Monthly Archives: January 2009

Nantucket Headlines

Headlines from local publications, and links to the full story. Sources: Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Independent, Yesterday’s Island, Cape Cod Times, and other pertinent sources.


Quaker cemetery excavation outrages town clerk, citizens (Inquirer and Mirror)

More island families than ever seeking assistance for rent, food (Inquirer and Mirror)

Thefts from job sites on the rise (Inquirer and Mirror)

Burglaries on the rise – Contractors report tools stolen from work sites (Nantucket Independent)


Home construction at all-time low (Inquirer and Mirror)

School Committee projects $21.6 million budget (Nantucket Independent)


Island artist’s painting plays supporting role in new film (Inquirer and Mirror)


Restaurants working all the angles to stay afloat in tough economy (Inquirer and Mirror)


Heidi L. Berry, 65
Grocery Heiress Supported, Wrote About the Art
(Washington Post)

Alice’s Restaurant

Alice’s Restaurant

Nantucket News Headlines

Headlines from local publications, and links to the full story. Sources: Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket Independent, Yesterday’s Island, Cape Cod Times, and other pertinent sources.


Evidence of judicial misconduct found in ’06 drunk-driving trial (Inquirer and Mirror)

Obama inauguration fills many islanders with hope for a new start (Inquirer and Mirror)

Video: Islanders gather at the African Meeting House to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office (Nantucket Independent)

Seeds of harmony on Nantucket (Cape Cod Times

Nantucketers in Washington ready for Inauguration Day (Nantucket Independent)


RISING STAR: Kevin Mahoney (Nantucket Independent)


State makes 2.5-inch scallop reg permanent (Nantucket Independent)

River Otters on the rise (Nantucket Independent)


Louise Benoit, knitter (Inquirer and Mirror)

Nancy Tuttle Adam, poet (Nantucket Independent)


The Nantucket High School culinary arts team will go to California (Inquirer and Mirror)

Nantucket High School students win culinary scholarships (Nantucket Independent)


Goldman Official Cuts Nantucket Price by 30% (Wall Street Journal)


Last Minute Travel Bargains from Logan

New Four-Day Southwest Sale From $49 O/W

Brass Lantern Inn

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Nantucket Restaurant News

Lola 41 will present “A Night in Castilla”, a four course plus tapas $45 fixed price dinner, previewing newly commissioned work by island artist Kerry Hallam. Dinner begins with cocktails and passed tapas at 6:30. Limited seating, reservations advised. Sponsored by R.J. Miller. Tuesday, January 27 at LoLa 41, 15 South Beach Street, 508-325-4001.

Current specials at A.K. Diamond’s: All you can eat sirloin tips on Tuesday nights for $12.95; all you can eat BBQ ribs on Wednesday nights; A taste of Italy on Thursday nights for $11.95.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston presented a cooking competition this past Wednesday, a benefit for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Gabriel Frasca of Straight Wharf Restaurant was there.

The Jared Coffin House is running a special for Valentine’s Day Weekend for those of you who live off island at this time of the year and want to see what we do here in the winter. The rate is $124 for Saturday night, $75 for Friday and Sunday. You’ll get chocolate-covered cranberries when you arrive, a room with queen bed, and a gourmet Sunday breakfast in bed. You can also rent a jeep for $75 a day. And if you leave here and want a staycation, the 15% Islander Card discount applies. or call 800-248-2405 or 508-228-2400.

Tom David’s Unicorn Magnum Plus peppermill is still considered the best peppermill on the market by the independent testers from Cook’s Illustrated magazine. Tom invented the Peppergun, the first one handed peppermill ever made. Tom and his wife Nancy Moylan run the business from Nantucket, assembling the mills out there in Quidnet area. Tom has since created an entire line of peppermills, one of which is called “The Magnum”. On a recent Cook’s Illustrated television edition of “Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen”, founder Richard Kimball said: “This…Magnum peppermill has won all of our testings for years because it does a great job, it’s easy to load, and it puts out a tremendous amount of pepper.” Several mills were pitted against the reigning champ and judged on output, range of grind (from course to fine), and consistency of grind (uniformity of ground size). Only one mill was able to turn out more ground pepper in 30 seconds (14.3 grams), but that was an electric model. The Magnum put out 6 grams, beating every other mill on the market. The Magnum was proclaimed “the returning champion and still king.” The only criticism? “Wish they made it in another color.” It comes in black. I have it, and think it’s elegant. Check out the website – there are 7 models in different sizes, and they make great gifts.

LoLa 41

This Week on Nantucket 1.26.09


Nantucket School of Music Faculty Concert
Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 2:00pm at Preservation Hall

Classical, Baroque, Jazz, Popular, Blues, Folk and original compositions.
Cherie Cseley and Robert Behrman: Messiaen theme and variations for violin and piano
Mollie Glazer: Pieces for solo viola da gamba of C.F Abel and Marin Marais
Jason Sullivan & Aiden Sherry: Jazz selections for two guitars
Mollie Glazer and Andy Bullington: Andy’s original composition “Mexico” and jazz standards on guitar and piano
Marcia Hempel: Political Science, by Randy Newman & The Cloud Factory, by Bill Caddick — Voice and Piano.
Tom Stoddart & Andy Bullington: Chicago Blues Style music, via harmonica / vocal / guitar
Suggested donations at the door.

The Shingles
Sat, Jan 31, 2009 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at Chicken Box

$5 for adults, children under 16 free.


Superbowl Sunday “Sex & the City”
Sun, Feb 1, 2009 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Rose & Crown

“cock”tails, and demonstrations by Athena with product available for purchase. LADIES ONLY from 1.30pm-4.30pm,
guys allowed in after 4.30.

Air Hockey Tournament

Friday, January 30, 9:00 pm, Rose & Crown


Poker Night
Mondays at 7:00pm at Rose & Crown

Trivia Night
Tuesdays at 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Earth and the Blues
Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Eric Wendelken – Upright Bass, Andy Bullington – Guitar, Jake Vohs – Drums and Tom Stoddart – Sax and Harp.

Thursdays from 10:00pm – 1:00am at Rose & Crown

80’s Video Dance Party
Fridays at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Open Mic Night
Saturdays at 8:00pm at Chicken Box

Runs every Saturday night through the winter. All musicians or singers should be there at 8 pm to see Joel to sign up.

Top 40 w/ DJ Bri Guy
Saturdays at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

This Week on Nantucket 1.26.09


Small Works from a Big Heart, a Hal Gomeau Memorial Exhibition
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Artists Association of Nantucket

Opening Reception for an exhibition of small works drawn from over 100 Nantucket artworks collected during the life of Hal Gomeau and donated to the Artists Association of Nantucket’s Permanent Collection. For more information on this exhibition, see the coverage in the Inquirer and Mirror and the Nantucket Independent.



Water Quality Issues on Nantucket
Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 5:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

The Nantucket Civic League will host a community forum on “Water Quality Issues on Nantucket”. The panel will include George Knoecklein, Richard Ray and David Fronzuto who will discuss the health of Nantucket ponds, nutrient loading in Nantucket water bodies and the Nantucket Harbors and Estuaries Plan. The event will be moderated by Sarah Oktay, Managing Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket field Station. Light refreshments will follow. More information is located at:

Shannon Sanders MacDonald: Parking Garages
Jan 29th
7pm – Westmoor Club;
Jan 31st
1pm – Nantucket Atheneum

Shannon Sanders MacDonald, noted architect, professor and author of the book: The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Art Form, published by the Urban Land Institute, will speak on the history, design principles and function of parking garages. Sponsored by the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission.

Preserving Nantucket’s Fragile Flora and Fauna
Sunday, February 1, 1:00 pm, Maria Mitchell Association

Learn more about the many rare and protected species that call Nantucket home. $15 members, $25 non-members. Must pre-register online at or call 508-228-9198.


One Book One Island Film: In America (Ireland)
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:00pm at Coffin School

Killowatt Hours
Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

‘Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America’ is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of Americaís most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Free. Presented by Sustainable Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum.

Nantucket Bay Scallops

Nantucket bay scallops are now on menus all around the country, though so far in far fewer numbers than last year, reflective of the scarcity of scallops in our waters. If you’re looking for new and creative ideas for your own scallop dinner, here’s how chefs prepared them last scallop season.

Nantucket bay scallops in fennel butter with pasta at the Spiced Pear in Newport.

Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with caviar beurre blanc at Chez Henri in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nantucket Bay Scallops served with a fricassee of baby mushrooms, butternut squash, and celery root puree sauce perigeux at the The Spiced Pear at The Chanler in Newport.

Arctic char with tiny Nantucket bay scallops at Andrew Chadwick’s at Rutledge Hill.

Nantucket Bay scallops with sherry, served with Brussels sprouts and exotic mushrooms at the Powerhouse in Chicago.

Salad of watercress tossed with deep pink batons of bleeding heart apples and ringed with sweet, delicate, Nantucket bay scallops and minced mango at Nisen Sushi on Long Island.

White truffles shaved over poached eggs with fonduta, raviolo with truffle butter and a cruda of raw Nantucket bay scallops and yellowtail by chef Holly Smith at Cafe Juanita, Seattle, WA.

Nantucket Bay Scallops in a Lemongrass and Lime Nage at Chanterelle in New York.

Casserole of Nantucket Bay scallops with garden herbs, applewood smoked bacon, and fall vegetables by chef John Tesar at the Mansion in Dallas.

Nantucket Bay Scallops with Seared Foie Gras, Jerusalem Artichoke, Meyer Lemon, and Concord Grape at Gilt at The New York Palace Hotel in Manhattan.

Nantucket Bay Scallops pan fried with garlic herb butter at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station, NY.

Nantucket Bay Scallop Ceviche with Pickled Daikon and Sweet Potato puree with a dusting of soy salt (freeze-dried soy sauce) at Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA.

Sauteed Nantucket Bay Scallops With Citrus Salad and Mamey at Oceana’s in Manhattan.

Nantucket Bay scallops, peppers, and Italian sausage by Chef Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.

Nantucket Bay Scallop Seviche with yuzu, citrus, and tomatoes at Chez Melange, Redondo Beach, CA

Nantucket Bay Scallops served over field greens tossed in a sherry- bacon vinaigrette at Roustica, Memphis, TN.

Pan Seared Nantucket Scallops with Potato Mousseline and Jus de Veau at Picasso in Las Vegas.

Nantucket Bay scallops inside a large scallop shell with truffle foam at the Estate House in Arizona.

Nantucket Bay Scallops with Lentils, Pickled Mushrooms and Salsify at the Grammercy Tavern in Manhattan.

Seared Nantucket bay scallops over a celery root salad at Vetri in Philadelphia.

Nantucket Bay scallops seared with celery, hearts of palm and shaved black truffle at the Estate House in Scottsdale, AZ.

Sweet Seasons – Nantucket Pastry Chef