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Pau Winter | Nantucket, MA

One Night Only

Legends Paul Winter and Roger Payne Perform “Whales Alive: The Music of Whales” Concert at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street on Wednesday, August 31 at 7 pm. Winter is a saxophonist, composer, and seven-time Grammy winner. Dr. Payne is the biologist famous for the discovery of humpback whale songs …

Sundial at Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket

What Is This? A Sundial!

~ by Katherine Brooks, Maria Mitchell Association ~ Sundial or Sun d’Isle, as so cleverly named and crafted by Robert A. diCurcio (Bob), was designed as a piece of functional art and commissioned for the Maria Mitchell Association in 1989. The sundial is designed based on the latitude (41 degrees, …

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

What Is This? – Wood Fern

The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) biological collections’ oldest specimen is the Wood Fern (pictured above). Maria Louisa Owen, an expert in mosses and moss-like plants, collected this fern in 1879. This was during the height of “Pteridomania” – also known as the Victo- rian fern craze – which was sweeping …

What Is This? EEK! Spiders!

~ by Katherine Brooks, Maria Mitchell Association ~ Fangs. The photo to the right is a close up of a tarantula – or a purseweb spider – hiding out in its tubular home, and giving the camera a toothy grin. Nantucket is home to a few unusual spiders, including tarantulas, …