New Name, Location for Possible Dreams Auction

The Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction, the summer event that benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, will celebrate its 35th birthday this summer with a new name, a new site, on a new day and date, and with a new auctioneer. For many years, the late humorist and Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald emceed and anchored the annual event

News Update: Tuesday, August 7 - Possible Dreams Auction Raises More Than $190,000

The auctioneer leapt off the stage and sat on a bidder’s lap. The man responded to the pressure, and upped his bid. But Laure Sudreau-Rippe was determined. She raised her paddle and bid $17,000 to attend Vineyard Playhouse production of Love Letters with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

At the 33rd annual Possible Dreams auction, which took place on Monday evening in Ocean Park, caring community members gathered to make donations to one of the Island’s most essential organizations in exchange for unforgettable experiences.

Possible Dreams Auction Returns Art Buchwald to Aid Island Cause

If there's a paradox in the Possible Dreams Auction, it's that the folks who run Martha's Vineyard Community Services count on the money it raises as a definite reality.

They need the funds, and over the past 22 years, this auction peddling wild and far-fetched dreams has anchored the development efforts at Community Services and enabled the agency to make daycare affordable to working Islanders and to offer counseling and substance abuse treatment to people with no insu

Annual Auction of Dreams Generates Over $376,000 for Community Services

Laughter and money seemed to go hand in hand at last night's Possible Dreams auction in Edgartown. The better the one-liners, the higher the bids.

Fortunately, there were some pretty glib celebrities willing to stoke the fire, and in the end, the 24th annual auction of 53 dreams had pulled in more than $376,000. That figure fell short of last year's take of just over $400,000.

Possible Dreams Auction Raises Record $750,000

Her schedule is never-ending. This summer she has managed to put together a full season of plays at the Vineyard Playhouse, direct two plays at the same time - Rounding Third and Romeo and Juliet - fill the Monday Night Special schedule with new works and famous names and still enjoy the beauty a Vineyard summer offers.

Possible Dreams Auction Raises $649,000

The Possible Dreams Auction last night drew $649,000 in bids for the 50 dreams that ranged from rides on the Flying Horses Carousel to an archaeological adventure in prehistoric European caves, putting the annual fundraiser on track for another record-breaking year.

With All Hats Off to Late Art Buchwald, Possible Dreams Auction Set for Monday

With All Hats Off to Late Art Buchwald, Possible Dreams Auction Set for Monday


Imagine sitting in the VIP suite at the Circuit de Catalunya racetrack in Barcelona on a sunny May day. As the Formula One race cars whiz by, you clink champagne flutes with your lucky guest and smile, thinking of the Michelin starred dinner that awaits you.

Community Services Hoped for More

Community Services Hoped for More


Martha's Vineyard Community Services is taking stock after its most important fundraiser of the year, the Possible Dreams Auction, raised far less than last year's auction.

On Thursday afternoon, Community Services reported that $444,000 had been raised on Tuesday night, including sales from admissions and concessions. In 2006, the fundraiser brought in $810,000, providing a substantial part of the organization's budget.

Rain-Delayed Possible Dreams Raise $444,000

Rain-Delayed Possible Dreams Raise $444,000


On Monday night, when people were meant to be gathered in the garden at the Harborside Inn in Edgartown for the Possible Dreams Auction, it poured rain and flashed lightning across the Island, vindicating the event's organizers and their decision to enact the auction's first rain date in its 29 year history.

Possible Dreams Tests a Change

It’s been called the biggest event on the Vineyard social calendar, and the Possible Dreams Auction organizers found how to count just how big it had grown when a storm hovered over the lawns of Edgartown’s Harborside Inn on the first Monday in August last year.