Monthly Archives: June 2007

Coming Up (6/29/07)

The Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Kickoff Celebration will be held this Saturday, June 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whaling Museum, featuring Dr. Howard Shane from Children’s Hospital Boston as guest speaker. Attire is Nantucket casual. More information at 617-924-3353. This event leads off the Nantucket Walk for Autism on Saturday morning, August 25th. Time to get your teams together.

The Nantucket Lightship will be in town from July 1st through the 7th. The Nantucket Lighthouse School has the ship for the week, to benefit their capital campaign for the new building, and is making it available for rent for parties of up to 12 people, who can also sleep over. The boat will be docked at the Steamship Authority. The School will be hosting Casino Royale, an evening of fine food, dancing on the upper deck, and games of chance on Saturday, July 7th, from 6 to 10. For tickets and information: 508-228-0427.

The new Easy Street Gallery opening reception for the group show “Land Escapes: The Nantucket Horizon and Beyond”, featuring paintings by Janis Sanders, Robert Head, Susan Briskman, Beatrice Dauge, Andrew Casner and Claudia Cortinez. Festivities start at 7 p.m. tonight.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual Canine Couture Fashion Show “Put Your Best Paw Forward”, to take place on August 8th at the MSPCA. 25 pre-selected canine contestants will strut their stuff down the red carpet. Open bar, appetizers, music, auctions and more. Tickets are $150 and on sale by calling 508-825-2287. Last year’s show sold out. For front row seats and other luxuries, ask about VIP tables. All proceeds benefit Nantucket’s homeless animals. Tickets are available at MSPCA, Geronimo’s, Vis-à-vis, Cold Noses, Sandy Paws and Meilko Gallery.


Coming Up (6/27/07)

Wachovia fireworks are tonight. The latest forecast calls for haze and a humidity of 91% – so a bit iffy.

The Main Street Independence Day festivities get going on the 4th from 10 to 2, with the fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. Weather is always a factor for the fireworks – the fog inevitable drops or lifts ten minutes before showtime. The first determination is made around 6 p.m., and if cancelled, it will be posted on cable channel 17 and 22. I’ll send you an email with the status of the fireworks about 6 p.m., and follow up emails of any change of status after that.

Blooming Bids for Kids is a fundraiser for the Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nantucket. Thursday night at Cisco Brewery.

Spookie Daly Pride finishes up a three night run at the Box tonight. The Sam Kinninger Band plays Thursday through Saturday. The Sex Toy Party comes in for Monday through Wednesday.

At the Rose & Crown this week, it’s Earth Got the Blues Wednesday from 6 to 9. Then at 9, DJ Bri Guy’s 80’s Party takes over the house. Thursday night is Karaoke night, and Friday brings DJ Tonic and special guests Miss Fair Child, and band with local roots getting some good buzz. Then DJ Bri Guy’s Video Dance Party on Saturday.

Thursday night is jazz night on the patio at Cinco – this week the Richard Sylvester Jazz Trio from 7:30 – 10:30.

The Bob Lehman Trio is back at the Brant Point Grill Sunday through Tuesdays nights (a new schedule). Jess Campbell (8 pm) and Jeff Ross (9:30 pm) share the bill at the Starlight on Friday and Saturday night. Jamie Howarth is at the Summer House Thursday through Saturday night.

The Cobbletones put on a crowd-gathering show in front of Zero Main (thank Paul and Noel for graciously allowing the show) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and 9:15 pm.

Fat Cat plays every Friday night at the Muse from 6 to 9. After 9 on Friday and Saturday is the cover band Hypercane.

P. J. Moody plays every week at the Brant Point Grill for Sunday Brunch from 11:30 to 2:30 .

Amy England’s CD Release Concert and Party come into the Unitarian Church on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m.

The St. Paul’s Hand Bell Choir performs selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria Saturday at 6 pm.

The Crowden School Orchestra plays Bach and Beethoven Thursday at 6:30 at the Methodist Church.

The Shifty Sailors 17 man chorus plays the Methodist Church on Sunday and Monday from 6:30 to 7:30.

Oceans 13 on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Surf’s Up and Knocked Up Friday through Sunday. Then Pirates of th Caribbean from Monday ’til Thursday.
See the calendar for times.


Maggie Conroy reprises her one woman show, Ghosts of the Great Hall: An Evening with Maria Mitchell, about the life and times of Maria Mitchell on Wednesday night at 8.

It’s the last week to see Lone Star Grace at the Theatre Workshop. Wednesday through Saturday night at 8:30.

Round the Horn on Thursday from 5 to 8, with Garth Grimmer’s Faces and Places of India. Friday night openings at the Artists Association, Old Spouter, Pierce Galleries. Saturday is the Artisans Collective Craft Show from 10 to 4 at the Clay Art Studio.

Jan Goldstein comes to town this weekend with his newest book, “The Prince of Nantucket.” Jan will be at Bookworks signing his book on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, Jan will be signing at Mitchell’s from 11 to 1. On Monday at 8 p.m., the Atheneum hosts Jan talking about ‘The Prince of Nantucket’. Here’s some background on Jan and the book from a previous newsletter article.

Dreamland Sold

Most often, it seems to me, when someone tells you that they’re passionate about something, they say it with a passionless voice and no apparent passion at all.

I spent some time with Rick Ulmer this week after he called me late late Tuesday night to say he was buying the Dreamland. I met with him a few times to offer my help, my thoughts and my encouragement. His excitement is contagious. Wrapping up our last meeting with Jonathan Burkhart (Nantucket Film Festival Chairman of the Board) and Michael Kopko (selectman), Rick began to choke up when he told us how lucky he felt to be able to save such an important part of our heritage. That, my friends, is being passionate about something.


The Dreamland Theatre has been sold to Rick Ulmer, current owner of the
Rose & Crown and Foood for Here and There, for an undisclosed purchase

“My first goal was to save the Dreamland so it will always be a movie
theater downtown.” Rick told me. “The rest of the project will be
scaled for Nantucket, and it will be open year round.”

Rick’s plans currently call for full restoration of the movie theater
and concession stand on the first floor, a ballroom on the second
floor, and a restaurant on the third floor.

The Ballroom will be designed as a multipurpose space with a stage. The
space could be rented to theater groups, wedding parties, proms,
receptions, and group meetings. With a second projector, the second
floor could also be used to show independent film or children’s movies
at the same time as the main theater.

Rick will operate the third floor mid-priced restaurant, with both
indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the Easy Street Basin.

The parking area at the rear will be sold to the Nantucket Land Bank at
below market value to be converted to parkland for the public. It could
have a bandstand and accommodate public events.

The renovation is intended to restore the exterior of the building with
minimal changes. There will be no underground garage, no high-end
condos and one less restaurant.

“I’m so glad to know that a local business owner will now take the
reins and restore the Dreamland to its original glory”, said Jonathan
Burkhart, President of the Nantucket Film Festival.

The business will be structured as a for-profit LLC. Rick’s closed friend Judy Seinfeld is
an investor. Rick is developing an investor packette and will be meeting with interested parties
in the next 2 weeks.

Piano for Sale


Baldwin Grand Piano

Acoustic Patented Construction
Built 1965, Serial # 168613
Length Seven Feet

Mint Condition
Keyboard recently refurbished
Bench included
Call 508-332-0231, or E-mail today.

Nantucket Film festival Opening Night

The Opening Night Party at Straight Wharf Restaurant is always a good mix of islanders and film festival people, feeling like an annual reunion for many of us. Steven Weber stopped in briefly. Jace Alexander was there, back to moderate the Morning Coffees, with a little stand up comedy thrown in. Comedian Kevin Flynn is back in town, already looking forward to Joshua Tree at the Box next week.

For more photos, go to the Mahon About Town Photo Pages.

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“Barefoot” Excerpt

Elin Hilderbrand’s sixth novel, “Barefoot“, is in stores. In a Mahon About Town exclusive, here’s part two of a two part excerpt from “Barefoot.” Thanks Elin.

Inviting Brenda to come along had been the obvious choice. Vicki needed help with the kids and getting back and forth to chemo, and Brenda had been fired from Champion in a blaze of scandal with attendant legal trouble and she was desperate for a free way out of the city. It was summer, salvaged, for both of them. In the harrowing days following Vicki’s diagnosis, they talked about reliving their memories from childhood: long beach days, catching fireflies, bike rides to Sesachacha Pond, corn on the cob, games of Monopoly and badminton, picking blackberries, twilight walks up to Sankaty Head Lighthouse which spun its beacon like a cowboy with a wild lasso, picnics of bologna-and-potato-chip sandwiches, spending every day barefoot. It would be just the two of them creating memories for Vicki’s own kids. It was a chance for Vicki to heal, for Brenda to regroup. They would follow their mother’s advice: Nantucket sand between the toes. It might cure anything: cancer, ruined careers, badly-ended love affairs. Just the two of us, they said – as they sat under the harsh hospital lights awaiting a second opinion. It would be a sister summer.

But how, really, could Vicki leave her best friend behind in Darien – especially with Melanie’s pregnancy, and then the monstrous news of Peter’s affair? Vicki had never given Melanie a chance to say no; she’d all but kidnapped her. You’re joining us, Vicki said. And that’s final. Though now Vicki feared she’d made a mistake. The house was smaller than Vicki remembered, a lot smaller. It was a shoebox; Blaine had friends with playhouses bigger than this. Had it shrunk? Vicki wondered. Because she remembered whole summers with her parents and Brenda and Aunt Liv and the house had seemed, if not palatial, than at least comfortable.

“It’s darling,” Melanie said, as she stepped out of the cab. “Oh, Vicki, it’s all that I imagined.”

Vicki unhinged the front gate. The landscapers had come, thank God. Melanie loved flowers. Pale pink New Dawn roses cascaded down a trellis on the front of the house and the front beds had been planted with cosmos and blue delphiniums and fat, happy-faced zinnias. There were butterflies. There was a postage stamp lawn that had been recently mowed.

“Where’s the sandbox?” Blaine said. “Where’s the curly slide?”

Vicki produced a key from her purse and opened the front door, which was made from three rough-hewn planks and sported a brass scallop shell doorknocker. The doorway was low. As Vicki stepped through, she thought of her husband, Ted, a hale and hearty six foot five. He had told her from the beginning that he was vehemently against her coming to Nantucket. Did she really want to spend all summer with her sister, with whom her relationship was spotty at best? And Melanie Patchen, who would be as needy as Vicki, if not more so? And did she really want her chemotherapy – the chemo that she was asking to save her life – to be administered at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital? Wasn’t that the equivalent of being treated in the Third World? What the hell are you thinking? he asked. He sounded confused and defeated. Ted was a hedge fund manager in Manhattan; he liked problems he could fell like trees, problems he could solve with brute strength and keen intelligence. The horrifying diagnosis, the wing-and-a-prayer treatment plan, and then Vicki’s wacko decision to flee for the summer left him confounded. Vicki had looked her husband right in the eye. She locked him into a gaze and prayed he’d understand.

It was, quite possibly, the last summer of her life, and she didn’t want to spend it in stifling hot Darien under the sympathetic scrutiny of her friends and peers. Already, Vicki was a hot topic: Did you hear? Vicki Stowe has lung cancer. They’re going to try chemo first and then they’ll decide if it’s worth operating. They don’t know if she’ll make it. A steady stream of food and flowers arrived on the second post-diagnosis day, along with the offer of playdates. Let us take Blaine. Let us take the baby. So you can rest. Vicki was the new Darien charity. She couldn’t stand the casseroles or the calla lilies; she couldn’t stand her children already being farmed out like they were orphans. The women circled her like buzzards – some close friends, some friends of friends, some of whom she barely knew. Ted didn’t get it; he saw it as outreach by a caring community. That’s why we moved here, he said. These are our neighbors, our friends. But Vicki’s desire to get away grew every time the phone rang, every time a Volvo station wagon pulled into the driveway.

Vicki’s mother was the one who had suggested Nantucket, and while it was true that Ellen Lyndon’s solutions ran towards the whimsical rather than the practical, Vicki latched on to the idea. Aunt Liv’s estate had settled in April; the house was theirs now. It felt like a sign. Brenda, being in dire straits herself, was all for it. Even Vicki’s oncologist, Dr. Garcia, gave his blessing; he assured her that chemo was chemo. The treatment would be the same on Nantucket as it would be in Connecticut, or in the city. The people in Vicki’s cancer support group, all of whom embraced holistic as well as medical treatment understood. Enjoy yourself, they said. Relax. Play with your kids. Be outside. Talk with your sister, your friend. Look at the stars. Eat organic vegetables. Try to forget about fine needle aspirations, CT scans, metastases. Fight the good fight, on your own terms, in your own space. Have a lovely summer.

Vicki had held Ted hostage with her eyes. Since her diagnosis, she’d watched him constantly – tying his necktie, removing change from his suit pocket, stirring sugar into his coffee – hoping to memorize him, to take him with her, wherever she went.

“I’ll miss you,” she said.


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Coming Up (6/20/07)

Another reminder that two of our own need your help.

The John Billings benefit goes on tonight (Wednesday) at the Jetties, rain or shine, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Great food and a cash bar, a live auction with auctioneer Billy Santos, and music by Sheppard’s Pie. Tickets will be $25 at the door. If you can’t make it, please make a donation by calling Jenny Garneau at 508-325-0048. DETAILS.

For Rachel Parrotto Budzynski, there are two seperate benefits planned. First, The Psychic Show with Paul Carpenter, a metaphysical journey through the surreal world of psychokineses and ESP, where you will have to decide what is real and what is not – a combination of mentalism and hypnosis. Sunday shows at 3:00 pm and 5 p.m. at Bennett Hall.

Then from 6 to 10, the Rose & Crown sponsors a benefit for Rachel, “Raise It Up For Rachel!” Tickets are $25 – $50: silent and live auction, as well as raffle(s) and mystery prizes in balloons for purchase at $20, $50 and $100. Debba at the R&C will be the auctioneer. DJ music, cash bar, and food. For tickets, information, and donations, send an email to Volunteers will be checking in to answer any questions. Or call Mindy Levin at 325-4777, Laura Wasserman at 325-0562, or Virna Gonzalez at 917-494-0187.

Cinco (5 Amelia Drive) launches a summer jazz series tomorrow (Thursday) night on the patio with the Richard Sylvester Trio, 7:30 to 10:30. Reservations available for dinner, or stop by for a drink.

Violinist Marc Thayer, will be joined by local musicians Robert Behrman, piano and harpsichord, Mollie Glazer, cello, and Greta Feeney, soprano. The program will include music by Telemann, Handel, Haydn, and Beethoven. First Congregationalist Church, 62 Centre Street, Sunday at 4:00 pm

Shakespeare in the Garden, a benefit for the Shakespeare By the Seas Festival presented by the Nantucket Arts Council, still has tickets left. It’s Friday night from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the home of Beverly Hall, 44 Tennessee Avenue. Dress as your favorite Shakespeare character, or Come As You Like It. Tickets at Bookworks, The Brigham Galleries, The Nobby Shop. $150 per couple, $85 per person.

Saturday is Airport Day. Get all the details here.

If you didn’t have a chance to see one of the best films of this year’s Festival, the Starlight has held it over for a few days. Waitress will be playing at 5 and 7:30 pm today (Wednesday) and Thursday.


Lone Star Grace continues its run at the Methodist Church, curtain at 8:30 pm. June 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 Wed – Sat, Sun 24th 3:00 pm matinee. Purchase tickets online at, or 228-4305.

At the Box, it’s Joshua Tree tonight (Wednesday), Pressure Cooker Thursday through Saturday night.

The Bob Lehman Trio is back at the Brant Point Grill on Saturday and Sunday night. Jess Campbell (8 pm) and Jeff Ross (9:30 pm) share the bill at the Starlight on Friday and Saturday night. Jamie Howarth is at the Summer House Thursday through Saturday night.

The Cobbletones put on a crowd-gathering show in front of Zero Main (thank Paul and Noel for graciously allowing the show) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and 9:15 pm.

It’s DJ Bri-Guys Dance Party at the Rose & Crown tonight, Karaoke on Thursday, AM and Heineken Lite on Friday night, and DJ Bri Guy’s All Request Dance Party on Saturday night.

South Wharf Gallery (3 India Street) features the work Christine Sanford and Maryann Gelula – opening reception on Friday, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm