The Village People takes the stage this Sunday night at the Nantucket AIDS Network Friendship Gala at the White Elephant, August 30th beginning with cocktails at 5 p.m. This always popular annual fund raiser features both a silent and live auction with auctioneer Rafael Osona, with trips to Hawaii and France, art from of the island best known artists, and much more. Tickets are still available by calling 508-228-3955. For more on the Gala, see the Nantucket Independent.
Today is the first day of the 15th Annual Nantucket Arts Festival, presented by the Nantucket Arts Council, 10 days of art, demonstrations, performance, book signings, music, lectures, walking tours, poetry, and photography. Three trunk shows give artists and craftspeople who don’t have retail space a chance to show their work. Festival headquarters is at the Preservation Institute, upstairs at 11 Centre Street, where the music, trunk shows and exhibition are held. The latest information can be found on weekends at the Main Street table in front of Congdon and Coleman’s. The free 24 page program, available all around town, is a comprehensive listing and schedule of all events.
Read the complete story in the Nantucket Independent.
The Festival needs volunteers to sit the Preservation Institute exhibition all week long. Call 508-325-8588 for information.
Friday, September 28th Highlights:
The first Farm & Fields Exhibition opens at the Hayloft at Bartlett’s Farm tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Local artists will display their landscape paintings and photography of Bartlett’s fields and farm truck. The exhibit will be open 10 – 5 through October 2nd.
The 2007 Maria Mitchell Woman in Science Award will be given to former island resident Cynthia Brossman, Director of Learning Resource Network at Boston University, and once a teacher in the Nantucket Public School System. The Dinner and Award Ceremony begins at 6 pm. Coffin School, 4 Winter Street.
Maeve Hughes and Gokh-bi System are at The Muse tonight, beginning at 9. Maeve Hughes is a singer, pianist and composer, and plays jazz, R&B, and soul. The Gokh-Bi System originates from Senagal, and plays African hip-hop, mixing African rhythm with American urban beats.
Saturday, September 29th Highlights:
The official Opening Reception for the Nantucket Arts Festival, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants while viewing a compilation of island artists’ expressions including photographs themed ‘Wind-blown on Nantucket.’. Free. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Preservation Institute, Upstairs at 11 Centre Street.
Sunday, September 30th Highlights:
The Festival live&local presents Jonathan Thayer and Jim Shaw, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Preservation Institute, Upstairs at 11 Centre Street.
The last Comedy Improv of the season, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm downstairs in the Methodist Church.
The 25th Annual See Ya Later Alligator Party with free BBQ and raw bar, apps, and live music at the Chicken Box, 9:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Click here for the complete Mahon About Town/N Magazine Arts and Social Calendar.