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Freedoms of Nantucket Little Known Treasures

August/September 2006

Nantucket Lover:  The sky is not the limit. On Nantucket you are free to discover little known treasures…

“Everywhere water is a thing of beauty, gleaming in the dew-drop; singing in the summer rain; shining in the ice-gems till the leaves all seem to turn to living jewels; spreading a golden veil over the setting sun; or a white gauze around the midnight moon…”  A Glass of Water, John B. Gough (1817- 1886)

in this issue…
Romance “By the Sea”

wcouple2July 2, 2006 was a “high water mark” for Brian and Mary for it was then – tucked into the privacy of the sand dunes on the Jetties Beach during a picturesque sunset – that Brian asked Mary to marry him! Nantucket is perfect for getting engaged after all!

Pictured from left are Brian and Mary presenting their paddleball rackets and beach football to our very own Otilia as a thanks for their enjoyable stay! So for good fortune, future “wanna-be’s” can now reserve the gaming equipment during their stay at the Century House!! If you want to get engaged on Nantucket, just ask us, we know a couple great spots!

Brian, originally from Bloomfield, Connecticut, lives and works in New York City, where he and Mary, originally from Beaverton, Oregon, met. Mary remarked to Otilia and JeanE that, “the quaint and comforting charm of the Century House provided an exclamation point of romance on what turned out to be a magical weekend.” Innkeeper Gerry was relieved that the diamond didn’t slip out of Brian’s hand and get buried in a dune of sand (worse than finding a needle in the haystack!).  Now onto planning the wedding Brian and Mary! Or well you can always elope to Nantucket.  Visit our Century House website…

An Artist’s Love Affair with the ‘Masters of the Sea’

paintingJulia O’Malley-Keyes, one of our master artists who joined Century House Art Program last year has a long time romance with big J-boats, classic yachts and costal living. These are reflected in her penchant for luminous oil paintings of these beautiful masters of the sea.

Julia has been painting since she was 8 years old. She has worked with Harry Connick Jr.  She has spent many years studying with noted fine artists in Europe, China, New York City and on Cape Cod. Her father and yearly excursions to Newport, Camden, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard resulted in her action packed oil paintings and limited edition marine prints of the numerous classic yacht regattas of the summer season. Julia says, “The sea is in my blood.” “It seems completely natural that as a mature artist I have focused on marine art, it feels like coming home”.

Her unsurpassed use of vibrant color and luminosity executed in an Old Masters’ technique faithfully conveys the sense of place, the ebb and flow and the thrill of big yacht racing. View her work: One Woman Show September 8 – September 16, at the Robert Wilson Gallery, one of the many galleries on Nantucket.

Spotlight: the Beach-Blossom

beach-blossomQueen sleigh with love seat, skylight: A cozy third floor European style room with glimpses of the blue ocean. In the room you will find plenty of books to read, a comfortable queen sleigh bed under a skylight, which has marble floored private detached bath and a love seat with harbor views. This room has a paddle fan, an old book covered sea chest and unique wall hangings.

Guest Comment: “Whimsical skylight over the bed greeted us in the morning light (we left the shade up); and at night we followed the stars in the swirling sky”

The Beach-Blossom’s horticultural name is Rosa Ragosa; its pink flower cascades over the dunes, sea grass and fences making it the room choice to complement our water theme!!  Book the Beach-Blossom…

Soaring With the Blue Angels in September
blueangels“What is the Blue Sky but Water Soaring in the Heavens.”

US Navy’s Blue Angels have taken flying to the new level. Since 1946 they continue to dazzle and inspire millions across the world with their cutting edge performance. Nantucket and the Century House celebrates the arrival of the BLUE ANGELS, the U.S.Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron on September 30, 2006. The BLUE ANGELS mix formation flying and solo routines using F/A-18 Hornets, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration.

Come join us at Century House for a weekend of memories and discover more Freedoms of Nantucket, attending this event for free! Book Your Stay for the Blue Angels…

Staff Highlight: Gerry Connick
bythewaterInnkeeper Gerry Connick is passionate about the Century House and gives 100% of his energy to its smooth operation for twenty some years. His daily routine is the same: 4:30 AM morning rise, a tour of the property for any abnormalcy; a trip to the market to secure the freshest berries, produce, flowers and items for the morning’s famous Gerry Bountiful Berry Buffet Breakfast; consultation with housekeeping and reservations staff, followed by a round of meetings and errands.  A successful corporate dropout who quit Corporate America in his 40’s to pursue his freedoms. Gerry’s life has always been by the sea since early childhood in Lynn, Massachusetts. His life adventures include serving in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Brush, building submarine propulsion systems for General Electric, and for the last 25 years, living with his wife Jean Ellen on the islands of Nantucket and Palm Beach.While Century House is a boutique, luxury inn, he and his staff sets the tone, welcoming guests as if to his private residence (which is also on the property), so one is free to be oneself; when you arrive you become part of the inn’s family respecting one anothers privacy and sense of subtle comraderie. Gerry is a wealth of knowledge of the known and little known treasures about the Island ; so come join his Gerry Berry Buffet Breakfast and Discover his Freedoms of Nantucket.Interesting facts about Gerry:- joined the Navy at age 17.
– designed all the rooms at the Century House.
– reads a book a day.
– loves jelly doughnuts-Dunkin Donuts only (limited quantities per
his wife).
– has an undying love and affection for his 1945 Green Ford truck
which is parked at the Century House during the Season.
– is in love with the same woman who still ‘rocks his boat.’
– owns a dinghy for several years, that hasn’t been on the water
which is named after his one and only love: his Princess Jean Ellen.
Little Known Treasures Nantucket Water
Water in its pure form is a tasteless, odorless, colorless liquid essential to all known forms of life. In large quantities it appears to be blue.  Facts we remember from school: chemical formula – H2O; two-thirds of the Earth is water; the human body is 75% water.

The Nantucket Water:

One often asks, where does the Island’s supply of drinking water comes from? And, the answer is: it comes from two different levels of aquifer within the Earth recharged naturally by the rainfall making it the best tasting water from a sprout according the Innkeeperette, JeanE.

Losses to the aquifer occur by the discharge of fresh water at the coast and groundwater pumping. To lessen the impact on groundwater levels, the Island relies upon the cooperation of its customers and visitors to use its supply conservatively especially during peak Season use periods.–

I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way…… John Masefield, 1878

The historic Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today. According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. Visit for details. Season begins May 15 and ends October 15.

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