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Spring 2010

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Nantucket Bulletin:

Comings and Goings in and around Century House

 

In this issue:

From Innkeeper Gerry

Nantucket Historian’s Latest

Nantucket Wine Festival May 19–23

Memorial Day May 27-31

Spring Restaurant Week June 7-17

Nantucket Film Festival June 17–20

Century House Links to Hollywood

Art on the Piazza

Frank Corso paintings in major movie!

Historic Century House

From Innkeeper Gerry

Season 2010 kicks off in a week and Century House is ready —after a “Winter Facelift”! New roof, fire escape and shingling were the “fare”.  It occurred to me how appropriate the theme of “reunions” could be when my wife Innkeeperette JeanE just came back from her 50th Reunion from high school. 

reuniting JeanE with sister, Sr Ann Estelle SND

This time of year is always a popular time for reunions whether gathering to celebrate  graduations, weddings, honeymoons or festivals. It is always a time of excitement and joy -and Nantucket is just the spot-…time to be together and time to serenely stroll the twining flowering paths down crooked lanes and sandy beaches.

And referencing the aforementioned celebrations, see below the upcoming festivals and events to entice you to “spread your wings” Nantucket Way!

Nantucket Historian’s Latest

Nathaniel Philbrick, long time Nantucket year round resident, is the recipient of the literary world’s a’buzzing over his newest book “Last Stand” which has just been released.  Like his book “Mayflower” which shed new light on The Pilgrims and their settlement of a land that would become the USA, the “Last Stand” provides a fresh look at Lt. Col George Custer, the native American Chief Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn (a battle between the Lakota & Northern Cheyenne Indians and the US 7th Calvary Regiment on June 25, 26, 1876 in Eastern Montana). “Last Stand” closely examines the lives of Custer and Sitting Bull, two iconic leaders in American history.

As with all his books (including “In the Heart of the Sea” about the whaleship “Essex” and “Sea of Glory”) Philbrook writes about America–even when writing about Nantucket, which is a microcosm of America – and about communities under stress.  Watch for Philbrook who departs on a 25 city book tour — maybe in your neighborhood soon!  His first official appearance on Nantucket to discuss “Last Stand” will be in July at the Egan Maritime Insitute. (image above courtesy of nathanielphilbrick.com)

Nantucket Wine Festival May 19–23

Now celebrating its 14th year,  featuring spectacular wine tastings, gourmet wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, a wine auction … and so much more.

The festival…has become one of the best wine events in the nation, with some of the finest global wine talent on hand every year” – Quarterly Review of Wines, Spring 2008

http://www.nantucketwinefestival.com

Memorial Day May 27-31

Reuniting with our memories, and in remembrance of the men and women who have served us so unselfishly to preserve our freedoms

….come discover the freedoms of Nantucket!

Spring Restaurant Week June 7-17

The Restaurant Week this year includes over thirty Nantucket restaurants which feature special menus with meals in the $25 – $45 range. http://www.nantucketrestaurantweek.com

Nantucket Film Festival June 17–20

(image courtesy of in.movies.yahoo.com)

NFF is 15 years old and organizers plan to mark the occasion in a big way with this year’s event.  Riding high after last year’s hit, The Hurt Locker, Nantucket Festival pays homage to the screenwriter and this year’s tribute goes to Barry Levinson (Rainman, Diner, Tootsie and Good Morning Vietman)  Also recognized this year with a New Voices in Screenwriting Award is Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3).

And for anyone who saw Chistoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds (oscar winner for best supporting actor) who would forget his famous line while negotiating his freedoms, “and a house on Nantucket”!!  What a line…

http://www.nantucketfilmfestival.com

Century House Links to Hollywood

(courtesy of wmagazine.com)

 

We welcome Richard Gere and  

his wife Carey Lowell (of Law & Order) to the world of innkeeping as they opened their inn – Bedford Post – in New York this past year.  Speaking of reunions and gatherings, then Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE feel like kindred spirits as Richard explained in USA Today that they saw potential in the rundown former coaching inn …. Exactly our sentiments when seeing the Century House in 1984!

 

The goal was consistent with ours …the creation of a gathering spot to celebrate and reunite with the special people in one’s life.

Art on the Piazza

Come join us on the veranda Thursdays 5-7 PM in June through the 17th for Wine & Pelligrino. Meet and mingle with these wonderful nationally acclaimed Masters while they present their colorful creations, capturing scenes from Nantucket and a’far.

 

June Artists Stays:

 

 John Caggiano

Joan Chakonas

William Duffy

Catherine Elliott

Gary Korlin

Marla Korr

Deborah Leonard

Leonard Mizerek

Kevin Shea

Christopher Wheat

Frank Corso paintings in major movie!

(courtesy of frankcorso.com)

 

Century House Artist in Residence, Frank Corso’s paintings were selected to be in the movie set of a major movie picture “The Company Men” starring Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck & Tommy Lee Jones.

 

His works can be seen at Quidley and Company Gallery or on his website at frankcorso.com. This completes the Hollywood Connection!

 

Congratulations to our Artist in Residence!

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

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