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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Happy 80th Birthday to Robert DeNiro today! The internet tells us that today is the day Joseph Pulitizer donated $1 million to Columbia University and thus began the Pulitzer Prizes in the U.S. Maybe next year. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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A user’s guide
The much-anticipated annual Agricultural Fair begins today. We have a special supplement in today’s paper, including a map of the fairgrounds. But if you missed that, check out the schedule of events here. Find out what’s new at the fair, from a kiddie tractor pull to a chopstick knitting competition, here. Recently, The Times spoke to a couple of families that volunteer at the fair every summer. You can read that interview here.
Moving history
A building in Tisbury that once served as a church will be undergoing restoration work. The structure will be stored at 51 Lagoon Pond Road, where the restoration effort will take place. Read more here.

Thousands gathered around the Oak Bluffs Campground Wednesday night, to celebrate the Island’s 152nd annual Grand Illumination Night. Nothing beats wandering through Cottage City’s lantern lit streets just after dusk. Not only is it a Vineyard summer fixture, but a longstanding tradition for generations of Islanders, summer residents, and tourists. Check out last night’s event here.

No meetings this Friday, but the Ag Fair is going on until Sunday. Enjoy your weekend!

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Quote of the Day
"While we all support renewable energy, there is a responsible way and an irresponsible way of developing it. In my, and many other Tribes’ and non-Tribal entities’ opinion, this is not the responsible way."
— Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais on negotiations with offshore wind farm Revolution Wind

Hot Topic Comment
John Merrow comments on the Chilmark cycling accident: "The Island is burying its head in the sand. The towns have allowed the bike (multi-use) paths to deteriorate, despite significant $$ being approved at town meetings (I’m talking about you, Edgartown!). Electric bikes MUST be banned from the paths, and a speed limit must be established. Bikers going the wrong way on one way streets MUST be ticketed! We need better signage. More reminders to drivers that bikes and bikers have rights! (And responsibilities)"

Hot Topic Letter
Terry Donahue writes to us about the ongoing turf controversy: "I am asking both sides, for the benefit of our children, to accept the judge’s decision, and for neither side to appeal the verdict. I have been an advocate for synthetic turf, but if the judge rules in favor of the Oak Bluffs planning board, I will support this decision, and do all I can to get a new game field using grass with a track surrounding the field, new stands, a field house, and one additional grass field as soon as possible… It is time to remember we all, on both sides, are doing this for the Island kids. It’s time to put them first, not our opinions."
Today: When I write these up early in the morning, this one always appeals to me: Meditation via Bodhi Path. You can access it through Zoom or in person. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Try Town M.V. in Edgartown for a little evening libations and live music with David Wolff. 7 pm. –C.B.
The Oak Bluffs Fireworks Show has been postponed from Friday until Saturday. I'm guessing that it will start around dark, but it is truly amazing. I think I still have pics on my cell phone from years ago. C.B.

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

Fashion statement
"Womens Fashion Draped one-shoulder sleeveless black top XS. New with tag, Anthropologie. $45 (originally $68). 917-538-5049."

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 daily at 5:30 pm. @sweet_life_mv

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

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Staying in?
In celebration of the Ag Fair, check the recipes for Tomates Confites and Overstewed Green Beans, from Garden Notes columnist Abigail Higgins many years ago. The photo above shows awardwinning vegetables from Paul Jackson. You can read more about this master gardener's legacy here.

If you'd like to share a recipe with the community, send it to us at, and include a photo of the dish and a brief backstory if you have one.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this smiling face? 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.

Wednesday's contest answer:
Kirsten Nelson
‘The Outcasts of Penikese Island’ at the M.V. Playhouse
‘The Outcasts of Penikese Island,’ based on true events, tells the story of patients with leprosy who were forcibly isolated in a hospital on Penikese, an island about a mile and a half from Cuttyhunk. Director Scott Barrow adapted the play from a book of poems about the event. The play examines society, class, and community. Get more info here.

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