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Umami* of Nantucket |
Chef Patrick Ridge of Island Kitchen
Sara Boyce

Anyone who was Chef de Cuisine at Languedoc Bistro at age 22 has my respect. Fast forward a number of years and add in a business degree from Babson College, whose MBA program is ranked as one of the best by US News & World Report and Bloomberg. Now, imagine said Chef is able to open a new restaurant during Year One of getting this MBA. 

Hats off to Patrick Ridge of Island Kitchen. Not only is he running Island Kitchen, but he is doing it well. 

Nantucket Island Kitchen


In 2013, Patrick purchased The Hen House on Chin's Way and transformed it into Island Kitchen, opening on May 24th, 2013. With a simple design makeover, he opened the 47-seat restaurant (including 7 seats at the bar) without major renovations. If you've ever been to The Hen House, you'll recognize the feel, but the food is totally different. Patrick is the Executive Chef, usually behind the line, and the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner year-round. He brings his significant culinary experience to his new endeavor, and when people discover it, they tend to become regulars. Categorizing the food as "Simple American", Patrick explains, "we try to get as many local ingredients and do as little as possible to them."


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Watermelon Salad (Photograph by Kramer)


It's important to Patrick to keep the prices reasonable, and he has a loyal following of value conscious people who seek out quality food. Breakfast runs about $8 - $15 (all in); lunch ranges from $12 - $18, and a fine dinner can be had for $20 - $40. "A party of four can come here and eat great food for $145 instead of going down town for $300". Island Kitchen has a substantial wine list, friendly service, and a bright and cheery environment.

Recently I joined a friend for breakfast at the counter. I overheard an off-island couple as they eagerly entered the restaurant talking about what they would have "this time". As they waited for a table, I introduced myself to Sandy and Steve, and we exchanged pleasantries about the food. On their way out, they came over to report, "I always get the Smoked Salmon with the Spinach Eggs Benedict" says Steve. I asked "why do they keep coming back?" Sandy summed it up, "It feels like you're in someone's kitchen, and they're making it just for you. They're so friendly, and the food is so healthy. There's just a great energy here."

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Patrick, when did you first know you wanted to be a Chef?
"I've been cooking since I was about 14. I always knew I wanted to have my own restaurant at some point."

What brought you to Nantucket?
"I was cooking at Aquitaine Bistro in Boston, and I wanted to get out of city. I thought I might like to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond and applied for a job at Le Languedoc. I was hired to be the Sous Chef when I was 21 and became the Chef de Cuisine at 22."


Nantucket Island Kitchen
Patrick Ridge, Owner of Island Kitchen

What steps did you take to get to where you are today?
"I've held every position in a restaurant including dishwasher, prep cook, line cook, sous chef, and chef. I attended the Culinary Institute of America and had multiple apprenticeships in France (two in Burgundy and one in Paris) and also spent a year cooking throughout Italy. While I was Sous Chef and Chef at Le Languedoc, I left Nantucket every winter to study with a different chef. I have had lots of hands-on training from some very qualified people."

After six years in the kitchen at Le Languedoc, Patrick opened Pronto, which was a short-lived (but much appreciated) venture with the team at Le Languedoc. Pronto featured gourmet food to go. Patrick feels like that experience sharpened his business acumen and helped him develop a clientele through the catering and private dinner parties. It also led him to a private chef opportunity, a position he kept for six years. As a private chef, he was constantly traveling with and cooking for this family. He spent a full year in Italy where he cooked throughout the country and studied food and wine.

Patrick views Alan Cunha, Neil Grennan, and Ed Grennan, the three partners at Le Languedoc, as mentors and meets or speaks with them at least twice a week. "All three partners have been incredible to me through my entire professional life. I can't say enough about how much they have helped me for the 15 years I have known them. When I need a power router because the sewage line is broken, Eddie stops his day and comes over to help me. They are salt of the earth, great people. They lend me their tools and help me with staff. It is so beyond just advice they give me. I couldn't operate this without their help."

Having a great love for travel and fine dining, I asked Patrick if he had any exceptional meals that stood out while in Europe? Since he had apprenticed at wonderful restaurants that included Maison Lameloise, which had received Michelin's highest ranking of Three Stars, the culinary bar was set very high. I expected he might not be able to select just one. Without missing a beat, Patrick chuckled and started speaking.

"I had a customer on Nantucket who used to come in to Le Languedoc and tell me about the most amazing chicken he had eaten in Burgundy. "The Chicken" was cooked in a pig's bladder and stuffed with foie gras and truffles. He knew I apprenticed in France during the winters, and urged me to order it. He was surprised when I returned from France not having tried it. But it cost 1,500 Euros. Finally, I had to be honest and tell him that I could never afford to buy The Chicken as it represented a significant portion of my salary in my early 20s.

"I guess he thought that The Chicken would be an extraordinary experience for me. At some point, he stopped by the restaurant and pulled me aside at the end of the evening. He was so insistent that I try The Chicken, he gave me 1,500 Euros, with the stipulation that I call him as soon as I have it and tell him about it. I happily pocketed the Euros. A few weeks later, I arrived in Paris for a few days before my next apprentice started in Burgundy. In my early 20s, the 1,500 Euros was burning a hole in my pocket, and my friend and I went right to Pigalle, an action-packed district of Paris (home to the Moulin Rouge) before traveling south to Beaune, Burgundy. Keep in mind, we were leaving Nantucket in February, and this area was loaded with people spilling in and out of nightclubs, strip clubs, drag queens on motorcycles, and more action than we had seen in months. We had a blast, and within three days, the 1,500 Euros was gone.


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Moulin Rouge

"Once my apprenticeship started, Alan Cunha continued to check in via telephone every week, and asked me about The Chicken. At this point, I felt forced to have The Chicken but it was just so much dough to spend on one meal. I was a little tired of disappointing my customer by not having ordered it. I didn't know how I would repay him, but knew I would figure it out. I told Alan, "I don't have the money for The Chicken anymore. Alan responded with, "this guy is calling me and asking about your experience with The Chicken. You're supposed to pick me up in Dijon in 10 days. I don't care how you do it, but if you don't have The Chicken by the time we meet, you don't have a job."

"So my friend Jason and I set off for the La Cote d'Or, another Michelin Three-Star restaurant, in Saulieu. I'm sure we looked like we just stepped out of the prom in our wrinkled corduroys, pink shirts and blue blazers. We were definitely the youngest customers in the restaurant, as well as the only non-Asians. Everyone else was eating the 200 Euro prix fixe lunch with flights of wine. We placed our order for a bottle of Chassagne Montrachet and The Chicken for two. The Maitre'd rushed over to our table and explained to me, 'Sir, The Chicken requires a two-hour preparation and usually people call ahead."





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"Even after we explained the only thing we wanted was the chicken, he pressed further, 'wouldn't you like to enjoy something else while you wait?' After much back and forth, I just explained, 'I am under strict instructions to order The Chicken. I'm doing an apprenticeship at the neighboring Three-Star down the road. I have just enough money to pay for the meal, a bottle of wine, and a tip and not a penny more. We are happy to wait the two hours but we won't be ordering anything else.' So the Maitre'd apologized profusely and immediately started sending out flights of wine and different courses. We were served the best chicken in the world. It could not have been better. At the end, the kitchen staff came out, and we meet everyone but Chef Bernard Loiseau. We all retired to the lawn for cigars and had the most fabulous time.

"On the way home to Beaune, I called my customer and raved about The Chicken, telling him 'you were right. It was the best chicken I've ever had.' We drove home to Beaune, and promptly fell asleep. When we woke up, we headed to Pickwick's, the dive bar where the winemakers hang out. We ran into our friend Cecile, who was the Sommelier at the Chanticleer. As we were talking at the bar, she received a phone call and quickly got up to leave. She explained that one of her parents' friends, the Chef at La Cote d'Or, had just killed himself.

"I couldn't resist: I placed another phone call to my customer. Without mincing words, I told him, "Not only did we have The Chicken tonight, but it was the final chicken (and probably the final meal) Chef Loiseau ever made." Patrick mused, "the really interesting thing about La Cote d'Or is that Michelin stars are usually based upon the chef's cooking. Chef Loiseau's wife took over, promoted the Sous Chef, and managed to retain the Third Star. This is unheard of in the Michelin rating world and very impressive." 


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Lunch Table (Photograph by Kramer)

What do you find difficult about being on Nantucket?
"The hardest part of living on Nantucket and working in the food industry are the high financial barriers to entry. As a result, we don't have really great, inexpensive eating on the island due to the high expenses of doing business."

How many classes have you taken at Babson Business School since opening Island Kitchen?
"I'm done! For two years, every three weeks, I spent two days at Babson for 12 straight hours. I took about 4 - 6 hours of online classes a week." I couldn't help myself. I asked "Patrick, when do you sleep?" He laughed and said, "It's true; I tend to stay busy!"

What are YOUR favorite dishes at Island Kitchen?
"In the morning, my favorite dish is the Finnan Haddie, which is a smoked haddock with a light cream sauce served over sourdough crostini.

"My favorite dinner entrée is the Weiner Schnitzel, which I serve with potatoes, lemon and garlic. We've had some awesome veal lately. It is a nice and simple dish."


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Finnan Haddie (Photograph by Sara Boyce)


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Weiner Schnitzel (Photograph by Sara Boyce)


What are the most popular dishes at the restaurant?
Patrick explained that the Turkey Hash is easily the most popular for breakfast. For lunch, the Cheeseburger takes the top place, with Tempura Avocado as a close second. For dinner, "hands down, whenever we have the fluke or the flounder, it's always the most popular." Patrick prepares the flounder and the fluke in the same manner, with a simple Sauce Champignons - a butter, lemon, cream and roasted mushroom sauce in a chicken broth reduction. "Even in winter, it's local out of Rhode Island. It's a very simple preparation with fresh, local ingredients."


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Flounder (Photograph by Sara Boyce)


What was the first meal you cooked at Island Kitchen?
"Eggs over easy."

How many meals have you cooked since opening?
"Well, in the 7 months of 2013, 29,000 people paid for meals."

Average minutes wait for breakfast in the summer?
"In the summer, it's about 15. On the weekend, 5 - 10 minutes."

How many times people have said, "I didn't know you served dinner!"
"About 6,000!"

Patrick certainly has many balls in the air. Like a skilled juggler, there's a timing to the rhythm of addition and subtraction, so nothing gets dropped. Now that he has completed graduate school, he's looking to put some of that found time into expanding, all while keeping Island Kitchen functioning at the same consistent level of quality. I'm struck by how Patrick takes on only what he knows he can handle. He's skilled at his craft, analytical, and measured.

*"Umami" is something the Japanese recognize as the 5th flavor, in addition to sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. A nuanced word, one could define it as the "je ne sais quoi" that deepens flavor, the experience, and imparts satisfaction and sensory delight. To me, it's "that which makes Nantucket special".


Sara Boyce came to Nantucket "for 3 weeks" after 9/11 and was seduced by the island's beauty and sense of community. Creative and always up for a new project, she gets excited helping organizations, people, and events launch marketing plans so they can reach their fullest potential. Passionate about healthy living, delicious eating, and searching out "the extra flavor" of life, Sara writes about beauty, food, wine, and health for her blog www.ADeliciousLifestyle.com

Reach out at Sara@GreyLadyWines.com or look for her on the dance floor.





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FRIDAY - PART 1 



THEATER
Family Furniture
  Friday, August 22, 7:30pm: White Heron Theatre Company
  By A.R. Gurney Directed by Lynne Bolton Runs July and August Check the calendar for dates The first production of A.R. Gurney's newest play after its New York premiere last fall The action takes place at the family's summer home and as with so many of this masterful playwright's work, Family Furniture is about what is quietly underlying in our lives - the "underpinning" of all that holds us together. Funny, fun and reminiscent of summers long ago, Gurney paints a warm and sometimes touching picture of family life and the choices we make for love.

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The Last 5 Years
  Friday, August 22, 7:30pm: Centre Stage - Methodist Church
  A musical by Jason Robert Brown that chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up . . . or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The Last Five Years is a personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. Music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times' Ben Brantley praised Tony Award-winning Mr. Brown for his 'sparkling facility as a composer' and his fluid mix of 'diverse styles.'

Directed by Evan Bergman Musical Direction by Robert Behrman Producers: Max N. Berry, Jill & Stephen Karp, Nantucket Island Resorts, & The Hale Family Foundation Cast: Donald Dallaire & Vanessa Calantropo

Runs from Aug 13 - Sept 6. See the link for specific dates and times and tickets.



MOVIES
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  Friday, August 22, 6:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13)
  Friday, August 22, 6:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

Advisory: for sci-fi action violence Cast: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett Director: Jonathan Liebsman



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Boyhood
  Friday, August 22, 8:30pm: Dreamland Theater
  Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. This drama charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. The film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater Director: Richard Linklater


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  Friday, August 22, 9:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez


Friday Night Flicks: TBA (audience pick)
  Friday, August 22, 8:00pm: Children's Beach


IN THE GALLERIES
Artists Reception: Artist/Patron - A Juried Exhibition
  Friday, August 22, 6:00pm: Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
  Andrew Forsyth and Kelly Williams will be this year's jurors.

The Solo Show Spotlight Artist during this exhibition is Joan Albaugh, who will also discuss her painting techniques during a free and informal discussion at the Spotlight Series Artist talk on Saturday, August 23 at 10 A.M. in the gallery.

The exhibition is generously sponsored by Parchment and Surfing Hydrangea. ReMain Nantucket is the sponsor of The Solo Show Spotlight Artists.


Other Artists Receptions
  Friday, Aug 21
  ~ Chalermkhwan "Kwan" Buadam & Billy Desmond @ Audrey Sterk Color & Design Studio 6-8
~ Daniel Sutherland @ Robert Foster Gallery 6-9
~ Group Show @ Sosebee Studio 6-8
~ Xanda McCagg @ Hostetler Gallery 6-8
~ John Lochtefeld @ Old Spouter Gallery 6-8



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FRIDAY PART 2



TALK & BOOKS
New Guinea Walk & Talk on Free Fun Friday
  Friday, August 22, 12:00pm - 3:00pm: African Meeting House
  A walk through the New Guinea community with site manager Kimal McCarthy. Free, Reservation encouraged. NantucketRSVP@maah.org, 508.228.9833

Lecture: The Future of Fashion with Jay Calderin
  Friday, August 22, 8:00pm: Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
  With the advantage of over 30 years in the industry, Jay Calderin sees the world of fashion a little differently than most. What does the future of fashion look like? And what role do we all play in it? Jay founded and serves as the Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week and was appointed Creative Director of the first Chengdu Fashion Week in 2012. Free.

OTHER
Stargazing Night
  Fridays, 9:00pm - 10:30pm: Loines Observatory
  With professional astronomers for a tour of the sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and more. Weather permitting. No pre-registration necessary. Members: Free. Non-members: $10


CONCERT
Perfect Day Unplugged
  Friday, Aug 22, Fair St. Park at Main
  Free


NIGHTLIFE AND LIVE MUSIC
Good Lyfe presents "Friday Nights Dance Fusion"
  Fridays, 10:00pm - 1:00am: Rose & Crown
  With DJ Bri Guy, with drink specials.

Cousin Jake
  Friday, August 15, 1:30pm - 4:00pm: Cisco Brewers


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Lance Mountain Dance Party
  1:30 pm - 4:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers

PJ Moody
  Fridays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

Back Deck Party with DJ Julie
  Fridays, 4:00pm - 7:00pm: Muse
  Fresh "Frozen" Fridays

Left Coast Country
  4:30 pm - 7:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers

Timbukblues
  Friday, Aug 15, 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Rose & Crown

Sheppard, Day & Galvin
  Fridays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Old South Wharf

Jamie Howarth
  Fridays, 7:30pm: Summer House

2 Days of Comedy at the Muse
  7:30 pm @ Muse

Bob Lehman Trio
  Fridays, 8:00pm - 10:30pm: Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

Bramadoors
  Fridays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm: Kitty Murtagh's
  1/2 price apps 8 to 9.

Jacob Butler
  Fridays 9:30pm to 11:30pm: Met on Main

Jeff Ross
  Fridays, 10:00pm - 1:00am: Starlight Theatre & Cafe

Joshua Tree
  10:00 pm - 1:00 am @ Chicken Box


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SATURDAY PART 1



BENEFITS
Swim Across America
  Saturday, August 23, 8:00am: Jetties Beach
  All proceeds go towards Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket. Register to swim, volunteer, or donate

The Friends of NCH Host Apres Beach Party
  Saturday, August 23, 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Jetties Beach
  Open bar, catering by EJ Harvey of The Seagrille, and raw bar. Tickets $50 at the door or at www.nantuckethospital.org or 508.825.8250


THEATER
Nantucket Ballroom Presents Mystery on the Orient Express
  Saturday, August 23, 7:30pm - 10:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  Andrey Stanev's 4th Annual live dance performance. One Night Only. Doors open at 7 pm. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres at 9 pm.

Master Detective Hercule Poirot has, it seems, a knack for attracting tantalizing mysteries no matter where he goes. Aboard the luxury train from London to Istanbul, he makes the acquaintance of a well-known millionaire of questionable background, Mr. Ratchett. When Mr. Ratchett is murdered aboard the train, Poirot is called to action to investigate the diabolical turn of events. Is it merely a coincidence that among the suspects are most of his ex-lovers who are also passengers?

An evening of mystery and a journey of love and jealousy told in an multimedia musical that features music, world class dancing, exotic costumes, dazzling special effects, and of course, alluring women, each with her own motivation to kill.

Tickets: www.nantucketdreamland.org VIP (including cocktails and hors d'oeuvres after the show)- $85 General Admission- $35


Miracle on South Division Street
  Saturday, August 16, 7:30pm: White Heron Theatre Company
  By Tom Dudzick Directed by Lynne Bolton 7.8.14 - 8.30.14 Check calendar for weekly show nights Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, N.Y. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Virgin Mary appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, the neighborhood has looked on the 20-foot commemorative shrine as a centerpiece of the old neighborhood. As the family legend begins to unravel, we see the hilarious consequences of believing everything you're told is true when you're a kid. "Utterly delightful....while delivering a solid message on why we believe what we believe and how we can, or must, adjust to life's surprises." David Gold, New York Times.

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The Last 5 Years
  Saturday, August 23, 7:30pm: Centre Stage - Methodist Church
  A musical by Jason Robert Brown that chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up . . . or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The Last Five Years is a personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. Music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times' Ben Brantley praised Tony Award-winning Mr. Brown for his 'sparkling facility as a composer' and his fluid mix of diverse styles.

Directed by Evan Bergman Musical Direction by Robert Behrman Producers: Max N. Berry, Jill & Stephen Karp, Nantucket Island Resorts, & The Hale Family Foundation Cast: Donald Dallaire & Vanessa Calantropo

Runs from Aug 13 - Sept 6. See the link below for specific dates and times. Tickets



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VISUAL ARTS
AAN Sidewalk Art show
  Saturday, August 23, 10:00am - 3:00pm: Nantucket Atheneum Garden
  Over twenty of AAN's artist members will be available to discuss art and sell their works. The outdoor art show is free and open to the public. The Sidewalk Art Show is sponsored by Cape Cod 5.


MOVIES
Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
  Saturday, August 23, 6:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  After stealing a mysterious orb, American pilot/outlaw hero Peter Quill is hunted down and thrown into an inter-galactic prison. In order to secure his freedom, Quill reluctantly joins forces with alien bandits Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot to form an alliance of misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, and with the all-powerful villain Ronan hunting the orb, the fate of the universe is in their hands.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Director: James Gunn


Lets Be Cops
  Saturday, August 23, 8:45pm: Dreamland Theater
  It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Cast: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia Director: Luke Greenfield



OTHER EVENTS
Clean Team
  Saturday, August 23, 8:00am - 9:00am
  Friends:

Last week:

- 12 out on the South Shore Beach (two intrepid volunteers could not find the pack, so they operated as free agents. Founds lots of debris);

- 14 in Town: eight bags filled with the excess of exuberance which always afflicts Town. In other words, lots of careless souls (not slobs!) around; and

- a special group of undetermined size in and around Brant Point.

Many thanks to all. Farewell to those leaving us - but only for a time. Part of Nantucket? You cannot really leave. Better part of you stays here, in place, no matter where you go. We all know that.

Secure in such knowledge, I am your friend. . .

Bill Connell


Farmers & Artisans Market
  Saturdays, 9:00am - 1:00pm: North Union and Cambridge Streets
  Eclectic mix of local artisans, growers and value added food producers every Saturday through October 11th. Info

Rafael Osona Auction: Katherine S. Lodge Estate
  Saturday, August 23, 9:30am: American Legion Hall
  The Estate of Katherine S. Lodge. Previews: Thursdays & Fridays - 10am to 5pm For more info






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SATURDAY PART 2




TALK AND BOOK SIGNINGS
Book Signing: Tim Weed "Will Poole's Island"
  Saturday, August 23, 10:00am: Nantucket Bookworks

Book Signing: Frances Ruley Karttunen "Nantucket's North Shore"
  Saturday, August 23, 10:30am: Mitchell's Book Corner

Nantucket's Mosquito Control Specialists: Vector Disease Control International
  Saturday, August 23, 10:30am: Umass Boston Field Station
  Emily Hibbard, the liaison for VDCI and the Town of Nantucket(ToN), will be speaking about mosquito control on Nantucket, the integrated mosquito management plan developed by VDCI and the ToN, and education and disease testing for West Nile and Triple E. More info: Emily Hibbard 508.228.5268 or ehibbard@vdci.net

Book Signing: Trudy Dujardin "Comfort Zone"
  Saturday, August 23, 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Union Street Inn


CONCERT
Brandon Reilly
  10 am Sat, Aug 23, Fair St Park at Main
  Free


NIGHTLIFE & LIVE MUSIC
Video Dance Party
  Saturdays, 10:00pm - 1:00am: Rose & Crown

 4EZ Payments
Saturdays, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers


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Back Deck Party with DJ Julie
  Saturdays, 4:00pm - 7:00pm: Muse
  Sounds of Summer Saturdays

Left Coast Country
  4:30 pm - 7:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers

Woodford Line
  Saturdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Starlight Theatre & Cafe

Jamie Howarth
  Saturdays, 7:30pm: Summer House Restaurant

2 Days of Comedy at the Muse
  7:30 pm @ Muse

Jacob Butler
  Saturdays 9:30pm to 11:30pm: Met on Main

Earth Got the Blues
  Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00pm to 1:00am: Nixs

Audio Architechs: Mr. Dereloid
  10:00 pm @ Pazzo
Jeff Ross
  Saturdays, 10:00pm - 1:00am: Starlight Theatre & Cafe

Joshua Tree
  10:00 pm - 1:00 am @ Chicken Box

Miss Fairchild Celebrates a Decade on Stage
  10:00 pm @ Nixs


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SUNDAY


THEATER
The Last 5 Years
  Sunday, August 24, 6:00pm: Centre Stage - Methodist Church
  A musical by Jason Robert Brown that chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up . . . or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The Last Five Years is a personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. Music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times' Ben Brantley praised Tony Award-winning Mr. Brown for his 'sparkling facility as a composer' and his fluid mix of 'diverse styles.'

Directed by Evan Bergman. Musical Direction by Robert Behrman. Producers: Max N. Berry, Jill & Stephen Karp, Nantucket Island Resorts, & The Hale Family Foundation. Cast: Donald Dallaire & Vanessa Calantropo.

Runs from Aug 13 - Sept 6. See the link below for specific dates and times. Tickets online


The Vandal
  Sunday, August 24, 7:30pm: White Heron Theatre Company
  By Hamish Linklater Directed by Lynne Bolton The Vandal is the story of a women who finds friendship, redemption and a sense of humor through a boy who befriends her at a bus stop. Another new play and premiere for White Heron, The Vandal marks Hamish Linklater's playwriting debut.


MOVIES
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13)
  Sunday, August 24, 3:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

Cast: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett Director: Jonathan Liebsman


The Hundred-Fooot Journey (PG)
  Sunday, August 24, 4:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand, Charlotte Le Bon, Om Puri Director: Lasse Hallstrom


Late Night at the Museum
  Sunday, August 24, 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Whaling Museum
  The museum galleries and special exhibitions will be open along with a special late-night screening of Nantucket, a film by Ric Burns, at 6 pm. Free for NHA members $10/adult $5/youth

America: Imagine the World Without Her
  Sunday, August 24, 6:30pm: Dreamland Theater
  Today the notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history - from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share".

Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. The movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.

Cast: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan, Gerald R. Molen Director: John Sullivan, Dinesh D'Souza



  For the latest complete list of open restaurants and take-out food, as compiled by David Sharpe at Nantucket Visitor Services, with hours, addresses, and phone numbers, click here.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  Sunday, August 24, 8:45pm: Dreamland Theater
  The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez



CONCERTS
La Fanciulla Del West (The Met Live-in-HD)
  Sunday, August 24, 1:00pm: Dreamland Theater
  Puccini's musical vision of the American West is brought to life in the Met's production. Deborah Voigt is Minnie, the "girl of the golden west" and owner of a bar in a Californian mining camp. Marcello Giordani sings Dick Johnson, the bandit-turned-lover hunted by the cynical sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo), who wants Minnie for himself. Complete with whiskey-drinking cowboys, gunplay, a poker game, and a snowstorm. Tickets $12 Adults, $9 Children/Seniors

Summer Breeze Concert Series: Chuck Colley Band
  Sunday, August 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Children's Beach


NIGHTLIFE AND LIVE MUSIC
Karaoke Contest
  Sundays 10:00pm - 1:00am: Rose & Crown
  Finals on Sunday of Labor day weekend. Each week there is $100 winner with a chance to come back and compete for the grand prize. Over $1500 in cash prizes on final Sunday.

PJ Moody
  Sundays 10:00am - 3:00pm: Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant
  Sunday Brunch
-Create-your-own Bloody Mary station
-All-day Raw Bar
-Carving, omelet, waffle and tapas stations
-Desserts
-Kids Corner


Andy Bullington, Guitar
  11:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Breeze Bar and Cafe at the Nantucket Hotel

Miss Fairchild
  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers

Left Coast Country
  3:30 pm - 6:00 pm @ Cisco Brewers

Yellowred
  Sundays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm: Jetties Beach

Jeff Ross
  Sundays, 6:30pm - 9:00pm: Millie's in Madaket

Jamie Howarth
  Sundays, 7:30pm: Summer House Restaurant

Bob Lehman Trio
  Sundays, 8:00pm - 10:30pm: Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

Airband
  Sundays 10:00pm - 1:00am: Muse

  Industry Session with DJ Ryan Brown
  10:00 pm @ Corazon del Mar


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Theatre Workshop of Nantucket's High Fashion on Low Beach took place on Friday, August 15, 2014, with an evening of Michael Kors fashion, and a full runway fashion show with top fashion models. The evening ended with a dance party around the pool. This is Part 2 of several parts, and includes the runway show. Photos by Gene Mahon. More at MahonAboutTown.com.

 

 























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