It is getting towards the most wonderful time of the year, and Nantucket is rapidly transforming into a holiday wonderland! The Christmas trees are going up all over town, boutiques are having their annual sales to prepare shoppers for gift exchanges, restaurants are offering nightly specials, and everyone is getting their Stop & Shop lists ready for Thanksgiving feasts! (PS… Stop & Shop IS closed on Turkey Day.)
Thanksgiving marks the start of holiday traditions 30 miles out to sea, and the annual turkey plunge is just the tip of the iceberg! Whether you’re questioning making the trip at all, or having trouble deciding which ACKtivities to participate in, you know we’ve got you covered with our annual Thanksgiving HOT list!
HOT ONLINE SALE
FOR NANTUCKET LOOMS HANDWOVEN
Thanksgiving marks not only the beginning of winter and the holiday season, but also marks the time when you really should be starting to figure out gifts for everyone on your list. And lucky for us, Thanksgiving this year also marks the start of Nantucket Looms online cyber sale! For four days, Looms offers a super special 20% off all hand wovens, and these babies are the ultimate holiday gift! From scarves and sweaters to placemats and rugs, there is something for everyone on your list! TAKE NOTE: This sale is one time only, so act fast! Head over to their website from Thursday November 23rd to Monday the 27th for this special offer!
THE TURKEY PLUNGE
2017 marks the 16th annual Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge, and this event really does put the FUN in fundraiser! Every year, hundreds of swimmers and spectators alike gather on Children’s Beach to plunge into the freezing cold harbor in an effort to raise money so that our Nantucket community can enjoy free programs at the children’s library all year long! Register to do the plunge and raise some funds on your own, or be a spectator and make a donation – either way, this is a thanksgiving tradition on Nantucket that is nothing short of entertaining! The plunge takes place promptly at 10am, so get there early for a good plot of sand and if you’re plunging, make sure to bring some warm layer for afterwards, and stick around for the prize giveaways! NOTE: Turkey plunge cards are also available at Bartlett’s, Cisco Brewery, Espresso-To-Go, Nantucket Atheneum, the Boys and Girls Club, Nantucket Community Pool, and the Nantucket New School! photo: Kris Kinsley
If you’re thinking you wanted to participate in a little Thanksgiving fun, but the Plunge isn’t up your alley, don’t worry! The 5K TURKEY TROT kicks off at 8AM (registration is at 7:30) right in front of the Nantucket Hotel! After you get those muscles warmed up, trot on over to children’s beach and be a spectator for the plunge while you cool down.
HOT PRE-TURKEY DINNER WORKOUT
STUDIO THANKSGIVING BARRE CLASS
Thanksgiving is all about indulging with family and friends. It might be a good idea, however, to kick off your turkey day by burning a few calories and kicking your heart rate into full gear to prepare for the day! Studio Nantucket (right next Ventuno) is offering a thanksgiving morning bootcamp class. Join at 8:45 for some high intensity cardio, and feel truly guilt free about that 2nd piece of pie!
HOT WAY TO DO THANKSGIVING DINNER
Lemon Press Thanksgiving Menu
Enjoying a little home cooked meal for thanksgiving but the turkey alone is enough stress for you to handle? Lemon Press is here to help! Let the gals over on Centre Street take care of your sides, starters, and desserts while you focus on the main course! Pickup is Wednesday afternoon, so all you have to do is get your order in and warm it up on the big day. Contact Rachel or Taylor to order by popping by the store on 29 Centre Street or calling 508.228.2800
HOT WEEKEND SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
THE HAPPY PLACE MARKET
Swing by our HAPPY PLACE at Island Kitchen for the freshest HOLIDAY MARKET with the help of some amazing vendors and my gals at Grey Lady Revelry Co.! We can’t wait to show you all everything we have in store — especially the brand new happy place FLORAL WALL with a very special HAPPY EVERYTHING theme! Take Note: Our Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule Is Friday & Saturday from 9AM to 3PM at 2 Chins Way… and there will be tons of experiential fun like a gratitude tree, makeup lessons from Jeannie V and even Tarot Card Readings!
HOT WEEKEND KICK-OFF
FRIDAY NIGHT TREE LIGHTING
Whenever we think of the Tree Lighting, Charles Dickens famous A Christmas Carol comes to mind. The cobblestone streets, the old buildings, the town crier – it’s all there! Every year on the friday after Thanksgiving, families and friends gather on Main Street to watch as the Christmas trees around town come to life, welcoming in the official start of the holiday season. The perfect post turkey day activity – this Nantucket tradition will make you feel thankful all over again, and better yet – you’re downtown and ready for an evening out on the town! This Island holiday staple kicks off at 5pm on Friday, November 24th, don’t miss out!
HOT HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE
THE SOUND OF MUSIC COMES TO ACK!
This holiday season, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket has brought the iconic classic musical, The Sound of Music to their beloved Nantucket stage! With over 30 local and national actors and musicians, this promises to be a magical close to a phenomenal 2017 season. Take note! The show runs from November 17 to December 10, and tickets are available online by clicking below!
HOT OPEN HOUSE
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 27 MONOMOY
Come experience one of the most extraordinary homes for the holidays with this special spot! Listing agent Carolyn Durand says… “A fabulous property came on the market at the end of the summer season, 27 Monomoy Road is a turn-key gorgeous offering with beautiful custom finished interiors, amazing outdoor living spaces with the most beautiful pool house/guest house! It has great views across The Creeks to Nantucket Harbor all the way to the church steeples in Town AND you are so close too both Berkley Ave and Cathcart Road harbor access points. Store a kayak or a paddle board at the awesome Land Bank rack next summer? Tailored and custom with every detail just right! KMS Design has an amazing eye for special finish elements and fabulous features.” And now we’re letting you know that you can experience this beautiful home first hand with Carolyn Durand and there is an open house for public viewing on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24th from 3 to 5 so pop by and see this place for yourself!
HOT MUSIC SCENE
BUCKLE & SHAKE AT THE BOX
Island favorite Buckle & Shake is taking over the BOX for Thanksgiving weekend! This local country/bluegrass group brings upbeat tunes and good vibes to all of their shows. The perfect way to end your night on a positive note, these folks will be enchanting our ears from 10PM- 1AM, so get your island dining in before bouncing on over to your favorite live music hotspot for some good local tunes!
A trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop at Cisco Brewery, and luckily they will be OPEN on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend! Stop by to warm up after shopping around – the tent will be up, the hot cider (with a little of their incredible bourbon) will be flowing, and the sound of live music from NYC duo Two Piece Nastee will be wafting through the air! Thursday – Saturday they’ll be serving up your favorite libations from noon to 5PM with a little help from their friends over at the Lobster Trap, 167 Raw, and Big Hug Dumplings to keep our stomachs full and happy all weekend long!
Take some time for yourself this holiday weekend, and join Dharma Yoga on Saturday at 4:30PM for their Yoga Tune Up. This class brings together active and resistant stretching, along with some self massage and gentle dynamic movement to give you the ultimate stress and tension relief! This class is suitable for all skill levels, and is the perfect way to balance out the holiday indulgences! This class is also offered Monday and Wednesday at 5:30PM before all of the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle!
HOT NEW COVER
NANTUCKET MAGAZINE LAUNCHES 6th ISSUE FOR 2017!
Our top THREE reasons to pick up the new N Magazine Holiday Issue that just literally launched onto the stands are…
1. They’re serving up N Magazine‘s ultimate off-season adventure and activities guide, sure to keep readers happy and active once the quiet season descends on the island. And nothing says off-season fun (and adrenaline rush!) quite like their new cover, shot by the talented Chris Sleeper!
2. Check out one of N Magazine‘s and most hard-hitting and in-depth interviews to date, with CNN commentator David Gregory, where they discuss the current political arena, the recent sexual harassment cases dominating the news cycle, and more!
3. Finally they’ve got a look at the incredible and important work of Holly McGowan and A.S.A.P. Nantucket in combating substance abuse on the island through the approach of educating and supporting families.
HOT TWIST ON A COOL PLAY
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH WHITE HERON THEATRE
White Heron Theatre is bACK at it this holiday season with a favorite on their stage during this holiday season! Head over to their beautiful theatre to see “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” which is a beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast! In Joe Landry’s adaption of the beloved story, five actors, supported by the sound effects of traditional Foley art, bring this story to life as you’ve never seen it before. Fans of the movie will love this version that adds a new layer of nostalgia, complete with 40’s fashion and Holiday cheer. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” will round out your holiday season on Nantucket just perfectly! INSIDER TIP! White Heron’s special Thanksgiving Day performance is usually a sell-out, so get your tickets early by clicking below:
Thanksgiving on Nantucket boasts everything from fun family events to island traditions, live music, adult libations, and amazing dining at your favorite island HOT spots. While you may be worried about where to dine on the day of, we have got you covered! Here’s seven ways to enjoy Nantucket Thanksgiving Day!
HANDLEBAR CAFE – Start your morning off with a coffee from Handlebar before heading over to Children’s Beach to watch the annual Turkey Plunge. They’ll be open until 1pm for your caffeine needs
CROSSWINDS – After the plunge, get your breakfast fix at Crosswinds Restaurant in the airport. This family favorite has all the breakfast classics and will leave you feeling satisfied until thanksgiving dinner.
FAREGROUNDS – If you’re in the mood for a casual family buffet, head over to Faregrounds after your first nap of the day. This restaurant is an island staple, and famous for providing Thanksgiving dinner to Joe Biden & family over the years.
BRANT POINT GRILL – If you’re feeling the need for something a little more decadent, the Brant Point Grill at White Elephant has a Thanksgiving buffet you’d only dare to dream about. From the raw bar to the meat carving station to the epic dessert spread, they’ve covered every craving.
SEAGRILLE – If you’re searching for a cozy bar seat, this is your spot. This island favorite will be open on Thanksgiving day, serving their fresh, local dishes, so find yourself a seat at the bar and get comfortable!
COMPANY OF THE CAULDRON – If you’re looking for a magnificent meal with little effort on your end, this is the spot! Serving up a pre-fixe menu at four seatings on Thanksgiving Day, Company of the Cauldron will fulfill all of your Thanksgiving wishes while you sit back & relax!
GREYDON HOUSE – Looking for somewhere to warm up? Greydon house is your spot! This restaurant features an intimate bar complete with a fireplace – the perfect spot to stay warm and enjoy a beverage. The kitchen will also be open, serving up a 4 course meal by their Michelin Starred Chef!
CHICKEN BOX – If you’re looking for your favorite dive bar, fret not! The Chicken Box will be open for business starting at 2PM ready to serve up your beverage of choice after a long thanksgiving meal!
That’s all for now… stay tuned for our STROLL HOT LIST to come out next week! Got something you think needs to be added to it? Email Holly@nantucketblACKbook.com for opportunities!