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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Tomorrow is the Chilmark Road Race. Looks like a beautiful day for running. Good luck to all the runners out there. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Island Housing Trust

In this film, IHT staff members got together to discuss what their work building year-round housing means to them. If you'd like help please click this link to donate.
We’ve had a reporter and videographer take in a few films at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. "Gaining Ground" highlights the significant decline of Black land ownership and Black farmers since emancipation. Read that story here. Also, our videographer got the sights and sounds outside of the film "Swagger." Check that video on our YouTube page here.
Turf extended
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has granted the regional high school an extension to its approval for the school’s proposed athletic field project. Since first receiving the greenlight from the regional planning agency back in 2021, the high school has been tied up in litigation and has been unable to begin construction, risking the expiration of the approval. But on Thursday, the MVC said they’d wait until that litigation was resolved before moving forward. Here’s that update.

What is journalism?
On Wednesday, a panel of expert journalists, educators and political commentators discussed the future of objective news. The event was part of the Charles Ogletree Public Forum Series at Union Chapel. Panelists agreed that although a journalist’s primary job is to tell the truth, whether readers believe them is another question entirely. Get more details here.
The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank meets at 3 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Edgartown Select Board meets at 4 pm at Town Hall Monday. Remote access is available. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"Martha’s Vineyard is known for its diversity. There are many different cultures, all very comfortable and at home celebrating their identity, and I think we want to introduce that with the Jewish community here."
— Rabbi Tzvi Alperowitz on founding Chabad on the Vineyard

Hot Topic Comment
Caitlin Burbidge comments on Beach Road’s plan to manage sound levels: "If you are affected, download and test and report on sound issues! Let’s be open and see how it goes. Please refrain from making assessments or judgements without facts, because a lot of us really have fun with these shows… seeing world class musicians without leaving the island is spectacular."

Hot Topic Letter
Ann Fay Lawton writes to us in appreciation of Vineyard Haven post office staff: "I recently lost my rural mailbox key that I had carried around for 29 years, and inquired at the Vineyard Haven Post Office as to how I might replace it. Christian patiently explained the replacement process. I left the Post Office at 7:15 am, and by noon Eric had replaced the lock and handed me new keys! Despite significant staffing shortages at the Post Office, Brenda, Christian, and Eric got the job done! The Vineyard Haven Post Office staff surely deserve tremendous praise!"
Today: Seems like a fine night for a book signing. Peter Kramer is at Bunch of Grapes with his latest, "Death of the Great Man." I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Also seems like a fine night to hit up the VFW in Oak Bluffs to listen to Mike Mok & the Em-Tones. 6 pm. (They’ll be at the P.A. Club on Saturday at 7:30 pm.) –C.B.
This weekend: How about a little Peace Yoga in the Field to kick off Saturday? Field Gallery in West Tisbury. 8:30 am. Or maybe you prefer your Yoga with an Alpaca, if that’s the case, then head to Island Alpaca at 10 am. Definitely make a trip to Featherstone for the exhibit "COLLIDE," curated by artist Kara Taylor. Noon to 4 pm. Join my friend Bill Eville at the Oak Bluffs library where he’ll talk about his new book "Washed Ashore." 2 pm. At the Aquinnah library, they’re having a Meet the Reptiles from Felix Neck event. 2 pm. Richard Michelson will be at Edgartown Books with his newest, "Sleeping as Fast as I Can," from 2 to 4 pm. Open Studio at Jay Lagemann's Sculpture Garden is happening from 4 to 7 pm. Read the listing for directions. There’s an Arts District Stroll in Oak Bluffs, and they’re always fun. 4 pm. Head to Island Alpaca for Jazz on the Vineyard. It’s a great fundraiser with Somi and Big Chief Donald Harrison. 5 to 8:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, check out the Up-Island Open Pottery Studio. Meet the potter and have a cup of coffee. 10 am to 1 pm. The First Congregational Church, M.V. Camp Meeting Association, Spiritual Life Committee, and Union Chapel bring us this Festival of Worship and Song with Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock, Mark Miller, and Israel Houghton. 12:30 at the Tabernacle. Stick around because the MVCMA Children's Festival happens from 2 to 5 pm. The M.V. Hebrew Center brings us a free conversation: Democracy In Israel: Where are we? Where are we going? A Conversation with Peter Beinart and Oz Ben-Amram, in the wake of the Knesset vote to overhaul the Judiciary. 7:30 free and open to the public. I love when we’ve got interesting events to go to and they’re FREE. –C.B.

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

Sponsored: Real Estate Confidential

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.

Yes, you can have the best of both worlds: An antique home with all the luxury features you might expect in a newly constructed home. Some are renovated already, and others require a bit of work (and money). One significant aspect of luxury antique homes on the Vineyard is that they often sit back from the water’s edge, high on hills, and have retained a waterside cottage, guest house, or boat house, open to your imagination.
Historical homes have numerous benefits, including that they are aesthetically pleasing with unmatched architecture; you will get to live in a piece of your town’s history; local historic or conservation commissions help maintain a consistent look, and historic districts often have a strong sense of community where residents care about their homes and the neighborhoods.

The charming vintage cottage and a separate detached studio at 301 Main Street is ready for a new owner's inspiration. This is a beautifully maintained parcel of land and one of my favorite renovation opportunities in part because of a six bedroom septic system. The home is a short stroll to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club and close by the library. A short tree lined path leading to the deeded ten foot right of way to and from the beach and water of Vineyard Haven Harbor just adds to the value. The property also offers a separate studio with an open floor plan, loft and bathroom. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the wonderful charm of the Vineyard.

The home at 1115 Main Street in Vineyard Haven is situated atop a gentle bank with a magical path through the vegetation to the beach. Built in 1893 it represents one of the classic Grand Dames of West Chop. A well thought-out renovation was completed honoring all of the home’s character and charm. With large windows everywhere you will experience incredible North Shore sunset views from nearly every room in the house as well as a wrap around porch and balcony. All of this is located within close proximity to the West Chop Club, Mink Meadows Golf Course and downtown Vineyard Haven.

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For the rest of this Real Estate Confidential, click here. For more Real Estate Confidentials, click here.

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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 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?
Mollie Doyle cooks with her sister Erin in this terrific story from Edible Vineyard. You’ll want to try Erin’s Zen Salad. In fact, we’re going to whip some up in the Times’ kitchen real soon. We’re into zen.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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Thursday's contest answer:
Linda Berg and Christoper Brophy
Hilarity for humanity comes to the Old Whaling Church
Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church is gearing up for its second annual Comedy Night fundraiser. The event, scheduled for August 13, features acclaimed comedians like Monique Marvez and Greg Hahn. All proceeds will support Vineyard House, the Island’s only sober living facility. Get more info here.
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