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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Well, you’ll have to wait for the fireworks another night. But here’s some other things to celebrate: Fajita Day; Hawaiian Shirt Day; and also Never Giving Up Day. You can also go to the Ag Fair. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Native owned
The iconic Aquinnah Shop restaurant, which has been in Indigenous hands for decades was put on the market earlier this year, prompting fears that it would go to a non-tribal citizen. But a land conservation group from Mashpee, led by mostly Wampanoag tribal members, agreed to purchase the property for $2 million. The plan is to pass the property to a new organization, run by women of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay head. Read that story here.
One year after Dobbs
The Hebrew Center organized a panel of reproductive rights experts, who discussed the future of abortion access. The Vineyard recently started providing medication abortion, which is going well so far. The panelists also discussed the importance of making change at the state and local level, instead of relying on the federal government to protect reproductive rights. Read more here.

Chip Chop on the block
Another iconic property, this one in Tisbury, is going on the market. Chip Chop is owned by Diane Sawyer. It’s being listed for $24 million. Aside from a number of buildings on the 20-acre property is 2,000 feet of beach along Vineyard Sound. There’s also frontage on Lake Tashmoo. Read that story here.
The West Tisbury Planning Board meets at 5:30 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.
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Quote of the Day
"If you can’t value the individual autonomy, safety, direction [and] humanity of the person and the mother, I think that informs the direction of book banning, lack of free speech."
— President of the Women’s Centers Elizabeth Barnes on abortion in a post-Roe world

Hot Topic Comment
Thomas Hodgson comments on warnings about harmful cyanobacteria: "Dog owners! Be aware that this is a potential danger for your pets. Our dog Coquina was recently shaking uncontrollably, and violently ill for a day (and out of sorts for two days afterwards) after a visit to the south shore of Tisbury Great Pond, near Crab Creek, which is the outlet for Black Point Pond. She seems to have recovered well, but her symptoms matched those indicated for cyanobacteria poisoning."

Hot Topic Letter
The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center writes to us about the recent Chabad-sponsored Jewish Cultural Festival: "Rabbi Yosef Glassman, an attendee of the Jewish Cultural Festival, who once lived and worked on the Island, was quoted in the article as saying that before the Chabad-sponsored Jewish Cultural Festival, Martha’s Vineyard had been a ‘desert full of Jews, and now they’re sprouting.’ This is disrespectful to the historic and local Jewish community on the Island that was founded by the first Jewish families who came here over 100 years ago. The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is happy to welcome another Jewish community who enrich the already vibrant Jewish life here on the Island, and commend them for the Jewish festival. For Rabbi Glassman to insult the historic Jewish community here, however, was unkind and unnecessary."
Today: Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss collaborate in this evening of dance at the Yard. It involves everything from tap to jazz to Appalachian clogging. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

"Oppenheimer" plays at the M.V. Film Center. Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon and the Manhattan Project. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: Begin your Saturday with the annual 5K Run for Camp Jabberwocky at the Farm Institute in Katama. Kids start at 8:45 and the 5K starts at 9:15 am. Saturday’s Ag Fair hours are 10 am to 11 pm. Grab a couple of fried Oreos for me. Sherry Sidoti talks about her book "A Smoke and a Song" at the Edgartown library at 10:30 am. Stop by the Red House for conversation about recovery and a cup of coffee or two. 12 to 2 pm. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak about her latest book, "My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives," at the Oak Bluffs library at 3 pm. At the West Tisbury library at 3:30 pm, author Willie Mae Brown discusses her new book, "My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement." Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Galaxy Gallery in Oak Bluffs hosts an Artists' Reception for work in all mediums that celebrate nightfall. 4 pm. Note that Built on Stilts moved the start time to 5 pm at Union Chapel since the Oak Bluffs Fireworks are rescheduled to Saturday night at around dusk. While you’re in O.B., Cousen Rose Gallery hosts a new exhibit by artist Paul Goodnight, plus jazz by violinist Wesley Morris in the courtyard. 7 pm. Gates open at 7 pm as Circuit Arts screens "Jaws" at the drive-in at the YMCA. Who doesn’t love the drive-in? –C.B.

On Sunday, MVBLM hosts a silent reflection and sharing at Ocean Park at 9:30 am. It’s the last day of the Ag Fair so if you haven’t gone yet make plans to see the sights and sounds. It’s open from 9:30 am to 7 pm. Buy directly from the artists at the Vineyard Artisans Festival at the Grange Hall. 10 am to 2 pm. Hear from two experts discussing current events in Israel and the implications for the U.S. and Israel relationship with Robert Satloff and Jesse Ferris via Zoom and the Hebrew Center. 11 am. Check out Living Landmarks: Scrimshaw at the Carnegie. I’ve heard this is a pretty cool event and yet once again, I haven’t gone to see it. 12 to 3 pm. I have, however, seen Richard Limber's Art Studio in Oak Bluffs. Check out his latest work and talk about his process. His portraits are thought-provoking to say the least. 3 to 6 pm. The West Tisbury library hosts its Climate Book Club on the back porch at 4 pm. Wrap up your weekend with special presentations at Islanders Write at Featherstone: "Writers on Strike: What’s Happening in Hollywood," with Scott Frank, Doug Liman, and Misan Sagay followed by "Equal Time, No Time, or All the Time: Politics and the Press," with Walter Shapiro, Mara Liasson, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Callie Crossley. Absolutely free. On Monday, from 8:15 am to around 4 pm, Featherstone hosts presentations and workshops covering everything to do with writing. Check the schedule out here. Hope to see you there! 6:30 pm. –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Spread aromatic joy with recipes shared by the Vineyard Haven library's virtual Spice Club, including Vinaigrette for Kale Salad with Olives, Dates, and Avocado. The next gathering is on Tuesday, August 29, with Dried Lemon Juice as the featured ingredient. In The Times' kitchen, we'd probably use that to make lemonade and a big batch of cookies. What would you create?

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Do you know this baseball player? 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:
Rose Anthony
Exhibit ‘Collide,’ curated by Kara Taylor, at Featherstone
"Collide" is the newest exhibition at the Featherstone Center for the Arts. Twenty-three artists from Central and Southern Africa came together for this exhibit. It features a 6-foot-tall woven wall hanging, a reverse acrylic painting on glass, and silver jewelry. Get more details here.

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