Monthly Archives: April 2008

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Coming Up on Nantucket 4/11/08

Events for Friday (4/11) through Thursday (4/17):

BENEFITS

A unique fundraiser this weekend called 4. Four non-profits with common missions have joined together to raise money for their respective organizations: The Nantucket Lighthouse School, Sustainable Nantucket, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and The Nantucket Land Council. Each non-profit will have their own silent auction. The raffle grand prize is a 2007 Jeep patriot. Food and drink from the Nantucket Catering Company and Cisco Brewery.

Cary Hazlegrove will be debuting her “30 Years of Island Faces” slide show, some you’ve seen and some you haven’t. Cary first two jobs on the island were with me at The Camera Shop and the Roadhouse, and her first slide show (with Noel Berry) at the Roadhouse, so if I look like a proud father that night, you’ll know why. Live music by The Shingles (Andy Bullington, Cary Hazlegrove, Michael Kopko, Dave Provost and Chris Westerlund) and Molly Glazer with friends from the faculty of NCMC.

Additional details.
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The Nantucket Arts Council presents Casino Royale, with proceeds benefitting the NAC Scholarship Fund. Black tie or bad guy attire suggested. Tickets at Bookworks, Rose & Crown, or call 508-325-8588. Saturday, April 12, beginning at 7:30 at the Rose & Crown. Details.

The Annual Charity Brunch at the Brant Point Grill is this Sunday, April 13, from 11 to 2. Your donations go to either the Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket Education Trust, or the Habitat for Humanity. Details.


CONCERTS AND NIGHTLIFE

The repertoire of the eclectic Canadian based Quartetto Gelato includes classical masterworks, operatic arias and tangos, gypsy and folk songs. And they’re quite entertaining too. Sunday, April 13, at 4 at the Coffin School. Details.
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It’s the Jeff Tuohy Band at the Box this weekend. Details.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), and DJ Bri Guy on Fridays and Saturdays (except this Saturday).


THEATER AND PERFORMANCE

It’s the opening week for Doubt, A Parable, at the Methodist Church, a play by John Patrick Shanley. The performance is directed by Michael Feeney, and features Ciaran Byrne, Pam Murphy, Callahan Keever, and Tina Hoskins. Showtime is 7 pm. Thursday April 17th – Sunday April 19th; Thursday April 24th – Saturday April 26th; Thursday May 1st – Saturday May 3rd. Details.
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Magic by Scott Jameson, with juggling, music, mime, storytelling, and audience participation. High School Auditorium, Friday, April 11, 7 to 8. Details.


TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Liz Morcone’s talk is called Stop and Smell the Roses – what you need to know about growing roses on the island. Saturday, April 12, at 10. Bartlett’s Farm. Details.

The Lightship Basket Museum presents a Floral Design Workshop, Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7. Details.

Lee Rand Burne talks about Newspapers on Nantucket, the cataloging and preserving of as many Nantucket newspapers as possible. Wednesday, April 16, 7 to 8:30 at the Atheneum. Details.


POETRY

Two choices for poetry on a Saturday afternoon:

The Whaling Museum presents an Afternoon of Poetry and Music with Frank Cunningham and Len Germinara, and Andy Bullington on guitar. Len is pictured here. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 3.

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Bring a poem to share or an idea to work on in The Second Saturday Poetry Workshop. Landmark House Meeting Room. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 2. Details.


MOVIES AT THE STARLIGHT

Superhero Movie: Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9; Sunday at 7:30
The Other Boleyn Girl: Monday – Thursday at 7:30


See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

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Restaurants Open on Nantucket

Here’s a list of restaurants open for next week. Click anywhere on the list below to download a printable pdf version. Thank you to Nantucket Visitor Services, especially David Sharpe, for providing the most current weekly restaurant list. For last minute guest room availability, call Visitor Services at 228-0925.

The Brotherhood is now open for the season, although it’s not listed below.

Casino Night on Nantucket

The annual Kathi Ring Casino Night took place this year at the Rose & Crown on Saturday, March 15th, and benefitted Visiting Nurses, Family and Children Services, A Safe Place, and the Nantucket AIDS Network. Photos are by MaT’s Amanda Morgan.

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Miss Fairchild on Nantucket

Miss Fairchild’s Homemade Superstar Weekend landed at the Box on Friday and Saturday, March 21st and 22nd. Miss Fairchild is a five-piece modern pop and soul band with islanders Travis Richard, Schuyler Whelden, and Todd Richard, along with part-time islanders Sam Posner and Pat Johnson. The Undergraduates opened the night, and MaT’s Mai Linh Norton was there with her camera.

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Book News: Turning Tables

Heather and Rose MacDowell, former summer island residents, have written a novel based upon their experiences in the front of house restaurant business called “Turning Tables”, published by Dial Press, and released just this month.

I know Heather from her time at 21 Federal, so I contacted her to get some background. Here’s what she wrote:

“Between the two of us, we lived on Nantucket off and on for ten years, the last year being ’99. I worked at 21 Federal and Galley Beach, with many restaurants in New York and San Francisco in between. Rose worked at The Ropewalk, Cioppino’s, and The Tavern, so we have a variety of Nantucket restaurants covered. We decided to turn our restaurant experiences, (great and not so great), into a novel after we saw many books and TV shows about cooking and chefs, but none about waiters. We made our main character as naïve as we once were, and threw her into every embarrassing and difficult situation we could think of – many of which we’ve been through ourselves.

“Nantucket is a unique place to wait tables, in part because the clientele is largely made up of people on vacation, and the high season is fast and furious. While some guests are relaxed in spite of higher island prices and long waits for tables, others are unhappy if the weather and every restaurant meal aren’t perfect. Being on the service end of someone’s all-too-brief holiday can be stressful. But local restaurants can also be a great place to make friends, (not to mention money), and enjoy some of the best food and drink on the island.

“I also waited tables through the winter, and nothing makes you part of the community like serving Bloody Bulls to the same locals week after week. Nantucketers are lucky to live in a beautiful place with such a high concentration of terrific restaurants. If Rose and I were to (God forbid) ever wait tables again, we’d definitely want to do it there!

“Thanks so much for getting in touch, and we hope to make it to the island soon. It’s great to reconnect with the place where Rose and I made so many restaurant memories!”

I don’t think they’ll be waiting tables again. Their book has already garnered good reviews. Heather and Rose are already working on their second book, a sequel to “Turning Tables”.

Publishers Weekly says this: “Penned by twins who’ve paid their dues in the restaurant biz, this whip-smart debut chronicles a brief slice of the life of Erin Edwards, a marketing manager who loses her job and cashes in family favors to snag a wait-staff position at Roulette, a top-flight New York City restaurant . . . This page-turner reads like recent restaurant-linked memoirs, with accounts of unrealistic expectations, slippery tactics, critic and rival-driven anxieties and general kitchen mayhem . . . and is tons of fun, especially for those who’ve done time in the service industry.”

Claire Cook, author of “Life’s a Beach” and “Must Love Dogs”, says: “Turning Tables is tons of fun! Heather and Rose MacDowell’s twin voices blend seamlessly to create a delectable fusion of humor, heart, hope and keen observation-peppered liberally with some great waitress horror stories.”

Kirkus Reviews says “A spirited debut . . . The setting sparkles.”

Associated Press: “This novel will give you a new appreciation for what waiters and waitresses at fancy restaurants go through. And even if you don’t eat at fancy restaurants, you’ll be rewarded with a delightful story. “Turning Tables” is written by identical twins who drew on their own experience as waitresses at restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Nantucket, Mass . . . Surely there’s a movie in such a feel-good tale with outsized personalities, high-pressure action and an attractive young heroine. Until somebody makes it, the book will surely satisfy your appetite for a good tale.

Amazon has an excerpt from the book.

More on the book’s official website, www.turning-tables.com.
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