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Nantucket has become an island of festivals. From daffodils, to wine, to film, to gardens and even yoga, you would think Nantucket would have it covered. But last year’s edition of the highly-acclaimed Nantucket Book Festival proved that there is still room for more events on Nantucket, especially ones that enlighten us. N Magazine is proud to be the Book Festival’s local media sponsor and brings you some of its highlights in this June issue.
It has been over a month and a half since the marathon bombings in Boston. However, the memory is still vivid in all of our minds and has been particularly impactful for those who call Boston home. Our cover features bestselling author and Book Festival luminary Dennis Lehane, whose Boston-based novels Shutter Island, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have been made into some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films. As a native of Dorchester, Lehane shares his unabashed pride in being a Bostonian, sentiments which he echoed in an article he wrote for The New York Times. In this issue, we’ve reprinted Lehane’s New York Times piece entitled, “Messing With the Wrong City,” which captures the remarkable spirit demonstrated by this strong city. Beyond books, we go on to cover stories about music and dance. We feature a story about Nantucket-native Graham Dickson and his band Crystal Fighters, which is gaining international prominence. We also learn some steps from summer resident Walter Schalk, who built a tremendously successful dance school that once held classes on Nantucket. N Magazine enjoys uncovering curious pieces of Nantucket history and we hope you find the story of the island’s former harness horseracing scene to be surprising and fascinating. Another interesting twist on life on Nantucket is learning more about the already amazing Dr. Tim Lepore, who was the subject of Pam Belluck’s bestselling book, Island Practice. Exclusively for N Magazine, Belluck takes us into Dr. Lepore’s extraordinary antique gun collection. Learning about people, places and things is what makes the Book Festival a perfect event on an island where there is a never-ending source of history, ideas and thoughts. We hope you take advantage of what the Book Festival has to offer while you enjoy the warmth of June. Sincerely, N magazine
Bruce A. Percelay Editor & Publisher
2013 34 POT OF GOLD?
With seventy percent of the island voting in favor of marijuana dispensaries opening on Nantucket, many wonder how this potent symbol of the sixties counterculture will hit the island.
40 THE CURIOUS CASE OF DR. LEPORE
New York Times columnist and author of the bestseller Island Practice, Pam Belluck, shares another interesting side of Cottage Hospital surgeon Dr. Lepore.
45 MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES
Take a look at the faces behind Nantucket’s ‘True Island Radio’ 97.7 ACK-FM.
51 THE PRIDE OF DORCHESTER
Book Festival headliner Dennis Lehane talks about growing up in Boston, writing bestselling novels, and being Hollywood’s flavor of the decade.
57 BASS, BOOKS & BUSINESS
When Joe Andrasko boarded a charter fishing boat nearly a decade ago as a first mate, he never thought it would lead him into a life of entrepreneurship.
28 CRYSTAL CLEAR
Nantucket native Graham Dickson tours the world with his folksy rock band Crystal Fighters.
64 ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
N photographer Nathan Coe captures equestrian fashion on Nantucket.
76 LORD OF THE DANCE
Longtime summer resident Walter Schalk built a dance empire in Connecticut one graceful step at a time.
84 WASHINGTON OBSERVER
A conversation with Book Festival luminary and award-winning journalist Evan Thomas.
THE POWER OF BOOKS
Book Festival luminary William Schwalbe shares the story of how a book club brought him closer to his terminally ill mother.
101 AUTHORS BEHIND BARS The Nantucket Book Festival brings back its ‘Authors in Bars’ event this June,offering the perfect chance to meet authors like Jack Sussek, Wyn Cooper and Rosie Schaap.
107 NANTUCKET’S OLDEST SPECTATOR SPORT
Imagine two horses racing down a dusty straightaway with two jockeys riding behind them in chariots and you’ve got history’s most exciting spectator sport on Nantucket.
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GUESTCONTRIBUTORS PAM BELLUCK Pam Belluck is a staff writer for The New York Times and author of Island Practice, a non-fiction tale about Dr. Timothy Lepore and the community he treats as a jack-of-all-trades physician on Nantucket. At The New York Times, Belluck served for a decade as a national bureau chief, and has covered major news stories, reported from places as diverse as Colombia and South Korea, and written about subjects ranging from cattle rustling to embryo adoption. She is currently a health and science writer, also contributing to the Science Times podcast. For this Book Festival issue of N Magazine, Belluck revisits the story of Dr. Lepore in “The Curious Case of Dr. Lepore” (page 40).
MEGHAN BROSNAN A Nantucket native, Meghan Brosnan specializes in portrait, concert, and event photography. After moving to Chicago in 2008, she began documenting the city’s vibrant music scene for online publications like Paste, Spin Magazine, and Consequence of Sound. Brosnan has photographed an array of music and film festivals and has worked with clients all over the country. Brosnan holds a BFA from Emerson College and is currently based in Colorado. For this Book Festival issue of N Magazine, Brosnan traveled to California to photograph Nantucketnative Graham Dickson and his band Crystal Fighters (page 28).
SCOTT KEARNAN Scott Kearnan is a Boston-based writer with a strong focus on New England travel, arts and entertainment, and has interviewed stars from Steven Tyler to Lady Gaga. A Boston College graduate, Kearnan is the former editorial director of STUFF magazine and is currently the contributing lifestyle editor at Boston Spirit, an upscale magazine for New England’s LGBT community, as well as a regular columnist on Boston.com. For this June Issue, Kearnan profiled Nantucket-native Graham Dickson for the
story “Globetrotting Band” (page 28).
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NBUZZ THE MID-ISLAND SHUFFLE The Chicken Box, Pi Pizzeria and Pazzo have some new neighbors moving in mid-island. After years serving hearty breakfast, the Hen House has flown the coop for good. Nesting in its place is Island Kitchen, a restaurant owned and operated by Chef Patrick Ridge, formerly of the Languedoc, and Marshall Thompson of Jetties. Meanwhile, right next door, the Bamboo Supper Club has been purchased by a Boston investor. At press time, local architects were working on a redesign of the Bamboo’s interior. Depending on what goes into the old Bamboo, mid-island could become an even tastier dining destination on Nantucket.
RENTAL MARKET In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Nantucket
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SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL The roads of Downtown Nantucket had a bumpy start this spring when the Department of Public Works
began excavation as part of a ten-year plan to replace the island’s sewer and water systems. Designated as Phase IIB, the most recent roadwork removed over 6,000 feet of old clay and cast iron sewer pipes and replaced them with PVC and cement-lined iron pipes. The project began in late January and is scheduled to run till Memorial Day. The final paving of the streets, however, won’t begin till the fall, leaving motorists with an extra bumpy ride into town this summer. Buckle up!
FOR SALE:INQUIRER AND MIRROR Once again, The Inquirer and Mirror is up for sale. Founded in 1821, The Inquirer and Mirror has passed hands over the years, first to Ottaway Community Newspapers in 1990, and then to Rupert Murdoch’s News N magazine
Corp. enterprise in 2007. Murdoch acquired The Inquirer and Mirror as part of his purchase of Dow Jones & Co.,
which publishes The Wall Street Journal. Apparently News Corp.’s interest in The Inquirer and Mirror and its associated group of community newspapers, known as the Dow Jones Local Media Group, was not part of Murdoch’s long-term vision. The paper is now being marketed to the highest bidder by a New York investment bank, Waller Capital. Some argue that newspapers are yesterday’s news, but we’ll just have to wait and see how the future of the island’s oldest newspaper unfolds.
CHANGING CHANNELS on Nantucket
There’s been a lot of static surrounding Nantucket’s local television stations lately, with at least one channel not returning to its regularly scheduled programming. The 228 will no longer be coming to you live from the Dreamland on Channel 22. Instead, it will now function as a production house, with upcoming projects including mini-documentaries on the Wauwinet as well as on the history of the ‘Sconset Water Commission. In other news, GENO TV is revamping its online presence while continuing to broadcast on channel 99. And celebrating its first anniversary, NCTV Channel 18 is going strong, having tripled its staff and upgraded its office. Stay tuned for more on this story.
NEW APP ON THE MENU
Nantucket is slowly entering the digital
BUIDING ON THE RISE One only needs to drive around Nantucket to see that construction
age with Internet apps designed to navi-
has increased this year compared to years past. At press time, the
gate the island. Last summer, Anderson
Nantucket Building Department reported having issued 498 building
Publishing introduced the “Nantucket”
permits, an astounding twenty percent increase compared to
app, providing information on every-
last year. With some of those jobsites facing a June 15th
thing from restaurants and nightlife to
deadline on exterior construction, the race is on to build to the finish.
tide charts and ferry schedules. This summer, there is a new app to choose from on the island: Nantucket 360. While providing similar features and functions as Anderson’s app, 360 will offer a social networking component that will allow users to share, rate, and bookmark their favorite places and activities on Nantucket. “360” launches early June.
NEW BREWIN TOWN The Hub on Main Street revealed an impressive remodel earlier this spring and
is now offering gourmet coffee, smoothies, bagels and other small baked goods. The Hub still boasts one of the island’s most extensive newspaper and magazine selections, giving you something to read with your cup of morning joe.
GOING LONG ON
Look out Film Festival, there’s a new show in town and they’re keeping it short and sweet. Premiering at the Nantucket Arts Festival in October, the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival will by John Shea, the festival will include guest juror Casey Neistat, who became an overnight success in 2012 with his short film “Make it Count.” Winners of the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival will be presented statuettes made by Nantucket artist Matty Oates.
show locally made movies, ranging from five to seven minutes long, at the Dreamland. Hosted
Messing with the
CITY WRITTEN BY DENNIS LEHANE
Boston-based author Dennis Lehane appears on this Juneâ€™s cover of N Magazine celebrating the Nantucket Book Festival. Around the time Lehane was selected for the cover, Boston suffered the tragic attack at the Boston Marathon. The following day, Lehane wrote this opinion piece for
THE COMMUNITY WILL EULOGIZE THE DEAD AND PROVIDE CARE AND SOLACE FOR THE INJURED. AND, NO,
my creative fuel, for two reasons. 1) Because
ing space. Two different friends texted me the
busing crisis in 1974, I drove with my parents
that night was my ur-experience, if you will,
identical message yesterday: They messed with
and brother through South Boston on our
with rage. I’d seen anger, of course, and I’d
the wrong city. This wasn’t a macho sentiment. It
way to Dorchester, where we lived. On West
seen violence, too, but rage — beyond reason,
wasn’t “Bring it on” or a similarly insipid bit of
Broadway we got stuck in bumper-to-bumper
beyond intellect, beyond conciliation— was
posturing. The point wasn’t how we were going
traffic and crawled for a mile through one of
a different beast. 2) When I speak of my love
to mass in the coffee shops of the South End to
the more frightening mass gatherings I’ve ever
for this city, it will be understood that the love
figure out how to retaliate. Law enforcement will
witnessed. Effigies of Judge Arthur Garrity
does not come filtered through a soft-focus
take care of that, thank you. No, what a Bosto-
and Senator Edward Kennedy and Mayor
lens. I’m fully aware of the sins that litter the
nian means when he or she says “They messed
Kevin White were hung from street lamps
with the wrong city” is “You don’t think this
hen I was 9 years old, at the height of the
changes anything, do you?”
and set afire. The flames were reflected in the But I do love this city. I love its atrocious ac-
through them at the faces of a mob so incensed
cent, its inferiority complex in terms of New
Trust me, we won’t be giving up any civil
it was medieval. Reason was not popular on
York, its nut-job drivers, the insane logic of its
liberties to keep ourselves safe because of this.
West Broadway that night. Nor was compas-
street system. I get a perverse pleasure every
We won’t cancel next year’s marathon. We
sion or a desire to debate our differences with
time I take the T in the winter and the air-
won’t drive to New Hampshire and stockpile
nuance or a respect for complexity. In the
conditioning is on in the subway car, or when
weapons. When the authorities find the weak
place of civil discourse, rage ruled. I bring this
I take it in the summer and the heat is blasting.
and terminally maladjusted culprit or culprits,
up now, in the wake of a terrorist attack on the
Bostonians don’t love easy things, they love
we’ll roll our eyes at whatever backward ideol-
city where I was born and from which I draw
hard things — blizzards, the bleachers in Fen-
ogy they embrace and move on with our lives.
way Park, a good brawl over a contested park-
windows of my father’s Chevy, and I looked
I can remember being. My daughter asked if the
without a second thought for their own safety,
bad men were like the bad woman who hit her
the primary desire of the terrorists — to paralyze
explosions to drop my tax return off at the post
on the head with a suitcase last time we were on
a populace with fear — was already thwarted.
office. By this time I knew what had happened;
a plane and then didn’t apologize. I assured her
the whole city did. Beacon Street was splattered
the bad men were worse, and my daughter asked
half-hour after the attacks, I crossed the marathon route two miles west of the
with enough crushed Gatorade cups to
faith, be arrested, jailed and forgotten.
give it the appearance of a poppy field. A
Whatever hate movement they belong to
lot of hugging was going on. People stared at their phones even though cell service
was down. I passed a homeless woman on
The little man or men who did this will, I have
…WHAT WE’LL CLING TIGHTEST TO IS WHAT THE CITY WAS BUILT ON—
will ultimately go the way of the anarchist assassination movements of the early 20th century or the Symbionese Libera-
a bench. She asked, “Them demons been
tion Army of the 1970s. Those killed and
caught yet?” I said I didn’t know. She said,
maimed, starting with 8-year-old Martin
“They will, they will.” A few blocks later,
Richard of my neighborhood, Dorchester,
I came upon a young woman in runner’s
and his injured sister and mother, will be
clothing sitting on a lawn, weeping. I
remembered. The community will eulo-
asked her if she was all right. She nodded.
gize the dead and provide care and solace
I asked if I could get her anything or do
for the injured. And, no, we’ll never
anything for her, and she shook her head.
forget. But what we’ll cling tightest to is if they would hit her on the head when she was
what the city was built on — resilience, respect
I went home and tried to explain to my 4-year-
on the street. I promised her they wouldn’t, but
and an adoration for civility and intellect.
old daughter that the reason Mommy and Daddy
really, what do I know? The bad men — stran-
were upset was because bad people had done
gers — wait to hit us on the head. Or remove our
Boston took a punch on Monday — two of them,
some bad things. I’m not used to feeling so
limbs. Or shake our conviction that the world
actually — that left it staggering for a bit. Flesh
limited when it comes to expressing myself,
should be a place where people live free of fear.
proved vulnerable, as flesh is wont to do, but the
but trying to explain an act of mass murder to a 4-year-old rendered me as close to speechless as
spirit merely trembled before recasting itself into When the civilian bystanders to the attack ran toward the first blast to give aid to the victims,
something stronger than any bomb or rage.
BAND WRITTEN BY SCOTT KEARNAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGHAN BROSNAN
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR NANTUCKET NATIVE GRAHAM DICKSON AND HIS FOLKSY, ROCK AND ROLL BAND, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS. The breakout band Crystal Fighters is a tough act to categorize, but the song “Plage” off their debut album is probably the best sample of their sound. French for “beach,” “Plage’s” jaunty melody and ebullient ukulele echo the influence of world music while the song’s catchy, spirited lyrics are the kind you could imagine singing around a bonfire. By the time the song is over, you can almost taste the ocean air in your lungs and feel the toasty sand between your toes. Which makes perfect sense, as the beach is never far from the mind of Graham Dickson, the Crystal Fighters’ founding member.
BORN ON NANTUCKET, Dickson now travels the globe with the band, performing at concerts and festivals from Brussels to Berlin, San Diego to San Francisco. Yet no matter where he travels, Dickson always keeps his island home close to heart. “It was such a beautiful place to grow up,” he says. “It’s the kind of place where you didn’t have to lock your doors. There was such a sense of safety, and a sense of freedom that came from that.” This freedom included plenty of time spent outdoors, learning to surf off Nantucket beaches, and immersing himself in music. He was playing piano by the age of five and then went on to learn the drums and guitar. While he certainly inherited creativity from his mother, local artist MJ Levy-Dickson, the 29-yearold’s musical tastes came largely from his father, who introduced him to improvisational and theatrical rock and rollers like Frank Zappa. He also exposed Dickson to dub reggae, a drum and bassheavy subgenre that springs from Jamaica, where the elder Dickson once lived. “Throughout my childhood, my father always made sure I listened to many different styles of music,” he explains today. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was giving me extensive instruction.” And when it came to music,
Dickson was a stellar student.
BY THE TIME THE SONG IS OVER, YOU CAN ALMOST TASTE THE OCEAN AIR IN YOUR LUNGS AND FEEL THE TOASTY SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES.
However, it wasn’t until studying at Edinburgh University that Dickson met musician Gilbert Vierich. Vierich introduced Dickson to his longtime friend Sebastian Pringle, who was producing music in London, and Crystal Fighters was born. The band’s sound still needed some fine-tuning. After experimenting with various styles, the three discovered folk melodies from the Basque countryside of northern Spain. Around that time, friend and singer Laure Stockley, who would eventually join the band, shared with them an unfinished opera manuscript that she had recovered from the home of her reclusive late grandfather. “It was a book he had handwritten on his deathbed,” explains Dickson. “It was kind of crazy, full of these insane yet incredible writings.” Crystal Fighters extrapolated the mad, existential musings to create the lyrics and melodies on their debut album Star of Love. With their famously energetic and artsy shows, Crystal Fighters has been catching fire with a certain breed of fans and music critics. They’re drawn to the music because it is exotic and euphoric, funky and punky, and stems from a group that would be equally at home playing Burning Man, a warehouse rave or Woodstock. And with their star rising, Crystal Fighters has certainly had a chance to tour the world, playing everything from music festivals in Spain to clubs in Chicago, bringing their global sound everywhere from Japan to the Azores. They’ll be logging even more miles now that they’re touring to support their new album, Cave Rave. Ironically, despite all the band’s globetrotting, Dickson says Nantucket is Local audiences will just have to wait and see when this Nantucket native will bring his music back to where it all started.
one place they haven’t yet had a chance to play.
GOLD? WRITTEN BY VANESSA EMERY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN MOHR
Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released dispensary-permitting guidelines, bringing Nantucket one step closer to offering medicinal marijuana to local patients. Many wonder if legalizing this potent symbol of the American counterculture will spark a new island economy or just leave Nantucket dazed and confused.
“Marijuana provided a sense of euphoria without the physical addiction.”
— John, island native
eventy-five percent of island voters
such studies, the laws seem to be lagging
supported the medical marijuana bill
behind the science, and the science is lagging
in last November’s election allowing qualified
behind people’s anecdotes of the beneficial
patients to possess up to a sixty-day supply of
use of medical marijuana.
cannabis without criminal or civil penalties. In order to secure this medical marijuana a doctor
Of course, not all members of the medical
must recommend patients to the state-run
community are so high on marijuana as
patient registry where qualifying conditions
medicine. “I wasn’t impressed with mari-
falls under a tightly regulated system
include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis
juana in the sixties and seventies, and I’m
where only qualifying patients are
C, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis
not impressed with it now,” says Nantucket
informed of dispensary locations. The regulations
and other debilitating conditions. Many islanders
doctor George Butterworth. Although Dr.
that govern medical marijuana on Nantucket will
are looking to have a marijuana dispensary not
Butterworth says that “Marijuana is probably
determine how it gets used or abused.
as a Colorado-style head shop, but as a source
less of a burden on society than tobacco and
of plant-based medicine.
alcohol,” he is not convinced that anecdotes
The differences between California and Vermont
like John’s are enough to prove marijuana’s
are generally representative of the differences
between East Coast and West Coast medical
One such supporter is John, an island native
He argues that
marijuana laws: The East
and thirty-year-old carpenter who spoke under a pseudonym to remain anonymous. In 2003, John contracted a bacterial staff infection in his left hip and was
“I wasn’t impressed with marijuana in the sixties and seventies, and I’m not impressed with it now,” — George Butterworth
prescribed antibiotics and pain
Coast is much more conservative. The Vermont and Massachusetts laws only make marijuana available to patients with debilitating conditions. By contrast,
medications. “I was nauseous
California casts a much wider net, including
all the time due to the antibiotics,” he says. “I
patients with arthritis, migraine, chronic
didn’t feel like eating, and food was essential to my recovery.” John started using marijuana
pain and epilepsy on their list of qualifying con-
to increase his appetite and ease his nausea.
ditions. Perhaps most significantly, Vermont
He was also prescribed Percocet and Oxy-
only allows dispensaries to distribute
codone for his pain. The doctor warned him
two ounces of marijuana per patient
that he could become physically addicted to
per month. In California, legal limits vary by
these drugs and would need to wean himself
county, but it is not uncommon to obtain four
off of them. Daily marijuana use helped John
although most medicines are derived from
transition off the opiates. “Marijuana provided
plants, prescribing a whole plant is not
a sense of euphoria without the physical
typically accepted amongst Western medical
One need only look to the sky over the years to
addiction,” he says.
doctors in the twenty-first century. Aspirin,
see how Nantucket has dealt with marijuana in
quinine, morphine and digoxin are just a few
the past. For years, blacked-out surveillance hel-
At least one study shows evidence of the
examples of important drugs synthesized from
icopters have been deployed over the island in
benefit of marijuana in combination with
isolated plant compounds. Marijuana may
collaboration with the state and federal police to
opioid painkillers. The American Society for
be radical within the medical establishment
spot any illegal crops being grown. Last August,
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
not because it is an illegal drug, but because
the police confiscated many marijuana plants
published a study in 2011 that found that
it is a whole plant. Despite his professional
and arrests have since been made for small
vaporized marijuana enhanced the pain
opinion, Dr. Butterworth says if a patient on
possession. With community dialogues and the
relieving effects of opioids allowing patients
chemotherapy thinks marijuana will help ease
proper regulations in place, perhaps medical
to take lower doses of addictive painkillers
his or her pain, he would be happy to write a
marijuana can reach its potential as a healing plant
and decreasing their side effects. In spite of
while shedding its reputation as a dangerous,
ounces in a single day.
addictive substance. As founding father and hemp It is yet to be seen how medical marijuana
est service which can be rendered to any country
opens, but states like California and
is to add a useful plant to its culture.” We’ll just
Vermont offer valuable clues.
have to wait for the smoke to clear to see if this
Medical marijuana in California is a regulatory nightmare, whereas in Vermont it
proves true on Nantucket.
will affect the island once a dispensary
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT NOBLE
UP THE HILL FROM NANTUCKET’S HOSPITAL, the epicenter of saving lives on the island, sits a house with a startlingly voluminous collection of implements invented to kill. Guns — some 200 rifles, pistols, shotguns — are stashed in a basement safe and vault, a locked upstairs cabinet, and even a locked wooden box labeled “dog toys” in the kitchen. More surprisingly, the house belongs to a man who handles a vast portfolio of the island’s healthcare needs: Timothy J. Lepore, surgeon, family doctor, hospital medical director, tick disease expert, school physician, medical examiner, informal psychologist, and occasional unofficial veterinarian.
It’s not the only way that Lepore, 68, the subject of my book, Island Practice, is a colorful, contrarian anomaly. In a world of corporatized health care, where doctors’ time with patients is logged in “relative value units,” Lepore is a never-say-no physician who accepts payment in oatmeal raisin cookies, lets patients bring themselves, or their animals, to his home at all hours, and makes house calls, even to a hermit squatting illegally in swampland whose house is a “twigloo” made of vines. Lepore
stole hospital supplies to treat a horse with suspected cyanide poisoning in
the middle of a field. He commissioned a pot-smoking patient to illegally bake marijuana cookies for cancer sufferers. And he’s subjected himself to threats by being perhaps the only doctor between here and Boston to perform abortions, though he is ideologically against them.
Dr. Timothy Lepore with his red-tailed hawk, Ajax, which he uses to hunt on Nantucket.
ut in Massachusetts, bluest of blue
A gun hobby like Lepore’s can seem even more
with these things and expect them to under-
states, being a gun fanatic and National
jarring now, in the shadow of the terrifying
stand the difference. Glamorize thug life and
Rifle Association member is in its own category.
massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six educa-
not the real things of life.”
Lepore not only listens to Rush Limbaugh but
tors in Newtown, Connecticut, the mass shoot-
plays Limbaugh for his dogs. He protects his
ings in Aurora, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona,
Lepore knows that his gun passion strikes
guns with tear gas on a tripwire, once acciden-
and other frightening cases of gun violence.
some as contradictory and offensive. But to
tally teargassing the island fire chief in the face.
Lepore is repulsed and shaken by these events.
him, they represent some of the same values
His doctor’s office is decorated with a pistol, pic-
After Newtown, he emailed me: “There is no
that drew him to Nantucket 30 years ago: his-
tures of muskets, and posters of ammunition. His
explanation for the horror of the shooting.”
tory, ingenuity, independence. Nathaniel Philbrick, the author and Nantucketer, also thinks
exam rooms are named Colt, Winchester, Smith & Wesson; the bathroom is named P-Shooter.
He understands the mounting anti-gun senti-
guns allow Lepore to connect with a segment
“Guns: I never met one I didn’t like,” Lepore
ment, and he favors stricter screening of gun
of the population that he thinks most doctors
muses. “They’ve all got panache.”
buyers. He’s less convinced about tightening
would not otherwise have interaction with.
gun laws in other ways, saying that some Lepore takes his guns hunting or to the police
places with “loose gun control,” like Vermont,
Lepore is not much for railing about self-
shooting range as often as he can. And “if I can’t
have had “no real issue,” while what he calls
defense or the Second Amendment. He’s not
go out shooting for a variety of reasons —
Chicago’s “draconian gun laws” have not
an expert marksman, and he’s a lackluster
social, political,” he says, he’ll fire air rifles at
prevented a steady loss of life. He also faults
hunter. But he loves to shoot, and he loves
a mattress affixed to a basement wall. He even
video games as “unneeded stimulus for ado-
the stories behind his guns. Pepperbox re-
made a “potato gun” out of PVC pipe, a long
lescents who cannot tell real from video,” and
volvers from the California Gold Rush. Civil
whitetube resembling a rocket launcher that can
movies in which we never see the aftermath
War–era single-shot-action Ballard rifles. An
fire anything from russets to Idahos.
of real shootings. “We desensitize our youth
M1 Garand, the first semiautomatic rifle to
become regular army equipment.
There’s a Browning Superposed shotgun called an Over/Under, a 1920’s German “Bolo” Mauser semiautomatic pistol, and several Russian Mosin-Nagant sniper rifles. Lepore has a Smith & Wesson double-action revolver that belonged to his maternal grandfather, a Greek man who disapproved of his daughter dating Lepore’s Italian father. Had he lived until the wedding, “this was the gun that my grandfather would have used to pop my father,” Lepore believes. And Lepore still has his first gun, a Marlin .22 lever action Model 39A that his father gave him when he was 16. Lepore’s father was disinterested in weapons but Lepore loved them all, starting with BB guns he used to shoot flies and then pigeons from the roof of their house in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and branching out to a bow and arrow he used to hunt frogs in a swamp. Now, he carves bows and arrows, and prehistoric spear-throwers called atlatls. But he can never have too many guns. Amid crazily-piled stacks of books and such oddities as didgeridoos, Lepore grabs a Winchester Model 97 shotgun, pumps it, and says “You hear this, you best be behaving yourself.” Caressing a rifle with a rear sight known as a tang sight, he grins. “I am a [sucker] for tang sights.” Hoisting another, he boasts, “I could shoot a dinosaur with this thing. You don’t see any dinosaurs on this island, do you? I’d like to think I can take some credit for that.” He loves refurbishing guns, scrounging up obscure parts. And he makes bullets, melting lead and other metals, something he used to do in the hospital near the emergency room. Occasionally he’ll still bring guns into the hospital, if he’s hunting or shooting when a medical emergency occurs. It’s illegal to leave them in his car.
Despite Lepore’s goofy bravado, he isn’t reckless with guns. In fact, he believes shooting guns takes such care and precision that it’s the only activity that requires as much concentration as performing surgery, “controlling where you want to hit, doing it right, and doing it repeatedly.” Lepore says shooting helps keep him from constantly rethinking his last surgical operation, second-guessing whether he did everything he could have for his patients. And when he hunts, he doesn’t have to try to “fix anything I’ve shot,” he says. In that realm, it’s okay for him to let a living thing die. “If I’m shooting, I’m not thinking about operating,” Lepore says. “Shootfor that period of time. The stress, when I’m shooting—that all falls away.”
ing, I’ll tell you, it sort of wipes the slate clean
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OF 97.7 ACK-FM
WRITTEN BY JOHN DOYLE
LAST MEMORIAL DAY AN OBSCURE LOCAL RADIO STATION PLAYED NEIL DIAMOND’S “SWEET CAROLINE” FOR TWENTY-FOUR STRAIGHT HOURS ON NANTUCKET, thus marking the beginning of 97.7 ACK-FM. A year later, ACK-FM dominates the island’s airwaves with an eclectic playlist and an entertaining lineup of local disc jockeys. The creation of radio tycoon Jeff Shapiro and his parents Robert and Lois, ACK-FM has become a soapbox for the Nantucket community, spreading word about everything from missing pets to emergency storm information. Now transmitting online, the station can be heard worldwide, and its audience continues to grow. In celebration of their first anniversary of being on the air, we take a look at some of the faces behind ACK-FM with disc jockeys DC, Sandy, Melissa and Kate.
DC: Let’s start with the basic essentials for a radio station. The running joke still is that when we started we had a stapler with no staples, we had a white board with no markers, and we had just three hundred songs in our playlist. The first five or six days you were hearing the same song probably once every six hours. So we’ve built that up to almost fifteen hundred songs that we can now flip in and out. From David Bowie to Dave Matthews, Grateful Dead to Grace Potter, we play it all. When I first came on air from the city, I was used to giving traffic reports, you know, “I-95 is backed up because of a five-car pile up,” or something like that. I never thought I’d be giving a traffic report about a whale in the harbor with boats being backed up. There have been a lot of firsts for me with this radio station.
SANDY: The station literally started from the ground up: The studio is in a basement on Old South Road. I might complain about it in the morning because I don’t see the sun when it comes up, but what’s beautiful is that it creates a really safe, unintimidating place for guests to come. The guests want to speak, they want the community to get to know them, but they might also be really nervous. Our studio is cavernous, and guests can almost forget that people are listening. They are able to open up one-on-one with the DJ on the
air. It’s a conversation. We’re not
trying to be NPR. I’m not trying to be Terry Gross. I am just curious. That’s what I like to have come across in the morning with the morning guests: “Tell me what’s going on? What do you bring to the community?”
KATE: I’ve worked for big, huge radio companies and everyone sits around and talks about who they think their audience is, and nobody really knows the individuals they’re talking about. We’re in this amazing position where we know our audience personally. We know they are smart and that makes us up our game. I don’t want to be a big radio yahoo. I want to be a real person on the radio. So when I’m asked, “Are you different behind the mike than from your normal self?” really the only difference is that I am watching my language. I swear like a sailor in real life. I am deeply grateful for how this station has just been embraced by the island. The response has just been so generous and so positive.
MELISSA: Nantucket is such a creative environment and our local music reflects that. I’ve had more than a dozen local bands on my local music show at this point. People are just so into the local music scene here; they love it. And the bands themselves are just amazing. We’ve got everything from country and kind of blue grass sound, up to the gypsy bands and pop. It’s amazing the range out here. As for ACK-FM, Nantucket needed its own voice, and I think this definitely filled the slot.
DORCHESTER THE PRIDE OF
CONVERSATIONS WITH LITERARY HEAVYWEIGHT DENNIS LEHANE INTERVIEW BY ROBERT COCUZZO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEIGH FAYE
With Oscar-winning actors playing his characters in blockbuster films directed by the likes of Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese, Dennis Lehane’s literary success is not just found between the covers of his books. And yet, when talking to this bestselling author, Lehane seems just like a regular guy from Boston who can tell and wicked good story. “I grew up working class,” he says during our conversation, “I grew up the son of a union man. I grew up in a very Northern European, ethnic, blue-collar, solidly democratic, East Coast neighborhood. That’s what I write about. That’s what I understand.” Indeed, Lehane captures the voices of so many Bostonians in his novels, reflecting an intimacy with the city that only a writer born and bred in Dorchester can impart on the page. This June, Lehane brings this voice to the island as a featured speaker at the Nantucket Book Festival.
N MAGAZINE: Many of your characters echo your Boston roots. What does this local dialect
N MAGAZINE: Is “writing what you know” one of the
provide your stories with?
elements of great fiction?
LEHANE: Bostonians have a very distinct voice. If you travel around the country, you realize how
LEHANE: I think “writing what you know” has been
rare that is: this voice of a place. New York has it, Boston has it, parts of the south have it, but in so
misinterpreted. It doesn’t necessarily mean that if
many places everybody sounds like everybody else. It’s not just in the dropping the ‘R’s. It’s a way
you’re from a plumbing family, you write about plumb-
of looking at the world that is just very different than most people. That gives me a lot of rich
ers. Or if you are from South Dakota, you write about
territory when I write, and capturing that voice isn’t terribly hard because I grew up all around it.
South Dakota. It means write how you understand the world. I grew up working class. I grew up the son of a
N MAGAZINE: Your plots often touch upon social issues such as racism, gang violence, child abuse, and drugs: Are you making a social commentary between the lines, or are those elements just adding texture to the piece? LEHANE: It just happens organically. I think I have always been, for lack of a better term, a “social writer.” I’ve been a writer of social issues certainly. It’s not something I plan. I start writing about something and that just begins to flower out of the sort of kernel that I start with. I don’t have to shoehorn my social agenda into a book. N MAGAZINE: You provide a portal to your readers into worlds that, especially for our Nantucket audience, can seem extreme or foreign. Do you think it’s important that people read books to get a sense of the other world that’s out there? LEHANE: I don’t believe in the writer that scolds. I don’t think it’s my job to serve you the medicine that’s good for you. I think that it’s good for all people to be aware of the rest of the world. One of the big problems we have in this country is this sort of major disconnect between us and them— them being whoever, whatever that list is. So is it good that people read books about people who are not like them? Yes, it’s great. Is that why I write those books? No, I write what I
know. I write what I’m interested in.
union man. I grew up in kind of a very Northern Euro-
“I grew up working class. I grew up the son of a union man. I grew up in kind of a very Northern European, ethnic, blue-collar, solidly democratic, East Coast neighborhoods. That’s what I write about. That’s what I understand.”
pean, ethnic, blue-collar, solidly democratic,
is nothing if not a 1930’s Warner Brothers
East Coast neighborhood. That’s what I write
crime melodrama. You can see the plot of
about. That’s what I understand. But I don’t
Gone Baby Gone on “Law and Order” any day
necessarily write about being the son of
of the week. So I don’t think it’s my stories or
a guy who worked for Sears, Roebuck for
my plots that are grabbing people. I think the
thirty-five years, which is what I am. That’s
only part I take any credit for is that actors
when we get into autobiography.
seem to like to play my parts. I seem to write parts that actors really like to play.
N MAGAZINE: Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and Ben Affleck have made your
N MAGAZINE: What involvement do you
books into blockbuster films. Hollywood
have, if any, when your books are being made
actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean
into movies? Did Clint Eastwood call you up
Penn have played your characters. How did
during the filming of Mystic River and ask
your involvement with the film industry come
what your intentions were with this scene and
LEHANE: My first book was optioned I think
LEHANE: If Clint Eastwood calls me and asks
two months after it was published, so that
me, then I tell him. I don’t call him and I don’t
was my first experience with Hollywood. Then
ask to. Ben Affleck has been working on Live
I had options arise a couple more times, and
by Night for quite some time now, and I have
then I had Mystic River. Mystic River became
N MAGAZINE: So what’s in the soup?
Ben’s phone number, I have his email, and I
such a big deal that I became the flavor of the
LEHANE: Beats me.
have not contacted him once. When he needs to contact me, he contacts me. Otherwise
month, and stayed there for quite some time. I N MAGAZINE: So you don’t think there are
I’m just an intrusion. I think having been an
Hollywood sees that, “Oh, wow, they’ve made
certain elements to your books that lend
artist now for twenty-seven years one of the
three critically successful movies, and two
themselves seamlessly to the silver screen?
things I’m really respectful of is the creative
extremely financially successful movies out of
LEHANE: The only thing I can honestly see,
process. I don’t have a right to tell you how to
his books,” well then Hollywood, they come
and I’m not being falsely modest, I think I
do your process. I should just stay the hell out
running. They don’t understand what you’re
write very serviceable plots. They work. But
of your way until you need me. That’s the way
putting in the soup, they just know they like
are they original? I don’t think terribly. I don’t
it’s worked now for three films, and I’ve been
think they’re terribly fresh. I think Mystic River
consulted on all three films.
had Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone. Once
“Once Hollywood sees that, ‘Oh, wow, they’ve made three critically successful movies, and two extremely financially successful movies out of his books,’ well then Hollywood, they come running.”
N MAGAZINE: You’ve recently written for the hit television series “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Does screenwriting offer you a different outlet than working on a novel? LEHANE: Yes, it’s totally different. As Donald Westlake one famously said, “A novelist is god. A screenwriter is god’s tailor.” Working on a script is just different. You use different parts of your brain. It’s very barebones. There’s no obsession. To put it in perspective, a really tough thing for me has always been what I call “painting a room,” which is describing a scene. That to me is like pulling teeth. Somebody walks into a room and then I have to describe the room for you. That to me is one of the most difficult parts of writing novels. You don’t have to do that in a script. You don’t have to worry about it. You just say “interior room.” That, in and of itself, just cut my writing time by fifty percent. N MAGAZINE: Can you tell me about the projects you are working on right now? LEHANE: I’m a writer-producer on “Boardwalk Empire” this season, the HBO TV show. I’m doing rewrites on a script that is going into production right now by Fox Searchlight called “Animal Rescue.” I’m working on the next book, a continuation of the Hoffman family saga, which began on The Given Day. And then I’m actually
working on another pass of a pilot script for a Patrick and Angie TV show.
N MAGAZINE: Busy, busy. Well it will be nice to take a break on Nantucket for the Book Festival. LEHANE: Yeah, I love Nantucket. I haven’t been to Nantucket I think in ten years, but it’s a lovely place. It’s gorgeous.
BASS, B BOOKS & BUSINESS WRITTEN BY ROBERT COCUZZO
A young man’s journey from fisherman to educator to entrepreneur
In June of 2004, Joe Andrasko was living a young man’s fantasy
enough to follow through.” Andrasko began tutoring the boy later that
on Nantucket. The twenty-one-year-old had just graduated from
week. At the end of the summer, when he was too bashful to charge
Bowdoin College and was spending his summer working as a
the family for his tutoring services, they handed him a check. “It was
striker aboard Captain Tom’s Charters in Madaket. By day,
more money than I had ever made in my life,” Andrasko says. He
Andrasko was fishing for stripers off the west end of the island;
brought the check directly to the bank and started a business called
by night, he was out trolling Nantucket’s watering holes for a
The Nantucket Learning Group.
was, ‘Joe, what do you do during the winter?’” he says with a
What began as a one-man operation in 2004 is today a successful
likable twang in his voice. “I’d tell them I was a teacher back at
organization with fifteen teachers on Nantucket and Martha’s Vine-
my alma mater, Delbarton, and 80 percent of them would say, ‘I
yard. The Nantucket Learning Group tutors children from kindergarten
have a kid that could really use a tutor.’” However, after a long
through twelfth grade, teaching them everything from ABCs to SATs.
day on the water, the last thing Joe Andrasko wanted to do was
“Getting the business off the ground was a challenge to me,” Andrasko
sit down and teach Spanish or SAT prep.
says, “it was uncharted territory for a young guy, particularly a Spanish teacher from a private school in New Jersey.
That was until Captain Tom’s wife, Bambi
But that process of figuring out how to chart
Mleczko, walked into the mates’ quarters
that course really sparked my interest in all
one evening and insisted that he tutor
things business.” So while continuing to grow
their client’s son. “Bambi is affectionately
the Learning Group, Andrasko gradually
known as ‘Top Dog’ among the Captain
shifted gears from educator to entrepreneur,
Tom’s team,” says Andrasko, “so when
eventually going back to school for an MBA at
she asks for a favor, a good striker is smart
the University of Virginia.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOE ANDRASKO
good time. “The question every client would ask me on the boat
n 2008, Andrasko was presented with a unique business proposition by his friends, Chris Ryan and Bryan McCoy. The two consultants had just returned from volunteer work in Africa, and told Andrasko that there were investment opportunities there that could also bring about some social good to that
part of the world. Their idea was to invest in agribusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa, and although they could raise the necessary capital, they had never started a business before and wanted Andrasko’s help. “I clearly remember telling them it was a great idea, but that it would never work. Luckily they were convincing,” he says. In the fall of 2008, Andrasko boarded a plane and moved his life to Swaziland as a partner of Sustainable Development Capital, which he founded with McCoy and Ryan. “If you drive from Johannesburg and through southern Africa, you’ll drive through miles and miles of wonderful, fertile, unused fields,” Andrasko says. “The challenge in that part of the world has always been a lack of capital and a lack of management expertise for agribusinesses. And we’ve always said if we can find the appropriate entrepreneurs and bring the capital and lend some of that management expertise, there’s a great opportunity to create jobs in an economical, for-profit capacity.” In 2009, Andrasko and his partners proved this strategy when purchasing a farm out of bankruptcy in Swaziland. Within eight months, the Sdemane Farm rebounded, employing one hundred local workers and exporting over three tons of
high-quality vegetables per week.
Bringing an American business strategy to sub-Saharan Africa
$600,000 in revenue, a significant sum for that region in the
was not without some unique obstacles. Andrasko recalls an
world, particularly a farm. On the social front, the farm employs
uneasy moment when he and his partners were seeking to rent
hundreds of local workers, providing them cream-of-the-crop
additional land from a tribal chief in Swaziland. When his
wages and benefits. Specifically, Andrasko and his partners
associates went off to assess the land, Andrasko was left alone
provide pre-school and transportation for the farm workers’
with the chief to
families and are currently
make small talk.
developing an HIV and
“He turned to me and said, ‘So Joe, tell me, how many wives do
“You don’t need to raise a million dollars or hire twenty employees to get started. You just need the courage to find that first client or make the first sale.”
AIDS awareness program there. “We were able to ply our business trade in a way that would
you have?’ Here I
hopefully be profitable
am in Swaziland,
in the long-term for our
it’s a rainy day, I’m standing in the middle of an overgrown field
investors, but was also incredibly impactful on the ground in
with a chief who expects me to impress him with the number of
Africa,” Andrasko says.
wives I have. And I thought I was going to upset the chief by telling him I wasn’t married.” The chief went on to extol the
At the age of thirty, with two businesses to his credit, Joe
virtues of having multiple wives. “When I did get married,” he
Andrasko continues to fish for the next opportunity. “My advice
says, “I sent the chief some wedding pictures, and he’s been
to entrepreneurs is don’t be afraid to fail,” he says. “I really
supportive of my wife and my marriage ever since.”
believe entrepreneurship is all about taking the initial plunge.
Today, Sdemane Farm continues to thrive, exporting upwards
employees to get started. You just need the courage to find that
of five tons of vegetables per week to high-end retailers in
first client or make the first sale. From there, a good balance of
South Africa and Western Europe. The company grosses around
hard work and humility is a great recipe for success.”
You don’t need to raise a million dollars or hire twenty
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LORD of THE DANCE WRITTEN BY ROBERT COCUZZO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT NOBLE
How summer resident Walter Schalk built an empire one step at a time
alter Schalk comes from an era when a man’s ability to dance made him the most eligible bachelor in the room. It was a time when he could strut up to a couple in a club, ask the husband’s permission to dance with his wife, then cue the band and dazzle the whole room with his moves. He looked straight out of the Rat Pack, impeccably dressed with a showman’s smile and perfect hair. But Walter Schalk wasn’t all about wooing women with his moves—he went on to build a dance empire one step at a time. Today, at eighty-years-old, Walter Schalk is no longer so light on his feet. Gout has seized his left leg and he labors, sometimes with a cane, as he walks through his massive estate in Wilton, Connecticut. “You know, I’ve only just started feeling old in the last two months,” he says. “Time just went by so fast. Been having a lot of fun.” Schalk’s claim to fame is a dance school that he started nearly sixty years ago. At the height of its success, the school had upwards of 2,400 students. That number has since dipped to close to 1,200, a change he attributes to girls playing more sports, and, although he doesn’t admit this directly, perhaps to boys not thinking dance is so hip anymore. Nevertheless, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the whole state of Connecticut who
doesn’t know the name Walter Schalk. To date, he estimates that 150,000 students have
passed through his school, many going on to dance professionally. “Take a look here,” he says, digging out a business card from his wallet. “This is one of my most recent success stories.” On the back of the glossy card is a girl performing some kind of leap. “Today, she’s a Rockette,” he says proudly.
Schalk leads us down to his personal dance studio on the
estate “Wally’s World,” and even from the inside, this description
ground floor. Light pours in through floor-to-ceiling win-
rings true. A giant white marlin is mounted over the fireplace, and
dows and reflects off mirrors and the hardwood floor.
Schalk notes that the record-breaking trophy was caught off the
The studio looks out on an opulent man-made pond, com-
coast of Nantucket, on light tackle no less. On a folding table in
plete with a fountain and a floating dock with a pergola.
the center of the room is a pile of black and white photos, and he
When I asked for directions earlier in the day, Schalk’s
walks over and begins flipping through them casually.
assistant told me, “The place sticks out like a sore thumb, you can’t miss it.” The town’s people have come to call the
“I haven’t seen these in, well, I don’t even know how long,” he mutters to himself. “Here’s me on the Ed Sullivan Show. You can see Ed right there with his hands on his hips. And here’s me with my dance partner in competition. Look how skinny I was.” The photos hark back to a golden era in dance: not so much bellbottoms and John Travolta, but tuxedos and Gene Kelly. Schalk performed on Saturday evening television specials in his teens, often opening for acts like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Looking back in time through the photos, I can almost hear the ice clinking in Dean Martin’s scotch glass, the muffled clapping of Ed Sullivan’s audience, and the unshakably cool timbre of Frank Sinatra serenading the crowd. Schalk was the son of two hardworking German immigrants. His father was a skilled tool and die maker who was short on words, and even shorter on compliments. At the age of nine, Schalk started taking dance classes with his friends under the direction of a World War II veteran. As the story goes, the veteran was an aspiring dancer, until the war left him partially crippled and dashed his dreams of ever becoming the next Fred Astaire. So instead, he molded Schalk and the other students into a formidable dance troupe, eventually making them regulars on national television.
espite this early taste of fame and fortune, Schalk considered dance just a hobby, and took a job in advertising out of high school. His career in letterpress printing was off and running when
President Truman announced America’s military intervention in Korea, eventually leading
Schalk to enlist. Except, as fate would have it, his tour of duty was not spent in Korea, but in Germany. A gifted soccer player, Schalk was sent to Europe to play on the US Infantry’s German-American Friendship team, a public relations outfit promoting reconciliation after World War II. So it was that in the early fifties, a young Walter Schalk was stationed in post-Nazi Germany, meeting relatives for the first time and scoring goals for the Stars and Stripes. “What do you want me to do, a pirouette?” Schalk jokes, when the photographer asks him to strike a dance pose for the camera. With his bum leg, he looks completely lacking in grace. Even walking seems labored and very awkward. “How ‘bout I dance with a partner? That might be better,” he suggests. “Charlie! Charlie! Send out Kelly.” A svelte dancer dressed in black enters from stage left, one of Schalk’s top instructors. “Ok hon, let’s show these guys how to dance.” The dancer slips into Schalk’s arms and he dips her with the panache of a prizefighter, one hand under the small of her back, the other clasping hers high overhead. Their legs, arms and shoulders move perfectly in sync, as if the dancer was Schalk’s shadow just before noon. In two steps, this eighty-year-old man becomes the smoothest thing on earth. Of course, he’s had lots of practice, not just in competition, but also in the field. When Schalk returned from the war, he danced in clubs and bars, making women swoon and men envy him. Soon his buddies from work took notice and asked him to teach
them how to dance.
Then he taught their wives to dance. Then he taught their children to dance, and the Walter Schalk School of Dance was born. The school spread across Connecticut, and even made its way on to Nantucket, where today Schalk owns two homes and a boat, Let’s Dance II. “I came to Nantucket when they opened the boat basin. What was that? 1967 or ‘68?” he says. “I lived on my boat right there on Straight Wharf.” Schalk has since purchased two homes on the Miacomet Golf Course, and spends June to September on the island. Back in his early days on Nantucket, he renovated the ‘Sconset Casino and held summer dance classes there, and his students often performed in front of the gazebo on Straight Wharf accompanied by a live band. “But then I realized I was working during my vacation,” he says. “So I closed the school after six or seven seasons.” Today, Schalk spends his summer days fishing and playing golf in his backyard. And on some nights, if the mood strikes him right and if the band is playing on key, Walter Schalk will dance. So if a man with perfect hair and a showman’s smile asks you to dance, let him lead. It will be a night you won’t soon forget. N magazine
OBSERVER INTERVIEW BY BRUCE A. PERCELAY
A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST EVAN THOMAS
Among the many luminaries speaking at this yearâ€™s Nantucket Book Festival is bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and longtime Washington commentator Evan Thomas.
s former Editor at Large and lead writer at Newsweek, Evan Thomas famously brought readers into the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the
2004 presidential election, the primary campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and behind the scenes of the White House in the wake of the September 11th attacks. His reporting earned Newsweek several awards, including two National Magazine Awards. The author of eight historical books, Thomasâ€™s most recent work, Ikeâ€™s Bluff, explores the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower in the emerging nuclear age. N Magazine reached out to Evan Thomas to see what lessons we can learn from President Eisenhower, as well as to hear what this prolific N magazine
writer has to say about the future of the printed word.
N MAGAZINE: In Ike’s Bluff, you seem to have an affinity for
N MAGAZINE: Eisenhower coined the term the “military-industrial
Eisenhower and his moderate approach to government and politics.
complex,” which referred to the incestuous relationship between
What would today’s Republicans say if Eisenhower were in office?
the military and industries that supplied the military. Given how
EVAN THOMAS: They wouldn’t know what to say. Ike is far more
questionable our incursion in Iraq was, could it be that absent
moderate than the GOP today. But he won two presidential landslides and
of any proven threat, the motivation was economic?
averaged a 65 percent approval rating. Maybe a lesson there for Republicans?
EVAN THOMAS: I do not think Eisenhower would have ordered the invasion of Iraq. If he had, I am sure he would have demanded overwhelming force during the occupation. Ike would not have wished to spend hundreds of billions on small wars that drag on and on. As president he avoided war and cut the defense budget by 20 percent. N MAGAZINE: One of Nantucket’s longtime summer residents and favorite sons is Secretary of State John Kerry. He appears to have hit the ground running. How do you think he is performing in his new role? EVAN THOMAS: Senator Kerry has been training his whole life for this job. He has the talent and experience to be a great secretary of state. The key, of course, is good judgment. We won’t know the quality of his judgment until it is really tested in a crisis.
Ike would have loved Nantucket. Especially if he played golf there! — Evan Thomas
N MAGAZINE: Being a general seemed to have tempered Eisenhower’s willingness to cause mass casualties in war. How valuable is it in today’s world for a politician to have a military background? EVAN THOMAS: It is not essential for politicians to have military backgrounds. Most don’t. But it’s also true that people who have not served in war are sometimes tempted to compensate—and to rush into conflicts best avoided. N MAGAZINE: In many ways, life was easier in Eisenhower’s time because we knew who the enemy was. The recent Boston Marathon bombers demonstrated how the enemy next door can be just as dangerous as a government-sponsored incursion. How would Eisenhower have dealt with the vagaries of today’s enemy threat? EVAN THOMAS: Eisenhower would not have overreacted to public panic. As president, he worked behind the scenes to bring down Senator Joe McCarthy, the Red baiter who saw communists under every bed in the early 1950s. But he would have demanded a vigorous response from
intelligence services. Eisenhower relied (possibly over-relied) on the
CIA during his time in office and gave pretty much free rein to J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. On the other hand, he was respectful of the Constitution and the power of the federal courts to protect individual rights.
Evan Thomas on “Inside the Media” in Washington D.C. (Photo by Bruce Guthrie)
N MAGAZINE: The Republican Party seems to be in danger of work-
N MAGAZINE: You worked as an editor and writer at Newsweek, a
ing itself into extinction by virtue of the demographic shift in America.
magazine that has since gone out of print and moved online as “The
Do you see the party repositioning itself to better appeal to minorities
Daily Beast.” What do you think the future is for printed magazines?
who will soon compose the majority of American voters?
Are magazines unique from newspapers? Will they defy media trends?
EVAN THOMAS: It is interesting to see the Republican Party, or rather
Or do you think we will all be reading everything on a tablet pretty
some Republicans, come around to favor immigration reform. They
know the GOP must win Hispanic voters in greater numbers.
EVAN THOMAS: I think we’ll be reading on tablets pretty soon, just because the economics favor online, over the printed word. But I hope
N MAGAZINE: In many
not—I still think magazines and books offer something the virtual
ways Nantucket resembles
world cannot. They’re easier to browse and skim and to selectively re-
America in the fifties.
read. They can be companions as well as mere possessions.
Would Eisenhower have N MAGAZINE: You’ve written eight books. How do book festivals like
the one we have on Nantucket bolster support for the printed word?
Ike would have loved
EVAN THOMAS: I am extremely thankful for the Nantucket Book
Nantucket. Especially if
Festival—and all book fairs. They remind us that there really are people
he played golf there!
who love to read and even listen to authors! I think there’s a lot of economic uncertainty in publishing. But one fact shines through: People are reading more, not less.
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BOOKS WRITTEN BY RYDER ZIEBARTH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA SIMPSON
New York Times bestselling author and Nantucket Book Festival luminary William Schwalbe shares the story of how books brought comfort to his terminally ill mother.
“When you read a good book it changes you and
“Mom was such a practical woman, with an
becomes a part of your life,” says author William
incredible work ethic,” Schwalbe says during lunch
Schwalbe, “and it doesn’t just end when you close
at a café near his home in the West Village. “She
the cover. It lives on in your own life in so many
would always frame things in terms of ‘what can
different ways.” This rings especially true when con-
I do’ instead of ‘what can’t I do,’ even when she
sidering William Schwalbe’s most recent bestseller,
was very ill.” Mary Anne worked as an admissions
The End of Your Life Book Club, a poignant mem-
director at Harvard and Radcliffe, and helped found
oir about reaching out to his terminally ill mother
the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and
through books. Sharing and reading books became
Children and the UK branch of the International
a natural way for Schwalbe and his mother, Mary
Rescue Committee. During the last two years of
Anne, to process her grim prognosis of pancreatic
her life, she campaigned and fundraised to build a
cancer in 2007. At first, books were just something
research library and cultural center in Afghanistan.
to talk about during Mary Anne’s chemotherapy
When Mary Anne passed away, Schwalbe wanted
sessions. Then they went further, purposely choosing
his mother’s generous spirit to live on, and the best
books they always wanted to read or ones they had
way he knew how to do that was to put it between
longed to re-read someday. The Schwalbe book club
book covers. The resulting memoir is not only a
tightened their mother-son bond, and bolstered their
tribute to a life well lived, but an authentic missive
spirits through the long days leading to the end of
of love and courage for all families.
Mary Anne’s life.
hen asked what kind of a review his mother would have given his
book, Schwalbe looks over the tops of his round, wire-rimmed
glasses and with a shy smile answers: “I hope she would be pleased
with the results of my story, which is not just about the end of her life, but celebrates how she lived her life. The book highlights so many of the causes she cared about, and I think that might have been enough for her, really.” He then adds with a laugh, “And because she was my mother, she usually loved what I did...She was a wonderful cheerleader and enthusiast, always helping people to connect and to better themselves and their lives.”
Although Schwalbe has only been to Nantucket once as a young teen, he can’t wait to return this June as a featured author at the Nantucket Book Festival. A graduate of Yale, Schwalbe’s first job in the literary world was in publishing, initially serving as editor-in-chief of William Morrow and then Hyperion Publishing. He eventually left book publishing to found Cookstr.com, an online resource that aggregates and organizes cooking recipes. The End of Your Life Book Club is Schwalbe’s second book, and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller that’s won wide praise. “I don’t want people to assume I’m only talking about death just because of the title and the subject. I like to talk about life,” Schwalbe says, when asked what he wants the Nantucket audience to know about him before he steps to the podium in June. “I’d like to get the message across that we should do things now to connect with our loved ones: Write a letter to your spouse, your children, start a book club with your grandchildren.” And perhaps there could be no better opportunity to take William Schwalbe’s advice than at the Nantucket N magazine
Book Festival where the power of books
will be observed and the literary life celebrated.
The Mad Hat Luncheon
Yve Shevalier & June Lindsay
Winners: Peggy, Margot Montgomery, Sandy Taylor, Yve Shevalier & Eva
Judgesâ€™ Table- Peter Boynton, Mark Norris, Daniel Bartlett & Robert Sarkisian
Jennifer Ahlborn & Debora Klingsporn
Edna Butner, Nancy Sodaberg, Debbe Nicolson, Bobie Giles & Mary Kay Condon
Elly MacVicar & Sandy Taylor
Jean Fleming, Stephany Hunter & Margot Montgomery
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ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 22ND, NANTUCKET’S OWN NANCY THAYER, ELIN HILDERBRAND AND NATHANIEL PHILBRICK WILL JOIN FELLOW WRITERS WYN COOPER, KITTY PILGRIM, JACK SUSSEK AND OTHERS FOR THE NANTUCKET BOOK FESTIVAL’S “AUTHORS IN BARS” EVENT.
BARS WRITTEN BY RYDER ZIEBARTH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA SIMPSON
New York Times cocktail columnist and Nantucket Book Festival featured author Rosie Schaap tending bar at “South” in Brooklyn, New York.
HOSTED AT SOME OF THE ISLAND’S
favorite watering holes, the authors will be discussing books and maybe even pouring a few pints. Topping off this event’s literary lineup is New York Times cocktail columnist and Drinking with Men author Rosie Schaap. A luminary at this year’s festival, Rosie Schaap will be reading from her bestselling memoir and sharing some of the N magazine
many lessons she’s learned from her life behind
bars. Perhaps there could be no better aperitif for the “Authors in Bars” than getting to know this part-time bartender and full-time writer.
“I had a feeling this would be a thorny
Drinking with Men was originally written as a
Beyond books, Schaap writes for The New
book to write,” Schaap says of her memoir,
collection of essays, beginning with the story
York Times, contributes to National Public
Drinking with Men. “I sometimes have the
of how at the age of fifteen, Schaap accidently
Radio and bartends one day a week at a
same response to my ‘Drink’ column in The
stumbled into the bar car of the Metro North
mom-and-pop tavern in Brooklyn. These
New York Times. People have ideas about
New Haven commuter train. The book goes on
days, she admits that her time in bars is
women being lonely or sad, who regularly
to span two decades of bellying up to bars from
much less frequent. “At the age of forty-
hang out in bars.” But Schaap’s book is not
New York to Canada and back again. In each
two, I can’t drink as much as I used to,”
about addiction, twelve-step programs or a
establishment, Schaap became more aware of
she laughs, “but it is important to me that
higher power as the title might suggest. Yes,
bar culture, particularly a woman’s place in it. “It
I know the bars are still there when I need
there are many eyebrow-raising tales told
is much less about the liquor and more about the
some company.” Thankfully, there will be
in this straightforward, irreverent book, but
regular friendship, the ritual of returning, and the
no shortage of company at the second an-
it is much more a story about like-minded
autonomy I found among fellow drinkers, par-
nual Nantucket Book Festival, where many
people discovering solace and companion-
ticularly the men,” she says. In the end, Schaap
readers and writers will be drinking up a rare
ship in a place where, like on “Cheers!”,
realizes that her life in bars is “about adapting
everybody knows your name.
and enjoying people’s company, not only on one’s own terms, but on others’.”
RECIPES FOR INTOXICATING
SUMMER READING Begin with Last Night’s Fun by Irish poet and novelist Ciaran Carson, for a rich taste of the old country and Gaelic music and culture Then pore through Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel or the otherworldly flavors of dark supernatural spirits Add a dash of Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern Abbey” for some earthy notes Then cleanse your palate with Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, a light-hearted story that takes a big bite out of the topic of overeating Shake it up with some of William Blake’s The Marriage Between Heaven and Hell for that handcrafted mystique Garnish with Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowles” for that poetic touch of Chaucer’s signature rhyming royal stanzas
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pectator sport CONTRIBUTED BY THE NANTUCKET HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
o one is likely to confuse Nantucket with Churchill Downs. After all, this was an island built by whalers, not jockeys. Just the idea of horse racing on
Nantucket can seem like a long shot. But no one ever told that to Rupert Warren, who in 1934 was considered one of the island’s best harness horse racers. In fact, Warren set a track record on the last race to ever be run at the old Fairgrounds, which later inspired him to paint his house on Old South Road the conspicuous colors of his racing silks: gold and green. While Nantucket still has a strong equestrian community today, it’s furlongs away from the exhilarating sport that galloped through the island in the late nineteenth century.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NANTUCKET HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Sulky racing at the Fairgrounds Racetrack, early 1900s
Competitive harness racing on the island was a product of the Nantucket Agricultural Society, founded in 1856. Each year from 1856 to 1934 the society sponsored a fair and offered monetary premiums for the best livestock, fruits, vegetables and fancy articles. Horses were a highlight of the fair, with cash premiums offered for the best family horses, walking horses, and draught horses. Gentlemen and ladies would demonstrate their equestrian skill out on the Agricultural Society’s track where “the track was open to all, and numbers availed themselves of the opportunity to try the speed of their steeds.” Soon thereafter in 1866, harness racing became the annual fair’s favorite event, held at the Fairgrounds south of town.
Introduced to the island by “two gentlemen from abroad,” a small, two-wheeled vehicle called a sulky was harnessed to a horse for a mile-long dash around an oval course. The goal of the early races at the Fairgrounds track was to complete the course in less than three minutes. False starts, spills and other incidents kept fans on their toes as they cheered for the local horses often competing against off-island N magazine
racers. One racing fan reminisced about the early races in the Inquirer and Mirror
in 1938: “…If the race was decided in the home stretch the uproar would be fairly deafening. The whip would come into play. Trotters lifted feet to incredible heights and pacers seemed to slink nearer the ground in the final spurt.”
As the island put more and more distance
In 1981, Ralph Marble sold the Miacomet
between its agricultural past and the mod-
Raceway and surrounding area to Three M
ern age, the Nantucket Agricultural Society
Realty Trust. Although new owners allowed
disbanded. In 1934, the last race was held
racing to continue as long as the land was
at the Fairgrounds, and the property was
undeveloped, after eighteen seasons the sport
sold. A love of harness racing brought
of harness racing on Nantucket ended. Soon,
the sport back to the island in 1965. The
a new residential neighborhood popped up
recently formed Miacomet Raceway Asso-
group won fourteen ribbons, two trophies
where the trotters and pacers once delighted
ciation held its first race at the new quarter-
and three first-place money prizes. Members
the crowds. Today, when walking around what
mile racetrack, which was created at the
of the Bay State Trotters Association who
used to be the old race grounds, it’s hard to im-
end of Somerset Lane by avid pony racer
raced at Orchard
Gilbert “Gibby” Burchell and raceway
grounds owner Ralph Marble. Hundreds
cated and traveled
of people attended the weekly races at
to Nantucket each
Miacomet to see fast and furious half-mile
summer to compete
harness races run by standardbreds, a breed
against the island
of horse generally fifteen to sixteen hands
in height (less than sixty-four inches from
in 1967, Miacomet
the ground to the horse’s withers.)
Raceway sponsored an annual two-day
Nantucket harness racers competed off-
island beginning in 1968, when six drivers
with horse races, a
took their horses and sulkies to Orchard
dog show and an
Downs Raceway in Lakeville, Massa-
antique car parade.
chusetts, beginning an annual tradition of
More and more events were added every
agine horses trotting neck and neck to a photo
“Nantucket Day” at the track. In a field
year, including a demolition derby in 1978. A
finish. But if you listen real close, you might
that totaled sixty entrants, the Nantucket
separate race weekend was devoted to harness
just catch the faint clapping of the crowds and
racing against off-island
the hooves of ponies past.
competitors, but the number of local harness racing enthusiasts dwindled as land prices soared.
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NANTUCKET BOOK FEST MUST-SEES 1. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Enjoy the opening night event with guest speaker Dennis Lehane at the Unitarian Church.
2. LADIES WHO BRUNCH: Enjoy the mornings with your favorite authors. The White Elephant on Sunday with Alice Hoffman is a must!
3. AUTHORS IN BARS: Shake hands with your favorite writers and buy ‘em a drink! Ventuno and The Brotherhood of Thieves will be the spots after 9pm on Saturday night!
4. STAR GAZING: Looking to get off the cobblestone path Saturday night? Head over to the Maria Mitchell Planetarium and go stargazing with your author entourage.
5. WRAP PARTY: Enjoy a Sunday Funday at Cisco Brewery as the Book Fest toasts the weekend with Grey Lady beer and a pig roast by Annye’s Whole Foods’ Chef Chris Morris!
DINING DIARY Now this really feels like I ripped a page out of my own private dining diary, but for the love of Book Fest, I’m going to give you my three favorite sneaky bars on Nantucket.
1. Oran Mor, upstairs bar. An inviting U-shaped bar where you can relax and dine with delicious local-sought food, prepared in various unique and creative ways. Make sure to save room for a savory dessert!
2. Brant Point Grill, outside bar. This hidden gem has one of the best views of the harbor and is an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely glass of wine as you discuss the day’s events or the night’s festivities.
3. Pi Pizzeria bar. This is, by far, one of my favorite bars on all of
Nantucket. Sometimes, during the summer, when town is a bit too crazy, it’s nice to go mid-island and sit at Pi’s comfortable twelve-seat bar.
FASHION FOREWORD As owner of the fabulously feminine boutique Milly & Grace, Emily Ott Hollister seamlessly combines “timeless” and “trendy” with her cool early summer collections. Here, she offers four outfits boasting the island’s latest trends.
1. FLORAL PRINTS: Floral prints are in bloom this season and Milly & Grace has many different prints to pick from! Ali Ro Dress ($355)
2. BLACK & WHITE: Black and white is a classic trend that will never go out of style. Rebecca Taylor Polka Dot Dress ($350)
4. CLASSIC NANTUCKET: For an effortless Nantucket look, choose blues and grays, and take the island by storm with this versatile look from Joie. Joie shorts in blue ($138), soft Joie top in dark grey ($64) Joie jacket in cloud blue ($258)
3. POP OF COLOR: Nothing brightens up a room like a pop of color. If you invest in your wardrobe this season, put your green in the color green. It always pays off. Joie Dress in green ($338) Rebecca Taylor denim jacket ($295) Coral necklace ($30)
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N Magazine's June Issue celebrates the second annual Nantucket Book Festival.