Category Archives: Poetry

Coming Up (Beginning 4/25/08)

Arts and social events: Friday (4/25) through Thursday (5/1):


With a less than ideal forecast, (15 – 20 mph east-northeast winds, a high of about 47), here’s what’s happening for the weekend.

The first cars start lining up on and filling up Main Street at 9:30 on Saturday. At noon, the Antique Car Parade begins, proceeding to ‘Sconset for the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic from 1 to 3.

While out there in ‘Sconset, stop by at the Country Village Real Estate Open House at 10 Main Street. There, you’ll also be able to meet writer Scott Simonsen, producer Tim White, and director Trevor White of an independent film called “Tides of Summer”, expected to be shot on island at the end of the summer or early fall.

While the cars are lining up on Main Street, head over to Children’s Beach (new location) for the Daffodil Children’s Parade at 10 am, with decorated bikes, wagons, skateboards, baby carriages, and always a few surprises. Every entrant earns a ribbon. Details.

The parade is followed at 10:45 by the Daffy Hat Pageant. Then the newly established Dog Parade gets going just after the cars leave town, at 12:30 at the corner of Main and Federal.

All events above are sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.

The “Rainbow of Daffodils” themed 34th Annual Nantucket Daffodil Show is open Saturday from 2 to 5, and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Coffin School. Details.


Spring Down the House benefits Small Friends, Saturday, April 26 from 5 to 10 pm at the Chanticleer and Casino. Details.

Seaside Shakespeare’s presents a CD Release & Shakespeare’s Birthday Party, Sunday, April 27, 5 to 7 at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant with champagne, live music, and birthday cake. Details.

The Clothesline Project, presented by A Safe Place Nantucket, enables women affected by violence their emotions by decorating a shirt and hanging it on a clothesline. Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 to 4 at the Atheneum. Details.


Maxxtone is at the Box Friday and Saturday night.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), and DJ Bri Guy on Fridays and Saturdays.


Doubt, A Parable, a play by John Patrick Shanley, continues its run at the Methodist Church. The performance is directed by Michael Feeney, and features Ciaran Byrne, Pam Murphy, Callahan Keever, and Tina Hoskins. Curtain at 7:30. Thursday April 24th – Saturday April 26th; Thursday May 1st – Saturday May 3rd. Details.
Indy article.

Coffee House for Music and Poetry: Friday, April 25, 6 to 9 pm at The Bean. Open mic. Bring a poem, bring your guitar. Featuring music from Vince Veilleux and poetry from Wyatt Leske. Master of Ceremonies – John Luttman.


Nantucket Handmade features 16 island artisans showing pottery, textiles, jewelry and more. Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 4 to 7 pm at the Preservation Institute. Show hours Saturday are 9 to 4.

The Artists Association presents the First Members Show Opening Reception on Friday, April 25, 6 to 8. Next Thursday is the Junior Artist Show Opening Reception for elementary school students from 4 to 5:30.

The Gallery at Four India Street’s opening reception for “Fine Art and Daffodils” is Saturday from noon to 3.

It’s Herbs Through the Ages at Bartlett’s Farm – history, superstitions, magic lore and medicinal and health uses of commonly used and easy to grow herbs. Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am. Details.

Cindy Houghton, author of ‘Out of The Fog: Tragedy on Nantucket’ will speak about surviving a plane crash on Nantucket in 1958. Monday, April 28, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

Atheneum Used Book Sale: Saturday, April 26, 10 to 4, in the Lower Gallery.

See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.


Coming Up on Nantucket 4/11/08

Events for Friday (4/11) through Thursday (4/17):


A unique fundraiser this weekend called 4. Four non-profits with common missions have joined together to raise money for their respective organizations: The Nantucket Lighthouse School, Sustainable Nantucket, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and The Nantucket Land Council. Each non-profit will have their own silent auction. The raffle grand prize is a 2007 Jeep patriot. Food and drink from the Nantucket Catering Company and Cisco Brewery.

Cary Hazlegrove will be debuting her “30 Years of Island Faces” slide show, some you’ve seen and some you haven’t. Cary first two jobs on the island were with me at The Camera Shop and the Roadhouse, and her first slide show (with Noel Berry) at the Roadhouse, so if I look like a proud father that night, you’ll know why. Live music by The Shingles (Andy Bullington, Cary Hazlegrove, Michael Kopko, Dave Provost and Chris Westerlund) and Molly Glazer with friends from the faculty of NCMC.

Additional details.
Independent Story

The Nantucket Arts Council presents Casino Royale, with proceeds benefitting the NAC Scholarship Fund. Black tie or bad guy attire suggested. Tickets at Bookworks, Rose & Crown, or call 508-325-8588. Saturday, April 12, beginning at 7:30 at the Rose & Crown. Details.

The Annual Charity Brunch at the Brant Point Grill is this Sunday, April 13, from 11 to 2. Your donations go to either the Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket Education Trust, or the Habitat for Humanity. Details.


The repertoire of the eclectic Canadian based Quartetto Gelato includes classical masterworks, operatic arias and tangos, gypsy and folk songs. And they’re quite entertaining too. Sunday, April 13, at 4 at the Coffin School. Details.
Indy article.

It’s the Jeff Tuohy Band at the Box this weekend. Details.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), and DJ Bri Guy on Fridays and Saturdays (except this Saturday).


It’s the opening week for Doubt, A Parable, at the Methodist Church, a play by John Patrick Shanley. The performance is directed by Michael Feeney, and features Ciaran Byrne, Pam Murphy, Callahan Keever, and Tina Hoskins. Showtime is 7 pm. Thursday April 17th – Sunday April 19th; Thursday April 24th – Saturday April 26th; Thursday May 1st – Saturday May 3rd. Details.
Indy article.

Magic by Scott Jameson, with juggling, music, mime, storytelling, and audience participation. High School Auditorium, Friday, April 11, 7 to 8. Details.


Liz Morcone’s talk is called Stop and Smell the Roses – what you need to know about growing roses on the island. Saturday, April 12, at 10. Bartlett’s Farm. Details.

The Lightship Basket Museum presents a Floral Design Workshop, Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7. Details.

Lee Rand Burne talks about Newspapers on Nantucket, the cataloging and preserving of as many Nantucket newspapers as possible. Wednesday, April 16, 7 to 8:30 at the Atheneum. Details.


Two choices for poetry on a Saturday afternoon:

The Whaling Museum presents an Afternoon of Poetry and Music with Frank Cunningham and Len Germinara, and Andy Bullington on guitar. Len is pictured here. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 3.


Bring a poem to share or an idea to work on in The Second Saturday Poetry Workshop. Landmark House Meeting Room. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 2. Details.


Superhero Movie: Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9; Sunday at 7:30
The Other Boleyn Girl: Monday – Thursday at 7:30

See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

Coming Up on nantucket – Week Beginning 4/4/08

Events for Friday (3/4) through Thursday (3/10):

Don’t forget that Town Meeting begins on Monday night at 7 p.m.


What’s Your Sign? Zodiac Fundraiser benefits the Maria Mitchell Association. Saturday, April 5, 8 pm at the Rose & Crown.

The Nantucket S.T.A.R.S. Fashion Show & Auction is this Sunday, April 6, 2 pm at Faregrounds.


Jake Vohs and Two Days Notice, with Joel, Andy, Tom, and Tommy D. play the Box Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th, starting at 10.

The Nantucket School of Music Faculty and Students perform the music of The Beatles. Atheneum Great Hall, Sunday, April 6, 3 pm. Details.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), and DJ Bri Guy on Fridays and Saturdays.


Susan McGinnis directs Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’ at this week’s Theatre Workshop Armchair Theatre and potluck dinner. Sunday, April 6, 6 pm.


Lori Kunz speaks on her favorite perennials at this week’s Bartlett’s Spring Farm Talks. Saturday, April 5, 10 am. Details.

An Evening of Frost: Lecture, Discussion and Recitation with actor Stephen Collins. Atheneum Great Hall, Saturday, April 5, 7 to 8:30 pm.

Spoken Word Nantucket takes place in a new location this week – Sunday, April 6, 2 to 4 pm at the Artists Association. Open mic: Ekphrastic Poetry; Featured Poet: Jack McCarthy; Special Event: Ekphrastic Poetry Competition for Nantucket students.

The NHA’s Food for Thought series wraps for the season with the Tuckernuck Gam. Thursday, April 10, noon at the Whaling Museum.

The Next Industrial Revolution explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Nantucket, Nantucket Green, and the Nantucket Atheneum. Free. Wednesday, April 9, 7 pm at the Atheneum.


Students in Artists Association classes and the faculty who teach them display their work in the upcoming show at the AAN gallery, running through April 19. Opening reception: Friday, April 4, 5 to 7. Details.

See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

Comin Up on Nantucket Beginning 2/15/08

The Un-Valentine Cabaret: A cross between cabaret of 1930’s Berlin, an oddball talent show, and a community party in deep winter, presented by Seaside Shakespeare Company. Chicken Box, Saturday the 16th. Doors open at 6 pm for cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Performance at 7.

Beat the Winter Blues Party: Cash prizes for the belly flop contest and bikini contest. DJ Bri Guy. Rose & Crown. Saturday the 16th.

Also at the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), karaoke on Thursday (9pm), and DJ Bri Guy Friday and Saturday nights, except for this week’s special events listed above.

Aiofe Clancy: Traditional Irish songs, ballads and contemporary folk. Great Hall. Saturday the 16th at 7. Chuck Colley and Erik Wendelken open for Aiofe.


Nantucket Theatrical Productions and the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket present “Cupid’s Nightmare”, four short plays from the Short Play Festival. February 16, 22, 23 at 7 p.m., upstairs at the Methodist Church on Centre St. Admission is $10.

Poetry Reading: Spoken Word Nantucket. Open mic for poetry and music. Featured poet – Nicole Terez. Free. Umass Boston Field Station. Sunday the 17th at 2.

Nat Philbrick: “Quakerism on Nantucket” in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thursday the 21st at noon. Whaling Museum.

Winged Migration: Author and local bird expert Ken Blackshaw will introduce the film answer questions. Great Hall, Sunday the 18th at 3.

See the Arts & Social Calendar for more details on all events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

Coming Up on Nantucket 1/18/08

Open Auditions for Seaside Shakespeare’s First Annual Un-Valentine Cabaret Celebration. Got a talent? No talent is too bizarre – the funkier the better. All are welcome. Wednesday and Thursday (23 & 24th), 5 -7 pm. Jack Weinhold’s Gallery, South Shore Rd.


It’s Family Night with the Dream Tale Puppets of Cape Cod performing ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, for ages 3 and older. Free tickets available at the Weezie Library. Nantucket Atheneum, Friday (18th), 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm.

Hearthside History: NHA senior interpreter Erik Ingmundson will portray fourteen year old Thomas Nickerson, one of eight who survived the harrowing voyage of the whaleship Essex, based on a manuscript written by Nickerson in 1876 but never published. The manuscript was a major inspiration for Nat Philbrick’s award-winning book, In the Heart of the Sea. Limited seating; advance reservations recommended. Free for Nantucket Historical Association members, $5 general admission. 1800 House, 4 Mill St. Saturday the 19th at 7:00 pm.

The Liberation Poetry Collective uses the art of poetry to critique injustice and inspire justice-seeking. Gary Hicks, Brenda Wallcott, and Askia Toure will perform at the Unitarian Church Saturday the 19th at 8:00 pm. No advance ticket sales; donations accepted at the door.

Joan Craig and other ‘Sconset residents will reflect on the special places, people, and memorable moments of ‘Sconset in the ‘Sconset Gam at the Whaling Museum. Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Nantucket Interfaith Council celebrates Rev. King’s birthday with the Interfaith Choir, Neville Richen, NES Singers, the Liberation Poetry Collective, Gary Hicks, Brenda Walcott, Askia Toure, and the New Life Ministries Youth Chalice Dancers. Summer Street Church at noon Monday, January 21st.

Every full moon through May, naturalists from the Maria Mitchell Association and the Strong Wings Adventure School will lead an evening walk in their Howl at the Moon Walks. The first walk is on Tuesday (22nd) at 6:30 pm at the Milestone Cranberry Bogs. Locations will be announced for the upcoming dates of February 21st at 6:30 pm, March 21st at 7:30 pm, April 20th at 7:30 pm, and May 20th at 7:30 pm.

Charlie Wilson’s War: Friday – Sunday (18th-20th)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: Tuesday – Thursday (22nd-24th)

See the Arts & Social Calendar for exact times of films, and details on all events listed above.

Coming Up on Nantucket 11/16/07

The Poetry of Del Wynn will be featured at this Sunday’s Nantucket Poetry Slam, Sunday the 18th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Umass Boston Field Station, 180 Polpis Road. Readings will be from “Ack Poetically”, published posthumously this past year. Friends will be encouraged to reminiscence and read a poem from his book. Copies of Del’s book will be available and all proceeds will go toward an educational fund for Del’s sons, Patrick and Riley Wynn. Look for the intorduction to Del’s book, written by John Shea, later in this newsletter. (Also at this Slam will be an open mic and featured poet David R. Surette.)

Something different at the Box this weekend. Yes, Maxxtone is playing, and they’ve been here before, but this time they’ll be doing Rockstar Karaoke – karaoke with a live band instead of CD’s.

The “Once in a Blue Moon,” Harvest Bash annual fall dinner and auction is this Saturday night, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Bash includes an art exhibit featuring Margaret Fox, Christine Sanford, Daniel Sutherland, David Lazarus, Terry Pommett, Jan Pawlowski, Katie Trinkle Legge, and Illya Kagan. The exhibition runs Monday – Friday, November 11 – 20, 8 am – 5 pm. Sale of the art will benefit the Nantucket New School. Dinner by Jim Perelman, and dancing to The Shingles (Andy Bullington, Cary Hazlegrove, Michael Kopko, Ben Champoux, Chris Westerlund, Jake Vohs, and NNS’s own Dave Provost). Also games, prizes, and live auction. Hosted by the Nantucket New School. Tickets: $100 at 508-228-8569.

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum Yard Sale is this Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Jared Coffin House. Merchandise from estates, Nantucket retail stores, and relocation projects. Furnishings for every room in your home and garden. Gifts for the holidays for men, women, and children. Early bird special: come in at 9 am for only $10.

The Festival of Wreaths Preview Party is Tuesday the 20th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. It’s the annual kick off party with a silent auction of wreaths made by island artists, merchants, and children. Show is open from 10 am to 5 pm on the 21st, 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Peter Foulger Gallery, 13 Broad Street. Here are some wreaths from last year’s show.







Immediately following the Festival of Wreaths is the Sustainable Nantucket Dinner Benefit at Water Street, celebrating local food and business. Cocktails at 7:00, dinner at 7:30. Multiple courses by island chefs: Mark Yelle of Nantucket Catering, Scott Osif of the Galley, Chris Freemen of Oran Mor, and Robert Nelson and Jason Carroll of Water Street. Space is limited: 508-228-7080. $125 pp. Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 pm.

The Nantucket Lighthouse School Yard Sale is this Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 am. The Wayne Pratt store has donated their remaining inventory for this auction. All items 75% off marked price. Christmas items, home accessories, boats models, prints, Easter decorations and more.Nantucket Lighthouse School, 1 Rugged Road.

The White Elephant Chef Series presents Bob Iacovone, Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Bob Iacovone comes to Nantucket from Cuvée in New Orleans, where he is the Executive Chef, though he has been a summer resident in years past. After Katrina, Cuvée was one of the first restaurants to re-open. Iacovone graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1991, and holds a first-level sommelier’s certificate from the Court of Sommeliers in London. Before Cuvée, he cooked at the Windsor Court Hotel’s New Orleans Grill. Under Chef Iacovone, Cuvée has been named by the Times-Picayune as a Top Ten Restaurant Pick for the past few years. Bob calls his food ‘Creole/Continental,’ and he has been named ‘Best New Chef’ by Esquire and ‘Top Six New Orleans Restaurants’ by Bon Appétit.


NCMC presents Music to Lift the Spirits, Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Coffin School – folk hymns, spirituals, and a Stephen Foster medley. NHS Honors Chorus joins for ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’ and ‘Turn the World Around.’ Suggested admission $10 adults; $5 seniors; free for students.

The Bob Lehman Trio at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant, Friday and Saturday night, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Jeff Ross at the Starlight, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

DJ’s Tonic, Devlin and/or Billy Desmond, Friday night at the Rose & Crown, 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. Saturday it’s DJ Bri Guy.

Maxxtone at the Box, Friday and Saturday night starting about 10.

Sandy MacDonald, who has sung for years with the Nantucket School of Music’s chorus and studies with local legend Paulette Allemand, has joined New York’s Collegiate Chorale (founded by Robert Shaw in 1941). The group will perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” — starring Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel — at Carnegie Hall November 19 at 8:00 P.M., and the concert will be broadcast live over WQXR.

Go to the N Magazine/Mahon About Town Arts & Social Calendar for additional listings.

Coming Up (9/7/07)

I’m preparing a much larger edition for over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s some tips for this weekend.

Michael Sturgis of Cinco has invited all Mahon About Towners to Cinco tonight for complimentary tapas prepared by chef Jean-Luc on the grill on the outdoor patio tonight, Friday (7th), from 6:30-8:30, with jazz by the Richard Sylvester Trio.

Also tonight, DJ Scott Capizzo and Billy Voss will be down at Jetties Restaurant.

Joshua Tree is at the Box Friday and Saturday nights.

A good chance to feel like the island is ours again at the County Fair this weekend, 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday out at Tom Nevers. All-Star softball game, pumpkin contest, live music, pet show, storyteller, flea market, records & Burpee animal shows. On Saturday, on your way out, stop at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market from 9 to 12 on Nobadeer Farm Road.

The free Sunday Poetry Slam from 2 to 4 at Umass Boston Field Station features Victor D. Infante and an open mic.

The Bob Lehman Trio is back to its Friday through Sunday gig at the Brant Point Grill, from 7:30 to 10:30.

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

This Week on Nantucket

It’s as if the island’s artists have just shaken off the holidays and have gotten back to business. From almost no cultural events for the past few weeks, this weekend is chock full: Bluegrass, acoustic rock, classical, theater and poetry.

Tonight (Friday), start off at the Bamboo from 5 to 7 to check out Eli Stover. He’s new on the music scene here, although certainly not new to the island. Here’s his story (of travel and music) from the Inquirer and Mirror, and here’s his web site with two free songs to download and play on Real Player.

Next, get downtown to the Atheneum by 7 p.m. to hear a free concert with Four Easy Payments (pictured below) followed by Eelgrass.

Head back out of town after the Atheneum. Stop at Pi Pizza for a bite, then wander over to the Box for more bluegrass, where Four Easy Payments is joined by Dave Poland, fiddler extraordinaire, from 10:00 to 1:00. Maybe Eelgrass too for an all star jam.

Saturday, the Atheneum celebrates the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns with poetry readings and musical performances by Amy England, Mollie Glazer, Greta Feeney, River & Zeb Bennett and Nick Davies. Free, from 7 to 9. These are all fine musicians and singers, but don’t miss a chance to hear a fairly rare performance by Greta Feeney.

Sunday at the Whaling Museum beginning at 1 p.m. pianist Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban performs pieces from the 16th to the 20th centuries.She will be joined by her student Samantha Reis, a Nantucket native, a sophomore honor student at Nantucket High School, and a member of the high school’s singing group the Accidentals & the Naturals.

At about the same time, The Nantucket Poetry Slam will be out at the UMass Field station with featured poet Adam Stone, open mic and open slam. Free, from 2 to 4.

And one more: Over the Moon, presented by the Nantucket High School Drama Club. High School Auditorium. Friday and Saturday (26th-27th) at 7:30 p.m.