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Eiffel Tower tall
Vineyard Wind said in a recent tour of the construction site — 15 miles south of the Island — that six of the 62 planned turbines will begin adding power to the electrical grid in October. A massive substation has been installed on site, which MV Times reporters got a look at this week. The towers will be a little smaller than the Eiffel Tower. Read more here.
Blast off
Astronauts and other NASA, Blue Origin, and Blue Origin’s Club for the Future officials will be in Waban Park in Oak Bluffs today and tomorrow, inspiring the next generation of explorers, engineers, and scientists. The event aims to improve access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM), particularly for Black students. We’ll have video, photos and reporting coming soon here.

Meet the fleet
Crab races, Coast Guard demonstrations, tours of local fishing boats: Meet the Fleet is an opportunity for the community to get to know their local fishermen. And it’s a fundraiser for the Fishermen’s Preservation Trust. On Thursday, hundreds of visitors came out to Menemsha to get in the festivities. Read more here.
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Quote of the Day
"My Center for Coastal Studies has been doing population studies for 46 years, and we know there are some humpback whales dying and washing up here, in New Jersey, and Virginia. It’s part of their natural system. It’s a little more than usual, but they’re not being killed by wind turbines."
— Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown executive director Richard Delaney on concerns that Vineyard Wind will harm marine life.

Hot Topic Comment
Katherine Scott comments on a denied request to relocate a shellfish farm: "I don’t think this is a good idea. Time change. Priorities change. I think that the request to move the oyster farm to a spot where the oysters can 'breathe' is perfectly reasonable. Raising oysters is arguably of greater importance than private recreational uses that can’t coexist with oyster farms.

Hot Topic Letter
Grace Kennan Warnecke writes to us about a Martha’s Vineyard miracle: "A few days ago friends dropped by my neighbor’s house, where I also happened to be, and showed us an old brown and tattered copy of The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, dated October 1889. It had been found in the walls of restaurant The Red Cat which was being moved and remodeled.… I was floored to see that the opening article entitled ‘In East Siberian Silver Mines’ was authored by my great, great uncle… It seemed inconceivable to find an over 100-year-old article with illustrations hidden in the wall of a restaurant being torn down and re-modeled on Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve decided the lesson is ‘you can find anything on Martha’s Vineyard.’"
Today: We love First Fridays in Vineyard Haven. We just walk up the road and enjoy music, shopping, food, and lots of art around town. And this time PathwaysArts hosts a silent disco, which we also love. Free. Starts at 4 pm. –Connie Berry

Gospel on the Vineyard celebrates its 20th year at Union Chapel. It’s a Christian music and arts festival and it’s awesome. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 6 pm. –C.B.
This weekend: M.V. Hospital joins Dr. Louis Sullivan for the race he founded in 1989, the Sullivan Run/Walk 5K. It’s for all ages and is a certified 5K course around East Chop. Bring the whole family. There’s a Kids’ Fun Run and a Diaper Derby. You can sign up the morning of the race. Meet at Washington Park by Our Market. 9 am. Stick around O.B. for the Camp Meeting Association’s Annual Craft Fair at the Tabernacle. 9 am to 2 pm. Head up-Island to the West Tisbury Farmers Market from 9 am to noon. Say hi to my son Dan. You can’t miss him. He’s at the Island Autism booth, and he’s got hair the color of a fresh Florida orange. Tour the Farm Institute’s one-acre sunflower field and pick your own sunflowers. You may have to sign up, so read the fine print. 10 am to noon. Sherry Sidoti signs copies of her book "A Smoke and a Song" (which I’ve heard is excellent) at the Edgartown Bookstore. 11 am to  1 pm. Anna Marden leads a meditative sound bath followed by free-flow writing at Aquinnah Town Hall. Bring a journal and yoga mat if you have one. Free. 11 am to 12:30 pm. Polly Hill invites everyone to their 25th birthday party. And it’s a real party. Live music under a tent, tours, games, and food trucks. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy the Arboretum grounds. Rain or shine. 3 pm. New to Recovery Drop-in at the Red House is open to newcomers looking for support or just conversation. 4 pm. The Oak Bluffs library hosts a Contemporary Writers Panel with four friends who have known each other since 2005. 6 pm. Ginny Hetherington presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on the Tabernacle stage. 7 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, MVBLM hosts a silent reflection and sharing at the Chilmark library at 9:30 am. Sounds like a good morning at church. Corinna Kaufman shares her Seaweed Art up in Aquinnah. Open 11 am to 6 pm. Old Sculpin Gallery hosts an Artists’ Reception at the Dock Street gallery in Edgartown. 5 to 7 pm. I’d love to attend this one: Dr. Donald Berwick speaks on "Salve Lucrum: The Existential Threat of Greed in American Health Care" at the Hebrew Center. Free and open to everyone. 7:30 pm. My friend and Island musician Mark Alan Lovewell is joined by Molly Conole for Sunday at Sea at the Federated Church. You can either go in person or see the show on Zoom. 8 pm. See how easy that is? –C.B.

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

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Staying in?
Want to try something interesting on the grill? Heat it up just until it’s medium low, then try this recipe for Grilled Romaine with Lime Avocado Dressing from our wayback machine. Lettuce help with dinner.

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Summer’s best
The Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival is back for its 21st year. Daily screenings start today, and will go until August 12. Highlights include Netflix’s "Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop," indie documentary "Black Barbie," and MAX Original "Young Love." Check it out here.

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