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Barrier Beach
Island Science

Barrier Beaches: Nature’s Fortress

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station • Last week we talked about erosional processes around the island. This week I thought we would thank our lucky salt marshes and the harbor itself for the protection from Coatue and barrier beaches such as the […]

Duppy Conquerors
Nantucket Events

Duppy Conquerors Live at The Box

Bob Marley tribute band the Duppy Conquerors is made up of some of Boston’s best reggae musicians. Their name is a shout out to Marley and the Wailers’ 1973 hit song “Duppy Conqueror,” which celebrates achieving freedom from malevolent forces in life. The Duppy Conquerors will play three amazing shows […]

Cisco Beach Erosion
Island Science

Coastal Beach Processes & Erosion

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station • There is perhaps no other topic concerning Nantucket that is more of a hot button issue than erosion. All around the island we are experiencing between 0.74 to 12.0+ feet of erosion on our beaches and […]

Island Cooking

Local Oysters

• by Chef Jenn Farmer • Recently I went on an excursion to find some fish for a dinner party where I would be cooking.  It was going to be an interesting group, and I wanted it to be special.  Instantly I thought of oysters, since to me they convey […]

Nantucket Book Festival
Nantucket Events

So Many Books, So Little Time

J.D. Salinger once said: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, […]

The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
Nantucket Events

The Movement of Stars: A Nantucket Tale

• by Sarah Teach • This weekend, the second annual Nantucket Book Festival will welcome an eclectic group of writers and the readers who love them.  New York-based author Amy Brill will be present with her debut novel, The Movement of Stars, a story based on the life of pioneering […]

Nantucket Essays


• by Robert P. Barsanti • On this Sunday morning, the coffee is percolating, the coffee cake has been cut and tasted, and the newspaper is spread out over the table. Its various sections are weighed down by books. The house remains quiet. This is a house of bookcases.  They […]

Young Peoples Writing Contest
Nantucket Events

Writing Contest Challenges Young Authors

Nantucket’s past is full of exciting adventures and intriguing tales.  From June 22 through July 23, young writers have the opportunity to explore the island’s history and to use their imaginations to write stories that could win one of several prizes.  The Antiques Depot is kicking off their annual Antique […]