Monthly Archives: May 2011

Nantucket Wine Festival Opening Night

The 15th annual Nantucket Wine Festival Opening Reception took place Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the White Elephant, featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne served with savory appetizers prepared by the Executive Chef of the Brant Point Grill, Frederick Bisaillon, and accompanied by the music of Nantucket guitar virtuoso Jim Sulzer. Photos by Gene Mahon, assisted by Amanda Morgan. More at


Nantucket Headlines 5.20.11

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


  • Plum Daily Nantucket: May 13, 2011 | Plum TV
    President and Founder of the Nantucket Food & Wine Festival Dennis Toner; the art of cheese and how to best pair it with wine; artist Louis Guarnaccia shares his oil paintings and his love of the island; Dennis Metcalfe, the owner of Nantucket Moorings.

  • Observations on Nantucket by Robert Barsanti | Yesterday’s Island


  • Phil Read, Jackie Seidel named senior citizens of the year | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Frank Avellino ordered to repay island Madoff victims in civil trial | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Islander Marjan Shirzad recounts Arctic expedition | Inquirer and Mirror


  • AAN permanent collection showcased in new exhibition “On Location” | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Stephen Pitliuk | Plum TV
  • A Pairing of Exhibits at the Artists Association | Yesterday’s Island
  • Fine Art of Wine: Greg Hill | Yesterday’s Island
  • Nantucket Film Festival Teen View Program | Yesterday’s Island


  • Brant Point Grill | Yesterday’s Island


  • Give and take on Nantucket’s west end | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Scallop study will attempt to decipher drastic fluctuations | Inquirer and Mirror
  • New Hampshire sewage disks wash ashore on Nantucket | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Selectmen approve plan to move Cliff Road bike path utility poles | Inquirer and Mirror
  • State Senator Dan Wolf appointed to Ocean Advisory Committee | Cape Cod Today


  • Yesterday’s Architecture | Yesterday’s Island


  • Nantucket attorney, former moderator Wayne Holmes, gone at 78 | Inquirer and Mirror

  • Denis Toner and the Nantucket Wine Festival

    The buzz is good so far on the Nantucket Wine Festival.

    The wine and food at the Gala last night was larger than ever, spilling over into the Brant Point Grill bar for the first time. The crowd was a good mix of local vs. visitors, maybe two-thirds local – one benefit to holding the Gala on Thursday night instead of the weekend, a fact not lost on the NWF organizers who strive first to please the hometown audience.

    Founder Denis Toner told me that “we sold out most of our events at a record clip; that’s good news for us and good news for the island.”

    Winemakers said that the guests in general had well educated palates, and were there to look for new wines to taste and buy – a winemaker’s dream.

    Between last night’s Gala and the weekend Grand Tastings, Denis says that the festival has “way more food than we’ve ever had, including foie gras, oysters, multiple cheese vendors, artisan breads, specialty oils, custom smoked meats, and caviar. Denis reported that there were more chefs than ever at last night’s Gala, and they came from all over the country.

    But Denis seems most proud of the twelve winemakers from Bordeaux, among the very best wines in Bordeaux.

    The number of associated wine luncheons and dinners in island restaurants during the festival has greatly increased in the past several years, with more this year than ever before, most on Friday. Festival organizers have purposely not scheduled a major event on Friday night to leave it open for island restaurant owners to benefit financially from the influx of epicureans to the island.

    Denis is happy to see the island restaurants becoming a major part of the attraction of the festival to bring such a large and appreciative audience to the island, at what would normally be a sleepy May week on Nantucket. Says Denis, “Nantucket is known as a gastronomic destination. We have many great restaurants, and I always say that it’s comparable to the east side of Manhattan in density and number. The Wine Festival jump-starts the economy, and we’re very please about that.”

    Denis notes that this year, the festival presents the greatest array of winemakers to date, with more than 200 wineries, some of which make only 300 or 400 cases. “You’ll get to taste some of the little treasures of California that you never see here. For example, whoever heard of Shibumi Knoll Vineyards, when in fact, they have the highest rated chardonnay from Robert Parker, and they only make something like 100 cases a year.” Why, I asked. “They like it here.”

    And that’s what I see and hear when I’m walking the aisles with Amanda. When we stop to chat with the people we don’t know, they either profess a love for this festival above all other wine and food festivals, or they’re here for the first time like the lovely couple we met last night from Key West who told us “it was their first Nantucket Wine Festival, but it will not be their last.”

    Daffodil Weekend ‘Sconset Picnic

    The Nantucket Daffodil ‘Sconset Picnic took place on April 30, 2011. More at

    Headlines 5.13.11

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


  • Old Sconset water tower coming down soon | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Theater construction-extension request continued to May 23 | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Daffodil Festival 2011 | Plum TV
  • Bill would allow beer, wine at supermarkets | Sentinel and Enterprise


  • Civil trial of Madoff associate Frank Avellino underway | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Karttunen’s culinary memoir | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Artists Association: A Pairing of Exhibits | Yesterday’s Island
  • Greg Hill: Fine Art of Wine | Yesterday’s Island


  • Cape Cod Five opening downtown branch | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Island business picking up with Wine Festival around the corner | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Fusaro’s Homemade Italian opens to packed dining rooms | Inquirer and Mirror

  • Brant Point Grill | Yesterday’s Island


  • Right whales spotted in nearby waters | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Tennessee Warbler arrives in Madaket | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Fed funding in doubt, may be gone with Cape Wind | Boston Herald
  • The deer-Lyme disconnect |


  • Land Bank members split over need for fancy Miacomet Golf clubhouse | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Financial management the top priority for selectmen | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Dreamland lacks votes to get extension on building | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Special election for overrides set for June 14 | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Senator Scott Brown requests duty in Afghanistan | Boston Globe


  • Nantucket Architecture | Yesterday’s Island

  • Talk of the Town

    Talk of the Town

    Daffodil Weekend
    Nantucket Wine Festival
    Restaurant Wine Dinners

    Brick Bistro

    Mahon About Town Spring Pop-Up Parties

    I Hate Hamlet

    Cliff Road Bike Path
    NRTA: The Wave

    Kit Noble
    Nantucket By Nature

    Fred Clow

    New Businesses/Out of Business/Relocated Businesses

    Cape Cod 5

    ‘Sconset Water Tower

    Miacomet Golf Clubhouse
    Dreamland Construction Extension

    Spring Gallery Openings on Nantucket

    The 2011 art season began with numerous art openings for Daffoldil weekend. We were only able to make a few this time (the new Robert Foster Gallery and South Wharf Gallery), but more next time. Photos by Gene Mahon. More at