If you can hear the trumpet, you’re not singing loud enough,” Mr. Rogers said before leading the group in song.

Just as the service was coming to an end, captain Gregory Mayhew of the fishing vessel Unicorn pulled up to the dock in a timely appearance.

The blessing of the fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. Predominantly held in Catholic regions, a blessing from the local priest was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

2013 Neighborhood Convention

This year Chilmark  hosted Neighborhood Convention with a program at the Yard Dance Residence followed by a service at the church and bag lunch in the Fellowship Hall.  Sophia Anthony read an article from the 1908 Vineyard Gazette which described the Neighborhood Convention held that May in Gay Head.  People arrived by horse and wagon, some traveling 4 hours from Vineyard Haven.  This day it only took 20 minutes from Vineyard Haven and there were Grace Church members and U U members to attest to it.  Also other houses of worship were represented.

David Smith gave opening remarks at the Yard.

Jessie Keller narrated and danced the great program.

Bakers and waitresses, Marilyn Hollishead, Ann Deitrich, Dianne Holt and Pam Goff set up the lunch.

Arlene ran themonthly meeting.

Yard and Plant Sale

Lorna, the organizer, and Marie, the cashier.

Chilmark Chocolates donation. What a gift!

Judy and the Lobster. Getting ready for summer.

Nancy's plants were beautiful.

Marilyn and customer, Wendy, talk plants.

Free advice comes with seedlings and divided perennials.

Church officials check on progress...

May 7 Pizza Night

Over 30 friends tonight.  Glad to have some return from the winter away.

Days are getting longer.  While the older people talked or played Bananagrams, the young enjoyed a warm spring evening.

There was a project (after tag)..

It had to do with grass and rocks…

And it was peaceful.

Easter 2013

After an Easter Vigil Saturday night, with wonderful music by the Chilmark Church band ( Eunji on cello, Emily on violin, Carol on recorder and Seongmoon on guitar, Irene on violin and Bette on harmonica were away or sat out this performance), we celebrated Easter with special music by Sandy Bittermann Atwood.

Sandra Bittermann Atwood


Emily Broderick gave a rousing Children’s sermon complete with an empty box gift wrapped and shocking empty eggs that the kids waited to open together.  Their surprise was quickly moderated by some eggs with candy in them.  But they really “got” the empty tomb.

Below:  Easter Egg hunt after church.

The chief gave the little kids a head start.

Big kids off and running.

baskets full


The Empty tomb is followed by full baskets.  A good morning!

Cross Repair begun!

The Saturday before Easter, a bright blue afternoon for taking down the dangling cross.


Roy Riley and Mark Clements arrived with Mark’s truck.

Mark had to tell Roy how to operate the boom.

Roy starts the ride up.

Slowly, adjusting so he won’t knock the steeple….

He reaches the top.. The cross is loose enough to pull off.

The ride down begins.  He can see water in every direction.  Can he remember which knob controls which part of the boom?

With Roy down safely, Mark puts the truck to bed.

Mark Clements on his truck. THANK YOU, MARK!

Look for the next installment:  Repairing the Old Copper Cross.

Local Talent fixes rattle!

Keeping the pipes in order.

Bob Hungerford knows everything!

On a cold February afternoon, Bob Conway, Bob Hungerford and Clark Goff met to try to correct the rattle in  the organ pipes when certain tones were played. Bob Hungerford has worked on  pipes before.

They succeeded in tightening  some of the fastening by which the pipes attach to the pins in the case and that seems to have done the trick.

Christmas Flea!

Ann Deitrich and Annette Anthony put on a Christmas Flea at the Community Center.  It was a great success!

Friday 15th, center pieces made at Church.

Kim had everything organized and beautiful.

Saturday, Katy and Marilyn manning the church table.

Kathy and Emily show Kim's work.

Oh, there were dozens of other vendors there too.