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Get Excited for Taste of the Vineyard

Taste of the VineyardDo you love good food? What about charitable causes? If you answered ‘yes,’ don’t miss out on this year’s Taste of the Vineyard.  The Taste, as it’s also known, is held for two nights every June.  This year, 2016, marks the 31st iteration.  Starting June 16th, the lawns of the Dr. Daniel Fisher House will host more than 15,000 square feet of tents featuring delicious food and handcrafted beers and wines from more than 90 of Martha’s Vineyard’s finest establishments.  Revelers will pick up their complimentary wine glass and buffet tray, then stroll amongst the tasty offerings.  After you’ve had your fill, head over to the dance floor, where Jerry Bennett and the Sultans of Swing will provide the tunes.
Two nights after the party, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust will reconfigure the tents and host a dinner and charity auction for 350 invited guests.  These guests will enjoy a preliminary cocktail hour and peruse the items for auction.  After the silent auction, they’ll be treated to a delectable dinner, coffee, cordials, and Chilmark chocolates.  Dancing, of course, is also on the agenda.
The Taste of the Vineyard is a charity event.  All proceeds go to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.  What originally started out (in the mid-80s) as an effort to save the Flying Horses Carousel has transformed into a fundraiser to preserve twenty landmark buildings.  The Taste is the organization’s most important fundraiser, and has sold out every year since 1999, so get your tickets early!  Attendance is limited to 1,200.  Tickets are $150 per person, all of which goes to a fantastic cause.  Don’t miss out on Martha’s Vineyard’s most-anticipated event!

To view a complete list of the restaurants and breweries participating, you may do so here.

If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard, you may also wish to view the historic properties the Preservation Trust preserves.  You can find a full list below:

Be sure to stop in and check out these fantastic properties. If you’re looking for something truly unique, we highly recommend the Flying Horses Carousel, which we’ve discussed in a previous blog post.

And if you’re heading to Taste of the Vineyard, you’ll need a great accommodation. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals provide a perfect base for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can enjoy during your time on the island. We have rental properties all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

Vineyard Playhouse Shows Shouldn’t Be Missed

Love theater? ChecVineyard Playhousek out the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, located in beautiful Vineyard Haven, MA. The Playhouse, built in 1833, served a variety of purposes in its early life: a public meeting house, an Episcopal church, a Masonic lodge, and more. In 1982, Eileen Wilson and Isabella McKamy founded the theater and, in 1993, moved it to its current Church Street location. Since then, the building has been completely renovated and restored, and even expanded to better serve the cast, crew, and guests.

The Playhouse features a wide variety of plays, ranging from the Bard to modern-day tales by promising young talents, like Barney Norris. Mr. Norris won the 2014 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. In April 2015, the Playhouse featured his play, “Visitors,” which The Independent called “a play made with love.” Fans of classic works will enjoy productions by Shakespeare (King John, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, Julius Caesar, and more) and Tennessee Williams. If you’d like to learn more about their productions, visit The Vineyard Playhouse’s Production History.

The excitement at the Vineyard Playhouse extends beyond the stage; the Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year. This October, the lobby hosted a Poetry Café. The $10 invent included a beverage, a slice of pie, and, of course, readings from local poets. It’s also a popular spot for book releases and stories. Be sure to keep an eye on the Lobby Events page.

If you’re there in the summer, be sure to check out The Fabulists. The Fabulists are a troupe of Playhouse actors performing hilarious script adaptations for children every Saturday during the summer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and the laughs are guaranteed! Visit The Fabulists webpage to learn more.

Speaking of children, the Vineyard Playhouse also offers Theater Arts Camp. If you’re heading to Martha’s Vineyard for a week in summer, why not enroll your kids in a fun-filled theater experience? The camps are for children ages 7-13, and run from early July through late August (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.). You can view their contact information here.

Come out and join the fun at the Vineyard Playhouse! You never know who might appear! At one single play, the premier of Edward Beck’s “Sweetened Water,” the Playhouse hosted actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, actress Amy Irving (Carrie, Yentl, Traffic), and fashion designer Kenneth Cole.

If any (or all) of this interest you, we encourage you to read the Vineyard Playhouse’s theater news and reviews page.

And if you’re heading this way, be sure to reserve your accommodations through Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

5 Famous Movies Filmed on Martha’s Vineyard

Movies filmed on Martha's Vineyard
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Martha’s Vineyard may be well known for its beautiful beaches and quaint island appeal. However, many movie producers also regard it as a premier location to capture the charm and sophistication that radiates from the island.

While it may come across as a quiet retreat, the iconic landscapes and landmarks of Martha’s Vineyard have played a key role in a number of films. Here is a look at 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard!


The most well-known movie filmed on Martha’s Vineyard is likely the 1974 classic, Jaws. The hugely successful Jaws helped coin the term “summer blockbuster” and launched the career of Steven Spielberg. It also helped put Martha’s Vineyard on the map as a premier tourist destination.

Spielberg cast many island natives in the movie. Martha’s Vineyard locals Christopher Rebello was selected to play Chief Brody’s oldest son, Michael Brody; Jay Mello was cast as the younger son, Sean Brody; and Lee Fierro was chosen to play Mrs. Kintner. Numerous other residents were cast as extras throughout the film.

Jaws II and Jaws: The Revenge

Scenes from the films Jaws II and Jaws: The Revenge were also filmed on Martha’s Vineyard. In Jaws II, Chief Brody must battle another mega shark that torments quiet Amity Island. In the third installment of this movie franchise, Chief Brody’s widow must overcome a shark she believes is targeting her family for revenge.


The 1995 remake of Sabrina starring Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear and Julia Ormond featured iconic scenes on Martha’s Vineyard. As the characters Linus and Sabrina try to avoid the upcoming nuptials of Linus’ brother, David, they spend time enjoying the sights of the island.

Stuck on You

The 2003 film Stuck on You is a tale of conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor played by Matt Damon and Craig Kinnear. The brothers’ wild adventures take them from their home on Oak Bluffs to Hollywood so Walt can pursue an acting career. Stuck on You was directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly who have been known to frequent the island.

Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

These 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard represent the mainstream cinema, however the island is also known for showcasing various independent films courtesy of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The organization was developed in 2001 by a group of friends looking for more thought provoking films.

This annual event will be held March 17-20, 2016. There is also a summer series at several local venues which features live music before the show.

These Hollywood blockbusters represent 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard. All these movies filmed over the years have led to Martha’s Vineyard being a great destination for celebrity sightings: Ted Dansen, Michael J Fox, and Tony Shalhoub of Monk fame are all frequently spotted on the island. Sandpiper Rentals even has the former home of Patricia Neal on offer as a vacation rental for your next visit!

While these films do a wonderful job of highlighting the many unique offerings of Martha’s Vineyard, they are no substitute for experiencing it yourself.

When you get the urge to enjoy the beauty and charm of this magnificent island, be sure to make your accommodations with Sandpiper Rentals. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a non-stop adventure, our unique homes offer something that will make your stay truly extraordinary. From cozy to colossal, in the mix or on the fly, Sandpiper will ensure your trip is unforgettable.