And what's for supper on Friday
 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
Got a minute?
Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
We’ll be celebrating Juneteenth this coming Monday, so our office will be closed and there will be no Minute that day. There’s plenty to do this weekend to take in the holiday, which signifies the end of slavery. Also coming up this Sunday is Father's Day, so spend some quality time with your families. Check out our calendar section. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
NOTE: This newsletter might be cut short by your email program. View it in full here.

Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

It’s amazing what you can do with great leftovers! You can help us continue to create innovative solutions to our year-round housing crisis. Click here to donate now.
A time for history, reflection
We produced a video story talking with leaders of the local chapter of the NAACP and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail about the importance of Juneteenth, how and why they celebrate, and about the importance of the “real” American history. Check out the video here.
Budget approved
Aquinnah passed the MVRHS budget, making it the final town to do so. Voters from Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury all voiced their opposition to a synthetic turf field and anonymous donations above $5,000. Get the details here.

Howes House conundrum
The Up-Island select boards are still attempting to finalize a funding formula for the Howes House renovation, which is home to the Up-Island Council on Aging. The West Tisbury and Chilmark select boards met on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Chilmark board members expressed concerns about the project’s cost. The towns agreed to wait for more precise numbers regarding cost and usage before making a final decision about the funding formula. Get more details here.
The Edgartown Select Board meets on Tuesday at 4 pm at Edgartown Town Hall and remote. See the agenda here.

The Chilmark Select Board meets on Tuesday at 5 pm remotely. See the agenda here.

Up Island School Committee meets on Tuesday at 6 pm at the West Tisbury School and remote. See agenda here.

The MVTimes: Our reporting makes a difference
Journalism that matters, where you need it, when you need it. Want more?
Quote of the Day
“Juneteenth to me symbolizes more than just a holiday, it symbolizes the being of African American history, and how we have been a part of this nation.”
— Vineyard chapter president of the NAACP Toni Kauffman on what Juneteenth means to her.

Hot Topic Comment
“This is a very big deal. Talent, hard work, determination, and the NATIONALS! Congratulations.”
— Shelly Jones comments on the MVRHS relay team competing in the Nike Outdoor Nationals.

Hot Topic Letter
Chilmark library director Ebba Rene Hierta writes an essay, questioning if the library does have a constitutional responsibility to host the controversial Alan Dershowitz: “He seems to suggest that Alan Dershowitz has a constitutional right to be allowed to speak at a library-sponsored program. Does that mean any author or speaker with credentials has a right to demand and receive a booking? Because if that’s the case, library programs as we know it will end. We can’t possibly book everybody who wants to speak, regardless of their expertise. There isn’t enough time and there isn’t enough money in our budgets. What, if any, are the limits on this supposed right?”
Today: I would love to go see Constant Smiles and Friends at a free concert. Island-grown Spike Currier and Ben Jones have been friends forever and they make beautiful music together. Also Adam Howell and the Queen of Cups, and Lucy Mayhew. Katharine Cornell Theater. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

One more chance to see Jorma Kaukonen when he plays at the Loft tonight. He filled the Old Whaling Church last weekend. 9 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: We’ve got to start the weekend with Juneteenth. There are so many events going on that you could spend days at them. They all sound amazing. Find them here. Saturday also means you’ve got the West Tisbury Farmers Market (9 am to noon) and the Chilmark Flea Market (9 am to 2 pm) for options. Murdick’s wants to help us celebrate National Fudge Day this weekend with free fudge for the first 45 customers. Don’t mind if I do. 10 am. The Chilmark Church Children's Fair is on Saturday, June 17, from 10 am to noon. There will be arts and crafts projects, face painting, food, a bouncy house, pony rides, and more. Free for all ages. Kick off the summer season at Oak Bluffs with the annual Harborfest. Lots of great vendors and equally great music all day. 10 am to 6 pm. Rain date is Sunday, June 18. Martha's Vineyard Garden Club hosts "Blooming Art" this weekend, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm. This is their big fundraiser, so head to the Old Mill in West Tisbury to check it out. Our very own Kate Feiffer, illustrator of “The Lamb Cycle,” offers a hands-on writing workshop where participants will rewrite a beloved nursery rhyme. Chilmark library. 12 pm. Free class for teens aged 12 to 18 on Mindful Photography with a professional photographer happens at the Oak Bluffs library. 2:30 pm. This one slipped past me: Pathways presents a free outdoor Jazz Concert with accomplished musicians, Stan Strickland and Joel Harrison, at the Tashmoo Spring building 4 to 6 pm. Jena’s Ring Challenge is a ring-catching competition to see who can catch the most rings during a ride around the Flying Horses Carousel. All different age groups are allowed, and proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Competitors can sign up on June 17 from 10 am to 7 pm. The competition starts at 7 pm. Join my friend Bill Eville for a Book Talk at Bunch of Grapes, where he’ll talk about his collection of essays, "Washed Ashore: Family, Fatherhood, and Finding Home on Martha's Vineyard." 7 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, retired bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, visits Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs on Sunday at 9 am. Jim Thomas shares his views on the importance of Juneteenth as an element in our national narrative of who we are at the Unitarian Universalist Society’s service at 10 am. Looking for a quiet place to write? Come to Featherstone to work quietly among other writers and poets in the Art Barn's library. 1 to 3 pm. Sundays in the Park Concerts at the Ocean Park Bandstand run every Sunday through the fall. Love it. Hope the weather works this weekend. 5:30 pm. You’ve got so many choices this weekend. I want to hear some live music, eat some fudge, hear some more live music, and eat some more fudge. Have a good one! –C.B.

Movies! Check out what’s playing this weekend at Island theaters here.

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: Think Katama for the beach

Real Estate Confidential is a biweekly chit-chat about new listings, sales, or other insider information on the Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate market, presented by Fred Roven, owner/broker of Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears every other Friday in The Minute.

As a full- or part-time resident of Katama, you’ll enjoy all the things that make Martha’s Vineyard so special. Katama is a beach community in Edgartown with Katama Bay separating Katama from Chappaquiddick Island on the east, while the Atlantic Ocean borders the residential area’s south side. Edgartown Great Pond is located on Katama’s western border.

When you approach Katama from Edgartown, you will come to a literal fork in the road. You can take Katama Road to the left or you can go right on Herring Creek Road. No matter which direction you choose, you’ll discover stunning views and wondrous Katama houses for sale that are just waiting for you to settle into the area.

Whereas the homes in Edgartown are renowned for celebrating the prosperity of the whaling era from years ago, Katama properties are more diverse when it comes to architectural style. Whether you want a single-family ranch or a large estate with a guest house for your in-laws, Katama has a home that will suit your needs, wants, and desires.
The spacious post-and-beam home at 5 Marsh Hawk Circle provides an opportunity for Island living and vacation rental income. The home is located in Island Grove, convenient to the village, South Beach, Wilson's Landing for kayak and boat launching, and Morning Glory Farm. The home has been expanded over the years with the addition of a delightful year-round sunroom, a new primary, first-floor bedroom, a one-car attached garage, an expanded, unfinished full basement, and solar panels. Reasonably priced at $2,225,000 . . .

For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

We call top bunk
“Free Bunkbed good condition, sturdy wood posts, Blk iron rails. 978-808-8950.”

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
Dining out?

The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

The Sweet Life Open year-round! Serving dinner at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.


The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

Restaurant owners: Are you open? Let our readers know, and support local journalism while doing so!

Contact to discuss promoting your dining specials with the MV Times.

Staying in?
It's easy being green with a recipe like Sweet Basil Pesto, shared by Laura Wainwright over 10 years ago. She also gives a bit of history and some tips about selecting ingredients. Just imagine the smell of garden-fresh herbs wafting through your house after whizzing up a batch.

Does your family have a fun recipe to share? Send it to us, along with a photo of the dish and a brief backstory if you have one, to

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know these musicians? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.
Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about. For previous Do You Knows? see our archive.

Thursday's contest answer:
Tristan Israel
This Was Then: Rollo Wigglesworth
Columnist Chris Baer shares the story of Rollo Wigglesworth (1891-1966) of Oak Bluffs. By 1917, Wigglesworth had begun to buy property on the Island. One of these properties included a small pond, marked on maps as “Fresh Pond,” but known to locals as “Wiggy’s Pond.” Read more about Wigglesworth’s life here.

We sent you The Minute because you gave us your email address at an Islanders Write or Islanders Read the Classics event (or at the Ag Fair), or you responded to an ad for The Minute and signed up on our website. The Minute will arrive Monday through Friday by the end of the workday, and features the day's news, important meetings and events, and even what to make for supper, along with some newsletter-only coupons and insider tips. We may produce special weekend editions and occasionally send you special offers from select advertisers. Got this forwarded from a friend? Sign up for yourself here. See past newsletters here.

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign