Nobody gave us America. At best it is a trophy won from years of war. This war may involve guns and Redcoats, or marches and firehoses, or tear gas and pink hats, but we have always been at war with enemies foreign and domestic. The battles swing from Europe and Asia to Pennsylvania and Chicago, but those battles continue. The labor doesn’t end.
For nearly three decades we have been challenging readers to add to the series of limericks about Nantucket. During 2020, we opened a new challenge for readers to submit pandemic limericks: you can read both series by going to yesterdaysisland.com— just type LIMERICKS into the search field. This week we […]
I looked out over a Nantucket beach one Saturday morning and saw people moving purposefully up and down the beach. I thought these early risers might be vacationers staking out a prime plot of sand for the day or perhaps beachcombing for shells and sand dollars. But as they came closer to the parking area where I stood, I saw that instead of swimsuits they wore long pants and gloves. Instead of beach towels they carried large trash bags. Their t-shirts were emblazoned with “Clean Team,” marking them as members of a very dedicated group of volunteers who help keep our pristine island clear of trash.
Things are certainly growing here in Nantucket, and Blooming Bids for Kids is entering their 20th year. This year on June 28, organizers at Fairwinds are planning a hybrdid event that you can attend whether you’re on- or off-island. For two decades, this fundraiser has supported Nantucket children and adolescents […]
The Nantucket Book Foundation, on the weekend it would traditionally hold its festival, will present a live virtual event celebrating Juneteenth and speaking to issues of race in America. On Thursday, June 17 at 7 pm, this live virtual event will feature a panel of four authors who are educators, […]
There are many individuals and organizations here dedicated to preserving our island. One volunteer group has a low profile, but their weekly efforts can be seen and appreciated by everyone, all across Nantucket. Every Saturday at 8 am, the volunteers of the Nantucket Clean Team don their gloves and neon […]
by Sanibel Chai Steve Sheppard was attending a book club meeting on the south shore of Massachusetts when he realized one of the characters had an uncanny resemblance to someone he knew: himself. The Marshfield book club was discussing Sheppard’s first novel Tourist Town and asked him pointedly if the […]
by Suzanne Daub This weekend the annual Nantucket Book Festival features a stellar line-up of authors and events. Throughout Friday and Saturday, writers will read their work and talk about their creative processes. Panel discussions and interviews will help festivalgoers get to know participating writers. Ticketed social events provide unique […]
~ by Rebecca Nimerfroh ~ As a young girl, Wendy Hudson would spend summers aboard her grandparents’ sailboat, cruising the emerald blue waters of Cape Cod. Sometimes they would make the trip to Martha’s Vineyard, and rarely, because it was farther, Nantucket, which, depending on the wind direction, could be […]
~ by Rebecca Nimerfroh ~ “Stop,” Steve “Tuna” Tornovish says, looking at me with frustration. The silence weighs on us until he speaks again. “Look, we’re passed that. I’m not asking you if you broke into the cars. I know you broke into the cars. What I wanna know is […]