Philanthropists come in so many colors and shades; and Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE – livng in two oasis of philanthropy have seen it all — in this issue we acknowledge the gift of Summer Residents – Wendy and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google – in purchasing the property in Nantucket’s downtown historic district to house the Nantucket Rapid Transit Authority (NRTA) as a gift to the Island… With goals to decrease automobile traffic and congestion, as well as the number of vehicles on Island, Nantucket created the NRTA , a series of shuttle buses that reach out over many of the beaches and highlights of the Island fom May to October. A gift to tourists and Islanders alike, the service has grown to such a point that a central “hub” was required and the town- in a referendum vote this winter- failed to receive the needed votes to acquire the designated property in the downtown area.
Nantucket Basket, Baskets, History Question: What do the Century House and the Nantucket Atheneum have in common?
Answer: they are both in the same age bracket —Nantucket Atheneum having opened its big double doors 172 years ago and the Century House entering its 175th year (Season 2008 ) of serving the Island Traveler.
The Nantucket Lightship Basket whose history can be traced to the mid 1800s on Nantucket Lightship vessels; these boats served, essentially, as floating lighthouses on the island’s South Shoal. The craft resembled barrel-making so it was easy for the sailors who had nothing to do during their frequent “down time” -to pick up
Little Known Treasures: Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Baskets
Hydrangea Farm Nantucket Island This issue presents both an obvious joy to the Island – the abundance of the magnificent colorful and plumb Hydrangea plant – and the little known fact that we have on Island a jewel of a florist farm at “HYDRANGEA FARM” on Nantucket Island with over 300 varieties of hydrangeas in half a dozen green houses- located on Madaket Road where the Century House street, Cliff Road, intercepts. Read More
Little Known Treasures: Hydrangea Farm on Nantucket Island
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“Auction” – sales in which articles are sold to the highest bidders. And how many Auctions have we all attended — gaining treasures, memories and goodwill for the causes involved. With over 400 requests annually to provide an Auction Stay at the Century House, the Innkeeper decided to select a cause every year.
Little Known Treasures: A Henry Miller Piano Story
“A bell is not a bell until someone rings it, a song is not a song until someone sings it. Love wasn’t put in the heart to stay, for love isn’t love ’til you give it away.” Read More
Little Known Treasures: The Nantucket Island Boat Basin