Photos: The Taste of the Vineyard was an elegant affair

It was a party. From left: Erin Pye, Eleni Collins, Laura Stone, Kate Antik, Kurstin Meehan, and Jackie Millard. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust threw two great parties, the annual Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll held Thursday, and the annual Patrons’ Party on Saturday, both at the Trust’s Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown to benefit the nonprofit that maintains many of the Island’s signature properties.

In its 27th year, The Taste Gourmet Stroll featured more than 90 vendors, more than last year, and a splendid array of food and drink for the more than 1,200 people, including vendors, who attended.

Tickets sold out on the same day they went on sale to the general public, May 25, a testimony to the popularity of the elegant event. Tickets go on sale for members 10 days prior to that.

“The event sells out every year, but the demand is stronger and stronger every year,” vendor coordinator Meg O’Connor said in an email to The Times. “We are continually amazed at the varied demographic the event draws.”

Jerry Bennett and The Sultans of Swing rocked the house with cover songs that spanned generations, from “Sweet Home Alabama” to “We Are Young.”

In combination with Saturday’s Patrons’ Stroll, the events raised $350,000 for the Preservation Trust, whose properties include the Old Whaling Church, the Flying Horses Carousel, and Alley’s General Store among others. The big auction item of the night was a painting by famed Island artist Ray Ellis that went for $120,000.

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