Islanders will flood out of their homes on September 13 and largely disappear until October 17. While baffling and disconcerting to some, this is anything but an episode of CSI: Menemsha. It’s the seventieth Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
You’ve seen them on the street draped over the shoulders of women or in the windows of boutiques. Stylish handbags with a unique flora and fauna print. Or, as the designer refers to her tote-able illustrations, “hidden secrets in nature.”
An ecological crisis may not be what comes to mind when driving along Beach Road from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs, with the harbor on your left and Lagoon Pond on your right and the seagulls wheeling overhead.