In 2008 the company Airbnb started in San Francisco. The idea was basic but hardly simple. Create a conduit for travelers to vacation all across the globe in local homes and apartments. The internet site matches those with places to rent for a day, week, month, any amount of time, really, and those looking to travel. The company now has host sites in more than 40,000 cities and 192 countries. Martha’s Vineyard is included in that number, too, but the company is looking to expand on the Island.

Tonight, May 17, Airbnb is throwing a party in Chilmark for anyone interested in finding out more about the company. The party is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held at a house already listed on the Airbnb site.

Wine and food will be served.

The event is free. For directions and to rsvp visit