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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Fire suppression upgrades?
fire grant teaser rewrite: "Following the horrors in Maui, all Island towns except Oak Bluffs are seeking state grant funds that would bolster their ability to respond to brush and other fires. In Aquinnah, discussion of fire suppression also comes after a resident was denied homeowner's insurance due to fire protection concerns. Aquinnah's fire chief says there was a misunderstanding, but also that all up-Island towns are ranked near the bottom of a scale for insurers. Read more here."
Suicide Prevention Walk
The 6th annual Darkness Into Vineyard Light Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will take place this weekend on Saturday, September 23. Meet at 5 am at Bend in the Road for a sunrise gathering of Islanders who are passionate about mental health and destigmatizing mental illness. Now a nonprofit, organizers hope to play a bigger role in Island mental health care and community resources. Read more about the nonprofit and how to participate in this weekend’s walk here.

Land Ho!
Ten-year-old Briggs Kossmann made a solo sailing trip from the Cape to the Island, with his family nearby. Sailing the route was a goal Briggs made, and wanted to accomplish it before his eleventh birthday. Now, he’s getting ready for larger goals on the water. Get the details here.
No meetings this Friday. Enjoy the weekend!
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Spectacular 35-acre Boldwater Association waterfront estate on Edgartown Great Pond with breathtaking views over 1,000-ft wide low brushy pond front terrain and across the 3/4-mile wide Lyles Bay, dreamy Swan Neck Point, the 1-1/2 mile wide main pond and barrier beach to the ocean beyond. The handful of well pruned trees on the property enhance the water views. The sophisticated and charming house was built by Andrew Flake, arguably the finest Vineyard builder over the last 40 years. Mark Hutker created an innovative design with an arc shape nautical theme so every room faces the water. The three second floor bedrooms enjoy large terraces and the first floor primary bedroom opens to a nice deck and quiet garden sanctuary. The handmade luxury kitchen cabinetry and extensive woodworking were done by Smallbone, a British Company noted for time-honored design and craftsmanship. Adding to this estate, reflecting decades of careful planning and development, is a lovely private pool and pool house, four-room guest suite over the garage with large deck, two stone-wall enclosed specimen fruit tree meadows, a large field circled by a grand stone wall, a idyllic lily pond and two miles of private trails.
Quote of the Day
"When we foraged, and our foraging capabilities took us far and wide, it gave me an understanding of who they were, and instilled the knowledge of who I was yet to become. The knowledge of the ground that was around me here has rooted me in my culture and my history, and the history of my people who have been there for centuries."
— Juli Vanderhoop on a food forest coming to Aquinnah

Hot Topic Comment
"The whales are the allies—the big troops—for maintaining planetary balance and atmospheric health, also for humans. They are not just a 'charismatic' ornament."
— Katherine Scott on efforts to protect the Right Whale

Hot Topic Letter
J.R Mell, Big Brothers Big Sisters regional director, extends his gratitude towards the Black Dog and the Douglas family for hosting Vineyard Bigs and Littles aboard the Alabama: "The captain and crew did a phenomenal job sharing the history of the ship in its past life and current life as an icon of Vineyard Haven Harbor. Our Bigs and Littles thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this opportunity, and are already looking forward to next year."
Today: Come Drum and Dance by the Fire at the Milokan Cultural Center at Native Earth Teaching Farm. The thing about drumming is that it’s always cool, isn’t it? And anybody can enjoy it. Don’t get me started about dancing. My sister was a go-go girl. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Island Theatre Workshop brings us "Little Shop of Horrors" live on stage this weekend and next. It’s a pretty wild premise, but famously fun. You may think twice about visiting a florist. Performing Arts Center. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Head to the Red House by MVH for Sobercast — watching the latest podcasts and Ted Talks related to recovery, health, and wellbeing. Discussion after watching. I need to get into podcasts. By the time I watch them, there will be something else new to do. 9 am.

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

Get to work
"New white ladder wall desk. In unopened delivery box. From West Elm a division of Pottery Barn. $50. 508-627-0301."

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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 Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30 pm. @sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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Staying in?
For an oven-roasted autumn meal so delicious that you can literally eat the entire bowl, try Stuffed and Savory Acorn Squash, a recipe shared by Jenna Lambert. She also gives a tip on how to tell if an acorn squash is ripe. It's the opposite from fruit, so what you think might be a good gourd could actually be a bad apple.

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 person? 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:

Judy Belushi Pisano
Opening night of Horrors
Tonight is the opening night of Island Theater Workshop's "Little Shop of Horrors." This musical, loosely inspired by the 1960 film by the same title, tells the story of a flower shop, a mysterious eclipse, and an insatiable man-eating plant. Performances continue until Oct. 1, with 8 in total, at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Read more about the production of the play and the schedule of showings here.

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