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Nantucket may just be the most creative spot on the East Coast—per square foot, anyway. From painters to writers, musicians to actors, dancers, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, even candlestick-makers—there is no shortage of artistic energy pulsing through our community. Our June issue celebrates this extraordinary dimension of Nantucket and gives thanks to those who bring even more beauty to an already beautiful place.

Managing Editor Robert S. Cocuzzo Art Director Paulette Chevalier Head Photographer Nathan Coe Operations Consultant Adrian Wilkins Robert S. Cocuzzo Managing Editor

Contributors Pippin Austin Ted Bell Peter B. Brace Sandy Kohner Jen Laskey Morgan Pile Marjan Shirzad Benjamin Simons Ryder Ziebarth Photographers Lisa Frey Kris Kinsley Hancock Greg Hinson Katie Kaizer Kit Noble Joshua Simpson Alexander Wagner

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On the forefront of this cultural boom is Wendy Hudson, who graces our cover. Along with running both of the island’s bookstores, co-owning the island’s beloved brewery, and serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Wendy introduces Nantucket’s first Book Festival this June, of which N Magazine is a proud sponsor. In celebration of the Festival, we’ve included our first ever piece of fiction with a short story written by New York Times best-selling author, Ted Bell. Famous for his “Alex Hawke” spy thrillers, Bell treats us to a tale of love, betrayal, and murder…all set on Nantucket!

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In preparation for another island festival, we met up with Benjamin Millepied, the artistic director of the Atheneum’s Dance Festival. Most have seen Millepied on the silver screen, dancing alongside his now-wife, Natalie Portman, in The Black Swan, which he choreographed and starred. In addition to telling us about his life “en pointe,” the dance icon lets us in on his plans for this summer’s Festival, taking place July 24th – 28th. On the musical front, we tune into everything from rap to rock, profiling local musicians who are putting their own unique spin on the Nantucket soundscape. We are also pleased to feature a stunning photo essay by photographer Katie Kaizer. A fourth generation Nantucketer, Katie recently spent a month in Uganda photographing for nonprofits that are dramatically improving the lives of women and children in that country. Although faraway from our shores, Katie’s images are perfectly suited for this island paradise, as they lend some perspective on the life we lead as well as the needs of those in the world beyond.

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2012 56 THE NANTUCKET SOUNDSCAPE N’s resident music critic, Morgan Pile, gives a rundown of some of the local musicians you can catch rocking around the ‘Rock’ this summer.

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25 RAPPER’S DELIGHT From the streets of Jamaica to the cobbled roads of Nantucket, Mark “M.Dwizzy” Dwyer is taking the most unlikely path into hip-hop.

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Wendy Hudson has made a life on Nantucket through books and beer. Now the longtime islander is bringing about the first Nantucket Book Festival this June.

35 THE BLACK SWAN World-famous ballet dancer, Benjamin Millepied, is the artistic director of the Nantucket Atheneum’s July Dance Festival. Writer Jen Laskey learns his steps to success, with images by Alexander Wagner.

42 AFRICA THROUGH AN ISLANDER’S EYES Nantucketer Katie Kaizer takes us into her recent adventure in Uganda with a breathtaking photo essay.

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71 THE WIDOW’S WALK New York Times best-selling author, Ted Bell, treats N to its first piece of fiction with a harrowing tale of love, betrayal, and murder…all set on Nantucket.

66 A NICKEL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS? Artist and sometimes philosopher, Matt Oats, talks about the island’s underground art scene, and gives us some five cents advice.

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Author Michael Tougias is a frequent lecturer at the Atheneum and Life Saving Museum. Most recently, his book The Finest Hours has been picked up by Disney execs to be adapted to film.

85 GROWING ORGANICALLY Sustainable Nantucket hosts its sixth annual Farmers Market this summer. Find out who planted the seeds to this fledgling island institution.

88 DAMES OF THE DUMP Meet the island’s mean, green, trash-fighting team out at Madaket.

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GUESTCONTRIBUTORS TED BELL Ted Bell is the New York Times best-selling author of the “Alex Hawke” spy series as well as the young adult adventure books, Nick of Time and The Time Pirate. Bell’s novels are read worldwide, and have been translated into sixteen languages. Most recently, he served as visiting scholar and writer-in-residence at Cambridge University. For this June issue, Ted wrote the short story “The Widow’s Walk” (pg. 71) exclusively for N Magazine, providing N with its first ever piece of original fiction.

ALEXANDER WAGNER After studying photography at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, Alexander Wagner worked under luminaries Annie Leibovitz and Hiro in New York City. Focusing on the ascending talent of music and film, Wagner is best known for uncovering the authentic personalities of his subjects—“the way they live when they are not on stage.” He has shot for V Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Sportswear International, Black Book and Elle UK. Making his N Magazine debut, Wagner photographed ballet star and Nantucket Dance Festival artistic director, Benjamin

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islanders longing for this account to be written more definitively. In particular, Dick Duncan

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(who later became the book’s managing editor), Susan Beegel (wife of the late UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station co-founder, Wes Tiffney), and island author and historian, Nathaniel Philbrick, all were pulling for Peter to take on the project. As he remembers in an

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early section of the book, “Having spent three he history of Nantucket has been

told again and again, mused upon

months inside on this subject, I realized that I’d just done a warm-up for such a book. The

by writers from Melville to Philbrick,

enormity of the task scared me enough to start

countless prose dedicated to the

rehearsing reasons to give them for not

“cobblestone streets” and “storied

wanting to do it.”

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harbors” of the island. Yet of all the fascinating pieces of the past,

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one chapter of Nantucket history

that. On a subject that could quickly become

seems so enormous and bewildering

dry and dense, he meets the reader on a

that it goes largely untold—that

personal level, inviting him or her to stand

of the island’s natural history. One

on Altar Rock and behold the creation of

local writer, however, has risen to

glacial meltwater from 21,000 years ago.

the challenge, tackling the island’s

So thoroughly researched, Peter’s tour de

47.8 square mile expanse in a book

force leaves few rocks unturned, exploring

to be released this month: Nantucket:

everything from the island’s insects to its

A Natural History written by Peter B.

animals to erosion to marine life to vegetation

Brace, published by Mill Hill Press.

and so on until a stunning portrait of the

Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives

Grey Lady emerges from the pages. Seven summers ago, Peter contributed 19 of 21 articles to a special publication

In addition to drawing from island

by the Nantucket Independent, entitled

organizations like the Atheneum, the

Our Natural World. The work, which

Nantucket Historical Association, the Maria

took Peter three months to research and

Mitchell Association, and the Egan Maritime

write, caught the attention of a handful of

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Peter’s primary sources were islanders like fisherman and hunter Doug “Smitty” Smith, ranger for the Nantucket Conservation, Allen Reinhard, and many other locals who offered their expertise to the project. “To be clear, though, I’m merely a gatherer, collator and storyteller,” Peter writes in the preface. “I have recounted anecdotal, factual and

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with interviews of respected authorities on the various topics in this book.” As his second book, Peter has certainly set the bar high for future writing projects. Fortunately for him, the story of Nantucket continues to unfold, ensuring that he will never be short on material.

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and his wife Blair came to Bali much like

and John Stanton in her off time, and saving

on South Water Street and an energetic

Kristen, as backpackers. Some ten years later,

every cent she earned behind the bar. Some

blond will be shaking up your margaritas.

they were running a sizeable company with

months later, she returned to Bali with Holly

Kristen Kellogg washed ashore four summers

Schilling, complete with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest

Kay Trickel of Sapphire Productions, and

ago, and like many who have fallen hard for the

commercial bamboo structure. The Big Tree

fulfilled her promise to Big Tree Farms.

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story has since been picked up by CNN, the

at least not entirely. Over the last three winters,

Financial Times, and the New York Times.

After weeks of filming through unpredictable

Kristen set her sails to the Southern Hemisphere,

But before all that national attention,

Balinese weather and unforeseen pitfalls, Kristen

chasing adventures down to Australia, New

Kristen Kellogg was on the scene.

had the material to create her documentary, editing it herself. She submitted an abridged

Zealand and Indonesia. It was during an eco-stay

version of the film to environmental film

batch of coconut milk chocolate,â&#x20AC;? Kristen

festivals and food festivals around the country,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something changed me in Bali,â&#x20AC;? Kristen says.

says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was so captivating, passionate, and

and will show it on island at Galley Beach

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to just go and be a bartender, or

energetic. After showing me around, I said to

Restaurant on Tuesday June 19th. The film has

go off exploring. I wanted to do something that

him, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know what? I am going to come

also opened doors for her in the world of

related to the local culture. I wanted to give

back, and I am going to make a film on you.

television, where she is waiting to hear about

back.â&#x20AC;? This led Kristen to writing, directing

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources now and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

a possible position as a producer, and will be

and editing her first documentary. The film

have the time, but I am going to go home and

hosting a Web-based show on Nantucket called

tells the story of Big Tree Farms, a vertically

learn everything I can, and come back and do

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Balancing Ackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? On a broader level,

integrated food company in Bali owned and

it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? True to her word, Kristen returned to the

Kristenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project exemplifies the power of

operated by two charismatic Americans named

island and set her mind on making the film a

an idea and the determination to

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Ben Ripple and Frederick Schilling. Ripple

reality, assisting local filmmakers Dan Driscoll

execute it.

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in Bali, however, that inspiration struck.

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ixteen hundred miles away and a

swagger, and the capacity to weave rhymes

Hocus Pocus Productions, M. Dwizzy

world apart, Jamaica is never far

effortlessly and on command. But the difference-

is dropping his first album this June,

from Dwyer’s mind, or his lyrics for

maker might be his industriousness. Dwyer is

entitled “Shottaz Paradise.” He hopes to

that matter. “I feel it’s my duty to tell Jamaica’s

a maestro of his own image and brand, Young

then make the island circuit, performing

story to the world,” he says, “and bring a new

n’ Fresh Entertainment, and has cultivated

at the Bamboo, Muse and Box. “[Boston-

Caribbean flavor to hip-hop.” This story,

a substantial fan base through social media

based rapper] Sam Adams got a big chunk

however, is not the carefree, “Three Little

like Facebook and Twitter. The Internet is

of his fan base from doing shows at the

Birds” version of Jamaica, but one of poverty,

blanketed with M. Dwizzy music videos and

Bamboo, where college kids embraced him

police brutality, and killings. A number of

interviews produced by Scott Capizzo of

and spread his music,” Dwyer says. What

Dwyer’s boyhood friends were shot and killed by corrupt police, and these hardships from the streets of Montego Bay haunt his lyrics.

distinguishes

SO WHILE SAM ADAMS PRODUCES TRACKS LIKE “I HATE COLLEGE,” M.DWIZZY DRAWS FROM A LIFE WHERE GOING TO COLLEGE WAS A DREAM, IN THIS CASE A DREAM COME TRUE.

Take “Remember

M. Dwizzy from growingly popular rappers like Sam Adams is that Dwyer actually has something to say, a story to tell. Many

Days” from Dwyer’s upcoming album: “I

Surfside Productions. “Time waits for no

of rap’s greats earned fame and ultimate

remember days I didn’t have no money, walk

man,” he says, “so if I want a career in music,

immortality not solely by their rhyming

around pockets empty, a sad cause, nothing

then I have to do it now.”

ability, but by distilling the trials of their

funny…I remember days that I didn’t have no

lives into potent, impactful lyrics. Their

light, searching round the house for candles

In March, M.Dwizzy performed at the

music speaks to their community, while also

just to see at night...I remember days I didn’t

qualifiers of the “Global Battle of the Bands,

revealing a side of America to a broader

have water, seen parents carrying buckets with

Hard Rock Rising,” and came in second—

audience. So while Sam Adams produces

their sons and daughters.”

a noteworthy feat considering that the

tracks like “I Hate College,” M.Dwizzy

competition tends to favor rock and roll outfits.

draws from a life where going to college was

By all appearances, Dwyer has what it takes

With the help of local producers Vic Ferrantella

a dream, in this case a dream come true.

to make a name for himself in hip-hop: style,

of Garden Rock Studios and Jared Gonsalves of

“A RAPPER CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE,” says local hip-hop hopeful, Mark Dwyer. “You just need to be talented and have a fan base behind you.” Dwyer is testing this theory in perhaps the most unlikely place to produce a rapper. The 24-year-old Jamaican, who goes by “M. Dwizzy” when on the mike, came to Nantucket with his family when he was 15. Back in Jamaica, Dwyer ran around Montego Bay in a rap crew, competing in pick-up rap battles with his friends and chanting lyrics of his hip-hop heroes. “I heard music everywhere I went,” he says. Yet it wasn’t until moving to the States that Mark Dwyer became M. Dwizzy, and he began producing rhymes of his own. “Growing up in Jamaica made me aware of poverty, and moving to America has given me a shot at a better life for myself and my family,” he says. After finishing high school on Nantucket, Dwyer studied at Monroe Community

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helped their lacrosse team to a number-one ranking. Now back on the island, Dywer says, “Nantucket is my home away from home. I love how peaceful it is. It’s a great place to write an album.” The young man is polite, gracious, and genuine, traits that can often get lost in the egocentric swirl of the music industry.

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f BOOKS

Nantucket has a storied literary culture indeed, and the time has come to celebrate and share it. This year, we draw upon the amazing people and places of our island to create a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary resources of Nantucket’s past, present and future.

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How one woman turned pale ale and paperbacks into two celebrated institutions on Nantucket. In the summer of 1988, Wendy Hudson was working at the

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Some twenty years later, Wendy Hudson eases into a smile as she recounts her life on the island. “Beer and books—it’s all very straightforward and simple,” she sums up, “there’s no mystery about it.” Wendy and Randy went on to marry, and the two co-founded Cisco Brewers. “We cobbled together used equipment and started brewing in Dean and Melissa Long’s backyard,” she remembers. “Everyone joked that we were making moonshine.” Today, with the help of Dean and Melissa and partner Jay Harman, Cisco beers are sipped all over the country. About the time Cisco’s first kegs were being tapped, Wendy got a part-time job at Nantucket Bookworks. The cozy book nook on 25 Broad Street had long been a favorite haunt of hers, so it was no big surprise when she ended up owning it in 2000. Today, many look to Wendy as Nantucket’s official book lady. She drives around in a brilliant orange Mini that was once the vehicle for Penguin Publishing’s 25th Anniversary cross-country literacy campaign, its dashboard signed in metallic Sharpie by a gaggle of authors, its license plate reading: GOREAD. Most recently, Wendy extended her influence over the island’s literary landscape by taking control of Bookworks’ only local competitor, Mitchell’s Book Corner on Main Street. “I am really excited because Bookworks and Mitchell’s have always had such different personalities, but they also overlap a lot. So going forward, we can have them overlap a little less,” she explains. “We need to solidify our base of support and not split it up on Nantucket.” Wendy has grand plans for Mitchell’s, particularly its second floor, which she intends on using as a community space for book clubs, children’s programs, and theater troupes. “There are all these creative people and all these artistic angles to the business that I hope we can play up,” she says. “It isn’t just about me. It certainly is not a monopoly. It’s more a co-op.” Interestingly enough, Wendy is not anti-tablet, -Kindle, or -iPad, as one might think a bookseller would be. In fact, she admits to being a “tech-junkie,” owning a network of computers and a collection of first edition digital readers. Nevertheless, Wendy believes physical books will defy the onslaught of glossy tech readers, because, as she argues, “E-Books do not give you pride of ownership. You can’t share them and they don’t look good on your shelf.” She adds, “There is still pleasure in a real book, and I think as the publishing world goes forward, it will be paying more attention to physical books.” However, for those who do enjoy reading Melville on the iPad, not to worry: Wendy offers selections of Google e-Books at her stores as well. And as if there wasn’t enough on her plate, the mother-of-two-teens serves as president of the Chamber of Commerce executive board. All her efforts, whether with the bookstores, the brewery, or the Chamber, are to keep Nantucket vibrant and growing both economically and culturally. On the cultural front, Wendy launches Nantucket’s first Book Festival this month. With the help of locals like Meghan Valero, Dick Burns, Mary Haft, Leslie Bresette, Fifi Greenberg,

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Wendy Hudson introduces the Festival at a moment perhaps never more fitting or necessary. As she puts it, “What better time to remind people of the importance of good books than now, as all the media is hyping the death of the bookstore and physical books? It’s really alive and well, and we are going to bolster it.” Inspiration for the Festival came out of last fall’s three-day mind marathon, the Nantucket Project. “I just felt such a huge burst of energy,” she says, “and thought we have to do this more often, bring these great authors and share great thinkers with as many people as possible.”

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This inclusivity may prove to be a defining element of Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival. Unlike the Wine Festival, Film Festival or even the Nantucket Project, the Book Festival seeks a casual, grass-roots appeal, with largely free admission or tickets otherwise moderately priced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to do the Festival in a way that I would enjoy attending, so I keep picturing a beach picnic party and authors in bars,â&#x20AC;? Wendy describes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not going to be super uptight about it

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orn in Bordeaux, France, Benjamin

began dancing when he was eight years old, training with his mother who had been a professional modern dancer. After

a few years, Benjamin says, it got to the point

The Atheneum is also fortunate to have a dancer and choreographer

This year, Benjamin is excited about showcasing the work of

of Benjamin’s caliber at the creative helm. Executive Director

legendary choreographers like Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp

where he was the only boy in his mother’s dance classes,

Molly Anderson is quick to praise his dedication: “Over the

and Frederick Ashton. “We’ll be presenting styles of dance that

so it was time to move on. When he was 13, Benjamin was

past three years, Benjamin has brought us his extraordinarily

haven’t necessarily been seen before on the island,” he says.

accepted into the Conservatoire National de Lyon, where he

creative vision coupled with his amazing ties to the best dancers,

studied classical ballet. At 16, he fulfilled his dream of

choreographers, musicians and designers in the world.” She is

When Benjamin is not focused on the Nantucket Dance Festival,

moving to New York City to attend the School

confident that his fourth year in the role will yield another

he is busy conceiving, choreographing, and bringing a number

of American Ballet, the official school of

brilliant and fresh program.

of other projects to fruition. In the past year, he wrapped up

the New York City Ballet (NYCB),

performances with the

where he was mentored by Jerome

One of the aspects of

NYCB, directed five

Robbins. In 2001, he became a

Benjamin’s work that

short films set to new

Principal Dancer with the NYCB,

Molly admires most

violin works by Philip

a position he held for ten years,

is the rich and varied

Glass, choreographed

recently retiring in October of 2011

experience he offers

two world premieres—

to focus on his own choreography

the Nantucket

Hands On A Hard Body

and other projects.

audience: “No matter

and a new ballet for the

what their individual

NYCB—and a 3D

Benjamin took over the artistic

dance background

animated feature for

direction of the Nantucket

might be, Benjamin

Quad Films. He has

Dance Festival in 2008 from

weaves together

also performed with

Ethan Stiefel, a friend and

choreography,

the Ballet de Geneve

fellow principal dancer of the

performers and music

at the Los Angeles

NYCB. Benjamin considers

into a startling,

Dorothy Chandler

his collaboration with the

unified whole.” She

Benjamin leading student dancers at the Atheneum’s Dance Festival

Pavillion, and is

Atheneum to be quite

also points out that

exceptional, saying that “the

Benjamin builds his programs with selections that speak to each

a new series of short films that are being produced by the online

fact that the festival exists—

other— artistically, visually and musically: “It is fascinating to look

network Danceon. Most recently, he announced a new venture

and that the Atheneum

and listen for these extraordinary interrelationships—patterns and

in collaboration with the Los Angeles Music Center: L.A.

decided to use dance

creativity— that Benjamin achieves on our Festival stage.”

Dance Project.

organization

Benjamin programs the Nantucket Dance Festival with an eye

In his “spare” time, Benjamin also pursues a number of other

is special.”

toward deepening the audience’s understanding of ballet. He

interests. “I do all kinds of things from cooking and gardening

selects a range of pieces from the classical and contemporary

to reading and watching films. Lately, I’ve also been seeing a lot

realms. “Little by little,” he says, “I’ve been trying to educate the

of art and reading about art.” On top of all of this, he and Natalie

audience with different works that are relevant to the history of

Portman tied the knot earlier this year, and the couple welcomed

the ballet tradition as well as contemporary works that help move

a new baby, Aleph, into their lives. “Having a child has made

the art form forward. We’ve done everything from Marius Petipa

me grow up quickly,” says Benjamin. “It gave me a new breath.

and William Forsythe to Chris Wheeldon to Ratmansky to my

It’s such a strong experience, a rush of emotions. It has had a

work.” Last year, Benjamin was thrilled to present the world

profound impact on me. It’s definitely been the most powerful

premiere of a ballet by Justin Peck of the NYCB that the Festival

event in my life.”

currently working on

to benefit the

commissioned. The piece, 7 (for Seven), was performed by seven dancers from the NYCB to Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in N magazine

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hen it comes to his own

choreography, Benjamin starts

with the music. He believes that

picking the right score is a personal

believes that Cosi nata Teria (performed last year for NYCB) was one of his strongest pieces even though it was a dark work and musically difficult for most audiences. He has also decided

choice: “All choreographers have their own taste

to include Merce Cunningham’s Winterbranch

and way to decide what gives them the most drive

in L.A. Project’s first season, explaining that it

and imagination to make a ballet.”

was literally a scandal when it first premiered because of the difficult score. “People ran out,”

Benjamin seeks out music with good rhythms,

says Benjamin. “And that’s what I’m putting on

though he says that his tastes “really vary from

for my first program!”

things that are way older to new scores.” As for themes, he is mainly interested in human

But critics often praise Benjamin’s convictions.

relationships and how you can use the stage to

In last year’s Nantucket Dance Festival program

have fun, exploring different ideas of patterns,

notes, Joseph Carmen commended Benjamin’s

groupings, duos or trios, and how you can create

“particular wisdom for knowing how to both

sculptural images to music. “That’s really what

please and challenge an audience.” However, this

I’m after currently,” he says. Benjamin admits

year Benjamin wants to infuse the Nantucket Dance

that he sometimes chooses—and commissions—

Festival with a heightened sense of summer fun,

scores that are not necessarily easy on the ears—

so he went for a pleasing—and unchallenging—

music “that can make it challenging for some

program. As he says, “I don’t know that anyone

people to even begin to love a dance.” But this

will walk out of the theater not having enjoyed

doesn’t hold him back. For example, Benjamin

the works they’ll be seeing this year.”

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“LITTLE BY LITTLE, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO EDUCATE THE AUDIENCE WITH DIFFERENT WORKS THAT ARE RELEVANT TO THE HISTORY OF THE BALLET TRADITION AS WELL AS CONTEMPORARY WORKS THAT HELP MOVE THE ART FORM FORWARD.”

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AFRICA EYES Through an Islander’s

PHOTOGRAPHER KATIE KAIZER IS A NANTUCKETER IN THE TRUEST SENSE. Her link to the island traces back through her maternal

their story… they were so happy,” she says, holding back

bloodline to her great-grandmother. Yet unlike many

tears. “They wanted to share their story.” Katie’s story in

historic Nantucket women, who often stayed behind while

Uganda is a hard one to tell—that is to say, it’s hard to do

the men went off in search of adventures afar, Katie is most

it justice. Taken by an experience so powerful that words,

definitely not landlocked when it comes to exploring the

even her own, can only lend a fraction of understanding,

world. “I think as Nantucketers we should travel whenever

she kept insisting during our interview: “You’ll have to see

possible,” she says, “and bring back new ideas, new insights

it in the photos.” Indeed, Katie’s images are breathtaking,

and new inspiration to the island.”

capturing a scene so foreign, yet also familiar. The photos transcend their subjects and echo universal truths: the love

Katie spent the month of March in Uganda, volunteering

of a mother, the innocence of a child, the pride of work, the

her photography to small organizations that are dramatically

strength of community. In them you also see the courage of

changing the lives of women and children who have been

an artist, pushing far beyond her comfort zone for the sake

devastated by decades of violence, disease, and poverty.

of her craft, and for the benefit of those who perhaps could

“I was trying to give these women a platform, a way to tell

never be more deserving.


“I was grateful to Lumunu Helen for sharing her story with me. She works long days in the quarry, and is the toughest woman I have ever met. Her late husband owned part of the quarry, and when he died she continued to work there. She is a single mother with ten children.” — Katie Kaizer

Twenty years ago, civil wars drove the Acholi people from their land in Northern Uganda. Many of them settled just outside of Kampala City, where they found work crushing aggregate stone. Through vocational training and loans from Project Have Hope, many women have been able to get out of the stone quarry—but there are still some who continue to work there.


Lalam Cecilia started her business selling charcoal after receiving a loan from Project Have Hope. She supports her children and grandchildren with the business, and is in the middle of building her own brick house in the Acholi Quarter.


“Part of the magic of traveling is being open to opportunities that come your way. So it was that I met

“At the end of my trip, I printed out a stack of 4x6 photos for the women. Some didn’t own photos

Renate Sluiseman of Arise and Shine Uganda by chance on a local bus. Based two hours north of

of themselves and others did not own any photos at all...they were overjoyed. That’s really what

Kampala in Jinja City, Arise and Shine Uganda runs a children’s care home (above) and a school in the

photography is about for me: to make photos that can help people and bring them happiness.

Kimbuye Village (previous page). With Sluiseman’s help, I was able to photograph Arise and Shine

Photography does not stop at knowing how to operate a camera, it’s about pushing yourself to do

Uganda’s efforts, traveling two hours by local bus then an hour and a half by motorcycle on dirt tracks

projects that can make a difference and broaden your perspective. The photography I did for Project

to reach the school in the Kibuye Village.

Have Hope and Arise and Shine Uganda is now being used for fundraising campaigns and

This photo above will always be a special to me. It was a calm afternoon when I visited the children’s care home. After being bathed and fed, these two girls seemed so peaceful and happy when

to create more visual awareness.” — Katie Kaizer

they laid down for their afternoon nap. For many of these children, common acts of caregiving were absent from their lives before reaching this children’s care home run by Arise and Shine Uganda.” — Katie Kaizer For more information on Project Have Hope and Arise and Shine Uganda visit their respective websites www.projecthavehope.org and www.ariseandshineug.org


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Not long ago, Nantucket was a frequent stop of touring headliners like Jimmy Buffett and Dave Matthews. Today’s acts, by contrast, typically wash ashore with little music of their own, earning their bread and butter by performing famous covers. This is not to say that Nantucket itself isn’t producing its own original music. On the contrary, local talents like The Shingles and the Gypsy Band draw crowds performing songs written and arranged by them. For those looking to go local with their summer listening, here’s an earful of the current lineup.

BEACHHEAD The newest original act on the scene,

such as singer Marco Sanseverino’s strong,

BeachHead possesses the refreshing energy

Bradley Nowell-esque vocals. Though the

of a group of friends bent on having a great

group recoils when asked to define their

time. The band’s five members met years

music, one word they often return to is

ago at Nantucket’s underground beach venue, known in local circles as “The Shack.”

I think of all my friends hanging out,

Scattered jam sessions built the boys’

listening to good music and feeling positive

musical camaraderie, leading them to fuse

about everything,” Sanseverino says.

progressive rock with elements of funk and

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“positivity.” “When I think of BeachHead,

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THE BROTHERHOOD OF THIEVES As their name suggests, The Brotherhood

the band’s dexterity to its members’ diverse

of Thieves owes much of their success

musical tastes. “Each person has his own

to Nantucket. The summer home for this

heroes,” he says. “Those different points

five-piece rock outfit from Hartford, CT,

of view flow beautifully together to drive

“Nantucket allows for us to work, save

our sound.”

money, surf, rehearse, and play shows,” says Thieves’ frontman, Jacob Wardwell. “We

The four original Thieves met while

really could not ask for a better situation.”

studying Jazz at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. The enterprise began as the

The Brotherhood updates the 90s indie-rock

brainchild of singer/guitarist, Jacob Wardwell,

tradition with a captivating nuanced sound.

and drummer, Tim Jangl, as they made the

Key to its appeal is the band’s ability to blur

rounds as a campus party band. With the

genre lines without losing its substance and

felicitous addition of guitarist Nick Cole and

edge. At times, tracks from both their 2009

bassist Jack Reynolds, the group rounded

EP, “Have At...” and the more recent, “On

out its sound and set its trajectory. Since

Love and Self Loathing,” demonstrate jazz,

2008, the foursome has been striving hard to

reggae, techno and even hardcore influences.

broaden and enhance their sound, exhibited especially in their decision to bring in Mike

Consistent throughout, however, is an indie-rock vibe gained by singer Jacob Wardwell’s masculine, ever 90s-style vocal

Antoinetti on the keys for their latest album, “In Between Seasons,” which will be available for purchase this summer.

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BURNT TUNA What’s it like to play music at a packed

puts it, “We always find our way back.” The

Classics on heavy rotation during these

venue in your hometown? Just ask Burnt

seamlessness of these transitions, Leske

formative years include artists like

Tuna, the Nantucket music scene’s resident

says, is due to “the deep connection” the

Sublime, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,

hometown heroes. This trio of island-raised

three group members have earned over years

String Cheese, Slightly Stoopid and Phish.

musicians spends summers captivating

of collaboration. Lifelong friends, the

The influences clearly provide the bedrock

audiences with their unique brand of bluesy,

musicians spent much of their collective

for Tuna’s songwriting, with tracks like

reggae-rock. Their

sound melds

adolescence bent over instruments in

well-crafted originals

with improv

their parents’ basements, building up the

a classic combination of reggae and vibey

Clemons is a quiet, but powerful talent. Her

jam sessions that are

executed so

symbiotic skills that would eventually give

blues. They offer their own spin, however,

unique, smoky, sometimes raspy vocals

way to their own unified sound.

with the addition of synthetic elements. The

and artful lyricism cut to the heart with

resulting effort, the band has dubbed “trippy

unabashed, emotional honesty. Take the

reggae,” a term that seems tailor-made

much loved “Toronto Song,” a gutsy ballad

adroitly that they scripted. As leader

sound almost singer Colin Leske

“Frontline” and “Turn Me Around” invoking

for the live-music-loving summer crowd.

JESS CLEMONS Vermont-born singer-songwriter Jess

of desperation and intermittent gratefulness, set in an airport terminal. Its story stretches in many directions but centers around the loneliness of life on the road. Like many of her lyrics, these seem to have been mined from personal experience. If there is one thing to know about Clemons, it’s that she doesn’t sit still. She’s spent much of her adult life running stripes across North America, slowly exposing her music to one room at a time. Clemons first caught the “gigging bug” while a student at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, where the folk band Barefoot invited her on tour. She says the experience “opened [her] eyes to the thought of traveling and playing music for a living.” Soon she was heading up her own band, with which she recorded her first CDs and opened for some major Canadian acts. When the band split, an undeterred Clemons took off on her own, touring solo alongside other bands throughout the US and Canada. It is an experience she has relished. “I love to travel,” she says. “I love the outdoors, and I love meeting people. If I can make a decent living traveling with my music for a while, and connect with people through it in beautiful places, I’ll be a happy girl.” Luckily, Clemons has a spot for Nantucket high on her list of beautiful places. A member of the summer community for the past three years, she performs regularly

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Millie’s.

JESS CLEMONS AT PUMPKIN POND FARM

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YOU SCREAM I SCREAM “You Scream I Scream is a philosophy as much as it is a band name,” explains frontman, Floyd Kellogg. The name represents the “two parts of the music: fun and whimsical— but also dark.” This Yin-Yang, oil-and-water vibe, while at times perplexing, proves integral to the trio’s startling charisma. The tension emerges in a dark grunge-infused sound with irreverent, often sarcastic lyrics. Perhaps it takes seeing them live to truly understand: You Scream I Scream doesn’t laugh at its own jokes. But to focus strictly on the band’s humor is to do it a serious disservice; their real strength lies in their diversity and depth of sound. The album “Bug in the Light” features twelve tracks that range from the quiet ballad of “Keep ‘em Laughing,” to the paired down pop song, “Dog,” to the aptly named, “Rock’n Out.” The common link is a dark and gritty vibe that Kellogg describes as “electro grunge garage pop,” fortified by his baritone and baseheavy arrangements. Think Talking Heads meets The National. The prominent bass highlights one of the most differentiating elements of You Scream’s talent, what Kellogg calls the “fingerprint of the band”: The absence of guitar. This omission forces Kellogg and band members Audrey Sterk (drums) and Omer Shemish (keys) to find creative ways to infiltrate guitar sounds like playing chords through building melody from the base. “It’s a challenge,” explains Kellogg, “but we’re pulling it off.” He is right about that — You Scream’s next album is case in point. Laying ironic lyricism over truly complex, often surprising rock arrangements, the group manages to hang on to their yin-yang

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philosophy while exhibiting a new level of maturity.

FRONTMAN, FLOYD KELLOGG

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POTENTIAL HAMMOCK In their two and a half years of performing, Potential Hammock has earned the title of the island’s hardest working band. This fact is rather ironic when considering their easy-going, surf-rock sound. With a quirky and comedic sensibility and expansive guitar riffs, the trio achieves summertime in a sound wave, their ballads enjoyed best in sandals and trunks, maybe a Corona in hand. Frontman Sunny Wood calls listeners to cede daily concerns and ponder the more important things in life, such as waves and weather. True to beach-boy form, surfing is king for these islanders. Potential Hammock is part Zen, part rock and roll.

but is quick to point out they probably sound more like the Cramps or Agent Orange. Not to be overlooked, however, is the influence of blues on much of their first album, “Home Honey I’m Hi,” which tones down their punk-ska edge. Pigeon-holing Potential Hammock into a specific genre is impossible; their sound is original and ever evolving, which is good news for this ambitious group, who hopes their fun music will carry to shores afar and surf communities around the globe.

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Wood sources bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink

Floyd as influences,

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NICKEL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS? WRITTEN BY ROBERT S. COCUZZO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT NOBLE

MATT OATES’ PROPERTY IS NOT HARD TO FIND. IT’S ACTUALLY HARD TO MISS. JUST AFTER TAKING THE CORNER WHERE SOMERSET LANE MEETS HUMMOCK POND ROAD, BROKEN SURFBOARDS, SPINNING BIKE WHEELS, AND DEFUNCT COMPUTER MONITORS PROTRUDE FROM THE ROADSIDE LANDSCAPE. At a drive-by glance, the display seems a cross

They’re little glass tubes.” I nod, wondering

between a hoarder’s paradise and an HDC

where this is going. “I started collecting them,

nightmare. CDs are mounted on a fence alongside

mostly for the original artwork on the boxes.

saucers and dinner plates. Old crutches, painted

I soon discovered that there is an entire world

red and yellow, emerge from the ground

out there that collects vacuum tubes. And

with mannequin legs and suspended toasters.

you would never know about it, unless you

Everything about the property is provocative,

were looking for them,” he says. “There is a

not the least of which is a sign reading Advice 5¢.

planet of crazy people out there that knows

If you can’t tell already, Matt Oates is not your

everything about every vacuum tube that has

typical Nantucket artist. Better yet, there’s really

ever been produced. But you would never

nothing at all typical about Matt.

know them, unless you collected vacuum

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“Do you know what a vacuum tube is?” he

from his eye, and drives his point home:

questions me. I ponder for a moment and hazard

“Nantucket is the same way. There is an art

a guess that I already know is too obvious to

world going on here, but because it’s not being

be correct, “The tube you plug into a vacuum?”

shown in the galleries, because it’s not being

“Nope,” he says. “Before they had silicon chips,

talked about, people don’t know it exists.”

they had vacuum tubes in the back of televisions.

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att’s appearance vaguely resembles his artwork: Tight blond curls shooting out from a weathered cap, freckles and a big, animated smile. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen some of Matt’s work, what he tells me is “Recycled Art.”

He has an elaborate installation titled “Dreaming Impossible Things” at NISDA where he serves as a guest instructor. He built and tends to over 500 birdhouses throughout the island. And, of course, he has a spread of interesting assemblages in front of his house on Hummock Pond Road. “It’s a little different. It’s just something different,” Matt says of his work. “I think a lot of the attention I get is because it’s different. Not because people like it or hate it.” But today, I’m not here to talk about Matt’s artwork, or at least not his recycled art.

“THERE IS AN ART WORLD GOING ON HERE, BUT BECAUSE IT’S NOT BEING SHOWN IN THE GALLERIES, BECAUSE IT’S NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT, PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IT EXISTS.”

I’m wondering about that sign in front of his house soliciting advice for five cents. The whole concept, Matt tells me, originated as he was tinkering away in his workshop, half-watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas. He was tired and in need of a vacation, but couldn’t quite afford one. So instead, he was looking for a fun project to occupy his time. Then it hit him: “That scene came on with Lucy and she’s got the stand ‘Psychiatric Help 5¢,’” Matt recounts excitedly. “I looked at it and I thought, I’m doing that.” Matt rushed to the dump, picked up a table and a chair and an umbrella and made the sign, changing it to Advice 5¢. He set up the stand without telling anyone, and sat down for

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makeshift stand and considered his advice

Broader still, the project is a commentary on

interesting and stop,” he recalls. “Hundreds

giving days done. Yet to his surprise, people

the Nantucket art scene, the one that exists

of people stopped. Hundreds. The fourth day

continued to approach him on the street in

behind the oil landscapes. Since the 1960s,

the cops came; they wanted to know why there

search of his unqualified wisdom. So the

the island has been a haven to artists that fall

was a traffic jam!” Matt grins as he continues,

following weekend, the doctor was in

outside the norm, and that community still

“Families with little kids would come, and they

once again.

flourishes. “There are a lot of people on this

would be playing in the driveway as they waited

island that do amazingly cool, funky stuff,

their turn. There was a line down the street,

The broader stroke of Matt’s living arts

but they don’t put it out in front of their house

down the street, I’m not kidding you.” For ten

project was its commentary on today’s

because they’re afraid,” Matt says. “They’re

days, Matt hosted young and old at his roadside

communication, or lack thereof. In a world of

afraid of their neighbors, the town. They’re

stand, fielding questions from the silly to the

texting and Tweeting, good old conversation

afraid because it isn’t an oil painting.” So

serious. “I had to keep pointing at the sign to

seems to be left as a last resort, an almost

what’s Matt’s advice for Nantucket? Perhaps

remind people it’s five cents advice…I can’t

antiquated form of communication. Matt,

it’s to be more open. However, until that time

tell you if you should get married or not,” Matt

who until recently went without a cell phone

when galleries show this brand of work, you

jokes. “A little girl asked me if there is such a

or computer, saw his project invoking the

can always check it out at Matt’s place. And

thing as reincarnation, would it be good to be

most human impulse of conversation. “Most

although his advice stand no longer stands, his

reborn again? This is a seven-year-old girl! I’m

of the people that stopped did it because it

advice remains an affordable five cents.

like ‘My advice is to forget about all that until

was fun,” he says. “But also I think people

you’re older!’” After ten days, Matt closed his

saw it as an opportunity…It’s almost like people had nobody to talk to.”

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what would become a living arts project meets social experiment.

“I figured a couple of people would think it’s

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IT HAD BEEN COLD the previous evening, unseasonably cold, even for late November. The chill wind howled and shrieked around the massive grey-shingled Nantucket ‘cottages’, those stately ‘Grey Ladies’, perched high atop the Eastern dunes overlooking the

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team, sugar.” “You talk funny.” “Thanks. I

that have been jumbled, not all the pieces

PASSING ANOTHER MIRROR above her

gazed out the window. Edgar’s long blue

Many a hopeful whaler’s goodwife had stood where she stood now,

get paid by the word. You ever read Mark

seemed to have come from the same box. In

silvery vanity, she deliberately paused and

Bentley ghosted down the twisting drive, en

a lonely soul praying for her husband’s safe return after years in the deadly

Twain?” “No. Who wrote it?” He smiled at

the bedroom, a solitary tear gathered in the

studied her face, the cheekbones holding on

route to the Nantucket Golf Club. His Sunday

Pacific whaling grounds. But Charlotte wasn’t praying for her husband.

her, eased the main and punched a button.

corner of an eye, spilled, and made a slow

despite the vicious vicissitudes of time and

morning foursome. Golf. She had nothing

She was praying for her lover. Blackford Blaine’s lovely old schooner,

Bose cockpit speakers started streaming

trek down Charlotte’s cheek. She swiped it

abuse. “Johnnie B. doesn’t help, you know,

against it, really, except for the ways in which

Sinatra, loud. St. Francis healed all wounds,

away angrily and touched the fingertip to

dollface,” she said to the reflection. “Makes

it made some people dress. And couldn’t

even minor blackboard scratches like the

her tongue. Salty, like the sea itself. Bitter-

mama all puffy and grey. Foolish woman,

they go on about it at dinner parties? “Y’see,

ones in his head. Women.

sweet. Her life in a nutshell in other words.

stop the booze.” She turned away from herself

Charlotte, there I was lying three, your hubby

She grabbed the sterling hand mirror from

and regarded the silk-tufted headboard of

had gotten on in two, so I knew I had to chip

aising the binoculars to her eyes once more, she scanned the horizon.

Narcissus, was en route from Northeast Harbor, Maine. His ship’s

radio voice message had been brief and plain-spoken, nevertheless it had thrilled her to the bone.

“Ahoy, Charlotte, your captain speaking. Making damn good time, too, a fresh blow out of the east. You might glimpse the old girl fairly close inshore, entering the harbor nigh on midnight. Seeya manana, kid.”

SHUDDERING WITH COLD and some

it within—” “Save me,” she sighed, pushing

nameless dread, Charlotte descended the

back from the breakfast table. Rising to her

steep staircase and took to her bed, seeking solace from storms both within and without at the bottom of a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue. At some point she must have drifted

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off, forgetting to undress or even draw the

Her once glamorous face once the face of a hundred magazine covers on both sides of the Atlantic.

feet and, grabbing the New York Times, she retired to the library to while away the day with the crossword puzzle. DINNER COULDN’T COME soon enough.

draperies. She lay there upon her starlit

her bedside table, peeking at her two-day

her canopied bed, the faded pink and white

What did they talk about? Children. Money

bed all night long, tossed about by

old black eye, once purple, now turning a

toile covering the walls behind it, the rosy

usually, Edgar was obsessed with the stuff. For

merciless tempests. Thus, the following

particularly hideous shade of green. He’d

glow of the silk-shaded silver sconces

years, she’d defended every damn dime sent to

morning brought no great rush to arise. Not

smacked her good, all right. Maybe the

mounted. Just a pretty set, she thought, casting

her beloved daughter by a previous marriage.

trusting her pale blue eyes to the light, she

weekend before make-up could conceal

her eyes around the room. The whole damn

Someone once joked that Edgar didn’t just

lay abed in her silk sleep mask, steeling

her husband’s latest love tap. Good God.

thing. An exquisitely decorous set bereft of

want to win the pot, he was never happy unless

herself for the sound of her husband of

Her once glamorous face once the face of a

actors, a plot, or even a goddam audience.

everyone else left the table empty handed. It

thirty years approaching her door. Ah, yes,

hundred magazine covers on both sides of

“I coulda been a contendah, Charlie,” she snarled

was more than greed, she’d decided. It was

on his way now, leather slippers slap-

the Atlantic. Her body—oh, dear God, the

slapping on the hardwood floors. Next, his

sheer power of it then—wielded mercilessly

hoary and unamusing rap-rap-a-rap-rap

as she bit and chewed and clawed her way

upon her chamber door. Her voice, a deep

to the very summits of those twin Everests

whiskey timbre tinged with smoke, said it

called Broadway and New York. Now, tired

all. Go away. But “Yes, darling, what is it?” is

bones besieged by gravity, Charlotte pushed

what she said. He cracked the door and stuck

the silk coverlet aside, and slid her perfectly

his great balding and chiseled head inside.

painted toes into a pair of pearly satin

In a loud stage whisper: “Hey, you. Wanna

slippers. She padded across the faded

play doctor?” Putting her forefinger to her

Aubusson and flung the tall French doors

temple she said, “Perhaps later, dear. I have

wide with a vengeance. Sparkling sunlight

an awful head.” Somebody shoot me. He

and crystalline air flooded the room, the

had other women. She didn’t hate them.

rolling ocean beyond a lovely hue of deep-

BLACKIE LOOKED ALOFT. A keen-eyed sailor, he could spot the least trace of luff in his

She pitied them. “Poor wookums. No biggie.

est blue. She sang. “Oh—you—wonderful

mainsail. He nudged the helm off the wind a few degrees, stuck a Camel in his mouth and

See you at breakfast, babe. I asked Cook

girl, What a wonderful girl you are—All—

cupped his sea-chapped hands round the Zippo he’d carried since the war. “Blackie?” the blonde

for pickled herring on Portuguese bread,

your—wonderful words, They thrill me

stowaway said over the wind. Bundled inside his old foul-weather gear, she was curled up in the

sour cream and gherkins and a pitcher of

through and through—” George M. Cohan.

cockpit under thermal blankets. She was cute, all right, but had that way of getting on your nerves

Bloodys. What the hell, Sunday morning,

“The Little Millionaire”. Mummy had taken

that some women do. Fingernails on the blackboard type of thing. Earlier, he’d radioed his

right? Let’s live a little.” “How utterly

her to see a revival on Broadway when she

at her reflection over her shoulder. “Hell, I

absolutely psychotic. Still, she soldiered on,

captain to fly the King Air over from Hyannis. Pick up a certain blonde headed back to Northeast

marvelous,” she said, stifling a gag. “I’ll put

was just a girl. Little Charlotte’s own eyes

was a contender…and maybe I still am…”

minding her manners and pretending to pay

tomorrow morning. Brandy here would be wheels-up out of ACK at first light. He took a drag,

on my face and be right down.” He headed

had been brimming with tears at the

looked at her and said, “What’s on your mind, pumpkin?” “How much longer? I’m cold.” “Go

for the broad staircase, his grin a thin crack

sensuous, heavy fragrance of paint and

BREAKFAST WAS HELL, naturally.

rolled by. Let us not to the marriage of true

below, baby. Nice and warm.” “I get seasick down there.” Blackie inhaled and flicked the butt

in a granite face only a stonecutter with

powder, the footlights, the sheer magic and

Later, as Eduardo hovered about the dining

minds admit impediment, somebody said. So

overboard. “You told me back in Maine you’re were a sailor.” “Not on sailboats. On yachts.”

a jackhammer could love. Each fragment

loveliness of it all.

room removing the dishes, she sat back and

hard to keep that faux sweet smile in place, her

“This is a yacht.” “Yeah, right. I meant the kind with no sails.” “A stinkpot? I don’t play for that

was sharp enough, yet like jigsaw puzzles

attention to the blessed union as the years

dinner face, but she managed it one more time. Edgar didn’t eat, he gobbled.

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the fact that his life was one many might

“WHAT ARE YOU wearing, you silly fool?”

to clear, Edgar sat back and placed both hands on his signature

disapprove of. The fact was, he actually

Charlotte said. “It’s freezing out here. Even

before the fire. Charlotte was wearing her

beachball belly. “Eduardo?” he growled, turning the word into a

cared deeply for these women and they

my mink is soaking wet from the fog.” Blackie

mink and little else, Blackie, a faded maroon

all cared deeply for him. Lonely, most of

looked as if he’d forgotten what he was

velvet smoking gown from Turnbull’s in

worst sin in the world was to be abusive to poor souls who could not defend themselves.

them, unhappy certainly, and always glad

wearing. “Winter whites?” “Sorry?” She eyed

London. She stared into the flames, a

“Si, Senor?” “Tell cook that lamb was underdone and she better get her ass in gear or she’s

to see his 130-foot, black-hulled schooner

him up and down. White flannel trousers, a

troubled look on her face. “Cigarette, kid?”

outta here. Capisce?” “Si, Senor. Besame cula. Mucho,” he said straight-faced. He shot her a

sail into port. Lunching one blue sum-

white tennis sweater over a white open-necked

he said, flipping open his gunmetal case,

furtive look and hurried out to the kitchen and ‘Cook’ as Edgar deigned to call Illuminada de

mer’s day at Bailey’s Beach in Newport

polo shirt that set off his magnificent tan, and

“Penny for your thoughts.” “I’d adore one,”

los Reyes. Lumi was a lovely little woman, a splendid cook from Santo Domingo, the beloved

with chums, she’d heard Blackie’s name

a white cashmere blazer. Not to mention a

she said, extracting it just as his Zippo was

wife of thirty years to Eduardo. Over the years, she had watched the proud and dignified

bandied about. “You know him, don’t

scuffed pair of white bucks on his feet, no

coming up. “What’s wrong, baby? Tell

houseman grow to hate Edgar almost as much as she did herself. Perhaps more. Edgar turned

you, Charlotte, dear?” someone said. “You

socks of course. “Winter whites, darling,”

daddy.” “Blackie, I’m sorry. I can’t live this

to Charlotte as he levitated his girth from the table. “What’d he say? Why can’t these people

were both boldfaced once on Page Six, I

Blackie said, grinning with those big white

way. I simply can’t stand to share you with all

speak English?” Charlotte coughed into her napkin, hiding her chuckle. “What, darling?”

believe.” “Why, why, no, I don’t.”

sparklers. “One always strives to stay one step

those other women anymore. The sad truth is

ahead of current fashions. Just you watch, dear

I’m head over heels and I don’t know what

reminds them of Errol Flynn only better

Charlotte. Next year, white will be winter’s

the hell to do about it.” “What do you want

looking.” She’d smiled at that. It was

must have hue. Betcha.” She laughed. The

to do, Charlotte?” he said, suddenly serious.

SHE FOLLOWED HIM into the cherry paneled library where a fire crackled in the stone

true. Blackie, despite his dashing good

one thing that saved Blackie Blaine was that

hearth. This was their nightly post-prandial ritual. She perched on the long sofa while he

looks and somewhat outré lifestyle, was

he had absolutely no idea how devastatingly

already got one husband. Isn’t that pushing

hen the trial was finally over, and Eduardo slid into the dining room

sentence laced with menace. And then she waited for it. In her view, the

“You heard me. Hell’d he say?” “He said he’s terribly sorry.” “Damn well ought to be sorry.

“Well, honey, you should. People say he

Worthless.”

atop a high dune with his long legs wide apart,

a true gent in every sense. More than any

attractive he was, nor how charming. He could

it?” “I loathe Edgar. You know that. I’ve

and light a plump ‘stogie’. Next stop, the Wall Street Journal, the only literature he ever read.

his arms crossed over his broad chest, gazing

man, Blackford Blaine understood women

have any woman he wanted, and did, and she

decided it’s over. I’m—I’m leaving him…

He’d literally hide behind it to discourage discourse, not that she bloody wanted any. Tonight,

out to sea. Clearly, he hadn’t seen her

down to the bone. Knew not just what

was one of the fortunate few. And therein, lay

listen, Blackie. I’ve got a proposal.”

she herself went straight to the drinks table, saying, “Go sit down and relax, darling. I’ll pour

approach. She circled around behind the dune

they wanted, but what they needed.

you a big fat double. You’ve had a tough day.” “Shot three birdies on the back nine, babe.

to surprise him. She was ten feet from the

Nothing tough about that.” “Here you go, Killer,” she said, handing him a tumbler full of

top when she heard his deep voice. Blackford

MAINE, NEWPORT, NANTUCKET, the

Blaine, not bothering to turn around, said,

Vineyard, the Hamptons, Savannah, Hobe

Over the years, she had watched the proud and dignified houseman grow to hate Edgar almost as much as she did herself. Perhaps more.

Sound, Palm Beach, and every other posh

He’d gone through life at full sail, not giving a hoot in hell what others thought and he’d lived his life by one very simple but powerful rule: Never, ever, intentionally hurt another human being.

isn’t it?” “Lovely night for what, Blackie, you

port along the Eastern seaboard, all were

old hound,” she said, closing the distance. He

among the Narcissus’s annual ports of

turned and opened his arms, grinning his big

call. And Blackie had a girl in every port;

white grin, and she fell into his embrace,

all of them most generous in their

pressing her frozen cheek against the warmth

appreciation of the attention, affections,

of that broad chest, feeling his strong arms

and his many kindnesses over the years.

encircle her, making her feel safe like he

This generosity was usually expressed

the problem. “Oh, Blackie, darling,” she said,

“You’ve already proposed.” “No, no, not that

bourbon. Moments later, as expected, the ‘Wall’ went up between them. She remained on the

always did. Safe and warm and…happy. Oh,

through discreet but lavish gifts of private

squeezing him tightly, “I do love you so. And

kind of proposal. A business proposal. Now,

divan gazing at the sea beyond the windows, sipping her drink. Plenty of moon and starlight,

God. Yes, happy, that was the only word for

jewelry from currents and exes. Blackie

I’ve been longing for you, positively aching.”

don’t interrupt me until I’m finished. Just

but a grey fogbank was advancing from the far horizon.

it. Charlotte didn’t kid herself. She knew full

ended up selling nearly all of it to

well she was only one of Blackford Blaine’s

Tiffany, Winston, or Van Cleef. One had

into a dry martini.” “Where are you staying?

marry me and continue the lifestyle you lead

HALF AN hour later she drained her sherry and got to her feet. “Darling, I think I’ll go for a

women, knew it and had accepted it years ago.

to pay one’s way, after all. Blackie saw

Let’s hurry.” “That ramshackle guest house

without having to—what’s the word—earn

stroll before the fog rolls in. It’s lovely out, you should come.” No response, then a muffled

They all had, every one of them, and why not?

no problem with his way of life, though

back there, among the dunes. They call it

it. I will give you one million a year, after

grunt. “Is that a ‘no’?” Another “mmmpfh”. “All righty, then,” she said gaily, “I’ll take my

No secrets, no drama, just romance, short and

he knew many people could and probably

chances alone. I shan’t be long. Unless of course I run into some devastatingly attractive man,

sweet. But she’d always felt special in his eyes,

did. Once asked by a flirty little Vogue

duPont estate?” “Yep. Pal of mine, Mike

will—“ Blackie got to his feet, a dark aspect

that is. In that event, I’ll not return till dawn. TTFN,” she added, knowing full well he would

even though Blackie’s Girls had much in

reporter what he did for a living, he’d said,

McCarty from Palm Beach, owns it now.

to his chiseled profile.“I think we should go.

not know this was textual for “Ta-ta-for-now!” She left him behind his newspaper and strode

common. Rich, of a certain age, unhappily

I get a discount.” “Sounds like a band playing.”

Get dressed. I’ll walk you home. Fog’s rolling

out into the main hall. A row of coats hung along the wall. Choosing a long black mink with

married, widowed or divorced, beautiful, well

Playboy of the Western world.” He’d gone

a hood, she was out the door in a heartbeat. At the end of the flagstone walk she took off

educated (he didn’t suffer fools, or anyone else

through life at full sail, not giving a hoot

Regular Jay Gatsby that boy.” “Take me there.

her shoes and went tripping down to the sea. The sand was gleaming white, soft and sugary

who crossed him, gladly) and, finally, discreet.

in hell what others thought and he’d lived

To Bachelor’s Gulch. Take me now.” “I’d be

beneath her feet. It was cold and damp but her long, voluminous fur coat kept her cozy along

One thing kept her sane: She was pretty damn

his life by one very simple but powerful

delighted, darling. All those steamy love

the water’s edge, keeping her distance a few feet above the shore break. A wave caught her by

sure he loved her best. No, she wasn’t sure;

rule: Never, ever, intentionally hurt

letters are tough on a lonely sailor at sea.”

surprise, liquid ice stinging her toes and ankles, but she was so happy she barely felt it.

she was positive. No secrets lay between her

another human being. And, to his

Because she felt him. Felt him long before she saw him. A ghostly figure in white, standing

and her long-time lover. Blackie never hid

knowledge anyway, he never had.

“Kid, believe it or not, you’re talking to the

“Hell, let’s get you out of that wet mink and

‘Bachelor’s Gulch’.” “The one on the old

“Yeah, he’s having a fancy soiree on the lawn.

shut up and listen. The way I see it, you can

taxes, to spend as you wish. In addition, I

in.” “But, darling, I haven’t told you about—“ “You’ve said quite enough. I’ll be waiting outside.”

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“Marry you.” “Me? C’mon, Charlotte. You’ve

poured drinks, bourbon for him, sherry for her. Then he’d plop down in the leather armchair

“Good evening, Charlotte. Lovely night for it,

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HE FOG HAD rolled in, swirling in filaments and

to kiss his ass.” “Charlotte, everyone on this island knows you

tendrils around them as they neared their destination. They

and Edgar fought like cats and dogs. How many times have the police

hadn’t spoken a word since leaving the guest house. As they

been to your house?” “Yes, he abused me!”“That’s one motive.”

climbed the final dune before Charlotte’s cottage she said, “Oh, Blackie, I’ve hurt you somehow. I’m so sorry.” “If

“What’s the other?” “Your recent business proposition.” “But—but nobody knows about that.” “I do.” “Oh, Blackie. That’s between you

you don’t know how, sorry doesn’t work,” he said as they reached the

and me—oh, darling don’t be like this. I love you.“ “Listen to me

top. “Oh, my God, Blackie, look!” The large house was barely visible

carefully, Charlotte. I’m not for sale. You obviously see me like a lot

in the thick fog. But there were flashing blue lights everywhere on the

of people do. The cheapest kind of bum, a guy who takes advantage

property, haloed in the gathering sea mist. “It must be Edgar,” she said,

of wealthy women just to satisfy his lust for the lush life. But I’m

looking frightened. “He’s been having—heart problems. I must go.

not that kind of man, Charlotte. I don’t take advantage of anyone,

But promise me you’ll meet me tomorrow. That little crab shack over

much less women. You know that, and you know I don’t have any

in Wauwinet. Promise me. Please, no matter how angry you are with

secrets. Now, you tell me the truth. Did you poison your husband last

me now.” “Go see about your husband, Charlotte,” he said, turning to

night? Before you came to meet me?” She stared at him in shock, her

descend the dune for the walk back home.

thoughts suddenly kaleidoscopic. “Blackie, I—I…” “If you didn’t do it, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.” He stood up,

SHE DIDN’T THINK he’d come. Two martinis, considering a third.

expressionless, save the faint, mirthless echo of a smile in the corners

Getting up to leave she saw his tall frame silhouetted black against the

of his mouth. “Blackie! Don’t leave me to the wolves! I did it for

red sky filling the doorway. He strode toward her, a rolled newspaper

you, darling! I want us to be together and—“ “The crew’s getting

in his hand, pulled out a chair and sat down. “Hello, Charlotte. I’m so

Narcissus ready for a sunset departure. I’m leaving this beautiful little

sorry to hear about Edgar. You’ve seen the evening edition I imagine.”

island far astern, and I probably won’t be back. So I’ll say

“No. I haven’t seen a thing. I’ve been walking the beach all day long.

good-bye, Charlotte. And good luck.” He turned and started for the

I—I walked all the way here.” “Widow’s walk. Here. You’d better read

door. Halfway there, he paused and looked back at her. “One last thing.

this.” He handed her the Inquirer & Mirror. “The police suspect

My pal Mike McCarty called. Seems the cops are canvassing the

foul play. In the course of the autopsy, the ME found traces of a

neighborhood. See if anyone saw anything unusual out on the beach

supposedly untraceable poison in his blood. Oleander. It missed the

last night between the hours of nine and ten. Mike told them he got

Medical Examiner’s first screen, but not the second. Down at the

tired of his noisy party and strolled down to the beach for a cigar and

bottom you’ll read that you are considered a person of interest.” “Me!

a little peace. Said he saw a couple up on that dune. You and

Outrageous. How can they possibly suspect me?” “They always suspect

me.” “And?” “Detective wants to talk. Going there now, before

the spouse first, Charlotte. Always.” “Blackie, you have to believe me.

heading back to the boat.” “Oh, God, Blackie. What are you going

I didn’t do it.” “Then who did?” “Eduardo. Our houseman. He hated

to do?” “You should know this by now, Charlotte. I’m lousy at

Edgar with a passion. He could have easily put something in his

keeping secrets.”

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COURAGE of the Guard

He was captivated by the tenacity and sheer

One of the Coast Guard lifeboats— only

bravery of the Nantucket and Cape Cod Coast

36-feet long and already carrying four crew

“It must have been an agonizing decision for

Guard as they attempted a rescue in one of the

members—eventually picked up thirty- two

Captain Naab, ” says Tougias, “but a very

most violent storms of the 1950s. “The word

men off the stern of the Pendleton, somehow

heroic one. He had two crews to consider: his

squeezing them aboard and then ferrying them

own and the Fort Mercer. Bravery in the face

them,” he says. “The concept of bravery,

to safety. “The fact that these ‘Coasties’

of this kind of decision-making takes on a

coupled with split decision-making, against

physically responded to such a seemingly

new meaning.”

tremendously negative odds, by seemingly

hopeless call was a miracle in itself. But they

ordinary people, inches from death’s grip, is

were ‘just doing their job,’” says Tougias. The

If all goes to plan, audiences will be able to

simply fascinating.”

movie will most likely focus on Guardsman

experience a re-enactment of this bravery on

Bernie Webber, the 24-year-old crew member

the silver screen in the next couple years. Un-

A movie version of The Finest Hours is

from Chatham who successfully saved those

til that time, however, it is captured vividly in

currently in the works in Hollywood, headed

32 men off the Pendleton, as 6o-foot seas

the prose of this, Tougias’ 18th book: He was

up by Dorothy Afiero, the co-producer of the

raged around him.

entering some of the most treacherous

‘hero’ simply isn’t big enough to describe

WRITTEN BY RYDER ZIEBARTH

was forced to pull back and wait for daylight.

Academy Award-winning film, The Fighter.

waters on the East Coast: the shifting labyrinth

With some of the filming planned to take

For their part, Nantucket’s Coast Guard sent

of shoals between Nantucket and the elbow of

place around Cape Cod, the movie’s tentative

out a 36-foot lifeboat, The Yakutat, to try

Cape Cod. The tides play havoc in the

release is for 2013-14. “It is still kind of hard

and save the Fort Mercer. The lifeboat was

shallows here, as

for me to get my head around all this,” says

skippered by Ralph Ormsby, and carried three

water moves back

Tougias, “but I think what caught Dorothy’s

crewmen: Alfred Roy, Donald Pitts, and John

and forth between

eye is the simple fact that audiences crave

Dunn. Later, a cutter commanded by Captain

Nantucket Sound

an inspirational story about overcoming

Joseph Nabb made it to the Fort Mercer’s bow.

and the open ocean,

tremendous obstacles. To me, The Finest Hours

The crew tried floating life rafts to the sinking

creating rip currents

exemplifies the very definition of hero.”

tanker, but when the men jumped from the

of churning, sand

Mercer’s deck and missed the rafts, they found

filled seas that can

The U.S. Coast Guard, both on Nantucket and

themselves too hypothermic to crawl into

be frightening even

the Cape, made numerous attempts to rescue

them. Four of the oil tanker’s crewmen died

on a calm day.

the crew of the Pendleton and the Mercer.

during this rescue attempt, and the Yakutat

MICHEAL TOUGIAS is a frequent lecturer at the Atheneum and Life Saving Museum

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ith winds at 70 knots and seas at 60 feet, eighty-four

crewmembers of two World War II oil tankers, the

Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, prayed for a miracle in

the early morning hours of February 18, 1952. Just aft of their bridges, the 10,000 ton T2 tankers had their steel hulls ripped apart by the relentless pounding of icy water and gale-force winds, their

dismembered carcasses barely afloat, drifting further and further into survivors clung to the remaining wreckage of the Pendleton, hoping their mayday reached the Coast Guard before they were lost to the depths. Later, the Mercer, also in two pieces, floated away with more men shivering violently against the wind and snow. The reporting of this fateful voyage resulted in The Finest Hours, The True Story of N magazine

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Farmers Market WRITTEN BY PETER B.BRACE

In its sixth season, the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market at the intersection of Cambridge and North Union streets is the reason local growers, jewelry makers, weavers, beekeepers, soap makers and other artisans are thriving on Nantucket. Bringing their organic, locally grown produce and handmade crafts to this downtown location every Saturday from June 15th to October 15th is invaluable hands-on marketing for their year-

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he market has served as a springboard for local

in town,” said Whelan, “and gave

artisans such as Liliana Dougan whose

the town and the people a sense

“Nantucket Pasta Goddess” gluten-free pasta

of what it’s like to have a market

is now in 43 stores in six states, and

downtown. And people liked it and that was where we got

craftspeople such as Jeanne Van Etten and

the energy and approval from the town to move forward

weaver Karen Sheppard, who are earning a living from

with having it on the street.” That year, the market spent

their creations. Lower profile island growers, including

about three weeks at this crucial location and then secured

Nantucket Mushrooms, Hummock Pond Farm and

a permit from the town to move to its current location

Pumpkin Pond Farm, are gaining notoriety through the

between the post office and the Starlight Café.

ELIZABETH MURPHY

market, helping them compete with the island’s two largest farms, Bartlett’s and Moors End.

Since then, its growth has been, well, organic, increasing almost every year from just nine vendors in 2007 to 65 in

“In terms of success as a program, I don’t think that can be

2010 and then 53 in 2011. This summer will be the second

overstated because it’s doing exactly what we wanted it

season of the mid-week growers-only market held next to

to do,” says Michelle Whelan, executive director of

Glidden’s Island Seafood on Pleasant Street on Tuesdays

Sustainable Nantucket, which sponsors the market. “It’s

3:30-6:30. A limited number of artisans will join the

giving our new, beginner growers a platform to get

growers this summer.

connected to the community to raise their profile, it’s giving our established growers an additional place where they can

The hope, in Whelan’s words, is that Sustainable

be seen and remind people of their presence and where their

Nantucket cultivates a self-reliant, locally-based food

farm stands are, and it’s given our artisans the chance to be

system and healthy local economy. Starting this summer,

entrepreneurs and be a part of our cottage industry.”

islanders will be able to readily identify the fruits of these

Paintings by CHRIS BOURBEAU

labors through Sustainable Nantucket’s newly launched Germination of this market happened inside of former

Nantucket Grown Brand. Island growers who meet

Nantucketer Heather Leisher-Coffin and island grower

Sustainable’s standards can use the logo to promote their

Wendy Fereshetian in 2005. It sprouted from their

produce as Nantucket Grown. Restaurants sourcing

thoughts on local sustainable practices and how at the

certain amounts of local produce on their menus can do

time there was no place to buy local organic produce on

the same thing with window stickers and advertising

a regular basis. This pair saw the market as a venue

bearing the Nantucket Grown logo.

where smaller farmers, home gardeners, craftspeople, bee keepers, and poultry and livestock farmers could

“So, the market has been successful in a number of ways,

gather for a weekly confab of shoptalk and to share

but it also provides what we call a third place—a place

their products with the community.

outside of work and home for people to gather, so it’s a rejuvenator of a sense of community,” said Whelan.

In helping this pair with their farmers market idea,

JEN KARBERG

“I think that’s a really important thing for a community

Sustainable Nantucket saw an opportunity to expand

such as ours to have on a consistent basis.”

its Buy Local program by introducing Nantucketers to

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organic produce and island-made crafts as well as to the concept of sustainability through locally grown food and small businesses. The market’s first season ran August 11 to early October 2007 at the Nantucket New School, but Whelan says they got their big break in 2008 when the N magazine

Dreamland Theater allowed the market to set up at the

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PHOTO BY NATHAN COE JEANNIE VAN ETTEN


PATTY, NETTIE, CAROL, LORI & CATHY

DAMES

DUMP of the

WRITTEN BY PIPPIN AUSTIN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE KAIZER

SOME CALL IT THE LANDFILL, OTHERS THE RECYCLING FACILITY, but for most of us, in pick-ups and minivans loaded up with mandatory transparent bags on a Sunday morning with a cup ‘o Joe, it will always and forever be: The Dump. And the women who run the place—Patty, Nettie, Cathy, Laurie, and Carol—are its gatekeepers. Their gentle mantra: Household on the right, mixed on the left. Cardboard and cans down there. “I call it La Dump-ay,” year-rounder Geoffrey Morrell explains. “These women offer guidance and take abuse with a spirit that makes me want to come here even when I don’t have the trash to bother.” For others, going to the dump may feel like going to the dentist,

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love my job!” says Nettie Nottingham,

so good about straightening out what the

on Cliff Road. But the Scale also offers

who dumped nursing 15 years ago to

‘sneaks’ do.” The meaning of “sneaks” is

unexpected treasures. Laurie turns to a

work at the dump because, “I find this

obvious: Recycling scofflaws. She liberally

functional 42 inch flat screen T.V. inside

sort of trash much easier than blood

calculates that fifty percent of dump custom-

her booth. A large collection of discarded

and guts!” She’s standing at the Sort

ers are sneaks, and some habits die hard. Very

appliances waits on the curb besides the scale.

Station, where household trash is

few bags of household trash don’t contain at

There are no guarantees of treasures, but no

separated. Behind her a massive conveyer belt

least one plastic or glass item that “acciden-

price tags either. “I am so going to work

churns an infinite river of plastic bottles,

tally” finds its way inside.

with you if you’re looking for a functional

crumpled cardboard, cat food and tuna tins.

appliance,” she explains with a grin, “and

Even a couple of old truck tires are waiting

Past Nettie’s sorting and crushing warehouse

for free!” Peering out the window of her tiny

for her to pluck and toss into the recycle bins,

is a small booth referred to as “the Scale.”

house at an enormous commercial hauler

the green destination that had been ignored by

Standing inside, fifty-one-year-old, blue-eyed

entering the scale, she jots down the weight

its previous owner. Pointing down at the floor,

blonde Laurie Clabaugh says she regularly

then waves the driver through. “Everyone

a dense layer of odiferous mush, she explains,

has to wage a P.R. campaign to justify dump

knows the line: One man’s trash is another

fees above and beyond basic household

man’s treasure. Not everyone who comes

cartons, eggshells— it all gets turned into

recyclables. It’s an inflationary reality, part

here gets that point.”

compost.” She picks up the seat and

of the cost of building the Nantucket dream.

“That’s the point. Paper, cotton balls, milk

“Lots of people say, ‘But, I pay taxes, why do

Inside the sorting shed, Nettie and Laurie admit

head, “What part of the word ‘recycle’ don’t

I have to pay to use the dump?’” The short

to an advantage of working behind the scenes.

people understand?”

answer is C&D: Construction and Demolition. Bottles and cans rarely complain. It’s Cathy,

handlebars of a kid’s tricycle, shaking her

Nettie admits to the occasional bad day: “A little while ago someone dumped a five gallon plastic container of... something unmentionable.” She holds her nose, and grimaces at the memory, “But I feel

Everything that goes into those ubiquitous

Patty, and Carol, however, who make up the

green dumpsters that sprout next to each

public face of the dump. They patrol the loading

building project has a price, and it ain’t cheap. dock, the windblown oasis where all household/ At $3.25 per 20 pounds, minus truck weight,

glass/ cardboard/ plastic/tin or batteries are

this can add up to a hefty bill for the new

hopefully tossed into separate bins, in theory.

homeowner doing even a modest teardown

PHOTO BY NATHAN COE

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Carol Driscoll is in charge of the Take-It-Or-Leave-It building, the Filenes Basement of the landfill boasting an eclectic depository of cast-off furniture, clothes, books, shoes, appliances and amazingly diverse brick-a-brac too good or too expensive to toss into the C&D pile. For many islanders, a side trip to what’s become affectionately known as “The Madaket Mall” is like the cookie after eating your spinach. Carol is standing with local picker Mark Palmer. He holds up a hand-written love letter, framed in gold leaf, an ancient paean to some long-forgotten romance. “It’s so human to find this in the trash heap,” he laughs. “Hey, nice frame for free.” At high noon, as the big white gates are being latched for the day, Cathy opens the door of her warming hut and retrieves a package of Ritz crackers. On cue, two seagulls instantly swoop in, and eat directly from her hand. They have names, Peg and Charlie, and are as regular as the big rig drivers who each day ferry the tons of refuse that nobody wants. Peg is one-legged. Charlie is blind. Cathy smiles, and reaches for a broom. It’s been a long day, but tomorrow it all begins again.

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ut there is theory, and then there are the

Sneaks. “Tut-tut-tut,” Cathy calls out to a guy poised to chuck his clear plastic bag into household. “Is that plumbing in there, Hon?”

“Um….thanks. Uh, I forgot,” the man sheepishly

apologizes, stooping to untie his bag, revealing the telltale glint of copper. Cathy watches him separate his trash. The man is cooperative and genuinely contrite. But in their fifteen years of working the frontlines, the trio have been attacked and insulted, and generally demeaned just for doing their job. Cathy was once even hit on the head with a piece of iron pipe she ferreted out of a household bag. Working at the dump can also have its privileges and unexpected pleasures. “One day a man came to me asking where to put his ice box. I assumed Freon to be the issue,” says fifteen-year veteran Patty Hill. “After a long discussion it became clear he was talking about an early 20th-century antique that held a block

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THE WHALER, THE PAINTER & THE CANDLESTICK-MAKER

WRITTEN BY MARJAN SHIRZAD & BENJAMIN SIMONS

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THIS MEMORIAL DAY,

The Whaling Museum takes on a whole new look as the NHA unveils a re-envisioning of the Hadwen & Barney Oil & Candle Factory, complete with long-hidden art and artifacts from the NHA’s revered Fair Street collection.

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The NHA’s early Fair Street Museum, circa 1900, served as inspiration for the new Hadwen & Barney Oil & Candle Factory exhibit at the Whaling Museum.

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During the post-whaling era of the 1870s–1910s, many artists were drawn to Nantucket for its antiquated charm and picturesque vistas. As we make our way around the factory, we linger before works by legendary island painter and teacher Frank Swift Chase, as well as whimsical pieces by Tony Sarg, noted for his larger-than-life balloons, long featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This area of the factory reminds us that as early as the 1870s, Nantucket began to reinvent itself as a holiday destination and mecca for artists. Visiting artists, some with Nantucket roots, created impressive landscapes that captured the spirit of the place. They shared a fascination with the island’s physical beauty, its local characters and customs, and the relics of Nantucket’s whaling past, forming a vital holiday community among

the remains of shanties, boathouses, disused waterfront wharves, and neglected homes and mansions. Today, the redesigned Hadwen & Barney Oil & Candle Factory

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showcases the vibrancy of these distinct he Hadwen & Barney Oil & Candle Factory was once

Making our way across the factory catwalks, our eyes feast upon

eras in Nantucket’s colorful past, from

owned by local whale-oil merchants William Hadwen and

countless objects that tell the tale of daily life on the island. A fleet of

global whaling capital to sleepy island

Nathaniel Barney. Commanding over half of the surrounding

ship models provides an imaginative glimpse of a once-teeming harbor,

outpost to buzzing summer playground.

block, it contributed to an astonishing Nantucket industry,

the gateway to distant ports explored by Nantucket whalers. Our gaze

which, at its peak, produced more than 300,000 pounds of spermaceti

turns to the newly created 11’ x 16’ compass rose of Nantucket, a hand-

candles annually. For the summer of 2012, the Nantucket Historical

drawn oversized map created by NHA 1800 House coordinator and

Association brings this vital corner of the island back to life through a

artist Mary Emery, whose detailed penwork appears in private residences

complete re-envisioning of this historic space, at once demystifying

and commercial locations across the island, including the exquisite bar

the oil and candle factory process and refashioning the factory to

at Oran Mor restaurant. Emery’s newest work, specially commissioned

highlight rare artifacts gleaned from over two hundred years of

for the exhibit, conjures the four corners of the navigated globe and

Nantucket arts and culture.

marks key nineteenth-century ports and destinations that at the time were as familiar to the whalemen as their own spit of sand back home.

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whale-oil press, is newly illuminated through commissioned

A wall of arresting portraits brings us face-to-face with illustrious

illustrations and original exhibits. A reinvention of the factory’s

Nantucketers who confronted some of the island’s greatest challenges and

upper levels showcases hidden treasures, turning the space into an

events through time, from school desegregation and woman suffrage to

artifact-rich depository reminiscent of secret island attics of yore,

the almost complete destruction of Nantucket Town by the Great Fire of

harking back to the spirit of the NHA’s revered Fair Street Rooms,

1846. One of the highlights of this new exhibit, hidden from public view

the original exhibition space. Now gathered together for the first time

for the past thirty years, is a massive iron door from the vault of the

in many years, these artifacts from Nantucket’s vaults create a rich,

Manufacturers & Mechanics Bank at the corner of Federal and Main

multi-dimensional portrait of the island’s culture, reflecting its

Streets—the door a lone survivor of the dreadful night when all of

transformation from whale port to art colony over the centuries.

downtown Nantucket burned. Antique hotel and restaurant signs remind us of days gone by—Western Union Telegraph, Sea Cliff Inn, North Shore

Entering the factory, a gleaming black and gold quarterboard beckons

Restaurant, Oriental Bazaar, Miriam Coffin T-House—transporting us to

us from the shadow of the 46-foot sperm whale skeleton to the

mythic establishments that once dotted the landscape.

exposed brick edifice that once housed the main operation.

Top Right: THE OLD MILL Anne Ramsdell Congdon (1873–1958) oil on canvas, 1940 Middle left: THE RAINBOW FLEET Frank Swift Chase (1886–1958) oil on board, 1930s Bottom left and right: JIM CORBETT’S BOAT watercolor on paper 1922 BON TON FISH MARKET oil on canvas, 1927 by Tony Sarg (1880–1942)

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This oil and candle factory campus, with its imposing two-story

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