As I watch the rain fall today and listen to forecasts for high wind and a Thanksgiving nor’easter, I remember another stormy Thanksgiving on Nantucket 31 years ago.
In 1983, my husband and I were planning a quiet Thanksgiving on Nantucket. Our families were hundreds of miles away in Pennsylvania, so we both agreed to work extra shifts at the Jared Coffin House to cover for our co-workers who were headed off-island for the holidays.
The morning before Thanksgiving, I was feeling a bit uncomfortable. I was 8 months pregnant with my first child, and I did not know what to expect. I called my doctor’s office, but he was off-island for the holiday. The hospital referred me to another island doctor, who agreed to see me. “Well, looks like I’ll be seeing you again in a couple of hours,” he told me after the exam.
I headed home to let my husband know I was in labor and to tell Phil Read that not only could I not cover the shifts, but that I would also be missing mine and Jerry would miss his. The Reads and our co-workers who were still on-island juggled their holiday schedules and doubled up their shifts to accommodate the arrival of our baby girl, born at 2 am Thanksgiving morning.
I’m thankful for my daughter Jessica Taryn who was born Thanksgiving Day on Nantucket in a nor’easter like the one we are experiencing now, for all our friends and coworkers who sacrificed their holiday for us, and to Dr. Vorhees and the nurses at Nantucket Cottage Hospital who helped us celebrate.
Emilly Brooke Rubin Jewelry
Treat yourself to a piece of jewelry made just for you! Custom pieces are what Emilly specializes in, taking into consideration personal style, skin tone, and color preferences of her clients. When you buy from Emilly Brooke Rubin Jewelry you know you are getting a one-of-a-kind piece made on Nantucket by the artist. She is located at 40 Centre Street.
The summer season simply isn’t long enough to feature all the great Nantucket shops and fun products, so here are a few Staff Picks to add to our list of items you don’t want to miss:
The Cranberry Cheesecake Truffle made at Sweet Inspirations, 26 Centre Street is a confection you’ve got to try. This prize-winning truffle combines the creaminess and flavor of cheesecake with specially prepared cranberries and two different chocolates. Stop by for one and be prepared to go home with a dozen.
Nantucket Pearl Company
Within the G.S. Hill Gallery at 40 Straight Wharf, alongside the stunning paintings by island artist Greg Hill, you’ll find The Nantucket Pearl Company and a selection of hand-knotted pearl jewelry. Appropriate for this column is the Nantucket Must-Have Bracelet—we love the black leather with silver scallop shell clasp, but you can buy them with the island clasp or the Nantucket lightship basket clasp and in a rainbow of colors. Starting at just $50, they make great stocking stuffers (hint, hint).
Anyone who has spent any amount of time on Nantucket knows how quickly the weather can change, and that’s where the Haulover at 7 Salem Street comes into play. For this season’s cooler temperatures, check out their extensive collection of outerwear for the whole family!
Nobby Clothes Shop
Family owned and operated since 1930, the Nobby Clothes shop at 17 Main Street has been providing islanders and visitors with high quality, name-brand men’s sportswear at a reasonable price. They carry their own Nobby Clothes Shop private label sportswear and their popular line of Breton Reds sail pants, shorts, long-sleeve shirts and caps.
Head on over to Johnstons Cashmere at 4 Federal Street for this season’s softest knits! They carry cashmere wraps and ponchos that make great transition pieces for the changing season.
Murray’s Toggery Shop
Murray’s Toggery Shop at 62 Main Street has a way of keeping the classic looks they are known for while evolving with the times and constantly changing trends of the fashion world. Just recently they launched a new brand called the M Crest Collection, fine apparel for men and handbags for ladies, all made in the USA.
Sweet Liddle at 40 Centre Street offers a wide variety of fun and eclectic products to browse through, from clothing to home goods to natural soaps and toiletries. The handmade leather bags from Maine really caught my eye, and are one of their best sellers.
Peter England is celebrating its 40th year on Nantucket, providing their clientele with quality products made in the USA. Their luxuriously cozy knits for both men and women are all hand loomed using fine yarns, Irish linen, and organic cotton. They are located at #3 and #11 Old South Wharf.