2015 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

 As the official hotel sponsor of the 15th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, we’re excited to welcome film buffs from near and far with a special weekend package to celebrate the beloved island event, taking place March 19-22 in the heart of Chilmark. 

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Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy screenings of more than 20 movies, moderated discussions with film subjects and directors, a filmmakers’ brunch, live music, farm-to-table food, free filmmaking workshops for children, and an art exhibit featuring Martha’s Vineyard-based artists. For the full schedule, see here.

Martha’s Vineyard Movie Escape Packages:

The Festival Pass includes two nights room & tax and two All Access Passes to the MV Film Festival. Starting at $479 in the Main Building and $599 Water View Room. Festival Pass allows you to see as many films as you like throughout the weekend and guarantees you a seat at every show.

The Couch VIP Pass includes two nights room & tax and two All Access VIP Passes to the MV Film Festival. Starting at $679 In the Main Building and $799 Water View Room. The Couch Pass gives you the same benefits as the Festival pass and allows you first choice of the popular couch seats.

Book any of these two packages here

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About MVFF

For the past 15 years, The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival has been dedicated to producing community events, educational programs, and films that spark discussion, debate, and action.

As in past years, the MVFF’s “Hay Café” will be a warm, inviting place to enjoy farm-to-table meals, gourmet coffee, and live music. Screening venues in the Chilmark Community Center and the Chilmark School will be transformed into community living rooms complete with cozy couches, powerful films, and inspirational guests.

The MVFF is more than movies.  The focus is on bold storytelling in a wide range of topics.  Films are carefully selected for their ability to spark dialog about who we are and how we contribute to our greater world. The passionately engaged audience helps MVFF offer a unique viewing experience that is not widely available, one that melds award-winning films with thoughtful conversations, all within a laid-back and welcoming community atmosphere.

An Evening of Comedy

An Evening of Comedy at the Harbor View Hotel

Everyone needs a good laugh – particularly during these cold winter nights! And what better way to laugh than by getting out of the house and heading to the Harbor View Hotel for dinner and a show? 

Please join us Friday, February 27th for an Evening of Comedy and laughter at the Harbor View Hotel!  Featuring comedians Orlando Baxter, Amy Tee, and Shaun Bedgood! Special guests, Johnny Showtime and Dan Cassidy, will be the evening’s MCs and will host a pre-show comedy themed game of trivia. Those who would like to join us for the dinner prior to the show will dine on our prix-fixe menu: Baby Kale Salad, Henry’s Famous Fried Chicken and Harbor View’s Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie.

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  • Doors & Prix-Fixe Dinner Starting at 7p.m.
  • Pre-Show Comedy Themed Trivia with hosts Johnny Showtime and Dan Cassidy begins at 7:30p.m.
  • Comedy Show starts at 9pm
  • $25 per person Comedy Show Only
  • $55 per person Includes Prix-Fixe Dinner (menu above) in Water Street – includes tax and gratuity
  • 18+ event

Seating is open and on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to book a hotel room please call 508-627-7000.

To purchase tickets: http://hvcomedy-show.brownpapertickets.com

Special Guests Johnny Showtime & Dan Cassidy!

An Evening of Comedy at the Harbor View Hotel

Can’t make it this Friday? Join us March 13th for a second show in our Evening of Comedy series. More details here.

The Hotel That Saved a Town

Who ever thought it possible that a hotel could save a town, only has to see the evidence on how the Harbor View Hotel transformed a small town off the coast of Massachusetts from a poverty stricken community to a thriving hospitality community.

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“This book was a dream project for us and there are so many people to thank! This project would not have been possible without our hotel owners who are committed to preserving the history of Harbor View and the island. Thanks to Jan Pogue, Publisher of Vineyard Stories, for steering the ship from concept to completion, to Nis Kildegaard for the in depth research and the way in which he told our story (hard to believe this was his first book!), to Alison Shaw for her stunning imagery and tireless efforts to capture the right shots, to Ben & Lainey Scott of Bluerock Design Co. for the beautiful layout and design that seamlessly integrated our branding. Finally, last but never least, thanks to Bob Carroll, former owner of Harbor View, a treasure trove of island history and at 90 years old amazes us with his sharp memory and wit!”

- Elizabeth Rothwell, Regional Marketing Director of Scout Hotels

The Harbor View the largest hotel in the largest town on Martha’s Vineyard is a vital resource on this Island, seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts. It is a popular resort for summer visitors and a part of the year round Vineyard, sponsoring and hosting dozens of community events.

But in 1891, the year it was built, it was considered so important that its construction was heralded as civic enterprise. It was bankrolled by sixteen Edgartown residents worried their town was deteriorating so badly that one prominent writer had already called it “far advanced in decay.” It was into this hopeless scene that investors collected $5,000 (equivalent today to $128,200) and financed the construction of a hotel they hoped would bring them enough seasonal visitors to help bring Edgartown back to life.

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“The Hotel That Saved A Town has a way of taking the reader back to specific historical events that shaped the Harbor View Hotel. A tumultuous past that evolved into a successful relationship between the current owners and Scout Hotels proves to the fact that indeed the town was saved – but at the same time, the town held up the hotel.”

- Andrew Bartlett, General Manager of Harbor View Hotel

You can purchase copy at our Harbor View Hotel Front Desk, as well as order it online at one of our local bookstores like Bunches of Grapes and Edgartown Books.

Social Shape Up Workshops 2015

Social media is a trend that’s here to stay and in 2015 we’re welcoming it with a set of four unique workshops all about the basics on social media, where you’ll learn how to engage your audience, turn those page views into clients, and in general, have a better sense of what social media actually means and how you should be using it.

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To achieve just that, we have partnered with Social Media Experts Jason Bridges of SocialBridge and Holly Finigan of the Nantucket blACKbook to bring you the following four Social Shape Up workshops:

Jump Start Your Social Media – Sunday February 8th from 2pm – 3:30pm 

What you’ll learn:

  • build your content strategy for 2015
  • optimize your time spent on the right platforms for you and your brand
  • set realistic “digital” goals 

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Talk Tweet To Me - Sunday February 8th from 4pm – 5:30pm 

What you’ll learn:

  • Organize content with Lists
  • Tweak your strategy with analytics
  • Find the right Twitter Chat and how to connect within it 

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Instagram 303 – February 8th from 7pm – 8:30pm

What you’ll learn:

  • Broaden your reach with hashtags
  • Using direct messaging efficiently
  • Learn about apps that integrate well with Instagram 

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Email Marketing 101 – Monday February 9th from 9am – 10:30am

What you’ll learn:

  • start a new or improve your email marketing campaigns
  • create calls to action that will lead your customers to your brand
  • creatively build your subscriber list

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Take advantage of our hotel packages that include overnight stay as well as participation in these four social media workshops. Read more about this social media + hotel package and book your package online.

Only want to stay for the workshops? Sign up for one or all four by emailing Holly at holly@nantucketblACKbook.com

Brilliant Times in Biplanes

I recently had the chance to see the island from a whole new perspective- from the air!

I woke up bright and early full of excitement and anticipation. I have never been one for heights, and I was honestly a little nervous to go up in a small plane, but I had heard great things and so grit my teeth and said yes!

Carly picked me up outside the Harbor View and we drove down to meet  the cameraman Lucas at the Katama Airpark, just a short drive south of Edgartown. We arrived and pulled up outside Classic Aviators and I met with the team. They were grouped around a beautiful bright red 1941 Waco. I completely forgot my pre-flight jitters when they pushed her out. The morning sun caught the wings of the plane and lit her up brilliantly.

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The team including Matt and Brett explained the safety features of the plane and helped us mount the GoPro to the wing of the plane. After a few more instructions I was handed a (super glamorous!!) leather helmet and goggles climbed in!

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Matt started up the engine and we were off! We bumped along over the grass  and as we let the engine warm up, Matt explained told me more about the history of the Katama Air Field, which has been used since 1924.

Finally the engine was all warmed up and with a great whirring of propellers we took off along the airstrip and into the sky!

I was immediately astonished by the view. The island was bathed in bright light from the sunrise and looked pretty dazzling. I watched as cars and houses shrank as we climbed higher. Matt took me over Katama Bay and Chappaquiddick Island, pointing out interesting landmarks and houses along the way. Finally we turned and flew over Edgartown. It was amazing to see the town I am so familiar from above! We dipped and dived over Main Street and made a tight loop over the Harbor View Hotel.

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The whole time I was so captivated by what I was looking at that I completely forgot all about my fear of heights. There was no time to be scared when I had the best view on the island! We kept our eyes peeled for sharks (don’t worry, we didn’t see any!) and Matt pointed out an old shipwreck north of Edgartown dating back to the 1800s.

We did one last lap over Edgartown before zooming back over to the airstrip to land. I found myself wishing we didn’t have to go back, but could stay up in the air for a few more hours. I finally understood what Matt had told me before we took off—that flying can become an addiction!

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The Classic Aviators biplane rides are a must for all ages, and the team is professional and very friendly. Located at the Katama Air Park just a 15-minute drive from the Harbor View, Classic Aviators offer rides to different parts of the island- from Edgartown to Aquinnah and all the beaches and harbors in between. Rides are offered beginning at 9am, and while reservations are not required, calling ahead during high summer season is always a good idea.

For full information go to: http://www.biplanemv.com/index-2.html or call: (508) 627-7677

Cheers!

Gretta x