Islanders toast to 15 years of Vineyard House

Raising a glass is a long-honored tradition during celebrations and gatherings. At the 15th annual Water Tasting by the Sea, cheers will be accompanied by non-alcoholic beverages in a celebration of people who are recovering from addiction.

On Thursday, July 26, the Vineyard House, which provides a safe and sober living environment for Vineyarders in early stages of recovery from substance abuse, will celebrate its 15th anniversary.

A transitional center for recovering addicts, Vineyard House provides them with a stable and supportive environment during the initial period of their recovery, according to a press release. The Vineyard House has provided a safe and sober environment for more than 350 Vineyarders re-entering society as sober, healthy, productive members of the Island community

The Annual Water Tasting by the Sea began in 1997 as a fun and sober event that brings the local community together to celebrate and become involved in the work of the Vineyard House while raising funds to cover operational costs. It has become a popular community-focused event.

“Celebrating 15 years, a milestone, is about taking the time to reflect and thank all of those involved from day one,” Vineyard House board president Mark Jenkins said in a press release. “Without the generosity, countless selfless volunteers, and support of the community behind us, Vineyard House would not be here today.”

Next Thursday’s event will be held at the Boch Family Estate in Edgartown, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $75 dollars and can be purchased on the group’s website or at the event.

For more information on the Vineyard House and the event, visit the website at www.vineyardhouse.org, or call Kathy Ayers-Ferland at 508-693-8580.