Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nantucket Boys and Girls Club Summer Soiree

The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club Summer Soiree took place on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, It was the 4th annual event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Photos by Gene Mahon, assisted by Amanda Morgan. More at


Bid on Nantucket

New Island Business: Bid on Nantucket

Ed Tranter, pictured with his family below, has been visiting and vacationing on Nantucket for more than 20 years. I asked Ed what brought him to launch his new web business, Nantucket’s newest way to rent or list a home.

“The idea of came to me after my family had purchased a home here. Learning what the market was like for a homeowner who wanted to rent, coupled with the experience I gained from renting other people’s homes summer after summer for so many years, got me thinking. In addition to the fact that life today is very fast-paced and that people want to be in control and make quick decisions, they also want to save money. is designed to address all these concerns.”

“As a homeowner, when I realized that I didn’t have to involve a third party broker to close a rental deal, I could not only speed up the entire process, but also save the renter and myself some money. More specifically, there were available weeks during the year that were left unrented, and I wanted the opportunity to try to fill these weeks myself by speaking directly with potential renters. It was important to me to have control over renting my home instead of having it remain vacant, and I wanted the ability to negotiate a deal that would satisfy the renter’s needs and mine. If I had any questions for the homeowner, I could address them immediately.”

“The concept seemed like a win-win on both sides.”

Launched in March, 2011, is a real estate rental auction website designed to help Nantucket homeowners reach renters who are specifically looking to vacation on Nantucket.

There is no cost for renters. They sign up on the website for a user name and password and start bidding on their Nantucket vacation rental. Once a renter has registered, he or she may contact the homeowner directly, saving broker’s fees while getting a good sense of what the property is like – location, lease specifications, the homeowner’s rules and island amenities, etc.

For homeowners, reaches potential renters looking to vacation on Nantucket. Homeowners can communicate directly with their prospective renters, saving money and at the same time screening interested renters for those who will respect and take care of the property. The homeowner decides what level of contact he or she wants to have with a prospective renter.

BidOnNantucket does not get involved in how a homeowner prices the rental. Listing a home on BidOnNantucket does not preclude the homeowner from listing the property with a realtor, nor trying to rent the home themselves.

As a homeowner, there are two listing options:

~ “Featured Listing”, $99/month: the home will be one of four highlighted on the main page of for one month.

~ “Latest Listing”, free for one month: Sign up, follow a simple three-step process to list your home, and wait for potential renters to contact you – no upfront fees, no back-end fees when you rent your home. Homeowners can post up to ten photographs, include a detailed description, and choose the listing price.

Eventually there will be a small fee for a three, six, nine or twelve month listings, but promises to have the lowest rates of any rental site.

The homeowner selects the dates the property is available and decides how long the bidding window will remain open, then sets the “Starting Bid” price, the lowest price he or she is willing to accept. The renter cannot ” underbid ” the ” Starting Bid. ” The homeowner may also set a “Rent It Now” price, which is an amount she is willing to take for her property with no further bidding. If a prospective renter places a bid, the homeowner is notified. If a prospective renter is outbid, he is notified. When the bidding process ends, the homeowner contacts the chosen bidder, and the site will reflect that the home has been rented. All bidding activity that takes place can be viewed under “See Bid List.”

The concept behind has expanded to three other new websites: Coming this fall. has been gaining interest and traffic since it’s launch in March of 2011. The site will eventually offer advertising opportunities, and promises to never charge high rates for using the site.

WCVB Boston Channel 5’s “Chronicle” recently did a piece on BidOnNantucket. Watch it here.

Nantucket Headlines

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.


  • Mid-island market plan gaining momentum | Inquirer and Mirror
  • The Cobbletones singers shut down by cops | Inquirer and Mirror
  • The Nantucket Garden Festival | Plum TV
    Amy Pallenberg on the third annual Nantucket Garden Festival which benefits the Lighthouse School.

  • Triathlon time-change causes concerns | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Methodist Church welcomes new minister on Centre Street | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Goodman’s Gam | Inquirer and Mirror
    Screaming children, herbicides, whale tail, Pearl aquarium, races.


  • On Point: Atheneum brings best of ballet to island | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Funny ladies kick off Comedy Festival | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Nantucket Comedy Festival | Yesterday’s Island
  • Design and Art at the NHA | Yesterday’s Island
  • Peter Pan | Yesterday’s Island
  • The Nantucket Dance Festival | Plum TV
    Nantucket Atheneum’s Director Molly Anderson on this year’s Nantucket Dance Festival.

  • Comedians Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller | Plum TV
    On their latest projects and their plans for their summer on Nantucket.

  • My Hamlet: Actor Mike O’Malley | Plum TV
    His favorite places on the island
  • Classical music alive and well on Nantucket | Inquirer and Mirror


  • Serenella | Yesterday’s Island
  • Officials eye pumping up gas tax | Boston Herald


  • Chinese food returns to island | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Rose & Crown | Yesterday’s Island
  • Lighter Fare | Yesterday’s Island


  • Authorities seek suspect who tried to cut off whale’s tail | Inquirer and Mirror
  • On The Waterfront: Trouble for island’s marine life | Inquirer and Mirror
  • The Short, Sad Life of a Humpback Whale Calf | Yesterday’s Island
  • Comeback of Gray Seals a problem for some | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Ship’s remains give peek at past | Boston Globe
  • State awards electric vehicle charging stations to 25 cities and towns (including Nantucket) across the Commonwealth | Cape Cod Today
  • Scott Brown seeks to hike fines for killing seals | Cape Cod Times
  • At epic wreck of the Andrea Doris, another victim | Boston Globe


  • Records reveal questionable bidding practices at airport
    | Inquirer and Mirror

  • Airport Commission chairman issues statement on I&M story, airport bidding | Inquirer and Mirror
  • Unpaid airport bills could force Special Town Meeting in fall | Inquirer and Mirror
  • News With Nantucket’s Town Administrator | Plum TV
    Guest host Natalie Jacobson talks to Nantucket’s Town Administrator Libby Gibson about the latest news on the island, including the controversy surrounding the upcoming triathlon and the current condition of the roads out by Surfside.


  • Shipwreck in 1886 | Yesterday’s Island