Emily here, the blACKbook intern for this summer! 2016 has been a wild ride filled with new experiences and lots of changes. I had the pleasure of getting to meet new people, explore parts of the island I never knew about, and truly savor what Nantucket has to offer. Now it’s time for me to reflect and share my top 16 for 2016.


1. Seeing the island for the first time after graduating from Boston College

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Three words: Full body goosebumps. There’s truly nothing like rounding Brant Point and seeing the sunlight dance along the bay. Fight me on that, I dare you. They say it’s either the best or worst view of the island depending on the direction you’re going, and you know what? They’re right. That’s why they keep saying it. I’ve been known to shed a tear on occasion. This was that occasion. Seeing the island after an emotional (and hung over) graduation day knowing it was my last full summer was a particular kind of bittersweet- the kind you can taste on your tongue and feel in the hairs on the back of your neck. Goosebumps. Plain and simple.


 2. blACKbook Restore & Restoration Event with Nantucket Preservation Trust

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Gotta be honest here, I had no idea what to expect when rolling in hot to the first 2016 blACKbook team meeting and the nerves surrounding our first event were incomparable. We were representing the NPT and the amazing work they did restoring 55 Union. We later collaborated with them on several events and rounded out the summer with the August fete. Can’t get enough of our little islands rich history.


 3. The Harborview Nantucket blACKbook Staycation

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Sweet lord, this staycation was a true highlight. When you stay at the Harborview, every bad thing you’ve done to your body (ex: binge drinking every night since senior week YIKES) melts away. And if it doesn’t drift off while you sleep, you can always take three showers in 20 hours like Claire did.


4. The blACKbook summer of style shoot

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Once I leave this fairytale island, I’m moving to the big apple to pursue a career in fashion… so you can probably imagine the excitement I felt when we were on set of our summer style shoot. I don’t think my feet touched the ground once, I was truly inspired by the team … including Maria of Charlotte Carey Photography as seen above!


5. Nantucket Mermaids Trips

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Everyone loves boats. Period. End of discussion. If you try and tell me you don’t like to pretend to be a bougie SOB on a boat every now and again you’re a liar and I don’t trust you. We had the extraordinary pleasure of getting to take multiple trips on the Paradigm Shift throughout the course of the summer and honestly I couldn’t have taken enough “humble brag” snapchats if I tried.


 6. Garden Party at Pearl and Entrepreneurs Luncheon at CJ Laing

One of the best things about working for blACKbook is constantly being surrounded by empowering and bada$$ women. We were fortunate to have had a few of these ladies catch-ups to discuss our common love for women’s entrepreneurial achievements. My personal faves were our round table discussion at the garden at the Pearl and our ladies’ luncheon outside of CJ Laing in ‘Sconset. Constantly being inspired on this island.
One of the best things about working for blACKbook is constantly being surrounded by empowering and bada$$ women. We were fortunate to have had a few of these ladies catch-ups to discuss our common love for women’s entrepreneurial achievements. My personal faves were our round table discussion with the “garden club” at the Pearl and our ladies luncheon outside of CJ Laing in ‘Sconset. Constantly being inspired on this island.


7. The 4th on ACK

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What kind of 20-something would I be if I didn’t mention the 4th of July as a top favorite? I would be a fraud, that’s what. I love the 4th of July. Any reason for me to sing my patriotic song to the masses on a beach is a good enough reason for me. Unlike many hooligans on the 4th however, my friends and I steer clear from the party beaches and trek out to some secret special sand to proclaim our love for these 50 great states. God bless America.


 8. The Cisco Brewers Trashion Show

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Here we go with the fashion again. Seriously, anything resembling clothes gets me jazzed. Additionally, anything involving spending time at the brewery has me double jazzed. The vibes were electric, the craftsmanship was unparalleled, and the drinks were delicious. Exactly what you would expect.


 9. Those BOX bands 

If you have ever had the distinct pleasure of following me on my personal Snapchat account, you know that I love the chicken box. The stage is my kingdom, what can I say? Now, while any night spent at the box is sure to leave you with great memories (or not, I don’t judge), there were two shows that topped the charts. Trombone Shorty is the real deal. The energy and showmanship in the room left the audience crazed for more. As for The Revivalists (one of my favorite bands), it’s a no-brainer – the crowd was just as rabid for these guys as I was. Everyone knew the words and the ground was shaking. Memorable doesn’t even begin to describe it.
If you have ever had the distinct pleasure of following me on my personal Snapchat account, you know that I love the chicken box. The stage is my kingdom, what can I say? Now, while any night spent at the box is sure to leave you with great memories (or not, I don’t judge), there were two shows that topped the charts. Trombone Shorty is the real deal. The energy and showmanship in the room left the audience crazed for more. As for The Revivalists (one of my favorite bands), it’s a no-brainer – the crowd was just as rabid for these guys as I was. Everyone knew the words and the ground was shaking. Memorable doesn’t even begin to describe it.


 10. The Annual State Dinner

This one flew under the radar for those not part of my personal crew. A few of my friends and I started a tradition last year to hold a semi-formal cocktail hour and dinner at 40th pole. It started from humble beginnings, but grew exponentially this year. Plenty of food and music to keep the kids happy, and plenty of clean up help to keep the town happy. Win-win. Good times, great people, State dinner.
A few of my friends and I started a tradition last year to hold a semi-formal cocktail hour and dinner at 40th pole. It started from humble beginnings, but grew exponentially this year. Plenty of food and music to keep the kids happy, and plenty of clean up help to keep the town happy. Win-win. Good times, great people, State dinner.


 11.  Museum After Dark... #ACKmad

Yes, I am a sucker for that big whale skeleton lit up. I am also a sucker for anything involving a rooftop and a view of the harbor. Sue me. Now, the best part of this evening had to be the photo booth hands down. That thing is always a hit. Love getting to support the NHA and reflect on what keeps this little slice of heaven so unique.
Yes, I am a sucker for that big whale skeleton all lit up. I am also a sucker for anything involving a rooftop and a view of the harbor. One of the best parts of this festive Museum After Dark had to be the photo booth. (That Snapbooth is always a hit.) All this while getting to support the amazing Nantucket Historical Association and reflect on what keeps this little slice of heaven so authentic.


 12. The Family Visit

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My family lives all over the country. We’re split from the east to the west, north and south, and we’re constantly moving. It was pretty difficult to round up the whole gang, that was… before we had a house on Nantucket. You know what they say, you never know how many friends you have until you purchase a place on the Grey Lady. That being said, fam reunions are a real treat. There’s truly no better place than Smiths Point for a seafood paella bake with the 70+ members of your wolf pack to hunker down for the evening. My family personally enjoys playing Pictionary, and when I say that it gets heated I don’t mean the fire pit next to us. Gotta love a little family competition.


 13. The 2nd Annual MANtucket Spikeball Tourney

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When I heard that my dear, sweet, cherub of a friend named Charlie was to be organizing a Spikeball tournament to benefit the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club my first reaction was sheer pride. I mean, what could be better than some good old fashioned beach games to benefit the future of the human race? Come on. Nothing. The dedication and sportsmanship displayed on the beach that day was truly humbling. After all, it was for the kids!


 14. The 2016 Tim Russert Summer Groove to benefit Nantucket Boys & Girls Club

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Now this was a real gem of an event. Anything having to do with the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club just really gets me going, but this one in particular was a treat. Listening to the overwhelming support of the community was remarkable (Especially when they honored Tommy Bresette with the Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award!) And when the band came out to play – I was really swept off my feet. Seeing so many familiar faces leave it all on the dance floor is what sets my heart on fire. Man, I love this place.


 15. My 23rd Nantucket Birthday

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I love my birthday. People on island like to joke that August 31st the best day of August not because it was the day I was ushered into this world, but because it’s the last day of the busiest month of tourism. My birthday ushers in the last big weekend – Labor Day, and it gets the crowds going. I got to spend the day hopping around my favorite spots, CRU for lunch where I savored that punch bowl (a feat not to be overlooked), logged some hours at the Brewery (obviously), and rounded it out with a spectacular meal in the Straight Wharf dining room accompanied by my rock on this rock – Erin. Talk about finishing August on a high note.


16. The blACKbook insta takeover

My final highlight of the season was when Holly took the training wheels off and pushed me of the proverbial cliff of Instagram by letting me take over the social channels for a whole weekend. If 37.7k followers doesn’t terrify you, just remember that the entire time I had spent interning this summer had led up to that moment. Captions were carefully crafted, filters were viciously applied, and emojis overflowed my keyboard. It all paid off with the overwhelming support I received from friends, family, random strangers, and most notably- my mentor and role model Miss blACKbook herself. I learned an oceans worth of lessons this summer, and have experiences to keep me basking in the summer glow through the dead of New York’s winter.
My final highlight of the season was when Holly took the training wheels off and pushed me of the proverbial cliff of Instagram by letting me take over the social channels for a whole weekend. If 37.7k followers doesn’t terrify you, just remember that the entire time I had spent interning this summer had led up to that moment. Captions were carefully crafted, filters were viciously applied, and emojis overflowed my keyboard. It all paid off with the overwhelming support I received from friends, family, random strangers, and most notably- my mentor and role model Miss blACKbook herself. I learned an oceans worth of lessons this summer, and have experiences to keep me basking in the summer glow through the dead of New York’s winter.


While my time on the Grey Lady is coming to a close, I know I’ll always be able to come bACK for more. I just may have to rely on my ferry godmother to get me here. Follow Emily on Instagram at @EmilyZona