Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Evening of Discovery tops the charts

Peace, from Penny and Don Hinkle. — Photo by Susan Safford

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s 16th annual Evening of Discovery broke all records for attendance and fundraising this past

In keeping with the event's 60s theme, Elvis (Any Heywood) made an appearance.
In keeping with the event’s 60s theme, Elvis (Andy Heywood) made an appearance.

Saturday, June 28. More than 380 people attended the event on the lawn of the Museum’s future home, the 1895 Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital overlooking the Lagoon. Music by the Bodes (“Men in their 60s playing music from the 60s”) paid homage to the museum’s latest exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s.

Executive director David Nathans declared this year’s event an unqualified success, grossing more than $185,000 and netting record numbers. “More importantly,” he said, “we got a chance to tell our story and share our exciting plans for the future.”

The Museum will renovate the Vineyard Haven landmark building, adding state-of-the-art programming, museum storage, and exhibit space. A capital campaign will be announced publicly in early 2015, with construction beginning in early 2016 and a Grand Opening for the new museum planned for summer of 2017.

For more information about the museum, visit mvmuseum.org.