Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival invites exhibitors

The Oak Bluffs Association is accepting applications for booth and table space from artists, craftsmen, non-profit organizations and vendors for the 22nd Annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival on Saturday, June 22 from noon until 5 PM.

Applications for booth/table space are available at daRosa’s on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs or may be downloaded from the Oak Bluffs Association web site under “Events.”

For more information about the Harbor Festival contact chairman Terry McCarthy at Dockside Marketplace and Marina, 508-693-3392 or .

Housing Needs Assessment results

The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment (MVHNA) study committee will make a final presentation of a housing needs assessment study by Karen Sunnarborg from 7 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday June 19, at the Tisbury Senior Center.

The presentation will cover: town and Island-wide profiles including demographic, social, and economic data to quantify the greatest housing needs and projected housing needs in the future; organizational capacity of existing housing organizations, projects, and programs; and final recommendations to establish long-term financially sustainable community housing policies, programs, and projects in order to best leverage community assets and resources.

A digital copy of the entire report is available at For more information, contact Christine Flynn at 508-693-3453 or email

Tennis tournament and Haitian art sale benefit

Farm Neck Tennis will host the 6th annual tennis tournament to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23. The tournament is open to all level players and includes three events: men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

This year’s benefit will include the sale of Haitian art. All proceeds from the event will help feed and teach the children at the site of the MV Fish Farm Project in Lilavois, an impoverished town outside of Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital. Started in 1998, the project has, through local fundraising events and private donations, helped establish five ponds and a hatchery raising Tilapia, various vegetable gardens, and poultry production.

The elementary school and trade school, which opened in 2001, had 200 children enrolled this past academic year. In 2007 the first women’s cooperative was established at the site, and in 2012 a cafeteria was constructed and a breakfast program for the poorest students was initiated.

The deadline to sign up is June 17. The cost is $50 per player/per event. Register at or call Mas Kimball at 508-560-6111.

To learn more about the MV Fish Farm Project, to sponsor a child to attend the school, or to volunteer, go to or call Margaret Penicaud at 508-693-0368.

Paws on the porch at the Harbor View Hotel

The Harbor View Hotel and the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard will join forces for the fifth annual Celebration of Pets on Saturday, June 15.

Pet owners and animal lovers are encouraged to bring their furry, winged, and scaly friends to gather on the Harbor View porch at 10 am. From there, they will be led by the Black Dog mascot in a parade around Edgartown Lighthouse.

Upon returning to the porch, there will pet treats, water, and, at 11 am, a “Blessing of the Animals” performed by Father Michael Nagle of the Good Shepherd Parish.

For information on the Celebration of Pets, contact the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard at 508-627-8662 or visit To reserve a room at Harbor View Hotel or inquire about its pet-friendly policy, call 508-627-7000 or visit