Edgartown selectmen updated on Derby, donations, and TV productions

A television production crew and a clothing catalog photographer plan to use Edgartown as a backdrop later this month. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Edgartown selectmen received an update Tuesday on changes to the derby, an offer of free labor, and the arrival of television crews to do some filming.

Tom Smith, an Edgartown police officer and member of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby committee, asked for permission to use parking spaces next to the Derby weigh station and headquarters to display a Chevrolet Truck and an Eastern boat, the grand prizes for the competition that begins Sunday. Selectmen agreed, and they also authorized Eastern Boats to hold a marketing event including test drives of its new boats on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 4 pm, at the Derby headquarters on Edgartown harbor at the foot of Main Street.

Mr. Smith also notified selectmen that the awards ceremony on October 14 will be held at Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs. In past years the event finale was held at Nectar’s in Edgartown.

Also Monday, selectmen accepted a donation of labor for work at the police station. Local builder Bill Bishop offered to remodel a room at the police station that will house the police department’s new weapons training simulator, and also serve as an emergency services headquarters.

Selectmen also approved a request from a production company shooting a new program for the Travel Channel. The show will highlight unique people and places on Islands around the world. The production crew will work mostly in Edgartown, from September 11 to 13.

On September 13, a nine-member team of photographers and models will begin a seven-day clothing catalog shoot in Edgartown. The photographers plan to shoot on State Beach and in the downtown business district.