Nantucket Events

Beautiful Blooms to Help Our Community

Tonight, Thursday, June 27, the 24th annual Blooming Bids event offers an evening of fun and fundraising, live music, small bites, refreshing libations, and enticing silent auction items, all to benefit Nantucket’s Behavioral Health Center. Tickets to the evening festivities are available at and also at the door.

All are welcome to drop by the tent at Bartlett’s Farm on Thursday after 3 pm to see auction items and to place a bid or make a donation; no tickets are needed for this afternoon viewing. The auction features more than 30 gorgeous planters and window boxes created and donated by island landscapers, nurseries, florists, and gardeners, along with gift cards, travel packages, experiences, and Nantucket items and services. Bids will be accepted in-person and online until 7 pm.

The day culminates with a celebration of the 62nd year of Fairwinds from 5 to 7 pm, when ticket holders gather to enjoy the festivities. This is the first public event for Fairwinds new Executive Director, Roberto Santamaria, who officially joined the team two weeks ago, following an extensive national search. At the Blooming Bids evening event, Santamaria, along with Police Chief Jody Kasper and Hospital President Amy Lee, will update the community on collaborative efforts to promote a healthy Nantucket.

Every dollar raised at Blooming Bids helps to support Fairwinds, which provides critical and confidential mental health care to all on Nantucket, regardless of ability to pay. These services include crisis response, outpatient therapy, psychiatry, medication management, development testing, in-home therapy, therapeutic mentoring and more.

Fairwinds serves more than 1,000 individuals and families annually. The impact on the Nantucket community of the services Fairwinds offers cannot be understated: the organization is an invaluable resource for island residents who would otherwise have to travel to the mainland for help.

Stop by Bartlett’s Farm on Thursday during the day to see the beautiful blooms and to bid on your favorites.

If you or someone you know requires immediate assistance, call the Fairwinds Crisis Response Hotline at 508-221-3315. Fairwinds is available 24/7, 365 days a year, ready to offer aid to anyone within our community. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 immediately. Details on programs at

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