Late February always gets us thinking early Spring… and with the Daffodils sprouting a touch early (yes! daffodils blooming at the rotary!) comes the fresh thoughts of Summer! And as we get our blACKbook (digital AND print!) gearing up for all things hip + fresh for this season, we’ve got a sneak peek into the 16 things we’re buzzing on for 2016 below!
1. HOT YOGA comes to NANTUCKET
WE HEAR… There’s a new yoga studio set to open on Amelia Drive! Word is.. Supta Yoga Nantucket is a dynamic community-oriented yoga studio that works to bring an uplifting twist on yoga while honoring the deep rooted yogic techniques and traditions. They will be offering a yoga practice that is meant to inspire a sense of deep connection with self & community. Their classes will emphasize safe alignment in graceful and grounded vinyasa flow, as well as restorative and yin yoga classes. BONUS: All classes are designed in 60, 75 and 90min formats in both heated (80-100°F) and unheated environments.
2. AMERICAN AIRLINES adds ACK!
WE HEAR… that starting this summer, American Airlines will be serving weekend service to Nantucket from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Expect 70 seater weekend flights that offer another easy way to fly bACK and forth from NYC!
3. NEW YOGA TENTS for #ACKyogafest
WE HEAR… that the Nantucket Yoga Festival, celebrating its 5th year at Barlett’s Farm, will be using a new layout for 2016 which includes THREE distinct tents that will give space between the classes, workshops and vendors! Click for full schedule, featured yogis, + more.
4. SKINNY DIP heading to the WHARF
WE HEAR… that The Skinny Dip: A Summer Collective, located at 23 Old South Wharf will opens its doors for the first time this May! The three ladies running Skinny Dip (Taylor Ivey, Sara Rossi + Milicent Armstrong as seen above) told us that “the store will house a well-curated mix of men’s and women’s brands that have strong ties to New England while giving a nod to surf culture and embracing a passion for travel. The Skinny Dip will feature a mix of some of Nantucket’s favorite brands, but focus on introducing the island to fresh and emerging designers from around the country.”
5. GALLEY BEACH adds WEEKEND BREAKFAST
WE HEAR… Galley Beach is kicking off 2016 by adding in weekend breakfast on the beach starting at 8AM on Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be kicking this breakfast off on May 15th with the Nantucket New School‘s “Breakfast on the Beach” benefit which will take over for the Beauty & The Beach Event for 2016.
6. CRANE + LION takes on Centre Street
WE HEAR... Crane & Lion is taking over the former Addison Craig space on 9 Centre Street! Word is “Crane & Lion creates chic and versatile clothing for the active woman. Our pieces are seamless additions to every woman’s closet and enable the transition from the early morning workout to dinner with friends with ease. Nantucket as a location for our second retail store seemed like a natural extension of what our brand stands for!”
7. July 4th FIREWORKS now on the 3rd
WE HEAR… that there’s a little switch up to the 2016 fireworks for the July 4th weekend. In an effort to add more police presence to keep the 4th of July beach party under surveillance, the fireworks will be held on Sunday July 3rd with a rain date of July 5th. NOTE: with this change, the July 4th Firecracker 5K road race will be held on July 2nd. One thing that WILL remain the same is the 4th of July water fight on Main Street!
8. 20th Anniversary of #POPSonACK
WE HEAR... it’s a big year for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital as they will be celebrating the 20th year of the Boston POPS on Jetties Beach! Known on social media known as #POPSonACK, this anniversary promises to be the biggest show and event to date! Click to learn how to reserve your table, your tickets, advertising options as well as volunteers opportunities!
9. NEW Hotel on Broad Street
WE HEAR... well to be honest, not much when it comes to the new hotel, which is set to open at 17 Broad Street early this summer. But the word is there are 20 rooms … and a name should be announced soon. But what really makes us buzz is how nice it is see this Broad Street without so much construction now that Bookworks, the Nantucket Culinary Center and this hotel are all mostly or fully completed!
10. ACK meets NYC with #SecondStoryACK
WE HEAR… this stunning downtown loft is the hottest new three bedroom apartment located in the heart of town! Click here for the 5 reasons this space above the newly renovated Bookwork should be on your rental radar. And speaking of Bookworks… the newly remodeled bookstore which reopened in late fall, is now also home to a juice bar with ACKFresh!
11. White Elephant Village gets a BALLROOM
WE HEAR… that the White Elephant Village is adding another stunning space to their property… this time working on a fall launch of a new Ballroom that will be able to host large events, corporate and private functions, as well as weddings… more to come later in 2016!
12. Hy-Line will launch the “Grey Lady 4”
WE HEAR… Hy-line Cruises has a new fast ferry on the ACK horizon… and it’s got all the comfort and perks of the original Grey Lady but with an extra deck on top! There will also be a new seating area as well… where you’ll get the Captain’s View! Stay tuned to more details as Hy-Line gets ready to launch their latest fast ferry this spring.
13. Islander favorite Tommy B. is Spirit of Hope Recipient for 2016 Summer Groove
WE HEAR… that the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has just announced Tom Bresette as the 2016 recipient of the Tim Russert Spirit of Hope award! “Tommy B”, as he is affectionately known around island, has been a huge supporter of many non-profits including the Boys & Girls Club, PASCON, The Atheneum and Holidays for Heroes. He has served as house manager at the Nantucket Golf Club since 1997 and became Chief Operating Officer of NGC in 2013. Tommy B is also Executive Director of the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. Since 2002, the NGCF has raised over $17 million for the benefit of Nantucket’s youth. He will be honored with the award at the Tim Russert Summer Groove held at the Boys & Girls Club on August 20.
14. Handlebar Cafe will be offering catering with delivery
WE HEAR… our favorite downtown coffee hotspot now offers full service event catering… so when you’re looking for that coffee bar at your wedding, or the best espresso for your at house party martini’s… the Handlebar Cafe crew can come and be at your service! ALSO… loving the new delivery mobile!
15. ORAN MOR changes ownership
WE HEAR... that the new ownership of ORAN MOR will be taken over by Ned Claflin & Jon Tancinco from former chef/owner Chris Freeman (who is heading across the street to the Nantucket Yacht Club) … we caught up on a phone call with Ned who let us know that we can expect an April reopening. While there will be no major renovations to the building, Ned and Jon will be incorporating a fresh cocktail program, continuing the stellar wine list and adding their fresh take on the Fine Dining American Bistro, as these guys met while at the Culinary Institution of America. See the full article of their back story in Mahon About Town HERE.
16. A FERRY FAST direct service from NY, NJ + New Bedford to ACK!
WE HEAR… Seastreak Ferry now has services leaving from New York, New Jersey AND New Bedford to Nantucket with seasonal service starting May 18th through September 5th.
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