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This Week on Nantucket

The Chamber of Commerce presents the $10k Survivor Challenge, your chance to win $10,000, beginning with cocktails and snacks at 6:00 pm at Faregrounds. Tickets are $100, and are still available at the Chamber office, upstairs at 48 Main Street, or by phone with a credit card at 508-228-3643. You need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit the NICC scholarship funds for Nantucket students. $100 to win $10,000. With the odds at 1 in 250, it beats the lottery.

The headliner of the week is Maxi Priest at the Box tonight, starting after 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, and this appearance is likely to sell out. See Marli’s article in the Independent. From Marli’s article: “After Bob Marley, Priest was one of the first reggae artists to cross over into the American mainstream in the 1980s, with his cover of Cat Steven’s “Wild World,” his Billboard No. 1 hit “Close to You”, his duet with Shabba Ranks (“Housecall”) and his duet with Roberta Flack (“Set the Night to Music”). In 1996, he also topped the charts with reggae artist Shaggy for the single “That Girl.”

The Mighty Junkbus plays the Box from Thursday through Saturday. Then, billed as a band for an older audience than usually frequents the Muse, the Secret Service Band plays the Muse Friday night. Bill Schustik is in town with his traditional 18th & 19th-century music and classic sea chanteys, Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Whaling Museum. The Bob Lehman Trio is back at the Brant Point Grill (starting at 7:30) for the weekend before a few week hiatus. Jess Campbell (8 pm) and Jeff Ross (9:30 pm) share the bill at the Starlight on Friday and Saturday night. Jamie Howarth is at the Summer House Thursday through Saturday night.

The Women’s Chorus of Nantucket directed by Marcia Hempel, featuring folk, jazz, and world music, will perform at the Unitarian Church, Sunday at 4:00 pm. “Students Dance and Music” combines a dance ensemble under Director and Choreographer Giovanna La Paglia, with the NCMC String Ensemble. Sunday at 4:00 pm at Bennett Hall.


Former island resident Margaret Moore Booker comes back to town on Thursday night to speak about her new book “Among the Stars: The Life of Maria Mitchell,” at the Coffin School, Thursday at 8:00 pm. Margaret will sign her books at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

At the Starlight: Shrek 3 on Wednesday and Thursday; 28 Weeks Later on Wednesday and Thursday; Spider-Man 3 Friday – Sunday. See the calendar for times.

Nantucket Wine Festival Gala

The Wine Festival Gala (Thursday, May 17), judging by the people I spoke with, was the best ever this year. For more photos, go to the Mahon About Town Photo Pages.

This Week on Nantucket

No matter what you may have heard, the Daffodil Parade on Main Street has not and will not be cancelled tomorrow due to the weather. Let the show go on.

South Wharf Gallery at 3 India Street will be open all day Saturday. No reception is planned, as previously reported here.

Beth English has been holding a series of trunk shows called “currentVintage” that’s getting some buzz. The next Party & Trunk Show will be hosted by Cheryl Fudge at the Nantucket Stock Exchange, 25A Old South Rd, 508-228-9155. Sips, Nibbles & Treasures. Daffodil Sunday from 1 to 5.

The Grand Opening of the W Michael Salon at 19A Surfside Road: this Saturday from 5 to 7, with wine and cheese.

The Daffodil Party at Country Village Real Estate, 10 Straight Wharf, takes place on Saturday from 3 to 5, not the time earlier reported here.

The StoryCorps Oral History Project is coming to Nantucket, a special one-day field trip on Wednesday, May 16th. StoryCorps is a traveling oral history recording project affiliated with both NPR (National Public Radio) and the Library of Congress. The goal is to record the stories of people living in America in the early 2000’s, so that those interviewed can have a recording for their own family archives, and the Library of Congress can compile its own vast archive. A few of the interviews that have been recorded have been edited into radio vignettes which are heard each Friday on NPR’s Morning Edition. Locally you can hear StoryCorps on air at 6:30 am and 8:30 am on 91.1fm WNAN or 94.3fm WZAI.

WNAN has asked me to help find PAIRS of people who could be interviewed – friends interview friends, a son interviews his mother. etc. StoryCorps has a strong desire to reach outside the typical public radio listener to people whose stories may not have been told before. There will be 7 to 8 interview slots, so please let WNAN know as soon as possible if you are interested or know of an interview pair. E-mail: or by phone: (508) 548-9600, ext. 101.

This Week on Nantucket

Saturday 28th

  • It’s Daffy Day of course. Capsule summary: Antique Car Parade (9:30 am – 12:00 pm); Children’s Parade, Harbor House (10:00 am – 11:00 am); Daffy Hats Pageant at the Harbor House (10:45 am – 11:15 am); Tailgate Picnic in ‘Sconset (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
  • Handmade Crafts Show, presented by the Nantucket Artisans Collective, opening reception, 5 to 8.
    Show also Saturday (28th), 10 to 4. Preservation Hall

  • Daffodil Party, Country Village Real Estate, 10 Straight Wharf, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Pierce Galleries Opening Reception, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 33rd Annual Daffodil Flower Show: “Daffodils at Sea” at the Coffin School, 4 Winter Street, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • The Fourth Annual Nantucket Advocate for Children’s Awards Evening and Spring Fling, Harbor House, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Columba Baroque Chamber Ensemble, St. Paul’s, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Spring Down the House. Dining and dancing to the Sultans of Swing.6:00 pm – 10:30 pm.
    Dining at the Chanticleer: 6 pm; Dessert, Drinks and Dancing: Sconset Casino: 7 pm

  • Maxxtone at the Box: 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Sunday 29th

  • Pianist Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban and Junyi Li Fitzgibbon, Nantucket Whaling Museum, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Nantucket Poetry Slam, Umass Boston Field Station, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Singer/songwriter Amy England, Nantucket Atheneum, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Mango Mama Party on Nantucket

Sometimes I have to take a job that no one else will take. The other night I had to go to a party for 100 women, thrown by Elin (Hilberbrand) Cunningham. No men except for me, Bill, and Karl bartending.

For many more photos, go to Mahon About Town

This Week On Nantucket

The Nantucket AIDS Network presents A Night of Disco at the Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street, Friday night (30th), beginning at 8 pm. The night will benefit the John G. Topham Jr. Spirit Fund. Music by DJ’s Bri Guy & Tonic. Raffle drawing at 10:30 pm. First prize is a trip to Bermuda for 2. Dress festively; polyester a plus. Tickets $25 each, includes free hors d’oeuvres.

The latest Theatre Workshop production is up – two Harold Pinter plays directed by Michael Feeney. In “A Kind of Alaska”, a woman is suddenly returned to life from a 29-year narcoleptic trance, believing herself to be only 16 yet vaguely conscious of having been on a strange journey in a sort of Alaska of the spirit. Features Bernadette Feeney, Cheryl Fudge, Frank Morral. In “The Dumb Waiter”, as two assassins await their instructions and as tension turns toward dark farce, the dumb waiter drones into action, delivering ever more exotic culinary requests and, eventually, the go-ahead to proceed with the kill, with a twist. The performance runs until April 14th, Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 pm, and a Sunday April 1st matinee at 3 pm. Performance Center, Methodist Church, 2 Centre St.

The New York-based American Place Theater brings its theatrical performance of Khaled Hosseini’s novel ‘The Kite Runner’ to the Nantucket High School, as part of the One Book One Island program. APT’s “Literature to Life” program presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. Friday (30th), 7 pm.

The Nantucket School of Music presents a Renaissance Celebration: songs by Chorus & Soloists, tunes by Recorder Consort. Composers from Lassus and Campion to Rutter and Lennon/McCartney. Barbara Elder conducts. Coffin School, 4 Winter Street. Friday (30th) at 8 pm and Saturday at 4 pm.

Local band Sweetmeat & the Silverfish play the Rose & Crown on Saturday night (31st). Comprised of brothers Vic and Ben Ferrantella, their cousin Mike Stefanski, and lifelong friend Chris Beamish, the band has been recording a new album at Nick Ferrantella’s studio. Nick was the tour manager for Foreigner in the late 1970s, and played drums for The Leslie West Band. Rose & Crown, Saturday (31st) at 10 p.m.

The Nantucket Arts Council presents a classical trio of Oleh Krysa, violin; Julian Milkis, clarinet, and Sima Kustanovich, piano, with a reception following. Coffin School, Sunday (1st) at 4 pm.

WNAN’s Pub Night will be at The Brotherhood, Thursday (5th) from 5 to 7.

Don’t forget to vote this coming Tuesday, April 3rd.

Ms. Mantucket on Nantucket

Hosted by Audrey Obremski and Harvey Young (in a Vera Wang), the winner of the fourth annual Ms. Mantucket was Ms. Santos Rubbish, Paul Bixby. At the auction, Bixby brought in $3000. Ms Myles Reis, Mickey Beamish, took in the most, with $4000 to sing “Like a Virgin.”
E.J Harvey paid $1600 to hear Richard Diamond sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and Daniel Pronk raised $1000 for his lobster lap dance. A toal of almost $25,00 was raised for the service trip to Guatamala for Nantucket students.

For many more photos, go to Mahon About Town

Pub Night; Scalloper’s Ball

I’ve put up some all the photos from last year’s WNAN Pub Night, and the Scallop Ball. Here are a few samples. Go to Mahon About Town for more.

This Week on Nantucket

The retrospective exhibit of works by Nantucket women artists from 1910 to 1960, First Ladies of Nantucket, will close on Sunday, March 25th. There will be a closing reception for the show on Friday (23rd) from 5 to 7, at the Artists Association of Nantucket Gallery, 19 Washington Street. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a closing party for an art exhibition on Nantucket before this one. It may start a new thing – twice as many parties. I’ll need an assistant.

We won’t have the Flying Cloud to kick around anymore. Get a look at a fast ferry that was built to work. The commisioning ceremony for the MV Iyanough begins at 11 am on Saturday (24th) down there at the SSA dock, followed by an open house until 2. Scheduled service begins on March 28.

Godspell opens this Friday night at the High School, the 70’s rock musical about the life of Christ. A collaboration of the Nantucket High School Music Department and the Theatre Workshop, the performance is directed by Gordon McGregor, with musical direction by Robert Behrman. Showtimes at the High School auditorium are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 2.

Over the past few years, a new rite of spring has established itself here on Nantucket, one in which grown men don women’s heels, dresses and plumage to strut through a hooting and hollering, though more appropriately dressed, crowd of imbibers at the A.C. What for? To fund a 2 week humanitarian trip to Guatamala for Nantucket students. Here’s the lineup: Paul Bixby, Chris Carnivale, Richard Diamond, Don Pronk, Patrick Moran, James Lydon, Michael DeHeart, Greg Bourbeau, Micket Beamish, Chris Morris, and Bruce Yancy. Oh yeah, and Dan Sabuda. It’s hardly a contest with Dan in it -he’s been rehearsing for this part for a decade or more. Ms. Mantucket rocks the house (Atlantic Cafe) on Monday the 26th, 6 to 10. $75 gets you in and gets someone to Central America.

Casino Night

Casino Night was held at Faregrounds this past Saturday night. Here are a few photos, with more here.