838—the total number of hours fishermen spend scrambling around the island in search of the heftiest catch during the 65th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. While serious anglers from near and far embrace the insomnia and competitive spirit that brings cash prizes for the biggest striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and false albacore, casting a rod amidst the seaside splendor of the Vineyard in early autumn is reward enough for novices. Additional awards are handed out for achievements in tackle, fly rod, boat, and shore fishing. Make sure you’ve brought a thermos full of coffee: the contest kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on September 12 and ends at 10 p.m. on October 16. Log on to for more information.

Louisa Gould

Three Can’t-Miss Happenings at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

Now in its fifth year, the MVIFF presents a roster of more than 50 full-length feature and short films, parties and special events, and much more between September 9 and 12. Here are three highlights from the festival’s jam-packed schedule.

  1. Opening Night: Appetizers and drinks are served on the deck of the Mansion House Inn on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. After enjoying the live jazz sounds, mosey down to the Capawock Theater at 8 p.m. for the first screening of the weekend.
  2. Morning Coffee with Filmmakers: Grab a cup of joe and get acquainted with the masters behind the lens on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
  3. Closing Night: Finish off the weekend at the Vineyard Haven Marina from 6 to 8 p.m., with live bluegrass tunes and refreshments that follow the last film’s screening.

Tickets are $7 to $180 for an all-access pass. Visit for more information.

Nantucket Restaurant Week – September 27-October 3

Nantucket Restaurant Week features superb cuisine at nearly 30 distinguished dinner establishments from September 27 to October 3. “This week-long event highlights the island, which is truly a culinary hotspot with so many great restaurants in one place,” says Lawrel Strauch Spera of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, one of the sponsors of the event. With menus specially designed for the week—all of which are priced between $25 and $45 for each three-course meal—restaurants participating in the event deliver the ultimate for anyone seeking savory, seaside delights. For more information, visit

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