Kentucky Derby fever spreads through the Harbor View Hotel


The “most exciting two minutes in sports” was celebrated in style over four hours in Edgartown on Saturday.

For the second straight year, the Harbor View Hotel hosted a Kentucky Derby Party, bringing fans of horse racing, mint juleps, and giant hats under one roof. As Elizabeth Rothwell, regional director of marketing at Scout Hotel, put it, “It’s basically one great big photo op.” And that it was.

Guests gathered at the Harbor View, donning impressive hats and sporting festive attire to watch the race while enjoying the music of DJ Bluto. Digital photo booth company Vineyard Selfies greeted guests with props and a green screen to help create their lasting Derby memories. Representatives from Vineyard Montessori School offered guests the chance to get in on the betting action, with a Super Bowl Rematch square fundraiser. Servers bustled around offering plates of Derby-inspired appetizers including pimento cheese sandwiches and devils on horseback. Dreamboat Hats of Edgartown was also on hand, showcasing exquisite hats they made specially for the event, as well as a wide variety of handmade pocket squares and bowties.

The best hat award went to Leah Fraumeni for the second year in a row, a well-deserved honor for the white, red, and black hat she made herself — complete with moving minitaure horses she painted by hand. Her creative hat won her a complimentary overnight stay at the hotel, along with breakfast for two at Lighthouse Grill and a $50 gift card from event sponsor Vineyard Vines.