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Nantucket History & People

Leading the Charge

Access to quality medical care is key to keeping a community healthy, particularly on an island where, without a hospital, inclement weather could prevent a patient from getting urgently needed care. Nantucket’s first hospital was founded in 1912 in a homestead on West Chester Street. In 1957, the hospital’s facilities […]

Island Science

Flowering Festivals Are Blooming Early

When the Nantucket Daffodil Festival began in 1975, organizers were looking for a way to celebrate spring and bring some life into the island’s shoulder seasons. That first festival was held on May 2nd. In 1980, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival moved to the last weekend in April, where it has remained ever since.

Nantucket Style

As the Garden Grows, So Does the Gardener

When I was little, I was surrounded by gardeners. My mother learned from her mother, and my grandmother from her mother. My grandfather would drive an old Kubota and forever maintain the rock walls on a small farm the family had in Westport, MA. We spent all our holidays on the farm. Thanksgiving was definitely a favorite of mine growing up. All the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and acquaintances took treks with the pack of dogs down the long winding driveway to the pond, just so we could traverse the rickety-rackety bridge. We kids would hop the stone walls, dodge cow pies, and race to the water’s edge in search of treasure that had washed up. I remember my cousin Milicent once found a sea horse completely intact. What a day! On the way back up to the house, there were often ripe pears dangling from the trees. I was just big enough to climb up and collect a few each time. My first tooth was lost whilst blissfully biting into one of those pears. Thinking about it today, it was an idyllic setting to lose a tooth: sun low in the sky, pears dangling in the dimming light, and me, perched on a boulder below, bleeding from my mouth, pear in hand smiling from ear to ear.

Nantucket Events

Daffy Is Back on ACK

A variety of activities in several locations are planned for an in-person 2022 Nantucket Daffodil Festival that is sure to be particularly festive after two years of pandemic cancellations. On Daffy Saturday, April 23, the festival fun organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce begins at 9:15 am, when […]

Nantucket Events

2022 Book Festival Schedule Announced

The Nantucket Book Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a stellar schedule of in-person talks, forums, gatherings and celebrations of writers and readers from June 16-19. Most of their events are free, with a few special events requiring paid tickets. The schedule is now online and tickets […]

Nantucket Events

Save the Dates & Buy Your Tickets Early

White Heron Theatre Company of Nantucket has an exciting schedule of shows to celebrate its 10th anniversary season, including Dial M for Murder, a killer comedy that preceded the classic Hitchcock film and features Tony Awardwinner Celia Keenan-Bolger. The season will also include two highly anticipated new works that were […]

Nantucket History & People

Portraits from the Past

Most visitors expect to see portraits of stiffly-posed sea captains or stuffy businessmen in a museum. However, Nantucket’s history is more than white whaling captains and wealthy merchant families. Nantucket Historical Association’s collection contains thousands of painted portraits and studio photographs of people from many parts of the island’s diverse […]