Category Archives: Video

Nantucket Stroll Flash Mob Video

A few months ago, Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston offered to partner with the Dreamland Foundation to create a flash mob for Nantucket Christmas Stroll. Donald Dallaire, Director of Programming for the Dreamland Foundation, took up the challenge.

Citi Performing Arts Center is dedicated to providing broad-based, popular entertainment and arts education programming and inspiring a greater appreciation for the performing arts through educational outreach, public programming, and community partnerships.

Donald came to Nantucket from Rhode Island for the first time in 2005-06, hired by the Dreamland as an actor in the Dreamland resident company. He’s now a full time resident as of March 2010, and on staff full time at the Dreamland Foundation.

Courtney Falite, who interned at Citi Center and is now an actress and dancer in Rhode Island, choreographed the piece after the music was chosen – Maria Carey’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. A sound system by Tim McDonald “just happened” to be set up in front of reMain, and several videograhers were wandering about in the general vicinity.


More than 70 people, including 10 children, attended a half dozen 2 hour rehearsals in the weeks before the Stroll surprise.

Flash mobs have gone viral in the past few months. With less than 100 flash mob videos on Youtube last year at this time, there are now more than 1000 in the past two weeks alone.



Google Trends mentions of the term “Flash Mob” in America

The first ever flash mob was planned for a department store in New York City in May of 2003 by Bill Wasik, an editor of Harper’s Magazine. The store was tipped off in advance, so it fizzled. Wasik tried again in June at Macy’s, this time not telling the performers where they were going until minutes before. It was a simple idea – 100 people gathered around a rug, saying they all lived together and made all purchases as a group. Next, 200 people filled the lobby and mezzanine of the Hyatt hotel and all applauded at once for 15 seconds. Wasik said he created flash mobs to lampoon conformity and those who always want to be part of the next big thing, and though the term had been used before, Wasik used it first to describe this form of performance art.

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary added the term on 2004, calling it an “unusual and pointless act”, differentiating it from performance art and protests. Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary of English defines it as “a group of people who organize on the Internet and then quickly assemble in a public place, do something bizarre, and disperse.”

The first large scale flash mob took place in 2006 in various London Underground stations when thousands assembled with their ipods, and at a designated time, all started dancing to the music. The International Pillow Fight Day took place in 2008 in more than 25 cities around the world, the largest performance to date with 5000 participants in NYC alone. Word of the event was spread by Facebook, Myspace, blogs, public forums, personal websites, word of mouth, text messaging, and email.

The final video of the Nantucket flash mob at Stroll was produced by Lisa Frey, and was edited from footage from 8 different cameras. You can contact Donald at donald@nantucketdreamland.org. Click below to watch the video.



Nantucket Videos

The island band You Scream I Scream’s music video “Dog” has been viewed 68,155 times since it made its debut on YouTube on September 24.


Here’s a slide show of Roger Young riding his high wheelers. Roger owned and operated Young’s Bicycle Shop from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s. Posted to YouTube by Harvey Young.


Boston Pops on Nantucket (Video)

Introduced by host Chris Matthews, Alex Kopko led it all off with the National Anthem, shown here as shot by her proud dad, Michael Kopko. Alex was radiant, poised, and sang beautifully. Click on either the graphic below, or here.


Here too is Plum TV on the Pops.

Videos from Nantucket

Winter’s on the way out, but before it goes, here’s Dan Driscoll’s take on winter.


Summer is past, summer is coming. Here’s Scott Capizzo’s recap of summer 08 to get you by until summer 09.




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Found this on the web – seems just right for the next few days with rain and snow and sleet and mist and wind and gray until Tuesday. Don’t know anything about Kori Linae Carothers, but she wrote this piece while on or just after visiting Nantucket. You’ll be listening to a rough mix, but the final mix will appear on her upcoming third album called “Trillium”. Grammy winning guitarist David Cullen joins her, with well known bassist T Bone Wolk on bass and accordion.





Nantucket Videos: Kerry Hallam and Scott Capizzo

Kerry Hallam and Jack Hobson-Dupont show you what goes into the creation of a Kerry Hallam painting.

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Scott Capizzo has posted this video on YouTube, his take on the Summer of 2008.

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Nantucket Turkey Plunge Video

Click on the turkey below for a video of last week’s Turkey Plunge by Lisa Frey. (Thank you Lisa.)

Oliver Diamond

As part of The Nantucket Arts Festival, Mark Carapezza presented the Nantucket-red carpet premiere of “Detention with Oliver Diamond” on Friday night, September 5th at the Preservation Institute, upstairs at 11 Centre Street, with live music by Four Easy Payments. The project involved over 300 local elementary, middle and high schools students and adults. “Detention with Oliver Diamond” celebrates the raw talents of local children with the Nantucket community and landscape as backdrop. For the past two years, Mark, with help of The Community Network for Children, The Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, The Nantucket Lighthouse School, The Nantucket New School, and The Nantucket Theater Workshop, offered after school classes focused on writing, directing, acting, and the production of television. The result of these classes are showcased in the final product as hilarious and sometimes thought provoking skits and commercials.

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Oliver Diamond 2

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Oliver Diamond 3

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