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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
It’s the last weekend of July. Does that mean summer is half over? It’s time to start checking off that summer bucket list. Also, Instagram star (whatever that is) Mia Hayward turns 23 today. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Sankaty sojourn
The Sankaty freight boat "broke loose" from a Woods Hole dock yesterday evening, the Steamship Authority said in a statement. The statement didn’t have many details of why the boat got free, but it wandered over to a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dock. Initial reports found no damage to the ferry, but that later changed to some "cosmetic damage." Read more here.
Worse before better
Tisbury finalized and submitted a targeted watershed management plan to the state in an effort to clean up Tashmoo from nitrogen pollution. There are loads of nitrogen leaking into the estuary, predominantly from septic systems in Tisbury. The plan is to upgrade hundreds of septic systems or create new ways to reduce the nitrogen limit, but it’ll get worse before it gets better for a little while — and that’s if the state approves the plan. Read more here.

Package mystery
Police seem pretty certain that the boxes were containing some sort of drug. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency office on the Cape is taking a look before any details are released. But it seems that a family came upon the packages during a beach day on Lucy Vincent Beach. Read more here.
The Edgartown Select Board meets at 4 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury Planning Board meets at 5:30 pm Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"It’s like home, playing there … The crowd always gives me extra applause when I come out to pitch. It’s nice to see all those old faces; it’s nostalgic."
—Martha’s Vineyard Sharks pitcher and Oak Bluffs native James Sashin on playing baseball in the Shark Tank.

Hot Topic Comment
Susan Murphy comments on our recent editorial about the MVRHS committee funding its ongoing litigation with the town of Oak Bluffs through anonymous donations: "Anonymous donations usually are anonymous to the public, but known to the recipient, because they are usually paid by check. There is no accountability for the anonymous cash donations made to the school committee last week. One wonders if such a donation is even legal for the school committee to accept."

Hot Topic Letter
Liza Coogan writes to us about the recent art and jewelry sales benefit for The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence: "Nancy Hall, the owner of the handsome and venerable Howland Barn, deserves praise for her generosity and patience. Those of us who organized and saw this project grow from ideas to fruition have taken copious notes on how to keep this vital support persistent and demanding, thank all of those Islanders who donated art and jewelry, their time, and their money to this everyday cause."
Today: Award-winning Chicago vocalist Joan Collaso brings her soulful voice to the Strand Theater tonight. I’m so glad that the venue is open for live music. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

The M.V. Playhouse presents "To Fall In Love," a Theatre Lab production from Florida Atlantic University. Read the description because it sounds like a good one. 7 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: The Chilmark Flea Market opens at 9, so get there early to grab the best of the best. Don’t forget to stop by the West Tisbury library’s Book Sale under the tents at the West Tisbury School. 9 am to 3 pm. Knowhere Gallery on Dukes County Ave. in Oak Bluffs hosts a group exhibit "Fibers of My Soul." 11 am to 5 pm. Take an hour-long Historic Walking Tour through Edgartown and learn all sorts of fun facts. Meet at the Carnegie at 11 am. The Edgartown library hosts Alison Bass for an author talk about her book "Brassy Broad." Love the title. She sounds like someone we should get to know. 11 am. Mick Stevens’ illustrations are on exhibit at the art space at the M.V. Playhouse. I’ve seen his work, and you’ll enjoy this one. 2 to 5 pm. Talking about inspiration, 108-year-old artist Dorothy Burham has a show at the Oak Bluffs library's downstairs meeting room this month and her art reception is Saturday, from 1 to 3:30 pm at the library. Cousin Rose Gallery hosts photographer Robin Gottesman with music by Adele Dreyer. 6 pm. The Yard never disappoints. Check out the Rainbow Serpent Collective’s new work in progress: "The Four World Ages." 7 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, start the day in Oak Bluffs at the Open Market. You can pick up all sorts of things — veggies, antiques, artwork, jewelry. Need I go on? 9 am to 1 pm. Sunday is a great time to visit Island galleries. Here are a few not to miss: Center of Knowhere, Moore Family Gallery, North Water Gallery, Peter and Ronni Simon’s Gallery, Field Gallery, Seaweed Art Studio, Granary Gallery, Louisa Gould Gallery, and Old Sculpin Gallery. Also a don’t-miss is an evening with Charlayne Hunter-Gault and her new book "My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives" at the Hebrew Center, sponsored by the Lehman Memorial Lecture Fund. In-person only. Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing follows. 7:30 pm. Get out there and enjoy yourselves. –C.B.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential: Luxury Waterfront Homes

Real Estate Confidential is a weekly chit chat about new listings, sales, or other insider info on the Martha’s Vineyard real estate market, by Fred Roven, Martha’s Vineyard Buyer Agents. It appears each Friday in The Minute.

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Deciding where to purchase a waterfront property will depend on the characteristics that you hope to find in your local neighborhood, as well as the type of ocean or bay view that you hope to have. Living in Edgartown will provide you with exceptional views of the busy harbor, while Oak Bluffs' Ocean Park has amazing views of Nantucket Sound. If you want to enjoy the perks of having direct access to some of the Vineyard's beautiful beaches, then Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury are the towns for you!

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Movie night
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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.


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Staying in?
When was the last time you woke up on a Sunday morning and made fresh-baked muffins? We thought so. Come on, let’s do it. Try Tina Miller’s Cranberry Orange Corn Muffins. She even makes them healthy.

We’ve got a new issue of Edible Vineyard on newsstands, but if you’d rather stay indoors in the air conditioning, check out the website for more recipes:

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this woman? 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:
Melissa Breese
See the world through the screen
Doc Week is coming to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival starting Monday. From a film documenting how COVID-19 has affected Cirque du Soleil performances to a documentary on regenerative farming, Doc Week will likely have something for everyone. Read more about it here.

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