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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
It’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday today. She was a neighbor of Mark Twain’s in her later years. That must’ve made for interesting potlucks. It’s National Bourbon Day and also National Pop Goes the Weasel Day. We could see those two going hand-in-hand. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: MV Film Society

At home you are surrounded by life’s distractions, inclined to pick up the phone or do the dishes. Escape reality for a few hours with a screening at The Film Center.
Enjoy cinema snacks and relax in one of our reclining chairs in front of the big screen.
Simply sit and immerse yourself. You’ve earned it.

A rare marine sight
New England Aquarium scientists caught sight of a four-orca pod in the waters south of Nantucket on Sunday. This is unusual – generally, most orca sightings in the area are of solo swimmers. However, scientists don’t believe the recent sighting to be indicative of an increasing orca presence near Nantucket and the Vineyard. It’s likely that the pod was just looking for food. Read more here.
Another strike against turf
West Tisbury voters may have passed the high school budget, but a poll taken during the special town meeting showed there is still large opposition against a synthetic turf field. Voters are also not keen on anonymous donations over $5,000 that would support a "plastic field." Check out the details here.

Respite for abuse victims
Last week, Dukes County entered into an intermunicipal agreement with Barnstable County to provide enhanced support for child victims of crime. In a collaborative effort between Children’s Cove and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, programs will now be available on the Vineyard, so families will no longer have to travel off-Island. Read more here.

The Chilmark Conservation Commission is holding a public information session on the Menemsha Dune restoration project at noon on Thursday. In-person at Menemsha Beach. Here is the agenda.

The Oak Bluffs finance and advisory committee meets at 5 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Boaters or people using the ocean should treat this just like any other wild animal sighting — respect their space and let them go about their business."
–New England Aquarium researcher Orla O’Brien
on whether recent orca sightings should be cause for concern.

Hot Topic Comment
Bob Morris commented on the SSA staffing shortage that resulted in boat cancellations over the weekend: "We, in Woods Hole, were terribly concerned and greatly relieved that there were no reports of critical health disasters when the ‘Lifeline’ canceled the 5:30 boat so necessary for delivering medications and other necessaries of life."

Hot Topic Letter
Our columnist Jack Fruchtman’s essay analyzes Alan Dershowitz’s claim that the Chilmark library violated his First Amendment right to free speech: "...the court has made it awfully difficult, if not impossible, to forbid someone from exercising a right to speak. The court places the burden of proof on the institution, in this case the Chilmark library, to show why it had ‘a compelling reason’ to disallow certain speech. This is a high bar to reach. Could such speech lead to violence, injury, or death? Might there be a riot, or perhaps property damage? Can this be proved?"
Today: I don’t know how to play cribbage, but the members seem so nice that I want to go to their Vineyard Cribbage Club anyway. American Legion in Edgartown. Get there at 5:45 pm because play starts at 6. –Connie Berry

Down-Island libraries bring us Art by African Americans: Protest of the 60s to Black Lives Matter. Artworks that advocated for change. Registration is required. Virtual. 6:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: The Yard offers a Conversation with Sandglass Theater folks about their upcoming production "Feral." They’ll talk about "this story of disruption within a woman’s life when the wolf inside her howls, and the possibilities of reintegration with that feral voice." I like it. 5:15 pm. –C.B.

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

Dish it out
"Pfaltzgraff stoneware dishes. Midnight Sun pattern. Dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 cups, 4 saucers, 2 bowls. Black glossy design on black. Excellent condition. $100. 508-687-9510."

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!

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Staying in?
Chill out this summer with Cool as a Cucumber Mousse, a recipe shared by Holly Nadler in an article about Nan Rheault and her warm-weather cookbook from 1992: "Cooking with no Clothes on Martha's Vineyard." It has all of the bare essentials.

Send us a recipe! We would love to share it with the community. Email it to, and include a brief backstory and a photo of your final creation.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this person?

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.

Tuesday's contest answer:
Jon Moore
Master at work
Last Saturday, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen performed to a nearly sold-out crowd at the Old Whaling Church. Kaukonen, known for his solo career as well as his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, played two acoustic sets. Read Ray Whitaker’s concert review and conversation with Kaukonen here.

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