Monthly Archives: January 2008


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In Memoriam

Ben Murphy died on Monday, January 14, 2008 at the age of 56. A memorial service will be held today (Friday, January 18th) at 2 pm at the Madaket Admiralty Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marla Lamb Fund.

Albert Brock died on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the age of 88. The wake will be at the First Congregational Church, Friday (18th) from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be at the First Congregational Church on Saturday (19th) at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Brock’s name may be made to the First Congregational Church of Nantucket or the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. More about Al Brock at the Independent and the I&M.

Alan Brown died at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at the age of 82. More about Alan Brown at the Independent.

Florence E. Clifford died on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at the age of 88. Services will be held at the Congregational Church on Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:30 am.

Alan Newhouse died Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the age of 88. For more on the life of Alan Newhouse: Independent and I&M.

The Nantucket Sky

The Nantucket Sky in January 2008

(All times are given in Eastern Standard Time)

The Sun (for the middle of the month, January 15)
Rises at 7:04 a.m.
Sets at 4:36 p.m.

The Moon
First Quarter: January 15, 02:46 pm
Full Moon: January 22, 08:35 am
Last Quarter: January 30, 12:03 am

Mercury: It is a difficult planet to observe in general, because of its closeness to the Sun. Relatively very good conditions for its observations will be from about January 19th to 26th. Look at the west-southwest horizon about a half-hour after sunset. Mercury is the brightest ‘star’ at about 10 degrees (two vertically-oriented fists at an extended arm’s length) above the horizon.

Venus: The last month to see it as the Morning Star. Very bright in the East, before sunrise, but lower and lower each morning. At the very end of the month, it will be very close to Jupiter, low above the horizon before dawn. Should be an impressive view on January 31 and February 1.

Mars: An all-night object, still close to the Earth (opposition) and relatively bright.

Jupiter: Still close to the Sun in the sky. At the end of the month, it will be seen for a short period of time before sunrise. It will be low above the horizon, but at the very end of the month it will be next to Venus, and the pair of the two brightest planets seen next to each other should be spectacular.

Saturn: Rises earlier and earlier in the evening and in January will be best seen by midnight, in the south.

Comet Holmes that flared up in October 2007, may still be visible in January, in Perseus. (go to for many pictures of the comet and a map).

Another periodic comet, 8P/Tuttle, goes through its perihelion (closest point to the Sun) in January and will be easily observable with binoculars and maybe even with an unaided eye. See more at and/or come to the Loines Observatory open nights to observe the comets and other miracles of the sky.

Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 1/25/08


Violinist Arman Ghazaryan and pianist Robert Behrman open the Nantucket Arts Council Winter Series this Sunday, 4:00 pm at the Coffin School. The duo will perform a concert in three sonatas, by Handel, Beethoven and Franck. Details.

The annual Spelling Bee is this Saturday night, beginning at 6 pm at the High School. The Culinary Arts Program will serve dinner from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Family Sea Fair is part of the One Book One Island week, with hands-on activities presented by the Maria Mitchell Association, U.S. Coast Guard, artist Katie Trinkle Legge, Nantucket Community Sailing, scrimshanders, scallopers and fishermen. Free. Saturday, February 2nd from noon to 3:00 pm at the Cyrus Peirce School Gym.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), karaoke on Thursday (9pm), and DJ Bri Guy Friday and Saturday nights.


Library director Molly Anderson and NHS teacher Page Martineau will facilitate a book discussion on Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and The Sea.’ Free copies of the book are available at the Atheneum, Town Building, Saltmarsh, NHA, Hospital, Annye’s Whole Foods, and schools. Tuesday, February 5th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the Atheneum.


In Search of the Giant Squid opens Friday, February 1st at the Peter Foulger Gallery, with giant squid specimens, myths and legends, how they hunt, move, and defend themselves, and their anatomy and behavior. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm; Sundays, noon to 4 pm through April 20.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be shown at the Whaling Museum Friday night (1st) at 7:00 pm.

Coming Up on Nantucket 1/18/08

Open Auditions for Seaside Shakespeare’s First Annual Un-Valentine Cabaret Celebration. Got a talent? No talent is too bizarre – the funkier the better. All are welcome. Wednesday and Thursday (23 & 24th), 5 -7 pm. Jack Weinhold’s Gallery, South Shore Rd.


It’s Family Night with the Dream Tale Puppets of Cape Cod performing ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, for ages 3 and older. Free tickets available at the Weezie Library. Nantucket Atheneum, Friday (18th), 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm.

Hearthside History: NHA senior interpreter Erik Ingmundson will portray fourteen year old Thomas Nickerson, one of eight who survived the harrowing voyage of the whaleship Essex, based on a manuscript written by Nickerson in 1876 but never published. The manuscript was a major inspiration for Nat Philbrick’s award-winning book, In the Heart of the Sea. Limited seating; advance reservations recommended. Free for Nantucket Historical Association members, $5 general admission. 1800 House, 4 Mill St. Saturday the 19th at 7:00 pm.

The Liberation Poetry Collective uses the art of poetry to critique injustice and inspire justice-seeking. Gary Hicks, Brenda Wallcott, and Askia Toure will perform at the Unitarian Church Saturday the 19th at 8:00 pm. No advance ticket sales; donations accepted at the door.

Joan Craig and other ‘Sconset residents will reflect on the special places, people, and memorable moments of ‘Sconset in the ‘Sconset Gam at the Whaling Museum. Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Nantucket Interfaith Council celebrates Rev. King’s birthday with the Interfaith Choir, Neville Richen, NES Singers, the Liberation Poetry Collective, Gary Hicks, Brenda Walcott, Askia Toure, and the New Life Ministries Youth Chalice Dancers. Summer Street Church at noon Monday, January 21st.

Every full moon through May, naturalists from the Maria Mitchell Association and the Strong Wings Adventure School will lead an evening walk in their Howl at the Moon Walks. The first walk is on Tuesday (22nd) at 6:30 pm at the Milestone Cranberry Bogs. Locations will be announced for the upcoming dates of February 21st at 6:30 pm, March 21st at 7:30 pm, April 20th at 7:30 pm, and May 20th at 7:30 pm.

Charlie Wilson’s War: Friday – Sunday (18th-20th)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: Tuesday – Thursday (22nd-24th)

See the Arts & Social Calendar for exact times of films, and details on all events listed above.

Nantucket Changes

The Murray’s Beverages building is for sale for $6.5 million. The liquor store can be purchased seperately. Independent.

Marine Home Center is entertaining an offer to be purchased, recapitalized, and expanded by a Boston investment company named the Audax Group. A deal could be made in the next 2 to 3 months. Story at the I&M.

A new shoe store called Addison Craig will open this spring in the location formerly occupied by R.J. Miller, Zero Main Street. Their Sarasota Florida salon carries designer shoes and accessories such as bags and earrings. Source: Nantucket Independent.

Capizzo Gallery at 22 Old South Wharf has closed its doors after 19 years in business.

Nantucket Travel

If you’ll be flying Island Airlines, Nantucket Airlines, or Cape Air to New Bedford or the Vineyard, you will depart from the Annex building adjacent to the Main Terminal until further notice. Travelers to Boston, New York, or passengers on the Nantucket Shuttle should continue to use the Main Terminal. All arrivals continue to come through the Main Terminal.

The SSA fast boat will not run again now until the end of March.

If you plan to be in NYC for New Year’s Eve, island resident Tony Messina will be performing his tribute to Dean Martin at Dillon’s on 245 West 54th Street. For reservations, call call 646.491.0987.

Jet Blue is the first U.S. airline to provide WiFi access for passangers to send emails and instant messages through their laptops or BlackBerrys. It’s a test on a few flights now, but if it goes well, it will be rolled out to all airplanes. American, Virgin America and Alaska airlines say they will provide the same plus internet access sometime in 2008. So far no one is planning to allow cell phone calls. Source: Boston Globe

Nantucket in the News

The Nantucket Historical Association has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM). Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Of the county’s nearly 17,500 museums, only about 775 are currently accredited. The Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum is one of only 44 museums accredited in Massachusetts.

Bicycling on Nantucket was recently featured in Coastal Living Magazine, entitled “A Two-wheel Island Adventure – Pedal your way to the unexpected treasures of Nantucket”, by Jacquelyne Froeber. Mentioned are Ryan Dobbins (“The world would be a better place if we all rode bikes”), Harvey Young of Young’s Bicycle, Sankaty Lighthouse, Siasconset, the Polpis loop, the White Elephant hotel and the Brant Point Grill. Read the full article here.

Ingrid Michaelson

Last summer, MaT subscribers were invited to a small, intimate house concert in ‘Sconset featuring Ingrid Michaelson. If you were there, you know how beautiful were her songs and was her pitch perfect signing, and that Ingrid is on the way up.

On December 18, the New York Times profiled Ingrid and her ascendent career. Entitled “Singing Her Way From Obscurity to Fame on the Internet”, here are some excerpts.

“Cinderella is alive and well and living on Staten Island. Ingrid Michaelson, a 28-year-old singer-songwriter whose self-produced album “Girls and Boys” reached No. 2 on the iTunes pop chart, is enjoying an enchanted transformation as a recording artist.

“Ms. Michaelson’s climb out of obscurity started, as is so often the case these days, on the Internet. Now she is known to many “Grey’s Anatomy” fans for her quirky, heartfelt songs that were featured over the past year on the ABC television series. After a cross-country music tour, she is performing on Wednesday at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, and she pointed out that the concert sold out a month ago without any advertising.”

Read the full article here.

On November 7, 2007, VH1 named Ingrid the Next Artist ‘You Oughta Know’, the first unsigned artist to be featured in the high-profile program. Her single “The Way I Am” has sold over 180,000 copies on iTunes and peaked as the #4 most downloaded single. Her appearance on “Last Call With Carson Daly” was one of YouTube’s most watched music videos. Her name and song lyrics to “The Way I Am” and “Keep Breathing” have several times been among the top 50 searches on Google.

The people who brought Ingrid and Josh Ritter to the island last summer plan to bring other artists here this summer, and I expect to be able to offer you an opportunity to be there on one of these very special nights.

Ingrid Michaelson’s MySpace Page

You can also hear a NPR World Cafe Live full concert set here.