A concert called Shipwrecks, Pirates and Mermaids, with songs and stories tied to seafaring around the Vineyard, begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at the Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Admission is $15, children and seniors $10.

Before the concert, at 5:30 p.m., is a Celebration of the Sea Reception; a number of nonprofit organizations engaged in trying to protect the Island’s waters and maritime heritage will participate in an open house in the Baylies Room, the ground floor of the Whaling Church. The event is free.

The organizations participating include the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Wampanoag Tribe, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Save Sengie, Tisbury Waterways and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. These organizations are going to share with visitors their efforts. For instance, the Wampanoag Tribe will discuss its bay scallop restoration program,. Felix Neck has its horseshoe survey program. There also will be some refreshments; Jack Blake of Sweet Neck Farm has donated some cultured oysters.