Monthly Archives: February 2007


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Restaurant News

LoLa 41 has reopened, and the global bistro will now be a year round restaurant. Winter hours are dinner from Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30, and for the first time, lunch Friday through Sunday from noon to 2:30. The lunch menu includes a Black Angus Burger, Tuna Burger, Soft Shell Crab Greek Composed Salad, Hoisin Scallop Salad, chowder, fried clams, crab cakes, calamari (one of my favorites), a few salads, a Wrap of the Day and a Pasta of the Day.

I met some friends at Fifty Six Union last night, and realized how much I appreciate Wendy and Peter being open year round. It’s a friendly warm respite, especially at this time of the year. Tom is another of those great island bartenders who makes you feel like a VIP, and remembers what you drink, even after a long summer of not seeing you. The food is excellent – last night I had the Javanese Spicy Fried Rice with shrimp, chicken, ginger, sambal oelek, sweet soy, & oriental vegetables – a dish so tasty hot that I needed a beer, which I never drink. (Tom will remember that next time, I’m sure.) Thanks for being our winter living room, you guys.

The Starlight Cafe will be open for lunch 7 days a week beginning Febraury 28, from 11:30 am to 5 pm.Late night menu on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 10 pm.

The Rose & Crown will be closed from Sunday (25th) until Thursday, March 1.

Sfoglia is seeking to expand their seating from 28 to 48 by relocating the kitchen to the basement.

Even Keel has reopened, again with their 2 for 1 dinner specials Thursdays through Saturdays.

Nantucketers in the News

In the “It’s About Time” department: Summer residents Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony were Ben and Amy Stiller.

Islander Jamie Howarth – sounding particularly erudite, confident, and low key – was on All Things Considered yesterday. Here’s the link to listen to the entire interview, and here’s their description.

Pop Music: Using Digital Tools to Repair Analog Audio
Robert Siegel talks to Jamie Howarth about the next step in audio restoration: ridding analog-era sound of its inevitable speed variations by writing software that virtually recreates the original device on which a recording was made from the existing tape.The sound is then digitally fed back through that machine to correct the errors due to azimuth, capstan bumps, tension in reels, etc. To say the least, it’s a complex algorithm.

Described by the program as “among the best writers of their generation”, summer resident David Halberstam appeared on CBS Sunday Morning on January 7, along with Gay Talese and A.E. Hutchner, taped at Elaine’s in Manhattan. David received the Pulitzer in 1964 for reporting on Vietnam. Discussing how memory changes over time, David said: “You adjust memory as you get older to make life bearable . . . Memory releases you, if you’re lucky, and you tend to remember the better times.” On what he remembers the most: “The camaraderie that got them through the turbulence.”

Frequent summer visitor Massachusetts Senator Therese Murray appears to have the votes to become the next Senate President should Robert Travaglini leave the Senate to take a job in the private sector, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe.

Astronomer Dorrit Hoffleit will turn 100 years old on March 12, probably the oldest living astronomer in the world. Dorrit was the summer director of and teacher at the Maria Mitchell Observatory from 1957 to 1978. She is now the senior research astronomer emeritus at Yale University.

Nantucket News

Just the other day, someone was ranting to me about the price of round trip flights to New York. Just one day later, JetBlue announced that they will begin daily seasonal jet service from JFK from May 24 to September 24. One flight a day for that period (JFK to ACK: 5:30 pm, ACK to JFK: 7:30 pm), with second flights on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, and Monday mornings during July and August. Tickets are $49 if booked by March 7 for trips before June 20. JetBlue will also code sharing with Cape Air through Boston beginning March 19, with lower book through prices (estimated up to $80) and easier reservations.

The Steamship Authority new 393 passenger, high-speed ferry Iyanough has been delivered. The all-aluminum catamaran is 154 feet long and 39-feet abeam, and features an “S-Bow” hull shape to provide additional reserve buoyancy during very large seas. The vessel’s top speed, in moderate sea conditions, is 38 knots when fully loaded. Open house celebration on Nantucket on March 24, and service begins March 28.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has won recognition as a sovereign Native American tribe. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the tribe could buy land and build casinos within a 50 mile radius. That includes us.

Nantucket in the News

A nice new video on YouTube, the architecture of Nantucket put to Mozart:

And another of the island’s Widow’s Walks:

An Evening Mardi Gras Style

On Saturday the 10th, I dropped into the Children’s House of Nantucket benefit – An Evening Mardi Gras Style, at the Westmoor Inn – cocktails, dinner by the Nantucket Catering Company, live auction, and music by the Dave Provost Trio with our own Selectman Michael Kopko on the big bass. Boston’s best newscaster Natalie Jacobson was there, as were Jenny Garneau’s new stockings.

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In Memoriam

Whitney Balliett died on February 2nd at the age of 80. Though not a resident of Nantucket, his daughter Blue Balliett was an island resident with her husband Bill Klein, the island’s first professional Planning Director. Blue is the author of The Ghosts of Nantucket: 23 True Accounts (spawning a cottage industry in ghost tours), Chasing Vermeer, (a bestseller and winner of the 2005 Edgar Award in the Best Juvenile category), and The Wright 3. Whitney Balliett was a jazz critic for the New Yorker from 1957 to 2001. It’s not easy to write about music, and Whitney was the best – maybe the best jazz writer in our lifetimes. Most of what I know about jazz has come from, other than listening, the words of Whitney Balliett and summer ‘Sconset resident Peter Watrous when he wrote columns on jazz for The New York Times.

Some additional notes on the passing of Phil Murray mentioned last issue: There will be a service at St. Paul’s Church at 4 pm on August 17, followed by a reception at Sankaty. Correcting some information: Phil was instrumental in raising funds, the Lifeline Campaign, along with his friend Sandy Craig, to help the hospital keep its doors open and create a cardiac-rehab unit


Now Playing

One Act Comedies

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and Nantucket Theatrical Productions present three one act plays selected from NTP’s nationwide short play competition: What if Van Gogh Had Listened? by Jim Gordon, directed by Frank Morral, with Christy Kickham and Dwight Beman; My Boyfriend’s Wife by Barbara Lindsay, directed by Grace Noyes, with Susan McGinnis (week one), Annie Breeding (week two) and Vicki Goss; The Baby Photographer by Nikos Vlachos of Bloomington, directed by Greg Bourbeau, with Frank Morral, Pam Murphy, Hadley St. John and Greg Bourbeau. Tickets are $10. Performance Center, Methodist Church, 7:30 pm.


Here’s a round up of the changes in business ownerships and/or locations that have come to light in the past month or two:

  • Weeds will no longer be at 14 Centre Street
  • Expressions of Don Freedman will be moving from 7 Old South Wharf into 14 Centre.
  • Bella will not reopen at 44 Centre Street
  • chocolat … lingerie will leave the basement shop at 34 Centre and move into 44 Centre Street
  • Miss Wear on Old South Wharf will be closing for good
  • Musicall on East Chestnut is closed for good.
  • Brant Point Books, 17 North Beach Street, is closed for good.
  • Hutch’s will be reopening soon under new owners Linda Peterson and Gary Simanson and Richard Bailey
  • Best of the Beach has not renewed their lease at 19 Centre
  • J Pepper Frazier Real estate has moved from 28 Centre across the street to 19 Centre.
  • Made on Nantucket, upstairs on Main Street, has closed for good.
  • The Complete Kitchen, 25 Centre Street, is closed for good
  • Ceri will be moving from 13 Centre Street to 25 Centre Street
  • The Nail Spa, across from the High School, will open this spring under Michael Hawkins (formerly of RJ Millers and Kathleen’s), and be called W Michael Salon. Former owner Sally Anne Austin will work with Michael for a time.
  • Mary Beth Splaine has given up the South Wharf Gallery, but will continue the gallery on India Street next year.
  • Gallery Blue will be moving into the spaces formerly occupied by South Wharf Gallery.
  • The Field of Dreams Gallery will also not be returning to South Wharf next year.
  • The Quilt Shop will also not be returning to South Wharf next year
  • L’ile de France will be at 8 India Street next season.
  • Island Spirits is closed for good. No details on who is moving in.
  • Debbie Fraker has taken over the Lion’s Paw from Nancy and Dan Bills at the end of this year

E-mail me any recent changes you know of not listed here.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Curiosity Shop

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, by Tony Sarg
Reproduced from an Original Print, Hand Colored by George Murphy
Archival Giclee Reproduction on Acid Free Water Color Paper
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10 x 10: $25
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