The Ultimate Activities Guide for August 21 – 27, 2015
1. Book Signing with Bill Brett: Boston Irish
Friday, August 21 || 4 – 6 P.M. || Mitchell’s Book Corner
Attention Bostonites! Swing by Mitchell’s Book Corner and meet Boston-based photographer Bill Brett as he signs his newest book, Boston Irish. This collection of more than 260 black & white photographs of the people and city Brett loves features a forward by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough.
2. Donn Russell is Back! Gallery Reception
Friday, August 21 || 6 – 8 P.M. || David Hostetler Gallery
A true icon of Nantucket art, Donn Russell will be returning to the island to showcase a new selection of his prints at the David Hostetler Gallery on Centre Street. Come and take a peek at his original and creative viewpoints of the harbor, the boat basin, and various other marine inspirations in these hand-cut and hand-inked screens. And while you’re there, be sure to congratulate Russell as the Artist Association of Nantucket recently named the printmaking program in their new Visual Arts Center after this master!
3. Peter Tunney Artist Reception and Book Signing
Friday, August 21 || 6 – 9 P.M. || Samuel Owen Gallery
Mining images from newspapers, magazines, and art books and reinterpreting them through his own unique perspective, Peter Tunney’s collage paintings at the Samuel Owen Gallery on Centre Street are not to be missed! Swing by the Artist Reception to view his new works and meet Tunney himself while enjoying drinks from Cisco Brewers and music by Audio Architechs.
4. Swim Across America
Saturday, August 22 || 8 A.M. || Jetties Beach
Make a splash at the annual Swim Across America event where participating swimmers can choose to swim a half-mile, one mile, or just jump in for the “Kids Splash.” All proceeds go to support cancer care on Nantucket. Not signed up to swim? No problem! Join the supporters and spectators on the beach and cheer on the swimmers!
5. Underwater Photography with Diver Ben Phillips
Saturday, August 22 || 6 P.M. || Whaling Museum
Join the NHA for a fascinating evening lecture with underwater photographer and Nantucket native Ben Phillips. From Southeast Asia to the Gulf Stream, Phillips’ photographs bring us amazing portraits of microorganisms – tiny creatures invisible to the naked eye! Get your tickets here and read N Magazine‘s recent article on Phillips here.
6. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Opening Night
Saturday, August 22 || 7:30 P.M. || Dreamland Theater
Need something to hit your funny bone? White Heron Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony award for best play, will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Bonus? This production was directed by Tony winner Martin Platt! Get your tickets here.
7. FED UP Screening
Saturday, August 22 || 10 A.M. || Dreamland Theater
“Fed Up”, a thought-probing documentary narrated by Katie Couric, gives an insightful look into the food industry and will be screening for FREE this weekend at the Dreamland Theater. Following the film, audience members are invited to join Cleveland Clinic’s CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove and wellness expert Dr. Mark Hyman for a discussion and Q&A. UPDATE: This event is sold out!
8. Breeze Café Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch
Sunday, August 23 || 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. || Nantucket Hotel Breeze Café
Don’t miss the last VC Champagne Brunch of the summer at Nantucket Hotel’s Breeze Café! Treat yourself to an exceptional meal and indulge in Chef Josh Schoen’s seasonal creations before Monday rolls around and it’s back to the grind. Featuring signature dishes like smoked salmon salad and lobster bisque paired with chilled Veuve Clicquot Brut, $100 per couple gets you brunch, a bottle of bubbly, live music, and front row seats to their fashion show!
9. The Witches are bACK
Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25 || 7 P.M. || Bennett Hall
Back by popular demand and following two sold out performances this past July, The Witches are returning to the Bennett Hall stage for two evenings of thrilling musical entertainment! Featuring tunes from Wicked, Broadway classics and contemporary artists, TWN’s three new Witches – Carla Stickler, Nick Adams, and Cassie Okenka – are sure to enthrall audiences! Get your tickets here.
10. NHA Summer Sunset Series
Monday, August 24 || 7 – 9 P.M. || Whaling Museum
Enjoy the musical stylings of Nantucket’s own DJ duo, the Audio Architechs, while gazing upon the best view on island from the Whaling Museum’s gorgeous rooftop observation deck. Tickets are $20 per person and you can get yours here – don’t forget to bring some cash for the rooftop bar!