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Fall 2006

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Freedoms of Nantucket Little Known Treasures

October/November 2006
Dear Nantucket Lover! If life is a bowl of cranberries… Fall on Nantucket is a time to ““Toast the Cranberry”��� so named because of its pink blossoms that resemble the head of a crane. The berry was first cultivated in the United States in 1816 on Cape Cod where it flourished when cultivated under growing conditions similar to those found in the wild-including an acid, peat soil; a surface layer of sand that is frequently replenished-shifting in the seabreezes. Cranberries have been grown on Nantucket since 1857 and is an important part of the Island’s economy until the mid 1940’s – in fact the Island’s 234 acre bog off Milestone Road was the largest contiguous natural cranberry bog in the world until 1959. The berries were individually handpicked until the early 1900’s when the wooden cranberry scoop was developed. (Please reference the work under “FEATURED ARTIST” for a magnificent vision of this festive harvesting). Since the mid 1940’s, growers have used an assortment of mechanical pickers, and it is this process that visitors to the Island can observe during the October harvest. Savor the joy and fascination upon learning of this colorful production! October guests will enjoy the extra cranberry treats Gerry incorporates in the fare during this festive time of year.

in this issue…

Indulge – Nine Days of Autumn On Nantucket!!!

Yes, we know. You come to the Century House and all you get is berries this, berries that. For the less healthy conscious consumers we throw in some muffins, bagels, and other choices that are less forgiving if you’re on a diet. Let’s not talk about the homemade cookies in the afternoon… and you can have more than one. You know who you are! We do that knowing that we’ll probably send you on a bike ride around the island.

Now you can actually eat for less. And we’re not talking about calories either. For nine days in October you can eat a meal for less than you’d pay for a roundtrip ferry ticket. So beginning this Friday 6 October, the First Annual Nantucket Restaurant Week will kick off with a Showcase of signature dishes to be held at the Preservation Institute! AT PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND YOU CAN NOW TASTE THE FINE WINE AND FOOD:

3 course lunch at $20, 3 course dinner at $45

Book with us, and we’ll show you how to Discover the Island!

Nantucket’s October – Falling into Celebrations!!!

What is Art? As explained by the Leo Tolstoy “Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship both with she who produced, or is producing, the art, and with all those who, simultaneously, previously, or subsequently, receive the same artistic impression. The activity of art is based on the fact that a man or woman, receiving through her sense of hearing or sight another’s expression of feeling, is capable of experiencing the emotion which moved the person who expressed it.” Come Celebrate the 14th Annual Nantucket Arts Council Festival with special events through Oct. 8. The talent and creativity of island artists are showcased through a varied venue including:

– en Plein Air, Watercolor,and making Marionette Workshops

– Tango Dancing

– a Sketching Tour

– Pastry Art

– Literary Lectures and Readings

– Handweaving

– Storytelling

– a Ballet Master’s Class

– the 15th Annual Organ Crawl

– Piano Trio Concert

– the theatrical production of “The Graduate” (and Here’s to You Mrs. Robinson!)

Featured Artist: Leonard Mizerek

Our Artist Leonard Mizerek will be in residence at the Century House October 8-16, 2006 following his return from the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France where he was awarded Artist in Residence for June 2006.

Leonard was recently selected as one of 70 members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists ( joining a few of the Century House’s other Artists); and also was awarded Fellowship, the highest honor as one of only 23 in The American Society of Marine Artists (again joining Artist colleagues of the Century House). His work is in Forbes permanent collection and other corporate collections.

Of his work, Leonard says “I prefer maritime subjects mostly because I enjoy the way the water reflects the sky, the coast, and the weather. It mirrors the shapes of objects on its surface and intensifies their light”. While continue his forte, the Century House hopes he will consider a cranberry harvesting vista to augment his portfolio. Guests in residence during his stay with enjoy his warm, creativity and artistic vision.

the 1880’s on Nantucket and who is Eastman Johnson?

Renown Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) of New York and Nantucket – best known for his portraitures but whose biographers and historian acclaim that his 27 3/8 x 54 ½ oil canvass of The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket , 1880 was the peak of his abilities and his masterpiece.

Johnson’s property ownership association occurred in APRIL 1871 when he purchased his home for $450!!! on Cliff Road. Its location was about 8 houses West of The Century House rising above the cranberry bog depicted in the painting. From his island home in late 1879, Eastman wrote to his artist friend “I was taken with my cranberry fit as soon as I arrived (some people have Rose fever yearly – I have the cranberry fever) as they began picking down on the meadow a day or two after we arrived…” (editorial comment: his reference to the Rose Fever is the passion of many artists to come to Nantucket when the roses are in bloom, late Spring/Early Summer). Johnson’s “cranberry fit” was a seasonal and site- specific malady that he contracted only in the autumn when on Island. (photo credit:

Staff Spotlight: Doreen Grant

Our Senior Staffer Gloria Savizon selected her neighbor, Doreen Grant, to join the Season 2006 Century House Staff.

When asked about her first impressions, Doreen shared that when she arrived in the Spring, it seems as if there weren’t many people who lived on the Island and that it was so COLD! (This sure changed as the Summer crowds and weather followed). She learned that if one works hard they can achieve whatever one needs and for Doreen this included her ability to save to fulfill her passion to buy her own land in Jamaica . For the guests she serves, Doreen finds the Century House a place where people come for relaxation and to have a quiet time; for herself, she experiences a sense of ‘joy, love, unity, cooperation, communication and a place full of laughter, especially when JeanE is in residence!!’ summing up her Nantucket/Century House experience in one word, HAPPINESS. Reflecting on Doreen, guests always mention her radiant smile and twinkling eyes, so wonderfully captured in this photo.

Little Known Treasures: ~the Love of the Land~
“Oh, give me land – lots of land – under starry skies above – and a place to call my own, please don’t fence me in…just turn me loose,” Cole Porter

Imagine for a moment where you live. Visualize approximate 50 sq. mile of your surrounding neighborhood. Now replace about 40% of this 50 sq. miles area with open space of undisturbed natural habitat, including beaches, wetlands, aquifer recharge areas, moorlands, heathlands, cranberry bogs; rare species habitat; ocean, pond and harbor frontage, and properties for passive and active recreation. Welcome to Nantucket Island, where an aggressive land conservation program is acquiring, preserving, and protecting these open spaces and endangered landscapes in the name of the love of the land and for the use and enjoyment of the Nantucket community. Hundreds and hundreds of acres are protected by various conservation groups. This is a first of its kind in the nation. These active groups, artists, community citizens who cherish Nantucket’s natural beauty raise funds to prevent environmental degradation by purchasing the open space. Many of these properties are within 1-2 miles of the Century House, including Tupancy Links, Eel Point and Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture — the glorious turfs upon which to discover the freedoms of Nantucket and the wonders of the land. Explore, enjoy, live…discover! (photos courtesy of Nantucket Land Council)

Historic Century House. 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, Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. Visit for details. Season begins May 15 and ends October 15.

Century House Guest Composition October 14, 2001

Season ending now Leaves falling, sky graying, Chill with the Morning fog, the horn Tooting in harbor.

Browned hydrangea Balls Blow down the gutter, Nantucket tumbleweed.

Jean and Gerry Exhausted not by The Summer of joy Given to guests, But by the mind draining

Tension of hosting others Who seek escape From the horrors Of the past month, from The daily drum of The news.

No alone time For them yet, Quiet time to reflect on Incomprehensible loss. The joy of closing Not there this season.

The mechanics of Shutting down will Get done. Then, In warmer clime They’ll find solitude Together,

time to Mourn, to cry.

They’ll be offstage, Finally finding for themselves

What they’ve given Others, This month.

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