Monthly Archives: August 2007

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Autism Walk

It’s not too late to join the Nantucket Walk Now for Autism, Saturday, August 25 at Jetties Beach. 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. walk starts, 1.85 miles beginning and ending at Jetties Beach, with three water stations along the route.

Parking is available at Jetties for those with special needs. For permit: Dorothy at 508-228-7881 or by Thursday (23rd). All walkers are encouraged to park at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club (61 Sparks Avenue) or Nantucket High School (10 Surfside Road). Shuttles to Jetties will begin at 8 a.m. and will run continuously throughout the event from the Boys & Girls Club and High School lots.

Light breakfast of muffins, pastries, whole fruit, juice, water and coffee provided by Jetties. Beverages compliments of O Beverages, Nantucket Nectars, Henry’s Junior and Something Natural. Snacks donated by The Bachman Company.

Resource Fair: information for those affected by autism spectrum disorders and the Nantucket community. Face painting and Autism Speaks puzzle piece temporary tattoos. Special guest: Barnaby the bear, featured in children’s books since 1993.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Autism Speaks staff will be at the Harbor House Village hotel for pre-registration (drop off your collected donations and receive your event t-shirt if raised over $100), walk day volunteer check-in and any questions


The Walk will take place rain or shine. No pets please.

Join Team Gene at

1. Click ‘Join a Team’
2. Next to ‘Team Name’, type ‘Team Gene’, and click ‘Search for a Team’
3. One record will show, click ‘Join’, and you’re on the way


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Nantucket Film Festival Benefit

Tomorrow’s (Friday the 24th) benefit for the Nantucket Film Festival, a screening and cocktail party, still has some tickets left. The film is “Row Hard No Excuses”, directed by Luke Wolbach.

In this film, John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot, in the fall of 2001, jumped into a rowboat
and spent 58 days over 3000 miles chasing a dream, from the Canary Island to Barbados. Among the oldest competitors to ever participate in the Atlantic Rowing Challenge, they spent three years preparing, but once on the water, were confronted with sleep deprivation, seasickness, isolation, boredom and cramped living conditions. But they discovered inner resources they didn’t know existed while wondering if their seemingly noble quest wasn’t more lake an ill fated nightmare. An exciting sports and adventure story on the surface, Row Hard No Excuses delves deeper, illuminating an intimate portrait of two middle-aged
American men as they explore a deeply personal quest.

The movie runs from 4 to 5:30, followed by a talk led by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and documentary subject Thomas Mailhot, followed by a cocktail reception. It’s all at Westmoor Farm’s Green Barn on Pilgrim Road. Call 212-708-1261 for reservations.

Coming Up (8/23/07)

The Artists Association’s Artist-Patron Night is tonight, Thursday, August 23 from 6 – 8 PM.

Another special invitation to subscribers for a very special event – another House Concert, this time with critically acclaimed Josh Ritter, this Saturday (25th) from 7 to 10 p.m. You’ll never be in as intimate a setting with this artist just about to break out.

“You’re presently reading about what may be the best album of 2007,
Hands down, by the most under-accorded american musical genius…” Editorial Review. The newest CD from Josh Ritter, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, has just been released.

Light appetizers, beer and wine provided. Space is very limited, and the first people who call will get the seats. RSVP to, 212-621-6264. The $25 ticket price will go to the artist.

Josh will also be at this next event:

The Atlantic, a magazine celebrating its 150th anniversary, and PlumTV have formed a multiplatform partnership that celebrates books, ideas, and the spirit of community. The first installment is called Bookmark 2007, which on Sunday presents the “Bookmark on the Beach” Festival, featuring a “civilized debate” on God between Christopher Hitchens, author of “God is Not Great”, and Atlantic Associate Editor and conservative blogger Ross Douthat, moderated by Paul Holdengraber. Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will also perform. A cocktail reception with authors follows. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Nantucket Bookworks, 25 Broad Street, (508) 228-4000. Bookmarks takes place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 5:00 p.m. at Jetties Beach.

An interesting dining event coming up next week, Tuesday, August 28, an “Outstanding in the Field” Dinner. Chef Seth Raynor of The Pearl partners with Outstanding in the Field to present a meal served at a linen-draped table set between the soil and the sky in the fields of Bartlett’s Farm. Outstanding in the Field (OitF) was founded in Santa Cruz, California, by chef/artist Jim Denevan. The goal: To bring diners literally to the source of the food on their plates. Since its first farm dinner in 1999, Outstanding in the Field has presented nearly 70 dinners in farmlands across North America. This is the first such dinner on Nantucket.

The night will begin with a leisurely tour of the farm, followed by a five-course al fresco dinner served family style, accompanied by wines paired with each course. Guests will be joined at the table by John Bartlett, whose family has farmed this land since the early 1800s, and other local food producers who have contributed ingredients for the feast.

Host Farmer: John Bartlett
Guest Chef: Seth Raynor -The Pearl
Guest Fisherman: Skip Bennett -Island Creek Oyster Farm
Guest Brewer: Randy Hudson of Cisco Brewers

All-inclusive per-person price of $200 per guest includes five courses paired with wine, and all taxes and gratuities.

For information and reservations, go to, or call 831.247.1041.

10% of proceeds will be donated to Sustainable Nantucket:

The jazz starts at Cinco, 5 Amelia Drive, Thursdays at about 7:30 out on the patio, and reservations are necessary. It’s the Richard Sylvester Trio or quartet or quintet, depending on who drops in. The music plus spillover into the bar and lounge have made Cinco a hot spot for Thursday nights.

And more Presidential candidates are coming.

Barack and Rudy has been here already. Hillary Clinton will be here for a Town Hall Conversation and reception on Friday, August 24, sponsored by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Smith Bagley. Reception only is $1000, conversation and reception is $2300. Call Ambassador Bagley at 508-228-4279, or

Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, to the home of Marilyn Whitney, sponsored by Marilyn Whitney and Melanie and Bob Sabelhouse. Thursday, August 28. Reception with photo op, $500, 6 p.m.; Reception only, $250, at 6:30 p.m. Info at 857-288-6663, or

Details for all events are on the Arts and Social Calendar.

Autism Walk


I’m one of the organizers for the upcoming Nantucket Walk Now for Autism to take place on Saturday, August 25th, beginning and ending at Jetties Beach. The walk will take about 30 minutes – check in time is 8:30 am, and the walk begins at 9:30. I’ll be walking and photographing.

Autism Speaks was founded by Nantucket summer residents Bob and Suazanne Wright. With over 1.5 million people in this country currently affected by autism in what is widely considered an epidemic of unknown causes, funds raised at this walk and others like it around the country will benefit autism research, and provide Nantucket with information and resources about autism. Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism, a lifelong neurological disease that severly impairs the ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, and relate to others. 1 in 150 children in this country have the disease, more prevalent than childhood diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined.

Many of your friends and neighbors have already signed up for the Walk, and I hope you will join them and me on that day. There are already 100 people registered, with 30 teams. I would like to see at least 500 walkers that morning.

I’ve formed a team called “Team Gene”, and I hope you will join my team, whether you’re able to walk with us that day or not, and you can donate as much or as little as you wish.

Join Team Gene at

1. Click “Join a Team”
2. Next to “Team Name”, type “Team Gene”, and click “Search for a Team”
3. One record will show, click “Join”, and you’re on the way.

You can also enter the raffle. One lucky winner will receive the following: U.S. Tennis Open Experience for Two (2) Tuesday, September 4, 2007, USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY: The Experience will include the following: Private charter flight from ACK to NY via TradeWinds airlines on the morning of 9/4/20007: Round Trip car service from the NY airport to the stadium. Two (2) front row, middle court seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium (afternoon matches): VIP Passes to the Stadium Club for two (2): Private charter flight from NY to ACK via TradeWinds airlines the evening of 9/4/2007. Winner drawn at Walk Now for Autism at Jetties Beach. Winner need not be present. Ticket are $10, and can be purchased at the table in front of Congdon and Coleman Insurance from 9 to noon, and 3 to 5 at the Toy Boat.

Autism Walk


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A Night at the Summer House

Every once in awhile, the planets align and all the right people show up at the same place, and the result is a magical night you’ll not forget. Such was the night of Saturday, August 4, at The Summer House. Good friends, a fun group of people we didn’t know, a beautiful and quintessentially Nantucket restaurant, and a few celebrities thrown in the spice it up. Steven Tyler had dinner with some friends, then stopped out front on his way to the Chicken Box to say hi to Peter and Danielle and Donna (pictured). Katie Couric first served her table of friends a tray of shooters (pictured), then joined Jamie at the piano for the better part of two sets. And all sang and danced into the night.

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