The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group is holding a shucking and jiving benefit Saturday night at the Chilmark Community Center. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will be rocking. The night also features a silent auction, drinks, and snacks; all the fixings, really, for a great party as the off-season gets set to shuck its own shell in time for the summer rush.

The cost is $20 to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group Inc.,a non-profit organization comprised of the shellfish departments of the six Island towns. The Shellfish Group has been around for over 30 years, dedicated to preserving and expanding the Island’s traditional shellfisheries. Steeped in innovative aquaculture technology and technical know-how, including a solar-assisted shellfish hatchery, they are the keepers of our waterways. To help out all we have to do is enjoy the frutti di mare of their labors.

The party rolls from 7 to 10 p.m. For more details, visit