Hot dogs sizzled, children laughed, and a mandolin played as rowboats floated in a calm pond and a small pony ambled down a wooded trail at the Tisbury Town Picnic on Monday.
Though hosted in Tisbury, families come from across the Vineyard — and the state, and beyond — to enjoy the day. The Neale family of Acton, on Island to visit family, tried their hand at rowing, while sisters Adriana and Talia Young of Edgartown doodled with chalk in front of the newly renovated Tashmoo Spring Building and greeted a trio of friendly alpacas.
"We come every year," the girls' father Colin said. Their mother Trena summed up the feelings of those in attendance: "It's amazing."