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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
Today is the last day of August! And coincidentally, it’s also Van Morrison’s 78th birthday. We’ve been waiting to give him a shout-out. The hectic summer season is winding down and the start of the school year will bring a different type of busyness for families with students soon. We can attest that the summer was quite a busy time, but the summer ending doesn’t mean the news ever does. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: Granary Gallery and The Field Gallery

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Convocation 2023
The beginning of the school year is just around the corner, and teachers, staff, and administrators gathered at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center this morning to get ready. Before getting to work though, the superintendent held a bit of a rally with a disco ball and a school jazz band. Also present were teacher union representatives who rallied staff as well. Read more here.
Quarter of power supply
The Healey Administration announced that they will be accepting bids on a fourth, and the largest to date, offshore wind solicitation. The request would be for up to 3,600 megawatts, or 25 percent of the state’s annual electricity demand. But Wednesday’s announcement also comes as a second wind developer is backing out of its commitments. Read more of our coverage here.

State Forest protection
Not long after local conservation groups developed methods to deal with southern pine beetles, the Department of Conservation and Recreation announced it will also be dealing with an outbreak of the invasive beetles in the State Forest. This is the first year the pest insects have become problematic, and they even caused tree deaths. Read more here.

No meetings on Friday, and Monday is Labor Day, so double yay. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
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Quote of the Day
"Who here has ever eaten a goose on Christmas? … That is the immediate thought."
— Aquinnah harbormaster and shellfish warden Chip Vanderhoop on the issue of geese contaminating shellfish habitat.

Hot Topic Comment
"Trader Fred will be so missed. He properly belongs in the MV Hall of Fame for his marketing philosophy. Who remembers those late night cable TV commercials, Ken Goldberg narrating, advertising some new shipment of something at Trader Fred’s, the end of which had the back end of his dog, big sunglasses perched above its wagging tail, illustrating enthusiasm. Thanks Fred!"
— James Kozak on the passing of Frederic D. Mascolo

Hot Topic Letter
"Who would have ever thought that Ron DeSantis and Hillary Clinton would agree about the cultists who praise Trump. Hillary called them ‘a basket of deplorables,’ and DeSantos recently called them ‘listless vessels.’ If we mash it all up, we get a ‘basket of deplorable, listless vessels.’ BODELIVES! Kind of a catchy word, don’t cha’ think ?"
— Don Keller writes to us about conservatives suddenly not backing a war against a tyrant

Today: Check out the latest exhibit at the Chilmark branch of M.V. Bank: "Farms and Food." It features works by Thaw Malin, Jules Worthington, Terry Crimmen, and Randi Baird. Curated by
Monina von Opel and her son, Peter Benson Miller. Opening reception is tonight and includes local food and wine. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Play drums and/or dance, meditate, sing, or spin wool, all by the fire at sunset at the Milokan Cultural Center in Chilmark. All ages and levels of ability. They'll provide drums and casual instruction so everyone feels confident and comfortable. That’s the way I like my drumming. 7 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: It’s a big weekend for the Vineyard Artisans Festival. This is when you can see artisans at work and they can explain their craft to you. We’ve got talented creators here like no other place, so let’s support them. It’s $2 to park, with proceeds going to the high school scholarship fund. Ag Hall. 4:30 pm. –C.B.

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

Walk it off?
"Treadmill. Bought brand new last October. Runs perfectly. Made by Serene Life. Need to sell because moving. $100.00 Jennifer. 213-222-3069."

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
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.

Click here for more details and specials

Restaurant owners: Are you open? Let our readers know, and support local journalism while doing so!

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Staying in?
Whiz up creamy goodness with the recipe for Basil Pesto, shared by Garden Notes columnist Abigail Higgins. It contains an ingredient that helps to preserve the flavor if a batch is frozen. Can you guess what it is? Hint: Julia Child said that with enough of it, "anything is good."

If you have a recipe for a main meal, side dish, snack, dessert, or beverage, we would love to share it with the community. Email it to, and include a photo of your final creation and a brief backstory if you have one.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this biker? 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:
Trina Kingsbury

Scrimshaw revisited
Darrel Morris has been studying and creating art his entire life, but creating monochromatic work stole his heart. Although he still draws on paper, scrimshaw is one of his primary focuses. Morris discovered scrimshaw in 1987 while working in a cutlery shop, and went on to win his first competition. Read more about the Vineyard artist and his work here.

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