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May 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

SPRING 2012 on Nantucket

We have opened ANCHOR INN for another season….our 30th!

 Springtime here brings a sea of YELLOW…daffodils, decorated hats, decorated bikes, antique cars,…tailgate picnics in Sconset, a flower show at Barltetts Farm, and store windows are decorated featuring new merchandise for the new season.

Enjoy these photos I took as Nantucket gets ready for  SPRING.

May 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Continue Reading May 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

OCTOBER 1ST Scalloping Day!

 Saturday October 1st was the first day of family scalloping on Nantucket. The commercial scalloping season begins a month later on November 1st. So…it is time to get out the hip boots and waders, the scallop rakes and baskets and inner-tube.  There is nothing better than scalloping the Nantucket harbor on a sunny fall day at low tide. Folks of all ages return for this experience…to go scalloping on Nantucket. As you push the rake through the eel grass for the first time, you never know how many scallops you will get…if any!  A true Nantucket scalloper does not tell where he got his catch. These sea creatures move around the harbor with the tide. Our Town Biologist has a shellfish lab at Brant Point where they incubate shellfish and create spat to place around the harbor to continue to grow the famous Nantucket Bay Scallops. They are a delicacy, small, not like sea scallops. Our scallops are hand opened, same day, and shucked….not steamed open or processed.  If someone shares their scallops with you…they really like you.  Years ago we would go scalloping and bring some back to our elderly friends who could no longer push the rakes themselves. But they still knew how to open them! They could ‘open’ faster than we could. If you get a bushell of scallops , it can take hours to open them. The shells are taken each night to the Jetties Beach parking lot, saving you a trip out to Madaket (the landfill). The pile of shells from the first day was a good indication of a good scalloping season. We’ll see what the newspaper reports when the INKY comes out on Thursday.

   Saturday October 1st was also the Scalloper’s Ball at the Yacht Club.  The Egan Maritime Institute  hosted a Maritime Festival at Childrens Beach also on Saturday. They had an oyster opening contest (they are harder to open than scallops!) , tug of war on the beach, paddle board race, remote model boats racing, arts & crafts tent with children making fish prints, a touch tank of critters , making telescopes, a food tent, and music for the festival. It was a fall celebration of this special season on Nantucket.


October 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Nantucket Restaurant Week- but much more!

Last week we enjoyed a lovely dinner at FIGS at 29 Fair Street. This restaurant is located in an historic house that was built in 1709. There are 3 dining rooms on the first floor, all give you a cozy, warm feeling, rich from the years of history that have been lived  there. The rooms are candlelit, with low ceilings, transoms over doorways, wooden walls with rich patina, and all have a fireplace in each room.  This historic restaurant has been renamed in recent history. It is operated by the Summer House team. They have several inns around town, plus the well known beach restaurant and cottages in Sconset.  Todd English lent his name to this new menu that includes creative pizzas made in a special pizza oven that was installed. This building was previously called ” The Woodbox” and had a long history in the Tuetin family.  During restaurant week they offered a fixed price 3 course menue. But even with the special pricing, several in our group enjoyed salads and pizza. The warm spinach salad with bacon, egg and sliced apples was WONDERFUL!  The Caesar salad was artfully presented and was a great choice too.  The pizzas are oblong in shape and easy to share if you have a salad and want to save room for desserts. I suggest the warm bread pudding that everyone enjoyed. So though the fine dining options for great food at there too at Figs…..I can not think of a more wonderful place to enjoy an evening visiting with friends enjoying wine, salad, pizza, and dessert. We lingered to enjoy this experience in a wonderful Nantucket historic site and the chef visited our table. The surprise here is in a wee spot under the stairs! 

It is an easy evening stroll from ANCHOR INN to the other side of Main St. and up Fair Street to FIGS.

October 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm


August is peak season on the island. The weather was terrific and there were summer events happening daily. Some of the highlights this year were the House Tour, the Boston POPS Concert, &  Race Week.  

  On the second Wed in August the Nantucket Garden Club presents an annual house tour. Different neighborhoods are selected each year and several private homes and gardens are opened for 1 day. This was the 57th annual house tour!  Club members display beautiful flower arrangements in the rooms of each home, and local artists paint garden scenes during the tour, which includes tea in one of the gardens. The proceeds benefit scholarships for Nantucket High School students. The Nantucket Historic Association featured 2 of their properties on the House Tour: “The Greater Light’ home of the Monaghan sisters was recently restored, and the ‘Hadwen House’ and garden at 96 Main St.

  The second Saturday in August was the 15th year that the Boston POPS benefit concert was held for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital at Jetties Beach. Over 8000 people gathered to hear the POPS and see Carly Simon perform for  this SOLD OUT event, celebrating our hospital’s 100th birthday. The fireworks were awesome! Purchase your tickets online early next year, it is an amazing evening on Nantucket for everyone.

  The 39th Race Week was held in August. Classic yachts in several classes  have challenge races throughout the week. The One Design Series features fleets of   Marshall18’s, Rhodes 19’s, Indians, Alerions, Rainbows and Open 420’s.  Throughout the week the Women’s Sail, Youth Regattas, the International One Design fleet, 12 Metre Regattas all  occur before the big finale of classic wooden sailboats for the Opera House Cup. The Rainbow Fleet parade begins early Sunday morning rounding  Brant Point.  The historic red Nantucket Lightship was here in the harbor for Race Week.  Labor Day Weekend the large Broward (motor) yachts are here at the boat basin. Walking the docks in the evening to view these spectacular yachts is like a floating houseboat tour of sorts.

   As we go into September we think of changing seasons. But really it is like another month of summer for those of us who live here. It is the best. We just experienced our first storm of the fall season….slightly. We had wind one day, but it was less than a typical nor’easter. We did not lose power, we did not have rain. The days before and after that one day, were perfect beach days all week.  Please join us “INNside Nantucket” at Anchor Inn.

September 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Wine Fest, Film Fest, Dance Fest-All on Nantucket!

Nantucket is a remote island, but the most amazing things happen here! You never know what event will be scheduled that might include your favorite actor, comedian, or a famous celebrity.

There are many benefits scheduled each year to help various charities. These special events often attract special guest performers or celebrities.

 The 15th Annual Wine Festival was in May this year. Celebrity chefs and famous vinters gathered  to celebrate Napa Valley winemaker Tim Mondavi. Over 190 wineries were featured at the Grand Tastings event. This is a favorite event for foodies and wine collectors.

 The 16th Annual Nantucket Film Festival was held June 22-26th.  The focus is on screenwriting and this year Paul Haggis was honored. Over 50 movies were shown around town in various locations, along with workshops, panels, morning coffe gatherings, late night storytelling, and the all-star comedy roundtable.  A friend invited me to attend this comedy roundtable, held in our local high school auditorium on a Sunday afternoon to a packed house. It was hosted by Seth Meyers  of Saturday Night Live,  and included Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld, among others. Amazing… right here on Nantucket!   

  This past weekend July 22-23 was the Nantucket Dance Festival to benefit our local library, the Atheneum. Benjamin Millepied a Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet & international choreographer was artistic director for this Nantucket Festival  for the 3rd year,  bringing an assembled program of first rate ballets to Nantucket. He featured dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet and the New York City Ballet.  Justin Peck choreographed his World Premiere Ballet  ” 7 (for seven)” here on Nantucket! It was amazing.   Benjamin Millepied choreographed and starred in the feature film ” Black Swan” with his wife Natalie Portman. 

    Last night I attended a lecture by Fen Montaigne, an author who spent 5 months in Antartica studying Fraser’s Penguins.  So you never know what you might find to interest you on Nantucket. There is something different to enjoy each week of the summer.   Tonight there is a concert next door at the church. Nantucket Musical Arts Society presents a classical music performance each Tuesday evening. So there is something for everyone to enjoy right here on our small island during the summer season.

July 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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