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JULY 1

Family Day at the Nantucket Life-saving Museum
4 p.m. 158 Polpis Road. For more information call (508) 228-2505.

JULY 2

Jan Goldstein Talk
8 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St. Goldstein is an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter whose first novel, “All That Matters,” was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is a wellknown human rights activist and the father of five. “Prince of Nantucket” is his second novel. $15 admission ($10 for students and senior citizens). Tickets available beginning June 1 at the library.

JULY 3

Small Toy Donation Day
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. Donate two small new toys for one free admission to our exhibit. All toys will be donated to Nantucket’s A Safe Place.

JULY 4

Independence Day Fireworks
Around 9 p.m. Jetties Beach. Head down to Jetties Beach to check out Nantucket’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Rain date is Thursday, July 5.
Jetties Beach Fun
5-6:30 p.m. at Jetties Beach. Participate in the three-legged race, wheelbarrow race, sack race, 500 race, and the always popular tug-of-war.
Main Street Festivities
10 a.m.-noon. Come down to Main Street and enjoy a free dunk tank, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, bike, trike and carriage contests, face-painting and puppets. Capped off by the traditional water fight.

JULY 5

Captain Robert Dinsmore Lecture
2 p.m. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. The last captain of a weather ship, Capt. Dinsmore provides an eyeopening account of what life must have been like for the crews of the Nantucket lightships as they made their baskets.

JULY 6

Can-it Day
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. Donate three unopened cans of food for one free admission. All food will be donated to The Nantucket Food Pantry.

JULY 6-8

Hot Glass on Nantucket
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dane Gallery, 28 Centre St.
Dane Gallery Nantucket sponsors the
Corning Museum of Glass’ Hot Glass
Roadshow.Watch glass-blowing
demonstrations featuring Robert Dane,
Marc Petrovic, Anthony Schafermeyer and
Claire Kelly.
The Nantucket Open Charity Tennis Tournament
Nantucket Tennis and Swim Club, 23 Nobadeer Farm Road. The first major tennis event of the season. The Club invites players of every level to participate in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. Join us in serving up a true “Win-Win” as we put our competitive spirit to work to help others. For more information, call the Club at (508) 825-2020, or e-mail Carol at

JULY 7 & 8

Nantucket Atheneum Annual Book Sale
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Atheneum Garden, I India St. Offering thousands of previously-read books for all ages at great prices. This popular annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday rain or shine. $2 hardcover and $1 paperback books, plus great deals on special/rare collections. For more information, call (508) 228-1110, ext. 105.

JULY 7

Casino Royale
6 p.m., Nantucket Lightship. Play poker, eat great food, hit the slots and dance the night away to the Sultans of Swing aboard the historic lightship in Nantucket Harbor. Benefits Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Inkjet Cartridges & Cell phone Day
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. Donate your used cartridges or cell phones for one free admission. These two environmentally-hazardous items will be recycled thanks to the Nantucket Garden Club.

JULY 8

Opera Appreciation Class
3 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St. The first in a series of three one-hour lectures by Greta Feeney for the opera aficionado. Free, with tickets available June 1 at the library.
“Nantucket Influences” Slide Lecture
8 p.m. Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India St. By glass sculptors Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool. Free. Sponsored by Dane Gallery, 28 Centre St. (508) 228-7779

JULY 10

St. Petersburg String Quartet
First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St. Join the Nantucket Musical Arts Society for this concert. For tickets and other information, contact the box office in the Antiques Depot at 14 Easy St. (508) 228-1287.

JULY 11

Charles Kolb Lecture
8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 11 Orange St. Kolb is president of the Committee for Economic Development with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. $25 admission, tickets available June 1 at the Atheneum. Part of the Geschke Lecture Series.

JULY 12

Nantucket Plants
2 p.m. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. This program by Allen Reinhard explores the fascinating subject of plants and their choices and adaptation to their environment on the island of Nantucket.
Professor William McFeely
8 p.m. at the Coffin School, 4 Winter St. McFeely will discuss “Thomas Eakins and the Women in his Life.” For more information call (508) 228-2505.
Folk Art Show Preview Party
6-8 p.m., 19 Nobadeer Farm Road. Meet the artists and artisans showing and selling at The Event Under the Tent at a special preview event with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Kendra Lockley, Simply with Style Catering. Silent auction. Benefits Small Friends on Nantucket. For more information or to buy tickets, call (508) 228-6769 or (508) 228-1908.

JULY 13 & 14

Folk Art and Artisan Show
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 19 Nobadeer Farm Road. The Event Under the Tent features over 50 nationally and locally recognized folk artists showing and selling the finest in American craftsmanship. $10 entry fee. Benefits Small Friends on Nantucket. For more information or to buy tickets, call (508) 228-6769 or (508) 228-1908.

JULY 14

Meghan Marshall Author Talk
8 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St. Marshall worked for two decades on her award-winning biography “The Peabody Sisters,” spending many years tracking down the sisters’ letters and journals. Book-signing to follow. $15 admission ($10 for students and senior citizens). Tickets available beginning June 1 at the library.


JULY 15

Opera Appreciation Class
3 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St. The second in a series of three one-hour lectures by Greta Feeney for the opera aficionado. Free with a ticket available at the library beginning June 1.

JULY 17

Soprano Emily Pulley
First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St. Join the Nantucket Musical Arts Society for a concert by this singer with the Metropolitan Opera. For tickets and other information, contact the box office at the Antiques Depot at 14 Easy St. (508) 228-1287.

JULY 19

Ice Cream Social
2 p.m. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. Bring the kids as the museum celebrates its eighth season with ice cream, games and fun. Children’s booksigning with “Lightship” author Brian Floca.
Nathaniel Philbrick
8 p.m. at the Coffin School, 4 Winter St. Island historian and National Book Award-winning author Philbrick speaks about alleged smuggler Kezia Coffin. For more information call (508) 228-2505.
“How to Buy a Nantucket Lightship Basket”
5-7 p.m. at Sherburne Commons, 21 South Shore Road. Avid lightship basket collector? Considering your first basket purchase? A panel of experts will discuss current trends in collecting, how to select the right basket and what to watch out for. The panel will include basket experts Paul Madden and Susan Atwood Daniels; basket collectors Max Berry and Nancy Tower Scott; and will be moderated by Rafael Osona, premier dealer in all forms of Nantucket collectibles. $10 (free for museum members).
Summer Kitchens
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic homes in the India Street area. This special event – The Preservation Trust’s third annual summer kitchen tour – illustrates how historic homes can be sensitively updated or historic kitchens incorporated into everyday life. Tickets $40. Call (508) 228-1387 for details.

JULY 20

Susan Hockfield Lecture
8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St. Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak. $25. Tickets available beginning June 1 at the Atheneum. Part of the Geschke Lecture Series.

JULY 22 & 23

“Baskets and Bubbly” Silent Auction & Preview
1-4 p.m. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, 49 Union St. A silent auction and preview provides an opportunity for those who are interested in casting a silent bid or just want a “sneak peek” before the big day. “Buy It Now” options available on many items.

JULY 22

Opera Appreciation Class
3 p.m. at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St. The final installment in a series of three one-hour lectures by Greta Feeney for the opera aficionado. Free, with a ticket available at the library beginning June 1.

JULY 23

Frances Beinecke Lecture
8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 11 Orange St. Beinecke, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will speak.
Admission $25. Tickets available beginning June 1 at the Atheneum. Part of the Geschke Lecture Series.

JULY 24

The Boston Virtuosi
First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St. Join the Nantucket Musical Arts Society for this concert of strings, timpani and organ. For tickets and other information, contact the box office at the Antiques Depot at 14 Easy St. (508) 228-1287.

JULY 25

Calvin Trillin Lecture
8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 11 Orange St. Trillin, who has been published in The New Yorker for 40 years, has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America.” Admission $25, tickets available beginning June 1 at the Atheneum. The Constance Laibe Hays Memorial Lecture.

JULY 27

Circus Flora Opening Night Gala
5-10 p.m., Tom Nevers Field. Circus preview including cocktails, dinner, dessert, dancing and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Nantucket Atheneum. Tickets available at www.nantucketatheneum.org beginning June 1 or in the box office, located in the Atheneum Garden at 1 India St., beginning July 2. For more information call Bess Clarke at (508) 228-1110, ext. 107.
Nantucket Preservation Trust Annual Meeting
11 a.m. Place to be announced. Guest speaker Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker and the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. Goldberger has also worked for The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Call (508) 228-1387 for details.

JULY 28-29

Circus Flora
3 and 7 p.m. Tom Nevers Field, end of Tom Nevers Road. Families of all ages will enjoy the clever animal antics, amazing human acts, colorful set pieces and Dondi the elephant. Tickets will be available on the Atheneum website (www.nantucketatheneum.org) beginning June 1 and at the Atheneum Box Office located in the garden at 1 India St., beginning July 2. For more information call Bess Clarke at (508) 228-1110, ext. 107.

JULY 28

Circus Flora Family Barbeque
5-7 p.m. Tom Nevers Field. Come and enjoy an informal, alfresco dinner in a beautiful seaside setting either before or after a circus performance (3 and 7 p.m.). Tickets will be available on the Atheneum website (www.nantucketatheneum.org) beginning June 1, and in the Atheneum Box Office in the garden, located at 1 India St., beginning July 2. For more information call Bess Clarke at (508) 228-1110, ext. 107.
Baskets and Bubbly Champagne Brunch and Auction
Westmoor Club, off Cliff Road. The private tennis club is the backdrop for this event noted for food, fun and great company. The auction will be conducted by island favorite Rafael Osona and features one-of-a-kind basket-related items. Benefits the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. Contact the museum at (508) 228-1177 for details.

JULY 30

Linda Greenlaw Lecture
8 p.m. at the Coffin School, 4 Winter St. Author and fisherman Greenlaw will discuss her new book “Slipknot.” For more information call (508) 228-2505

JULY 31

Stas Drzewiecki on piano
First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St. Join the Nantucket Musical Arts Society for this concert. For tickets and other information, contact the box office at the Antiques Depot at 14 Easy St. (508) 228-1287.