The Ultimate Activities Guide for July 31 – August 6, 2015
1. An Evening with David Sedaris
Friday, July 31 || 8 P.M. || Nantucket High School
Join celebrated author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” David Sedaris for an evening of conversation about his interesting life and accomplished works. Just a hunch, but we would imagine there will be some laughs sprinkled in there as well!
2. Philip Bloom Gallery “Future Perfect” Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, July 31 || 6 – 8 P.M. || Philip Bloom Gallery
Swing by the Philip Bloom Gallery as they present “Future Perfect,” a group exhibition expressing what will have happened in the future, featuring the works of Halsey Hathaway, Alexander Oleksyn and Rebecca Ward. Join these artists for an evening reception as they celebrate contemporary art free from ornamentation.
3. Samuel Owen Gallery’s Damien Hirst Exhibition Reception
Friday, July 31 || 6 – 9 P.M. || Samuel Owen Gallery
Make sure your Friday night plans include stopping by the Samuel Owen Gallery for the Damien Hirst Opening Reception, a not-to-be-missed event featuring his popular dots, butterfly and skull series. Hirst’s impact on the pop art world is immeasurable, and this is an exclusive chance to see his work in person on Nantucket.
4. Maria Mitchell’s Birthday Party
Friday, July 31 || 1 – 4 P.M. || Maria Mitchell Association, 4 Vestal Street
Looking for a fun Friday activity for the kids? Help the Maria Mitchell Association celebrate the famous astronomer’s 197th birthday! There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids on the MMA campus, including face painting, tours, nature and astronomy-games, and even insect races! The best part? It’s all free!
5. 3rd Annual Screenwriters Colony Summer Soirée
Saturday, August 1 || 5:30 P.M. || 25 Almanack Pond Road
Grab your dancing shoes and a dapper outfit for the Screenwriters Colony Summer Soiree! Honoring screenwriter Nicole Holofcener and featuring special guest Oliver Platt, the night is sure to be a blast with cocktails, dinner, and dancing for all. Tickets available online here.
6. Museum After Dark
Saturday, August 1 || 8 P.M. – midnight || The Whaling Museum
It might not be “Night At The Museum” with live exhibits, but it’s sure to be a blast! The Nantucket Historical Association will host its first “Museum After Dark” this weekend, a brand-new event targeting the next generation of NHA and museum supporters. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening under the stars with the best view in town from the top of the Whaling Museum. This event is close to sold out, so get yours here now!
7. Bruins Benefit Show
Sunday, August 2 || 6 – 9:30 P.M. || The Chicken Box
The Boston Bruins Foundation, a non-profit that assists charitable organizations to enhance the lives of children throughout New England, will host a benefit show right here on Nantucket! The event will be headlined by the band Entrain and guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Bruins alumni for a fun night of auctions and raffles. All proceeds from the event will benefit Nantucket STAR and the Boston Bruins Foundation!
8. The Moth Mainstage
Tuesday, August 4 || 8 P.M. || Unitarian Church
The Nantucket Arts Council, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, and the White Heron Theater Company bring “The Moth Mainstage: True Stories Told Live” back to the island, an incredible night of storytelling by luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers, and everyday heroes. The theme? “Fish out of Water.” Storytellers will include D.W. Moffett and Danusia Trevino.
9. Creative Combustion Party
Thursday, August 6 || 6 P.M. || Pumpkin Pond Farm
To close out Collective Shenanigan’s “Island Affect” emerging artists show, comprised of a variety of artwork by Nantucket natives and wash-a-shores, head over to Pumpkin Pond Farm for an evening of live music by Coq au Vin, DJ Discoface and Audio Architechs. And did we mention there is going to be a fire performance?! Get your tickets here!
10. Donavon Frankenreiter Show
Thursday, August 6 || The Chicken Box
Donovan Frankenreiter, a surfer and musician whose music exudes relaxed, positive vibes, will be take the stage at the Box again this summer! Frankenreiter’s smooth, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work will be a performance that you won’t soon forget. Tickets are available for $25 online here.