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Nantucket Preservation Trust
Nantucket Events

Honoring Stewardship

Nantucket Preservation Trust Awards For seven years, the Nantucket Preservation Trust has awarded Preservation Awards to recognize those who have advanced the cause of preservation through their renovation work and stewardship of Nantucket buildings and historic landscapes. The 2013 NPT’s awards highlight restorations, sensitive additions to historic buildings, and the […]

Father's Day
Nantucket Essays

Father to Son

• by Robert P. Barsanti • At the Downyflake last weekend, I noticed that I took my coffee in the same way that my father did, regular with too much cream.  He drank his coffee every morning with the same slobbers of sugar and milk building up on the table […]

Tony Wu
Nantucket Events

Hot Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for two Nantucket events that are sure to be sell-outs:  an evening with acclaimed underwater diver and photographer Tony Wu, hosted by the Nantucket Historical Association on July 8, and the ever-popular Boston Pops on Nantucket concert, hosted by the Nantucket Cottage Hospital on August […]

Go Figure Nantucket
Featured Articles

Getting a Dancer’s Body at the Barre

• by Sarah Teach • We all know someone like her: she’s that leggy woman with the long, slender arms, tight abs, and poised countenance.  What’s her secret?  It very well could be The Figure Method™ of Go Figure Barre Studios.  Twelve years ago, classically trained ballerina Cindy Sites opened […]

Sussex Garden
Nantucket Events

A Rare View of Private Gardens

On Thursday, June 20, from 10 am to 4 pm, the public is invited to visit six private gardens on Nantucket Island, during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  Admission to each garden is $5.  The Open Day is rain or shine, and no reservations are required. A portion of […]

Portuguese Man o' War
Island Science

Bluebottle Washashore-Portuguese Man o’ War

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station • As a washashore myself, I hope I am a little more welcome than this week’s creature. Two weeks ago, two Clean Team volunteers helping out on a Madaket Beach clean-up ( came upon a relatively common […]

Featured Articles

Nantucket Plate to Benefit Island Kids

Massachusetts car owners now have an opportunity to make any car an island car, regardless of where they live. After years of trying to show his island pride on his automobile, Robert Sarkisian, a local businessman and active community member, has received the approval needed to begin collecting applications for […]

tent catepillar
Island Science

Dang It, I am not a Gypsy Moth!

Today’s subject could easily be the star of a B horror movie from the 50’s. Several people have asked me about them lately so let’s jump in and discover which creature uses polarizing light special effects, employs biochemical weapons and advanced scent trails, lies quietly over winter, then pops out […]