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Kim Corkran with Judi & Greg Hill on Nantucket

Embrace What Comes Your Way

by Suzanne Daub Many come to Nantucket in their youth and get sand in their shoes, staying for years when they first envisioned only a summer. Not many of those end up like Kim Corkran: as much a part of Nantucket as Nantucket is part of them. Born and raised …

Mitchell’s Book Corner | Nantucket, MA

Celebrating 50 Years

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Mitchell’s Book Corner, and they are celebrating throughout the season. On Thursday, June 28, they’ll kick-off the fun with a day of local author signings, giveaways, refreshments, and Mitchell’s memories. Mitchell’s opened its doors at 3pm on June 28, 1968, and according to …

Settled In and Stirring Things Up

by Jack Fritsch David Gagnon is an exuberant fellow with a quick smile and a delighted laugh, but you soon notice there is a sincere focus (or singlemindedness?) just under the surface. This is a man who gets things done… and enjoys every minute of it. He first came to …

lawnmower | Nantucket, MA

Last Islanders

by Robert P. Barsanti I woke up to dubstep. The Bulgarian Power Team who tend the realtor’s houses on our street had keyed up some Central European Trap Music to blast over the sound of the riding mowers and their earphones. They had pulled into one of the empty gravel …

Piggin | Nantucket, MA

A Piggin for When You Need a Noggin

Commonly asked questions and misunderstandings about antiques… and the odd or end fascinating bit! A piggin: you’ve probably never heard of one, and possibly never even seen one. You don’t know what you’ve been missing… literally. A piggin is a small wooden pail with one stave extended upward as a …

Nantucket Historical Association | Nantucket, MA

NHA Lecture Series Begins

On Tuesday, May 15 at 6 pm, Nantucket native, author, and historian Matthew Stackpole will give an illustrated talk on the Charles W. Morgan, the last of an American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial …