Chilmark: sign up for a Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plate

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Beetlebung Farm sheep graze in the setting sun before moving onto greener pastures. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

We are sliding into August. I must apologize I left out MV Smokehouse from my list of Chilmark-related booths at the West Tisbury Farmers Market. Their fish, locally caught by Gus Leaf, are seasoned and prepared by Chef Nathan Gould, now of Home Port and Beach Plum Inn. Don’t miss their bluefish spread! Thanks to Jane Slater for letting us all know about the survey ship hanging around in our Chilmark waters. On Friday after a gorgeous day, we had rain, then a rainbow over the survey ship on the south shore, followed by fireworks. No need to leave home. Also we have had 30 Beetlebung Farm sheep grazing around our home — they will be missed as they move on to new feeding pastures. This is your last week to stock up on Chilmark Chocolates, which will be closed August 8 – Sept. 10.

You can now sign up for a Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plate for your car. Learn more at mvlicenseplate.com, or call Mary Korba, MV License Plate Committee, at 508-693-7900, ext. 222.

It’s time for the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival! Opening night should be amazing — what an opportunity to hear Ta-Nehisi Coates before he moves to Paris for the year. Check out their schedule for the full lineup, both on Saturday in Edgartown for moderated author panels and Sunday in Chilmark for writers reading and being interviewed, at mvbookfestival.com.

Come to a family matinee at 11 am on Saturday, August 1, when the Yard presents Marvelous Marvin, who teaches in rhyme about fascinating bug habits, bug archaeology, and the importance of bugs to humans, using circus arts, magic, and music, plus his giant bug book of illustrations by Paul Olson and photos by Brian Jones. Check all their performances and classes at dancetheyard.org.

The Chilmark school’s self-serve farm stand (just outside the garden) is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to 7 pm. Kale, peppers, herbs, and flowers!

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival continues with Wednesday-night music and dinner by Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch at 6 pm followed by 7:30 pm screenings. Check tmvff.org for what films are coming up.

Summer owners, renters, visitors, and guests, take advantage of collaborating with town officials by attending the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30 pm at Chilmark Town Hall. This is an opportunity to meet with town officials about plans for Chilmark, and to raise any questions or concerns you may have.

Join Dean Bragonier as he speaks about his Round-the-Vineyard Swim benefitting NoticeAbility, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about dyslexia, at the Chilmark library on Wednesday, August 5, at 5 pm. Bragonier set off from State Beach in Oak Bluffs on July 11, stopping at beaches along the way to meet supporters and film a video blog about the adventure, the first official circumnavigation swim of Martha’s Vineyard. He hopes to complete the 50-mile, 27-leg swim on Sunday, August 16, arriving back at the starting point, Little Bridge.

The Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust’s first-ever meet-the-fleet event to showcase the Island’s working waterfront will be Thursday, August 6, from 3 to 7 pm at Menemsha Harbor. The event is raising awareness of the Island commercial fishing industry, which has deep roots but faces an uncertain future with permits and other regulatory hurdles. Commercial fishing boats will be docked in Menemsha for the afternoon, and fishermen will offer demonstrations in their trade.