Martha’s Vineyard celebrates New Year’s Eve in photos

Brittany Bunnell rang the New Year in stylishly at the Harbor View. — Photo by Susan Safford

There were a lot of options to choose from if you wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve out on the town. Times photographers visited the Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company, Seasons, and Deon’s on Saturday night, and the YMCA of M.V. on Friday for its Pre-New Year’s Dance Party for teens.

Party at the Harbor View

With fireworks, dancing, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres, almost 500 well-dressed revelers brought in the New Year with style at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown Saturday evening. This was the Harbor View’s first New Year’s Eve Party and Fireworks.

Elizabeth Rothwell, Director of Marketing and Events for the hotel, said that the event “was an overwhelming success. We want to make this an annual event. We are grateful to the town of Edgartown and all the people who helped make it happen.” Ms. Rothwell said that many of the guests came from off Island for the celebration and that the Kelley House and the Harbor View, which both offered special deals for the event, were sold out. The cost of admission to the party was $75 per person.

The popular Sultans of Swing played rock ‘n roll with a heavy rhythm and blues touch in the hotel’s Water Street Restaurant main dining room and Deejay Ricky Prime and DJ Di spun dance tunes in the Grand Ballroom, which had been outfitted with metallic streamers, strobe lights, black and white helium balloons, and its own bar. Both rooms were filled and the dancing continued until the party ended. Roast beef sliders, oyster compote, various forms of risotto, a cheese and cold cut table, as well as a large table with a thick chocolate table top filled with bite size chocolates, cheesecake, and éclairs were in the Menemsha Room.

By midnight the early evening fog had lifted and the sky was perfectly clear for the fireworks that were launched from a barge in the harbor. North Water Street was filled with viewers while the large hotel veranda was packed with champagne-toasting party patrons. After the fireworks the dancing continued until closing at 1:30 am.

A New Year’s Day brunch followed the next morning, with music by pianist Jeremy Berlin.