Face painting, magic, and more at Tisbury Street Fair


Hundreds of people strolled along Main Street, Vineyard Haven Monday evening, chatting and laughing. The street, normally clogged with cars and trucks, was free of vehicles and lined with vendors and attractions of the 42nd Annual Tisbury Street Fair.

For kids and adults, there were plenty of choices, from merchandise on display to delicious looking food and snacks.

William Busselle, 7, a seasonal Vineyard Haven resident from New York, didn’t have a hard time making up his mind about what he wanted to do.

William stood captivated for more than an hour watching Marc “Magic Marc” Jaillet perform card tricks and other illusions. Magic Marc didn’t reveal any of his magic secrets.

William’s mother Katrina said she has attended the Tisbury Street Fair since she was a kid. She said the fair is a great opportunity to see familiar faces and enjoy some tasty food, like Smoke’n Bones ribs.

The large crowds made for long lines Monday, but Mike Little and his son, Cole Klatsky of Shrewsbury, found a way to pass the time by joking around and making each other laugh. They were waiting in line to get Cole’s face painted.

“I can’t decide,” Cole said. “I think, maybe a clown.”

The father and son have spent time on the Vineyard for the past three summers.

Tisbury Police Chief Dan Hanavan planned increased security for the event this year. Police removed all trash cans from the sidewalks. They were replaced by a few large trash receptacles in the middle of Main Street.

Prior to the street fair, police asked that no one bring back packs to the event. Police officers were visible and friendly throughout the large crowd. Officers from other Island towns and State Police helped with security.

Tisbury lieutenant Eerik Meisner said there were no security issues or arrests during Monday’s fair.

“I didn’t even see an argument,” Lt. Meisner said. “Everything went smoothly.”