Monthly Archives: October 2007

Upcoming on Nantucket 10/26/07

This Sunday (28th) is the Brant Point Grill’s Annual Charity Brunch, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Here’s how it works. You order brunch and drinks. The BPG takes the food part of the bill off your check, and you decide how much to donate to the charity of your choice among these three: A Safe Place, Nantucket Food Bank, or the Literacy Program of the Nantucket Atheneum. Drinks and tip are additional. Live music by P.J. Moody. Reservations are recommended at 508.325.1320.

The White Elephant Chef Series launches this weekend with famous chefs from New York, Boston, and New Orleans. First up is Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli from Butter in Manhattan. See the article below for more details.

The Short Play Festival runs Thursday through Saturday (25th – 27th and 1st – 3rd) at 7:30 pm at the Performance Center, Methodist Church. Watch three staged readings of short plays selected from the Nantucket Theatrical Productions nationwide competition. Features Eddie Loring, Richard Ross, Dwight Beman, Jeffrey Goss, Pam Murphy and Lenny Germinara. $10. Presented by the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and Nantucket Theatrical Productions. 508-241-1760.

Edgar Allen Poe’s famous work, ‘The Telltale Heart’, is the story of a man driven insane by his own conscience. Storyteller Katie Latimer brings this classic story of murder and madness to life. Recommended for teens and adults. Free tickets at the Weezie Library, the Great Hall and at the door. Great Hall, Nantucket Atheneum. Saturday (27th), 8 to 9 pm.

Halloween Party Weekend: Start at the Rose & Crown on Friday the 26th for the Vamp Fantasm Fetish Party with live dancers, NYC DJ and Producer Nicole Otero, and prizes for best costumes. It all starts at 9; $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Then on Saturday it’s Halloween at LoLa and Fifty-Six Union. LoLa was jammed last year with all-out spare no detail costumes. 6 to closing. It’s the 8th Annual over at Fifty-Six, starring of course the costumed staff. Make them both.

The Halloween Parade. It’s become a big thing, this family based costume parade. Wednesday, October 31st, beginning at 5 pm at the fountain at the foot of Main Street, ending with a pageant and treats at the Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce and the Inquirer & Mirror.


Restaurant News 10/26/07

Two-for-one dinners have started up again at the Even Keel Cafe.

Wednesday is $12.95 Prime Rib Night at Kitty’s. Beef Wellington for $20 on Thursday, and 3 course roast beef for $14.95 on Sundays.

Below is a comprehensive list of open restaurants, provided to us by David Sharpe at Nantucket Visitor Services. If you have difficulty reading the list, click on it to download a printable pdf version.

Queequeg’s serves up a 4 course prix fixe seafood menu on Wednesday nights for $35, and a 3 course Eastern European menu on Thursdays for $28. That’s a new one.

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Nantucket in the News

Catching up on articles that have appeared over the past few months about Nantucket:

Conde Nast Traveler has announced the results of the 20th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Nantucket placed third in Best Island in North America, behind Vancouver Island, Canada, and Kiawah, S.C. San Francisco remains the #1 U.S. City, and has been for 17 of the past 18 years. The poll is considered the largest independent poll of consumers’ preferences, second in size only to the U.S. Census. Over 28,000 people voted this year. The complete listings can be found in the upcoming November 2007 issue.

The Daily Show broadcast a piece on the Cape Wind Farm in August.

In June, Travel + Leisure published an article entitled A Shore Thing: Nantucket on a Budget, leading with “Nantucket is not just for preppies with deep pockets. To enjoy this classic getaway, all you need is a pair of wheels and a sense of adventure.” Mentioned are the Sherburne Inn, Young’s Bicycle Shop, cocktails at the Wauwinet Inn, brunch at Black-Eyed Susan’s, Even Keel Cafe, L’lle de France, Gypsy, Eye of the Needle, the Juice Bar, Nantucket Gourmet, a sail on the Endeavor, Nantucket Wine & Spirits, Straight Wharf Fish Store, and Nantucket Lobster Trap.

More Foreign Workers Chase Dream on Wealthy Nantucket; Poor Immigrants Find Way Among the Rich, The Boston Globe, August 25, 2007. Excerpts:

Many immigrants work two jobs, ride bicycles to get around, and live two to a room to cut costs. Many of those who employ them inhabit sprawling mansions, travel by private jet and yacht, and do not work.

“Rich people leave things there, all free,” said Maria Peña, a legal immigrant from El Salvador who runs a housecleaning business. “We can’t buy clothes here — they’re beautiful, but so expensive — so everyone goes there. That is our place.”

But the immigrants say the opportunities to make money and build better lives are worth the struggle to adjust to life in this privileged enclave.

In interviews, foreign workers voiced little resentment of the leisure and luxury that surrounds them. If anything, they say, the excess provides inspiration.

“Here, you sit next to a multimillionaire and you’re treated the same,” said a 34-year-old man from Ireland who was drinking beer at The Muse, an island nightclub, and declined to give his name because he is in the United States without proper immigration documents. “There are a lot of success stories of people who came here with nothing.”

Islanders say the newcomers provide labor that is vital for the isolated island and have infused the place with cultural vibrancy. Stories of immigrants who have started their own businesses and bought houses are savored by natives and newcomers.

A Philistine in the Shingle Museum, By Sasha Issenberg. Boston Magazine, October, 2007:

“The bumper stickers read ‘Gut Fish, Not Houses.’ And as the Nantucket homeowner who helped inspire them has learned, in some historic neighborhoods, your remodeling team had better include a good lawyer.”

The article is a look at the work of the HDC, particularly involving the 300-year-old house at 105 Main, Starbuck-Kilvert House, and dealing with the question of whether walls are part of the house’s interior or exterior, how one defines a demolition, as well as the coining of ‘Gut fish, not houses’ by the Nantucket Preservation Trust. Well researched and reported, with attorney Bill Hunter and HDC chair Dirk Roggeveen as the protagonists.

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Nantucket Restaurant News 10/17/07

Cinco is celebrating the Red Sox playoff games with a special bar and lounge menu, and an extra tv or 2.

Provisions closes Sunday, 10/21

The Club Car is closed until Thanksgiving.

Topper’s is not open for dinner on 10/19, 10/20, 10/26, and 10/27. Their last lunch is on 10/27 and the last dinner service is on 10/25.

Below is a comprehensive list of open restaurants, provided to us by David Sharpe at Nantucket Visitor Services. If you have difficulty reading the list, click on it to download a printable pdf version.

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Nantucket Restaurant News

The Atlantic Cafe has started it’s winter and spring weekly specials: 15 cent Wing Night every Wednesday at 5 pm, and Prime Rib Night every Thursday at 5pm, priced at $14.99 with a baked potato and salad.

21 Federal is closed until Friday, November 23rd.

The last Sunday Brunch of the season (Sunday, October 28) at the Brant Point Grill is always a charity event, where each guest donates the cost of brunch or more to a charity. The choices this year are: A Safe Place, The Food Pantry, and The Literacy Program at the Atheneum. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Below is a comprehensive list of open restaurants, provided to us by David Sharpe at Nantucket Visitor Services. If you have difficulty reading the list, click on it to download a printable pdf version.

Wine tastings at The Cellar are now on Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 pm.