I’ve said it before… I’ll say it again… on ACK we spell AUGUST like this … E – V – E – N – T – S ! With this influx of things to do on a daily basis you know that blACKbook has the scoop on August, day-by-day! Here are the 27 things we say you need to check out throughout the first four weeks of August!
the art of makeup, manifestation + social media
Join the blACKbook team as we host our first “Girls Night In” of August with a healthy makeup tutorial with Jeannie V of FOLLAIN, a social media chat with Holly of the Nantucket blACKbook and tarot card readings by Angela Lucy! Event is free with $30 readings optional. We’ll be snACKing on healthy eats with Nativ Made, too! Space is limited so sign up by emailing Holly@natucketblACKbook.com
Paws for the Cause – Fashion Unleashed
Canine chic is the theme of the day on August 2! “Paws for a Cause” is a two and four-legged fashion show, featuring high-fashion looks inspired by the nature and beauty of our Happy Place! Head out to Bartlett’s Farm with your frock set to match the foliage and enjoy a farm-to-table dinner, libations, auctions, and more. All proceeds collected will benefit Nantucket’s homeless animals! Click For Details
Collie Buddz at the BOX
Of course we couldn’t kick off the first weekend of the month anywhere but The Chicken Box! Head out to Nantucket’s late-night hotspot to hear the newest hot name in reggae music. Widely known for his single “Come Around,” Collie Buddz is bringing his Bermudian musical influences to the island for a can’t-miss bACK-to-bACK feature on Tuesday and Wednesday! Click For Tickets
Michael Kane trunk show at Anderson’s
Join acclaimed basket maker Michael Kane and his wife Marcia as they host their first (and only!) trunk show for the season at Anderson’s on Main! Here you’ll find a curated selection of their baskets, new selections of their beloved signature bracelets and necklaces and even an in store giveaway for a black pendant with a stunning scallop shell! The event will run from 9AM to 6PM with refreshments and a meet and greet from 4PM to 6PM where Michael and Marcia will both be in store! Click here for website
Smathers & Branson with Murray’s Toggery Shop!
Head up the cobblestones for a collaboration of Murray’s Toggery and one of our favorite island-wear brands! Smathers & Branson-the geniuses behind those needlepoint wallets, belts, keychains, and flasks- is hosting a trunk show featuring their amazing ACKessories on August 5th and 6th. Stop by to check out the Nantucket specific pieces and enter into a raffle for some custom Murray’s gear! Click For Website.
Skinny Dip + Follain Collab on 23 Old South Wharf!
Face it – we all get sunburns. One of the best ways to relieve your skin in the summer is a warm bath with natural, soothing ingredients like aloe and coconut milk. Follain is popping up at The Skinny Dip on August 5th for a DIY Body Soak workshop from 3pm to 5pm… Guests will all take home their own custom creation! Click here for more events at Skinny Dip!
The New Party at the Oldest House
In the midst of the fun of a Nantucket summer, it’s important to give a nod to the Happy Place of year’s past! What better way to enjoy the history of the island than the big event for Nantucket By Design with The New Party At The Oldest House! Saturday, August 6th at 6pm come out and enjoy fresh local food and drinks, music from The Sultans of Swing, a bourbon bar, putting green, and much more, all to benefit the Nantucket Historical Association! This amazing event is by ticket only, so make sure to get yours before they’re gone! Get Your Tickets Here!
Annie Get Your Gun for a Sunday Matinee
Celebrating 60 years running, The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket is at it again with Irving Berlin’s musical classic “Annie Get Your Gun.” Featuring a cast full of talented actors from both the mainland and island alike, this Annie Oakley inspired production is a perfect Sunday afternoon for parents and kids to enjoy together. With just seven performances left at Bennet Hall on 62 Centre Street, this is sure to be one of your favorite family events of the summer. Get your tickets!
Jamie McLean and Blessing Offor at Summer House!
The perfect escape from the craziness of town, head out to ‘Sconet’s Summer House Hotel for a night of great live music. Jamie McClean and The Voice’s Blessing Offor are bACK on island for another night of impressive live piano, guitar, and vocal entertainment. Spend your evening on August 8th from 9-11:30 pm with the duo that left us all speechless in July and see why we can’t wait for them to rock the (Summer) House again. Click For Details
currentVintage Special Bordeaux Tasting
Our friend Beth English at currentVintage is always up for a good tasting… and throughout the month of August, she has us covered with a plethora of festive vino’s to note…. including a very special tasting on Tuesday August 9th where she will be sharing a very special flight of Bordeaux with Tyler Samolyk from 4:00-6:00PM! Margaux, Pauillac, St. Emilion… whether you’re Left Bank or Right Bank… the currentVintage gals have a Bordeaux for you!
Toots + The Maytels at the BOX
Head bACK to The Box on August 9th for one of the summer’s best jazz features. Toots + The Maytels, legendary Jamaican musical group, is bACK on the mid-island stage for a double-feature weekend of ska and rock music. One of the key features in the formulation of reggae music, Toots + The Maytels has our vote for must-do music event of the month. Click for tickets
Captiva Cashmere Trunk Show at Blue Beetle
With mid August here… we start thinking about cozy fall clothing… and our friends at Blue Beetle are kicking off a big weekend with a Wednesday Captiva Cashmere trunk show! These timeless pieces are perfect for the transition of seasons.. and we are seriously loving their fringe ponchos and their pom pom scarves… rock them over your dress after the sun sets at POPS and throw one in your bag when you’re not sure if the Grey Lady weather is going to turn. Head on over to Blue Beetle for sips, shops and some super soft cashmere goodness! Click for website
August Fete for Nantucket Preservation Trust
Join us on Thursday, August 11th for the Nantucket Preservation and Trust’s 11th annual August Fête. Much more than just a party, this event is a celebration of the island’s architecture and beloved neighborhoods. The evening will include a tour of historic Main Street homes, a garden reception at the Richard Gardner II House, food from the Nantucket Catering Company and Spanky’s Raw Bar, music from the Chuck Colley Band, the Caricature Guy, and even a silent auction. With so much to enjoy, this event is sure to be an August highlight. And remember… #GutFishNotHouses … Click for details.
Beach Barre every Weekend with Go Figure
Where better to tone your beach body than the beach itself?! Every weekend in August, Go Figure Barre Studio hosts Beach Barre workouts on their new Barre Bus. Enjoy a ballet-inspired conditioning workout on the sand, and cool off afterwards with a quick dip in the ocean! With a view like this, who can argue with a weekend workout?! Click for schedule.
20th Anniversary of Boston #POPSonACK
Join the Boston Pops for their 20th Anniversary on August 13th for the largest annual fundraiser for Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Every year more than 7,000 people gather to enjoy this live performance of extraordinary music and entertainment provided by conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Last year the event netted nearly $2 million towards hospital programs and services, all from families enjoying music and memories in the making, out on Jetties Beach. Limited tickets are available so click here to become apart of the fun.
Full Week of Race Week on ACK with a Kiteboard Regatta
The third week of August is Race Week here on island! The week, all geared to help support Nantucket Community Sailing with a mission to get the ACK community out onto the water, is full of cool water-sport racing events. Start your Sunday with the Kiteboard Regatta and end with Racing and Celebrity Regattas, this seven-day sailing stretch has something for everyone – even a kid’s regatta! Click For Full Schedule
Summer Sunset Series with NHA on RoofTop!
Join the NHA for a special evening performance featuring Foggy Roots, Nantucket’s own reggae band, on the Whaling Museum’s gorgeous rooftop observation deck. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset on Nantucket Harbor and an evening of unforgettable music. Light bites & a cash bar will be available. And at $20 a ticket in such a spectacular location, make sure to get your entrance in before they sell out! Tickets Here.
The Not So Secret Sale at the Lovely
The Nth Power at the BOX
Head bACK to The Box for a powerhouse quartet feature! These four, world-class players have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. Their sound fearlessly crosses genres, marrying funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, Gospel, folk and World Beat with improvisational chops that can match any collective on the jazz and jam band scenes. Whatever your musical taste, Nth Power will be an enjoyable evening for all! Click For Tickets.
Full Monty… last 5 performances!
Our friends at Theater Workshop of Nantucket present another must-see summer stage event with “The Full Monty”. Based on the film of the same name, this live performance sets the story in Buffalo, NY, as six unemployed steelworkers bond over their failures and strengths with their strip act. Will they go “the full monty?” With just four performances left as of August 18th, you’re going to want to purchase tickets ASAP to find out… in this can’t miss stage event! Click for tickets.
Joshua Tree bACK at THE BOX
“It’s A Beautiful Day..” when the sultry sounds of Bono fill our favorite Nantucket nightspot. Grab your purple-lense sunglasses and join us at The Box for a weekend full of Joshua Tree, a U2 cover band. We’ll all be in a place called Vertigo by the end of the night, and that’s just the way we like it. Show starts around 10PM and you can get your tickets at the door. Click for website.
Restorative Workshop with Dharma Yoga
Relax. Renew. Restore. Take some time for you. You deserve it. Sheri and Joann will guide you through a series of gentle supported postures to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Here the body can find deep rest and connect to a heightened state of physical and emotional well being.Gentle yoga movements will release tension and realign the body’s energy. A deep meditative state is facilitated as the body and mind surrender into bliss. These workshops will sell out so make sure to get your tickets early here.
Tim Russert Summer Groove
Celebrating it’s 15th year, the Tim Russert Summer Groove event has evolved to become the final August highlight of the summer social calendar. Enjoy fabulous food, drinks, and dancing to the music of Encore. A sit-down dinner follows a cocktail hour of specialty drinks and appetizers, making this event a major hit. After surprising guests last year with the revolutionary transformation of the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium, the event will return to the magical setting and is sure to impress just as well. (And we can’t wait to stand up and applaud their Spirit of Hope Recipient this year… the one and only Tommy Bresette!) Click for tickets.
Rainbow Fleet Parade
“This summer will mark the 18th Annual Rainbow Parade around Brant Point on the morning of the Opera House Cup Regatta (which benefits Nantucket Community Sailing), and there will likely be hundreds of spectators cheering from the beach. Anne Cross initiated this parade to get the Rainbows out sailing, distributing flyers weighted down with pebbles to all the Rainbows in the harbor, and ensuring that there were plenty of sails of different colors. Today, not every Rainbow has a solid color sail — there are stripes, a cloud, stars, and even an American flag. While there are other Beetle Cat fleets, the Nantucket fleet is unique in that it’s the only fleet with rainbow-hued sails. ” It’s probably one of the most instagram worthy days on ACK! Click for more details as we celebrate the final day of Nantucket’s Race Week.
Final Jack In The BOX
Cheer to a summer of escaping the Monday Blues! Join Jack Wills at The BOX for one last Monday night “Jack In The Box” event! Enjoy dueling DJ’s, blACKbook favorite DJ LayZBoy and Braun Dapper and dance the night and this is our interns’ favorite summer traditions for a Monday Funday. NO COVER.
August 23rd + 24th
Revivalists at the BOX
The summer musical event of the season is bACK at The Box! The Revivalists, one of last summer’s biggest event hits, returns to Grey Lady for another legendary two night show. Yes, we say go both nights. Grab your tickets soon, as this must-see must-hear, must-experience event is bound to sell out quick! (Lets be honest, if it hasn’t already!) Click for tickets.
The Trustee’s Great Point Event
Join us for the Great Point Circle Annual Lighthouse Celebration on August 25, 2016 from 5-7 pm. Travel oversand to Coskata-Coatue’s northwest peninsula on Nantucket. Guests will enjoy a beach barbecue on our ruggedly beautiful and remote coastal preserve adjacent to the Great Point Lighthouse. All guests must have an oversand vehicle permit to get to the event. You will be able to acquire a one day event permit for your approved oversand vehicle if necessary. For more event information, and to purchase your tickets click here!
Green Line Inbound Back at the BOX
The Boston favorites are bACK! Join us at The Box for a night of self-described “party” tunes, with band Green Line Inbound. These guys are no stranger to the island, having performed on The Box stage three times already… We’re buzzing to have them bACK and can’t wait to hear their famous “crunk” style music back on mid-island. Tickets are available at the door and show starts around 10PM.
Swim Across America
Help make waves to fight cancer with Swim Across America, a fundraising event supporting local cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital & Palliative and Support Care of Nantucket. Last year over 280 swimmers and 50 volunteers came together to raise over $300,000, and this year the bar is set even higher with a fundraising goal of $375,000. Join this worthy cause by swimming, volunteering, or donating! Click Here To Donate.
and that’s it for this months hot list (hell, we gotta give our selves four days at the end of the month to recover! got something you think needs to make the HOT LIST? Email firstname.lastname@example.org