Shellfish Group’s soiree always a good time


The crowd enjoyed tunes by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish


Harbor View chefs Nathan Gould and Nikolas Mastalerz won the evening's chowder contest.


The raw bar was a hit with party-goers.


Holly Lawyer, left, and Astrid Tilton served chowder from Herring Run Kitchens and Provisions.


Alex Friedman with his daughter Lucy Mae.


Isiah Scheffer, left, and Tom Berry.


Chris Jones and Beau Begin of Vineyard Sound Raw Bars.


Howie Harrison and partner danced to the music of Johnny Hoy.

Many gathered at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday night, April 12, to raise money for the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve and expand the Island’s shellfisheries.

During the first part of the evening, guests tasted chowders prepared by Island chefs and restaurants, and then voted for their favorites. Harbor View Hotel executive chef Nathan Gould and pastry chef Nikolas Mastalerz won first prize for their gluten-free Smokey Vineyard Quahog Chowder.

Guests then showed their stuff on the dance floor, thanks to Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.

For more information about the organization, visit