THE 2019 FALL HOT LIST

Fall is one of our top 4 favorite seasons on Nantucket … just because things are starting to slow down, doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead! From fresh fall names to hot holiday happenings, we’ve got 25 things to note with 2019 Fall Hot List!



OH HOT DAMN…

IT’S THE FLANNEL JAM!

Get your best autumn attire on deck because on Monday October 14th your fall music dreams are coming true with Levitate Flannel Jam at Cisco Brewers! This premier event features Trampled By Turtles, Ballroom Thieves, Liz Cooper and The Stampede and island favorite Buckle & Shake as the opening act, you do not want to miss this tune fueled fest. You’ll have the chance to throw on a limited edition Levitate flannel while sipping on spiked cider bevvies in the cocktail lounge and noshing on hot cider donuts made to order among other food truck favorites… and this is fun for everyone with a kids hay maze and corn pool. Tickets are running low so grab them while you still can! Not on island? The Flannel Jam will also be taking place at the Marshfield, MA Fairgrounds on October 12th and in Portland, ME at Maine Craft Distilling on October 13th!


Speaking of Cisco… It feels like we blinked and hot summer days became cool September nights. We’re stoked to launch the video recap of the Trashion Show 2019 to relive the sights and sounds of the Cisco catwalk by our friends at YellowProductions.
Interested in becoming a model, maker or member of the committee for 2020? Send an e-mail over to tracey@ciscobrewers.com and holly@nantucketblackbook.com to become a part of what is the most exciting and educational event of the summer!


HOT NEW PAGE TURNER

ROB COCUZZO DEBUTS THE ROAD TO SAN DONATO

If you’re a Boston book worm, we’ve got the deets on longtime NMagazine editor Rob Cocuzzo’s new book The Road to San Donato! This father-son adventure story depicts Cocuzzo and his 64 year old father’s search for their family roots in Italy. They cycle nearly 500 miles from Florence to the tiny mountain village of San Donato Val di Comino, where their family name first took root. Grab a copy HERE and meet Rob at his upcoming appearances: Harvard Coop October 15th at 7pm, Boston Book Festival October 19th from 12-1pm and at Newtonville Books November 6th at 7pm! For more news on Rob and his journey… click below to follow his instagram adventures!


HOT DOWNTOWN NAME TO NOTE

PPX EVENTS 

Been wondering who took over the former Fog Island space? A trio of talented hospitality professionals, Courtney Mackey alongside Lindsay Daley and Chef Kyle Daley, that’s who! Say hello PPX Events, short for Personne Particulièrement Extraordinaire. They are a a fresh custom experience catering and events company that offers it’s own private dinning venue (located at 7 South Water Street), as well as the ability to cater in your location of choice. They believe all clients and guests should be treated like a VIP and their customized services can be booked individually or in conjunction with one another. The space boasts a nautical farmhouse vibe enriched by farm tables and two soft seating areas with furnishings and decor from Nantucket Looms, Flowers on Chestnut and photography by Dan LeMaitre. The PPX space can accommodate up to 42 guests seated or 75 standing for a private dining experience or events such as rehearsal dinners, baby showers or cocktail receptions. BONUS: A super desirable duo is when PPX collaborates with their neighbor Nautilus to create the ultimate private dinning experience, combining delicious ACK Nauti cocktails and cuisine with the privacy of the PPX space… Contact the PPX team to get things rolling with any upcoming events by e-mailing courtney@ppxevents.com and lindsay@ppxevents.com!


GET YOUR ESCAPE ON THIS FALL

11:11 RETREATS GETS YOU BACK TO YOUR CENTER

Seeking out relaxation and refuge on your favorite island during the shoulder season? 11:11 Nantucket’s 3 day experiential retreats aim to optimize your mental, physical and emotional health by embracing the “middle path”. What’s in the name? The number 11 signifies balance in ancient numerology and stands for intuition, refinement and higher ideals. Their lifestyle retreats are rooted in wellness, with branches of mindful indulgence and an exploration of Nantucket during some of our favorite months on the island. If daily yoga, an introduction to meditation lecture, a la carte spa menus and an evening of amazing food and wine at a partnering local restaurant sound like your speed, look no further than 11:11 Nantucket. Their upcoming schedule of fall escapes include an October 25-27th retreat with Club Car, and a November 15-17th weekend with Proprietors and a third retreat on December 13-15th currently in the works! All retreats are hosted at the centrally located Nantucket Hotel.
Grab a friend or fly solo, and book your trip HERE.


CALLING ALL SHARK TANK LOVERS…

DIVE ON IN TO THIS ISLAND SHARK TANK!

There’s a shark sighting on Nantucket, but it’s not what you’re thinking. Have you ever wanted to be in the audience of CNBC’s hit show Shark Tank? While the deadline for applications has passed, the live event sponsored by The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce is open and free to the public on October 5th at the Dreamland from 5-6:30pm. This opportunity gives 10 local entrepreneurs with Nantucket based business ideas the chance to pitch their concepts to a panel of judges, comprised of successful entrepreneurs and investors familiar with Nantucket market! They’ll pick 3 winners and awards will include a feature in N Magazine, two hours of free legal work thanks to Trilogy Law and cash investments! Anyone who is interested in supporting this cool and creative event through a monetary donation can contact Karen at karen@nantucketchamber.org.


HOT WAY TO SAVE TIME ON MAKING DINNER

LEMON AT HOME HAS YOUR BACK!

Who wants more time to spend with family and friends? *Raises hand* We all know how tedious it can be to meal plan, grocery shop, and cook, so let Lemon Press do the hard work for you! They will provide you with the correct portion sizes and all of the ingredients you’ll need, already marinated, chopped & prepped. All you have to do is cook it & plate it! From now through October 1st they will be taking a limited number of membership sign ups which will include exclusive access to each week’s menu and a guaranteed spot. Their first menu offerings were just unveiled with 3 dinners a week (Tuesday-Thursday) including 1 vegan night weekly. They will be using local, seasonal & organic ingredients as much as possible to savor the amazing bounty this island has to offer. Prices will range from $15-$29 per serving based on ingredients used… this is a great option for families who are looking to provide nutritious home cooked meals without all the time involved. E-mail nantucketsprout@gmail.com to secure your Lemon at Home membership and PS. you can still sign up week by week without a membership with 24 hour notice! Check our their website and Instagram to see their menus which will be posted a week in advance.



NANTUCKET RED HOT OCTOBER WEEKEND

CRANBERRY FESTIVAL HEATS UP THE BOGS

A berry quintessential Nantucket festival is coming our way! Support the Nantucket Conservation Foundation by participating in the beloved annual Cranberry Festival, on October 12th from 11am-4pm. Popular among adults and children alike, those attending will learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket through educational displays and harvesting demonstrations. Family friendly ACKtivities include, sampling delectable cranberry treats and other New England classics, touring the bogs, enjoying live music and spectacular autumn scenery. As always, there will be pounds of organic genuine Nantucket Cranberries available for purchase so you can stock up for the upcoming holiday season! Admission is free with $20 parking per vehicle, so cruise out to 220 Milestone Road to soak up the scene.


HAS BLING, WILL TRAVEL

CALISTA WEST IS OUR GO-TO ENGAGEMENT GAL

When it comes to choosing the perfect ring, our girl Calista West has you covered from coast to coast with custom engagement ring designs. Without the overhead of traditional jewelry companies, she’s able to pass along direct to consumer pricing, which means you get to design a unique, quality piece at a great value within any budget, IE more BLING for your buck! With strong dedication to her clients from frequent FaceTime calls to hoping on a flight to Scotland to hand deliver a gift just before the holidays, Calista creates a stress free jewelry shopping experience so you can focus on your bended knee instead of getting all bent out of shape. P.S. her 6 custom engagement ring designs are an easy way to begin the design process as seen here. Contact Calista at either 617-855-7778 or info@calistawest.com today!


HOT NANTUCKET NUPTIAL NEWS

NANTUCKET LOOMS WEDDING REGISTRY LAUNCHES

Autumn on ACK means wedding weekends abound and Nantucket Looms is the spot for finding those perfect wedding gifts, fresh to 2019 is the Looms Registry. The Looms is honored to help you or a loved one commemorate your wedding by creating a gift registry where you’ll not only receive the very best service, but also beautiful presents to help celebrate your big day. To begin, visit their website and click wedding registry in the menu bar which will prompt you to fill out all of your the details from there. BONUS: Guests will have the option to pick up their gifts in-store or have them delivered… and what’s more, the Looms has even created a page that showcases great gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Any wedding gift or registry questions? Contact the Looms at 508-228-1908 or e-mail info@nantucketlooms.com 


HOT PRIVATE CHEF

SUSHI SEAN IS THE GUY

We’re always looking for ways to get our fresh sushi fix, and lucky for us Sushi Sean continues to roll out the finest sushi experiences on the island! With fresh and innovative delectable sushi bites, he pushes the limits of conventional sushi offerings. Save time this fall by ordering platters for your office party, private event, or home gathering. Reach out to him for a full party set up or a custom platter (or two) by going to his website and clicking “book”! PS. We hear that Sean is shaking things up by setting up a Japanese culinary experience with his mobile sushi bar at Cranberry Festival this year so be sure to stop by!


WAYS TO GET ACK-TIVE

TWO CHANCES TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

Get those sneaks laced up and ready to go… first up on Sunday September 29th, the 2nd annual Nantucket Island 5K Run for Recovery (& 2 mile Walk) will be taking place at Bartlett’s Farm at 9am. September is National Recovery Month which aims to increase awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and to celebrate recovery. Last year they were able to raise over $25,000 for Addictions Solutions of Nantucket with over 200 participating runners and walkers. Register HERE! If that’s not enough to get your running fix, there’s still time to sign up for the 8th Annual Nantucket Half Marathon which is being held on Sunday October 13th at 8 am. Participants get to soak up one of the most scenic courses on the East Coast for 13.1 miles of natural Nantucket beauty… registration is open until October 11th so sign up HERE.


HOT MOVE TO HAPPY PLACE!

NANTUCKET HEALING ARTS POPS UP AT 2 CHINS WAY

A little news from our Happy Place Headquarters…
While our store is taking a siesta until Thanksgiving and Stroll we still have a very special offering for you in our space at 2 Chins way starting October 1st. Alexandra Catchpole will be holding down the fort with her Nantucket Healing Arts wellness center. Make sure you stop by on Thursday October 3rd for an open house to learn more about her innovative and exceptional autumn schedule. NOTE: Miss blACKbook is a huge fan of her reiki/biomat combo session. The schedule will include weekly magical meditations, spiritual healing work, a Kids’ Earth Warriors program, Thursday night spiritual hangs, a bi-monthly Shamanic Journeying Circle and more!


HOT NEWS FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE

ACK-PBI EXPANSION NEWS

From the Grey Lady to the Sunshine State, these island favorites are making their way down south this winter. Opening next month on Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach, Nathan Coe is opening his new gallery, complete with pieces like the shot above entitled “Breaking the Rules”! Check out his website see what shows will be taking place all winter long to, with artists such as Tyler Shields, David Burdeny, Steve McCurry as well as some amazing secondary market photography by Helmut Newton, Horst P Horst, and Robert Frank.

Palm Beach take note, the best burger on the planet, along side unforgettable truffles fries and that global bistro menu is heading south to open a new spot this winter. Yes, Nantucket’s beloved Lola 41 is expanding their restaurant locations by adding Lola Palm Beach to the mix. Take note, Lola 41 on ACK will not be doing lunch this winter, but they will open nightly through December, before taking a break to fly south. Follow along on their Facebook page HERE!


HOT NEWS FROM THE BACK BAY

FORME TAKES BEAN TOWN

Our favorite BARRE heads to BOSTON! If you followed along on Insta, you saw first hand that Forme Barre has now opened up not one, but TWO new gorgeous studios in the city. FIRST UP Forme Barre heads to Back Bay at 338 Newbury Street as your new go to spot with five classes each day running from early AM to after work. This studio has tons of natural light and an oh so convenient location. Then for those in the burbs, Forme Barre has got a STREET TREAT for you! Their second location just opened in the heart of The Street at Chestnut Hill right near Legal Seafoods and across from J. McGlaughlin so think Seafood and stores you see on Nantucket and you’ll easliy find it! This location has four to five classes offered per day. BONUS: Our girl Mer Hanson created a beautiful mural in this space. Right now as an opening special for new clients, they are offering a $32 unlimited week or a $99 unlimited month so make sure to head to the barre this week!

BLUE FLAG DEVELOPMENT EXPANDS OFF THE ROCK

SAY BONJOUR TO ROCHAMBEAU

Taking over the space formally occupied by Towne Stove & Spirits is a new french cafe by day and brasserie by night. Rochambeau was named after a French general who fought for the Americans during the revolutionary war and is also tongue and cheek for “rock paper scissors”. When dreaming up this concept, Blueflag Development conceived a narrative of an aristocratic French girl who fell in love with a street kid in Paris, which in turn informed the restaurant design, food and ambiance to reflect their affair. This part classic french/part modern urban soon-to-be hot spot is a super tour de force of Boston restaurant’s best with the Lyons Group at the helm and some top talent in the kitchen. The team is ready to stir things up in Back Bay upon opening in October 2019 so Rochambeau should definitely be on your Boston dining radar!


HOT REASON TO TURN UP YOUR HEADPHONES

TUNE IN TO GAL PALS PODCAST

Seeking a balanced PodCast to inspire you this fall? We sure have have a harmonious duo for you! Gal Pals is a deep-dive lifestyle podcast hosted by Georgie Morley & Engrid Latina. Tune in every Thursday to hang out with Georgie and Engrid, as they candidly chat about navigating specific life moments like: dealing with conflict, getting out of our your head, owning your ish, healthy communication, and seeing through the stories we all tell ourselves. This show dives into the kinds of topics you might talk about in therapy. They keep it candid, playful, and abundantly detailed so be sure to check it out!


HOT REASON TO DINE OUT

FALL RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK!

The semi-annual foodie festivities are just around the corner! From September 30th through October 6th, various island restaurants are going to be offering 3-5 course prix-fixe meals. Try a new dining spot or revisit a tried and true favorite. Check out who is participating on their website and be sure to make those reservations!


HOT SCREEN NEWS

ELIN HILDERBRAND’S THE PERFECT COUPLE TV SERIES IS SET

From your kindle screen to your TV screens, we hear big news about Nantucket local and New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand… her bestselling novel The Perfect Couple has been picked up by FOX to be adapted into a mystery drama series! Follow her on Instagram below to keep up to date with any updates and her fun posts that will have you craving time on the island.


HOT LIVE MUSIC ON DECK

THE BOX KEEPS ROCKIN’

The live music doesn’t stop in the shoulder season thanks to the stellar team at The Chicken Box. Mark your calendars for Joshua Tree on September 27th & 28th with their U2 covers, Perfect Day on October 4th & 5th bringing the beach rock party vibes, Dalton and the Sheriffs October 11th and 12th with their country hits and Freeballin October 18th and 19th!


HOT DOWNTOWN PARADE

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES TAKE MAIN STREET

Photo Credit: Cary Hazlegrove
If you got it… haunt it! The annual Halloween Parade on October 31st is an exciting event for the kids and kids at heart to model their chosen persona. So give ’em pumpkin to talk about and get to planning that costume, then meet at the fountain at the bottom of Main Street on Allhallows Eve at 4:30pm where the best dressed family will be chosen!


HOT EQ SERIES

GRACELINE SOULWORK IS A GAME CHANGER

We believe the best investment is the one you make in taking care of yourself. So be sure to check out Graceline Institute’s SoulWork Series. With 3 full days of workshops from 7am-5pm on October 4th, 5th and 6th, you’ll have the opportunity to deep dive into the world of EQ. Each day of training, group magic and personal pattern tracking is $275… which is an amazing price to get for a full days workshop alongside Graceline owner, Mikeala Grace! Find out how to be your own best healer/friend/advocate/badass by learning skills to keep evolving on your own personal path. Click here to learn more.

P.S. another opportunity to enrich your journey to more self awareness with Mikeala Grace is at Kripalu in the Berkshires in early December, click HERE to read more about the Self-Care and Personal Sustainability Summit.


KICK BACK AND ENJOY THE (SHORT) SHOW

NANTUCKET SHORTS FESTIVAL RETURNS

On Saturday October 12th, grab a big bowl of popcorn for this year’s Nantucket Shorts Festival! Showcasing film work ranging from 2 to 10 minutes in length, both novice and experienced filmmakers will present their creations that star or are inspired by the island. After the committee selects the winning films, they will be shared on the big screen at the Dreamland Theatre with John Shea hosting the festival. This entertaining evening has gotta be on your docket for Columbus Day weekend… check out more details on their website HERE!


HOT PLACES TO STAY THIS STROLL

THE COPLEY GROUP NANTUCKET HAS THE COLLECTION

Got Stroll on the brain? Seeking to come bACK for the July 4th of the winter? Our favorite island rental property collection has fabulous homes, with many just walking distance to town, available for you and your friends and family. From three to six bedrooms, their chic and sleek homes are ideal gathering spots and BONUS: nearly every bedroom is en suite, so no need to share bathrooms! Word on the cobblestones is that 32 Nonantum, 38 Pleasant, 27 and 27.5 North Beach, 32 Monomoy, 14 New Mill, 26 Pleasant and 27 Union are still available! But take note these house inventories won’t last long, so book today, just click here.


HOT DATES TO PUT ON THE CALENDAR

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, there is even more on the horizon with these upcoming annual holiday events! The NHA Festival of Wreaths kicks off with their preview party on November 26th and goes through December 1st… the 2019 Cold Turkey Plunge is going down on Thursday, November 28th at Children’s Beach at 10am… the NHA Festival of Trees preview party will be Thursday December 5th with viewing open through the 31st… the Chamber’s Tree Lighting will be on November 29th at 5pm… and this year Christmas Stroll falls on December 6th-8th. Phew that was truly a mouth full!


So there you have it, the annual Fall Hot List is now complete… got something HOT to share for the 2019 Holiday season? Our next list comes out during the most wonderful time of the year. E-mail holly@nantucketblackbook.com for details!