Monthly Archives: March 2009

Catching Up with Elin Hilderbrand

Each week in this column, we’ll catch up with one of our island luminaries to see what they’ve been up to. Sometimes it will be in their own words, sometimes mine. This week the words belong to Elin Hilderbrand, who wrote me in early March.


Hi Gene —

Chip and I and the kids are in Perth, Australia for 7 weeks. It’s heaven on earth.

My new novel, The Castaways, is out in June of 2009. I am working on the copy-edited manuscript as we speak. The Castaways tells the story of four couples who are great friends, and on the first day of summer one of the couples dies in a sailing accident between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The novel deals with their friends’ reaction to the deaths and the complicated and overlapping bonds between them that are revealed.

Barefoot is coming out in mass market paperback in May, and A Summer Affair will be out in trade paperback in June.

I am currently writing my novel for the summer of 2010, which is set on Tuckernuck and will be called “Thirty Days on a Deserted Island.”

Bye for now

elin

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Looks as if the Atlantic Cafe is closed for good under its current ownership. The sign pictured here was on the door for only one day, but the meaning is clear.



There’s a new deli/sandwich shop/wine and beer store on the island. The Dancing Pickle opened a few weeks ago out by the airport at 118 Old South, between Macy Lane and Nobadeer Farm Road, across from the grass field and sculpture garden, which will be a perfect place to eat your sandwich when spring comes along. Plenty of parking on the side and in the back of the building.




Chris Carpenter and Tim Lonergan are the owners. They’ve been working on this concept for a few years – Tim first told me about it when he was bartending at Cinco.

Prices are very reasonable. Hearty sandwiches are $6.95 and $7.95. My favorites so far are the Reuben and Croque Monsieur Paninis. Breakfast includes egg, cheese and either bacon, ham, or turkey sandwiches for $4.95, and the breakfast burrito at $5.95, easily two meals. There’s one prepared dinner every night, and that will be expanding as the season progesses. Call around 5 pm to see what’s cookin’, tell them what time you want it, and you’ll have a no fuss hot dinner. The Dancing Pickle also offers a catering service. The wine selection is all reasonably priced, most $20 and less. Also beer and other beverages. Then there are the damn cupcakes I can’t say no to.




Also on the menu are muffins, croissant, bagels, scones, cookies, burgers, salads, soups, stromboli and pizette’s.

You’ll see many of your friends there. It’s crowded with tradesmen right around 12, so go earlier or later. Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 to 7, and Sunday from 8 to 6. Closed Mondays.


Just before the recent White House dinner for the country’s governors, Michelle Obama brought a group of students and reporters into the kitchen where one of the dishes being prepared was wagyu beef with Nantucket scallops. The First lady said the scallops were her husband’s favorite.


Evan and Maria Marley of Pi Pizzeria will go to Las Vegas from March 10 – 12 for the International Pizza Expo, the world’s largest and oldest Pizza trade show, to take seminars and see what’s new in the pizza biz.

Evan will be one of 60 pizza makers competing for the title of the Worlds Best Traditional Pizza Maker in the International Pizza Challenge, on of the world’s premier traditional pizza-making contest. The winner will receive recognition as The World’s Best Traditional Pizza, a trophy, and a check for $10,000. Good luck Evan.


A correction on the background of Annie Quatrano from last week’s issue: Annie was not the chef at the Atlantic CafŽ, although she was the assistant manager. She did work as a chef at 21 Federal for one summer. She has been nominated as Outstanding Chef 2009 for her restaurant Bacchanalia in Atlanta, which has also been nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category. She and her husband, Clifford Harrison, won the Best Chef, Southeast JBF award a few years ago.

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Nantucket Newspaper Awards

At the New England Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel two weeks ago, two of our island newspapers won numerous awards.

Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror:

  • Winner of “Newspaper of the Year” in the Weekly Class 2 division (which included The Vineyard Gazette, Boston Phoenix, and Martha’s Vineyard Times.
  • First place: Editorial General Excellence in Weekly Class C.
  • Sports Photo, first place, Jim Powers.
  • Advertising Campaign, first place for “It Takes a Great Team to put out a Great Newspaper,” a five-month series.
  • Self Promotion, first place for Newspaper of the Year (NENA 2008) ad.
  • Real Estate ad, first place for Jordan and Associates.
  • Living Section, second place.
  • Local Ad, Color, second place.
  • Advertising General Excellence, second place.
  • Pictorial Photo, third place, Nicole Harnishfeger.
  • Environmental Reporting, third place, Editorial Staff for “Talking Trash.”
  • General News Photo, third place, Jim Powers

Nantucket Independent in the Weekly Class 2 division:

  • Photography Series Circus Flora Rob Benchley – 1st Place
  • Local Election Coverage 2008 Town Elections Peter B. Brace/Peter A. Sutters, Jr. – 2nd Place
  • Sponsorship Page South Wharf Galleries Advertising Staff – 2nd Place
  • Advertising Campaign Eastwood Green Building Materials Advertising Staff – 2nd Place
  • History Reporting Moving Sankaty Peter B. Brace/Mary Lancaster – 3rd place

The Inquirer and Mirror will move its print operations off-island this spring, and will begin printing color in the paper, after 188 years of printing on-island. The width of the paper will also decrease about an inch.

Nantucket Land Council Dinner

The Nantucket Land Council Sunset Dinner at Galley Beach took place on Sunday, September 14, 2008, with dinner prepared by executive chef W. Scott Osif, cocktails, and live jazz with conservation-minded people, courtesy of the Silva Family’s generosity. The annual fundraising dinner, chaired by Karen K. Clark, raised over $100,000 to help the NLC Nantucket’s drinking water, wildlife habitat, family lands and beautiful beaches. Photos by Mai Linh Norton.

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