It has been a long winter here in our Happy Place, and we are stoked to see that sun finally shining! And this bright yellow light at the end of the winter tunnel keeps getting closer and closer, which means Daffy weekend is true evidence that summer is near! But, before we really get into the thick of it, we’ve got some time to revel in the somewhat calm of early spring — so get ready for what’s cool and creative on the rock with the SPRING hot list!


HOT FLOWER POWER PARTY 

Kick Daffy weekend off right with the Nantucket Historical Association and N Magazine at the Flower Power Party! Festive food and libations will be provided by none other than Island Kitchen, Bearstrounaut, who you may recognize from a recent airing of Jimmy Kimmel Live, has got the entertainment covered! Daffy gives us the chance to (finally!) celebrate spring so bust out your best yellows and jazz your outfit up with some florals for the chance to win a prize for best blooming outfit! All ticket proceeds will benefit the Nantucket Historical Association and there are not too many left at $95, so get yours by clicking below!

HOT FOOD TRUCK

Speaking of Island Kitchen… did you know that our fav spot for donuts and ice cream also does some super sweet CATERING? Yes, the IK Catering team is gearing up for their most comprehensive season yet, and with their mobile food truck, you can find yourself with one of the best ways to create a fun, trendy twist on the classic Nantucket cocktail party! Between the fact that the truck is self contained (so they don’t need to use your kitchen or any kitchen for that matter!) this convenient food truck can cover any and all events from Sconset to Surfside with all food cooked to order right on site! Interested? Email Sarah@nantucketislandkitchen.com to book your next event!


DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT NEW LINEN SERVICE

Quality meets convenience in this amazing new vacation linen rental service! We all know the hustle and bustle of rentals is made infinitely more hectic by the need to get all the sheets, towels, and linens ready to go for the next group. Not anymore! LinenDrops provides everything you need AND they pick up and drop off right at your doorstep to make turnovers a breeze! By providing the choice of either 100% cotton or 250 thread cotton blend, and making sure all items are individually packaged, labeled, and professionally laundered, LinenDrops gives homeowners and renters alike peace of mind knowing that they are getting the best! NOTE: Realtors/Property Managers ordering for more than one home can take advantage of special pricing by calling 844-9-LINENS, and use code BLACKBOOK at checkout for $20 off! Click here for more details.


 

THE THREE HOT SPRING BLACKBOOK EVENTS

1. NANTUCKEY DERBY

This year marks the second annual NANTUCKEY DERBY and it’s set to kick off at 5PM on May 5th at the new White Elephant Village Ballroom! Join blACKbook and David M. Handy Events as we co-host this oh so fun and fresh benefit for Small Friends! From light bites and libations, beauty-full raffles to sweet treats from 45 Surfside to betting bars, photo fun, DJ Pete Ahern (and MORE!) celebrate Derby Day in the most festive way, with 100% of the tickets proceeds benefiting Small Friends!… which BTW, stays open 51 weeks a year to make it so a plethora of Nantucket parents can work and have their kids learn, play and grow in a wonderful environment! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased below…  since last years event sold out… so giddy up and get yours today!

DERBY TICKETS!

2. PEACE, LOVE & TACOS PARTY WITH LOCO 

We’ve got a lot to look forward to this summer with the introduction of Happy Place meets Island Kitchen BLOCK PARTIES, and to kick it off this Spring, we’re getting LOCO! Join us for a special event with our friends from LOCO South Boston who are bringing those festival vibes to kick off wine fest weekend with lots of Peace, Love, and Tacos! From design your own margaritas to parting like a guac star to temporary tattoos to photo booth fun, to an insane amount of LOCO tacos… this night is what you make of it! Tickets for this event are $75, and space is limited to get in before this ticket list gets LOCO and sells out!

3. ROSÉ ALL NIGHT

 
Immediately following the Happy Place Block Party… we’re back at it for the second annual ROSÉ ALL NIGHT party with Whispering Angel on Thursday, May 17th at the internationally infamous Chicken Box! bACK for a second time around, DJ LAYZBOY & Braun Dapper will be ready to battle it out in round two against the incredible electric violinist Rhett Price! Grab your glass(es) of rosé, and find a place on the dance floor, because this is one show you’re not going to want to miss! Show starts at 10PM!


 ROCK OUT WITH YOUR ACK ART OUT

 
Rock meets the rock in this hot new artist collaboration coming to ACK this summer! Renowned rock photographer Mark Weiss (photographing groups like Guns n’ Roses, Motley Crue, and Ozzy Osbourne just to name a few) and NYC-based News Anchor/Artist Steve Lacy have been friends for years, and have teamed up to collaborate on original screen prints based on Mark’s legendary images! Using Mark’s vast archive, you can now help create a signature piece of art for your home or office that gives you rock gods with a Nantucket twist! Each original, gallery-wrapped canvas, priced around $5K for a 40” x 60” piece, comes with the accompanying color photo signed by Mark Weiss himself, as well as a GoPro video documenting it’s creation from start-to-finish. Email stevelacytwitter@gmail.com  for details on how to secure your piece. 


 HOT LOCAL FUNDRAISER

 
If there’s one thing we love here at blACKbook, it’s a chance to give back to the kids on the island that come to call home! This year’s annual S.T.A.R. Gala fundraiser is a fiesta featuring specialty cocktails and delicious food from your favorite local restaurants, a silent auction, and live entertainment courtesy of Dalton and the Sheriffs! Nantucket S.T.A.R. offers sports and recreation therapeutic activities for children of all ages with special needs. This important group works to make sure ALL island kids grow up with the benefits of being included in social and active opportunities! Join us on Saturday May 5th from 7 to 10 pm at the Chicken Box at this fundraiser fiesta, and give bACK to our incredible community! Tickets are $25 by purchasing online and can be found by clicking here.


 HOT NEW PROPERTY TO THE MARKET

 
It has been such a treat to get to tour and explore 93 Main (aka “East Brick”) here on Nantucket this spring… This iconic Main Street house has got to be one of the most fascinating properties on the island… and luckily for all of us, Robert Young of Killen Real Estate Inc. gave us the inside scoop on this storied home with my latest fresh real estate feature on The Nantucket blACKbook! Click below to virtually tour the stunning space (and the incredibly well thought out restoration!) with the 9 to note on 93 Main!


 HOT WORKSHOP SO YOU CAN WRITE MORE THIS SUMMER


 
If you’re looking for a way to pencil in your summer with something other than fun in the sun and festive libations, look no further! Thanks to Nell Schwed and Nina Wolpow, two graduates of Columbia’s MFA program in fiction writing, you can join one of their sessions in creative writing now available to the Nantucket community! The Writers Workshop of Nantucket programs are brand new this summer, and they have developed three different workshops for middle-schoolers, teenagers, and adults. Join Nell and Nina in July, August, or both to hone your writing skills and keep your creativity flowing this summer! For more information, visit their new website or shoot an email to nantucketwriters@gmail.com.


 HOTTEST RAFFLE TICKET

The 25th Annual DREAMCATCHER dinner and auction supporting PASCON (Palliative and Supportive Care on Nantucket) is set for Sunday, June 3rd, and while this event sells out every year, These always sell out on the night of the event, but get your chance to win now by clicking here!
The 25th annual DREAMCATCHER dinner and auction event supporting PASCON (Palliative And Supportive Care On Nantucket) is set for Sunday June 3rd, and while this event sells out every year, there’s still a chance for you to show your support and win BIG! Cue the DREAMTICKET – this concert raffle ticket costs $100 and gives you the chance to win 4 tickets to any concert in the US, along with 4 round trip flights and 2 hotel rooms! Talk about a bargain – if you win and bring 3 friends it would basically just cost you $25 each! There are only 200 tickets to sell, and they always sell all of them the night of but here’s your chance to get them now! So click here!


  HOT TRASHION SHOW MODEL SEARCH 

If you caught our inaugural HOT LIST for 2018, you know that the trashiest fashion show is bACK for the 4th year in a row, and we’re excited to announce that the model search is ON! Set for Tuesday, July 10th 2018, the Cisco Trashion Show is one of the hottest events of the summer, and if your dream is to be a model on the catwalk or watch your hand-designed outfits strut up and down the Cisco stage, this is your chance to make that dream into a reality! Shoot us an email at holly@nantucketblackbook.com and we can get the ball rolling!


5 HOT DAFFY DO’S

 Daffodil weekend on our little rock 30 miles out to sea has quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors alike! Whether we’ve had a fairly mild winter, or one for the history books, Daffy comes and we all welcome spring with open arms, knowing that nothing can cheer us up like the hues of yellow and green seen on every person, pet, and automobile on island! From the Daffy classics to the swag that you can’t leave without this weekend, we’ve got you covered on the hottest DAFFY DO’s!

 1. HOT DAFFY CLASSIC

Not only do we want you to know all the HOT happenings this Daffy weekend, but we want you to know what makes this glorious spring weekend possible. Much love to our Nantucket Chamber of Commerce for putting the 44th annual Daffodil Weekend together and giving people near and far a way to celebrate the upcoming season in our happy place! Daffy weekend includes all sorts of fun festivities from the 5K for the active daffy-goer, to the Antique Car parade, Children’s parade, and even a daffy pup parade (donations benefiting NiSHA) to those simply looking to take in the Nantucket yellows. Check out the Chamber of Commerce events page for up-to-date info and times for all of these festive happenings!


2. HOT BLACKBOOK DAFFY OPEN HOUSES 

Join Miss blACKbook and Windwalker William Raveis this daffy weekend for a treasure hunt of three Sconset gems! Check out 8 Grand Ave, 12 Codfish Park and 24 Lincoln Ave with the blACKbook and Windwalker teams from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday while enjoying light bites and some Daffy cheer throughout with this super fun and festive tours of this trio of unique 02564 real estate. BONUS: if you visit all three houses you will be entered to win a sweet island getaway!


 

3. HOT PHOTO “SMALL WORKS BIG CAUSE” EVENT

Head over to Handlebar Cafe this weekend for a little bit of art meets daffy! On Friday the 27th from 5 to 7 pm, the Photographers Alliance of Nantucket will be posted up selling prints for $40 (FYI: cash only!) with proceeds benefiting Fairwinds: Nantucket’s Counseling Center. Fairwinds helps so many members of our island community, and this is our chance to raise some money and keep a good thing going! Thing to Note: “Small Works, Big Cause” will kick off on Daffy Friday and run straight through until Mother’s Day, so if you can’t make it out this week to get your piece of ACK Art, you’ve got some time!


4.  HOT DAFFY SWAG 

 Continuing the theme of art + daffy, enjoy your beverages in style with a dash of daffy art by Meredith Hanson Art and Design to spruce up your cup of joe this weekend! Meredith will be at Handlebar this weekend hand-painting coffee cups to give you a little extra yellow for your bloomin’ outfits! Speaking of which, be on the lookout for one of Mer’s one of a kind hand-painted dresses in a daffy theme at N Magazine’s Daffodil Party!

 A travel inspired brand born on Nantucket, Grey Clothing Co. is designed with comfort in mind and this Daffy, founder Domenica Rohrburn is bACK at it, popping up with some fresh floral swag for this festive weekend with her fab new fashions at a Salt Boutique on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM. Check her out and get your daffy inspired bag and bandana to rock along the cobblestones to the Sconset tailgate!


5. HOT AT CISCO FOR DAFFY


A beautiful spring weekend wouldn’t be complete without a trip to our favorite outdoor watering hole, and Cisco Brewery (as per usual) is bringing you the brightest and the best for Daffy weekend entertainment! With bites covered by 167 and the Lobster Trap truck, and lives tunes from Buckle and Shake on Friday and the Jamie McLean Duo on Saturday and Sunday, (plus the release party of THE GRIPAH!) a stop by Cisco is most definitely always a ‘Daffy Do’!


 HOT ON DECK: 5 FRESH PICKS FOR NANTUCKET WINE & FOOD!

And when Daffy wine’s down, it’s only natural that we start thinking about the next big weekend because let’s face it – ACK is always on our minds! We got a chance to meet with the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival to give us the inside scoop on this year’s can’t miss events, and they are GOOD… See our top five of what’s fresh on deck for 2018, as you start planning your next ACK-venture 
1. S.A. Prüm Wine Tasting 
Join Mosel Valley legend Raimund Prüm this wine fest to learn about the truly dynamic nature of Rieslings. Raimund has been at the helm of family run S.A. Prüm Estate for 45 years, and has a wealth of knowledge to share on how diverse the characteristics of this notable grape varietal can be. With the help of his wife and Estate Sommelier, Pirjo, and his daughter and Lead Winemaker, Saskia, Prüm has expanded the estate holdings from 3.5 to 30 hectares, and has turned the brand into a globally recognizable icon. During this tasting, guests will be guided on a journey through some of his family’s best vineyards, a truly unforgettable experience! TICKETS
 
2. Elk Cove Vineyards Wine Tasting 
 
At Elk Cove, they are stewards of the land – their sustainability practices start in their vineyards, then continue to the winery and beyond. Owner and Winemaker Adam Campbell has a tremendous respect for the land on which the grapes are grown, and that respect is evident in the quality of wines that he produces. Join Adam this wine fest to hear the full story, and learn about his iconic wines from the Willamette Valley – from Pinot Noirs to Pinot Gris, they have something for everyone! TICKETS
3. Hentley Farm Wines Tasting  
OZ on ACK! The next must-attend tasting on our list brings us on a journey to Australia’s Barossa Valley. Hentley Farm is a boutique single estate winery, and Winemaker Andrew Quin will be bringing attendees a taste of Hentley Farm’s limited production, old-vine, single vineyard masterpiece… Clos Otto Shiraz. Guests are sure to be wowed by the vintage specific character throughout this vertical tasting. TICKETS
4. The American Truffle Revolution 
If there’s one word that’ll make our mouth water, it’s ‘truffle’! In this unique program brought to the 2018 Wine Fest, you’ll become a truffle connoisseur! Learn firsthand from world class experts about the flavors, gastronomy, and mystery of black truffles… and even better, the intricacies of pairing them with wines! American Truffle Company’s Robert Chang will discuss the truffle revolution on US soil, and Michelin starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther of NYC will give you the inside scoop on how to best select, store, and prepare these ‘black diamonds’ with a delectable example in a truffle canapé and perfectly paired wine samplings! TICKETS
 
5. Wine Knights – What is next in the World of Wine? 
 Join a prestigious panel consisting of Kevin Zraly, Eric Asimov, and Ray Isle in a lively discussion about what lies next in the future of wine. Larkmead Winemaker Dan Petroski will be leading a lively discussion among these big personalities, while you are free to sit back, taste amazing wines, and ask questions of these renowned experts! TICKETS


AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

ONE HOT WINE FEST RENTAL AT A HOT PRICE!

 Want to stay and play in town during the always epic food and wine fest? Our friends at The Copley Group Nantucket just let us in on a hot deal for a sweet downtown property! Enjoy a five day vacay at 27 Union Street with five en suite bedrooms, three living areas, two downtown parking spaces and a two minute walk to Main Street for the festival at the super special price of $5K. Get five friends together and it’s just $250 a night per person for your own full on Nantucket sanctuary! Want in? Email Susan at guestservice@thecopleygroup.com to secure your ultimate downtown wine fest rental!


All right all right all right!! We are always so happy to keep you up to date on your happy place. Be sure to TUNE in to blACKbook every month for the always anticipated HOT LIST! And got something you think should be featured? Email Holly@nantucketblackbook.com for details on how to be featured!