Daily Archives: May 1, 2008

Nantucket Arts & Social Calendar

Click anywhere on the calendar graphic above for the most complete and up to date listing of Nantucket arts and social events for all of 2007 and early listings for 2008, updated at least weekly. The calendar opens up into the weekly view, but you can change the view to daily, monthly or list view – to do that, click on “Select View”. For more details about any event, click on the event. You can also search for an event by name using the “Search” box. Bookmark this site for easy access.

You can download the events you want to attend directly to your own calendar by clicking on “Download this event to your calendar” at the top of the event description.

The calendar is a co-production of N Magazine and Mahon About Town, in collaboration with the Nantucket Development Group.

For a more complete listing of additional community events for the coming week, many of which are not listed here, pick up the current issue of the free Nantucket Independent.

All event dates and times are subject to change.

Please e-mail me with any arts or social listings not included here.

Nantucket Comedy Festival

The first Nantucket Comedy Festival launches on Monday, July 28 through Saturday, August 2, with major performances at Jetties Beach. New York and Nantucket comedian Kevin Flynn has joined with summer resident Bonnie (Block) Levison, Tim Braine, Biff and Lynda Levy, Karen Watkins, Judy Seinfeld, Bill Ferrall, New York’s Gotham Comedy Club founder and owner Chris Mazilli, and founding sponsors including N Magazine to bring this festival to life. The focal point of this year’s Festival will be a roast and tribute to Nantucket residents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, with N Magazine as the lead sponsor. More information next week.

(With thanks to N Magazine for providing this update)

Nantucket Style Council

The Nantucket Style Council is a group of four Nantucket business owners dedicated to the nurture and celebration of original style. For this group, style is a reflection of personality and spirit, not about labels or expense.

Azra Wilmot-Smith of Legends, Kimberly Pizzitola of Blu, Cheryl Fudge of Nantucket Stock Exchange, and Elisabeth English of currentVintage have joined together to promote creativity in personal style, in the hope of making fashion more fun and accessible. To that end, the NSC will produce a series of events, workshops, and trunk shows this season, such as “Shop in Your Own Closet” and “It’s Easy Being Green”.

In addition, the NSC will recognize the Island’s most stylish in weekly social photos through Mahon About Town, as well as contribute a monthly column to N Magazine. The NSC plans to partner with Sustainable Nantucket this season in a benefit fashion show, recognizing that sustaining Nantucket is always in style.

“Style Council Faves @ “4″, in order of appearance: Gordon McGregor and Susan McGinnis, Carl Keller (with Chris Fuller), Gabrielle Gould and Suzi Kraft, Hadley St. John (with Mai Linh Norton), Dane Decarlo and Christy Cure.


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And the Style Council Fashion Favorite of the night, Stacey Stuart:


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Charity Brunch: Nantucket Brant Point Grill

Now in its fourth year, The White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill Charity Brunch raised $5,549 for local Nantucket non-profits on Sunday, April 13. The entire brunch was donated by the Brant Point Grill – diners then donated to the charity of their choice. The Nantucket Education Trust received $1,253, Habitat for Humanity $1,423, and the Nantucket Arts Council $2,873.


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Film Shoot on Nantucket: “Tides of Summer”

Susan Beaumont, owner of Viewfinder Productions since 1984, has announced that a feature film, “Tides of Summer”, is expected to begin shooting here in late summer or early fall. Viewfinder Productions will host the film and Susan will serve as local producer. Actors and extras will be needed.

This Daffodil Saturday, writer Scott Simonsen, producer Tim White, and director Trevor White, and Susan will be available to meet and answer questions outside the office of Country Village Real Estate in Sconset from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tim White is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts and attended USC School of Cinema-Television. In 2007, Tim, along with his brother Trevor, formed Star Thrower Entertainment, and has produced numerous award-winning shorts.

Trevor White has directed numerous award-winning short films. His film “Knockout” has been chosen as an official selection for the 2007 Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, the 2007 Los Angeles Shorts Festival, the 2008 Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won one of the festival’s few top prizes, and was a finalist in the 2008 Very Short Movies Festival. His film, “A Detective Story”, recently premiered at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival. Trevor has just completed his most recent independent film, “Day 21″, which currently out to festivals now. Prior to forming Star Thrower, Trevor worked for legendary director Michael Mann. Trevor is a graduate of Cornell University, where he became the first student to ever be awarded a Presidential Research Scholarship for filmmaking based on his own work and his efforts to teach filmmaking to minority students at the Boys and Girls Club.

The screenplay for “Tides of Summer” was written by Scott Simonsen. Selected from among 5,000 entries, the script won the prestigious Nicholl’s fellowship administered by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

“Tides of Summer” is the story of Benjamin Wolfe, a boy from Los Angeles who spends his summer with his grandfather on Nantucket. Hyper-focused on his own academic success and consumed with his plans to matriculate at Yale, Benjamin thinks he is on course for great wealth and professional achievement. This is all too familiar to Darby, Benjamin’s grandfather. Darby wants something different for Benjamin, whose father became the first Wolfe to abandon the island way of life, and views Benjamin as the last Wolfe who can carry on the family’s Nantucket legacy.

Benjamin, however, is immediately out of place on Nantucket and uncomfortable with Darby’s sailor lifestyle and his grandfather’s demands. Rather quickly, though, Benjamin begins to take pride in washing dishes and cleaning in the local seaside bar. At the same time, under Darby’s tutelage, he matures into an excellent sailor. Although Benjamin initially clashes with Darby’s hard-edged nature, biting tongue, and unpredictable behavior, as the summer passes, Benjamin grows increasingly fond of Darby and intrigued with his family’s long history on the island.

The family’s potential extinction on the island is not, however, the only threat to the Wolfe family heritage. The Madaket Light House, where Darby met and fell in love with Benjamin’s grandmother, is on the verge of being knocked down by the Sunny Day Corporation. Darby pleads with the town council to reconsider and while they sympathize with Darby, they argue that the island simply needs the money. The Sunny Day Corporation is represented by several smooth talking businessmen who are able to sell many residents on their plans.

In addition to his adventures with Darby, Benjamin also meets Sydney, who, unlike Benjamin, has spent her entire life on Nantucket. Her parents’ recent breakup has deepened her desire to go away to college and escape her life on the island. Furthermore, her boyfriend of four years, Robbie, not only does not understand her, but also takes her for granted. She is devastated when she learns that, with her family’s current financial situation, she may have to stay on island.

Benjamin and Sydney are instantly drawn to each other. Benjamin’s self-depreciating nature and book smarts distinguish him from the guys with who Sydney has grown up. For most of the summer, Sydney fights her attraction to him even as they develop a close friendship. But when she learns that Benjamin and Darby are in danger one evening late in the summer and Robbie refuses to help, she realizes how strong her feelings for Benjamin are and the choice she must make.

In what will be a powerful cinematic sailing scene in a devastating storm, Darby tells Benjamin that he is terminally ill and unwilling to live out the remainder of his days in a hospital. Darby has planned this day and makes sure that Benjamin understands his reasoning. Then, in a dramatic move, Darby jumps overboard, disappearing into the waves.

Benjamin is overcome. When his parents arrive on the island for the funeral soon after, they are amazed at how much their son has changed over the summer. But just as the service is getting underway, Benjamin learns that the lighthouse is about to be destroyed. Unable to sit in silence, he delivers an impassioned speech in which he argues that Darby would have wanted his friends and fellow islanders to fight for the lighthouse and the heritage it represents. The public outcry that results from Benjamin’s speech makes the Sunny Day Corporation seriously consider the inhospitable environment they will inevitably face. In the face of the opposition, they ultimately decide to abandon their plans.

“Tides of Summer” is a compelling story that captures one young man’s transformation into the person he was meant to become. No longer consumed with getting ahead in the world, he learns to cherish his roots and shows qualities of true leadership, the type of leadership that means more than a line on a college application.

Nantucket Benefit: Four

“4″ was an evening of collaboration to support and celebrate the efforts of the Nantucket Lighthouse School, Sustainable Nantucket, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and Nantucket Land Council, Friday, April 11, at the ‘Sconset Casino. The Shingles provided the music, with Andy Bullington, Cary Hazlegrove, Michael Kopko, Dave Provost and Chris Westerlund. Cary Hazlegrove debuted her slide show “30 Years of Island Faces”. The raffle grand prize was a 2007 Jeep patriot. Food by Nantucket Catering Company and libations by Cisco Brewery.

Here are just some of the people we saw that night: Richard and Amanda Congdon, Brooks Hall, Beau Wilson, Mark Yelle, Mitch Blake, Michelle Whelan, Jon Hemingway, Alison van Fleet, Tyler Lavine, Emily Dutra, Jill Yeagy, Lisa Solomon, Rick Atherton, Jenne Atherton, Eric Verney, Chris Oberg, Patty Stolte, Ron and Nancy Lindsey, Carlos and Joelma Moreira, Jodi Vavricka, Ethan McMorrow, Anne Kuszpa, Elisabeth Hazell, Chuck Gifford, Peter Greenhaugh, Rick Norton, Melanie Kotalac, Wendy Hudson, Carl Keller
Chris Fuller, Chris Oberg, Jesse Dutra, Anna Young, Chris Young, Elin Hilderbrand, Donna Hamel, Gabrielle Gould, Suzi Kraft, Police Chief Bill Pittman, Chris and Melinda Vallet, Stacey Stuart, Hadley Dutra, Katie Hemingway, Julie Wood, Alicia Keller, Anne Fitzgerald, Eric Savetsky, Rebecca Weld, Brit Borden, Howard Fraker, Megan Soverino, David Perry, Diane Lang, Peter Reyelt, Suzie Sanders, Marie Claire Rochat, Stacy Fuzaro, Whitey Willauer, Robin Roland, Jon Hemingway, Fran Murphy, Nathalie Wilson, Noel Berry, Christy Cure, Dane Decarlo, Beth English, Kelly Knight, Daniel Petersen, Kate Haigh, Christine Silverstein, Christine Loftin, Richard Loftin, Lauri Robertson, Jeffrey Mckinnon, Aaron Norton, Cormac Collier, Michael Kopko, Tom Fusaro, and John and Susan Trudel.

Photographs by Gene Mahon, assisted by Mai Linh Norton. More photos will appear in the next edition of N Magazine.


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Nantucket Benefit: Four (Part 2)


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Nantucket Benefit: Four (Part 3)


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