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Nantucket Maritime Festival September 20

Ahoy, islanders!

All sorts of maritime-related activities will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at Children’s Beach and the nearby Brant Point.  Perhaps best of all, every activity is absolutely free!
Just once a year, the Coast Guard opens up the Brant Point Light to the public.  This is your chance to watch boats come and go from inside the lighthouse!  Another once-a-year opportunity happening at Brant Point is a breeches buoy demonstration, which allows people a firsthand experience inside an old lifesaving tool.
There will be plentiful crafts and demos, mostly geared towards kids.  Local artist David Lazarus will be doing a scrimshaw demonstration, and local master carver Paul McCarthy will demonstrate folk art carving.  The Boy Scouts will host an opportunity to build a mini boat and race it.  There will be paddleboards available for those who wish to try their hand (and their feet) at this classic water sport.  At noon, the Nantucket Historical Association’s Susan Berman and the Atheneum’s Rick Spencer will sing shanties and bluegrass on the Children’s Beach bandstands.

Carving demonstration by master carver Paul McCarthy at Nantucket Maritime Festival.

Shearwater Excursions will do three brief tours of the harbor.  Tours are available to the first 23 people who sign up, so arrive at the festival as early as you can.  Similarly, Nantucket Yacht Club will be sponsoring three sailboat tours with Captain Vin, which will be open to the first 18 people who sign up.
The only time you may open your wallet all day is if you get hungry.  Sons of the American Legion will be offering a raw bar, and Children’s Cafe will be open, with the adjacent picnic tables available.
Keeping the event afloat will be volunteers and dedicated staff members from the Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket Community School, Maria Mitchell Association, Lightship Basket Museum, and of course, Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.  Cathy Ward, project coordinator for the festival, says, “We find that people really enjoy seeing each other at the Maritime Festival.  It’s free, and it’s just a lot of fun.”

17 Best Bites of 2014 at Nantucket Restaurants

An island hotel used to advertise that summer on Nantucket “is five Septembers long.” There are many reasons to savor this month here: the sparkling September weather with warm days and cool nights, the calmer pace, the easy parking, and the empty beaches. We look forward to fun local events like the Maritime Festival, Halloween on Main Street, live music at Cisco Brewery, and trivia contests at local nightspots. Best of all, we can walk into our favorite restaurants without a reservation and get a table or seat at the bar. September on Nantucket belongs to us!

Here are our choices for “Best Bites” at Nantucket Restaurants of the season: these are our favorite dishes among those we tasted during our Featured Restaurant visits—appetizers and entrees that we’d love to have again. These Nantucket restaurants are still open during September, but some will close for the season in just a few weeks, so don’t wait to try them!

American SeasonsA delightful combination of tender meat and creamy indulgence, the cold Rabbit & Foie Gras Terrine was a favorite appetizer early this season. Juicy wedges of blood orange brighten the savory terrine, and carrot confit, mustard seed, hazlenuts, radish sticks, and crisp pumpernickle crumbs add a kaleidoscope of color and a fun crunch. There are so many ways to approach this dish that there is new pleasure in every bite.American Seasons   • 80 Centre Street • 508-228-7111 • www.americanseasons.com
Island Kitchen | Nantucket, MAIf Chef Patrick Ridge is offering his Veal Sweetbreads the evening you dine at Island Kitchen, don’t hesitate to order appetizer. To us, this dish embodies the wonderful mix of sensibilities at this restaurant: fun and fancy, haute cuisine and casual café. The bite-sized sweetbreads are sauteed and nestled into a light and creamy polenta flavored with blue cheese but not overpowered by it. A pool of dark, rich veal demi-glaze surrounds the sweetbreads and crispy onion rings are stacked on top.Island Kitchen • 1 Chin’s Way • 508-228-2639 • www.nantucketislandkitchen.com
NIXS Brew Pub | Nantucket | MAThere’s an entire section called Shareables on the new NIXS menu, and we recommend the Lobster Knuckle Sliders—four-bite sandwiches sporting some of the best lobster salad we’ve had (heavy on the lobster meat and light on the mayo), pickled cucumbers, lettuce, and a dab of “special sauce” on sesame buns. They come three to a plate: two for you and one to share.NIXS Brew Pub • 15 S. Water Street • 508-680-7342 • nixsnantucket.com
Brant Point Grill | NantucketThe attention to detail and spot-on technique Chef Thomas William Pearson has brought to Brant Point Grill this year is evident in his Fresh BPG Ricotta. This artistic composition builds on a contrast of flavors and textures. Dollops of soft, snowy-white ricotta are rich and creamy. Tucked alongside are thin tender-crisp spears of asparagus, delicately crunchy slivers of marcona almonds, spoonfuls of black quinoa, and sweet honeycomb. We like this best in combination: some ricotta with a couple of almonds, a little quinoa, and a bit of the honeycomb—creamy, crunchy, nutty, and sweet.Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant • 50 Easton Street • 508-325-1320 • www.brantpointgrill.com
29 Fair | Nantucket Restaurant | Nantucket | MAChef Nimesh Maharjan’s Portobello Tortelli evoked a single word of description from our team: WOW! Just the aroma of this appetizer as it’s set before you is enough to make you fall in love! The housemade tortellini are large and folded around a delicious mushroom stuffing. They’re set on an astonishingly good truffle cream sauce drizzled with balsamic reduction. Fresh arugula adds a peppery bite, and toasted shaved almonds are the final touch.29 Fair • 29 Fair Street • 508-228-7800
Topper's at The Wauwinet | Nantucket, MAIf you like foie, you will adore the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine at TOPPER’S. This appetizer is a savory design of shape and color. The foie is served in a cake on a crust of pain d’epices, “iced” with a white yogurt geleé. Luscious sherry gastrique is drizzled on the plate, and clusters of apricot in honey and olive oil with bits of marcona almonds and little seasoned socca chips cut the lavish richness of the foie.TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet • 508-228-8768 • www.wauwinet.com
Easy Street Restaurant & Seafood House | Nantucket | MAThe tasty Steamed Live Mussels at Easy Street Restaurant & Seafood House could be an appetizer or a light meal. The plump mussels were cooked just right, tender, and deliciously flavored by a pool of broth with white wine, garlic, onion, tomato, and herbs. When we ran out of the toasty bread served with the mussels for dipping, we used our spoons. It was that good!Easy Street Restaurant & Seafood House • 31 Easy Street • 508-228-5031 • www.easystreetnantucket.com
Dune Restaurant | Nantucket | MADuck confit appears on Chef Michael Getter’s menus at various times throughout the year, and no matter how he prepares it, it’s always one of our favorites. We adore his Hoisin BBQ Duck Confit, which has got to be some of the best BBQ on the island! House-cured and slow cooked in classic fashion, the duck is tender, moist, and flavorful. The bbq sauce brings Asian flair to a sweet and tangy American summertime favorite. A chilled, vinegary salad of pickled carrot, cucumber, and snow peas is served alongside with triangles of warm scallion pancake. A little of everything in each bite is the way to enjoy this dish.Dune • 20 Broad Street • 508-228-5550 • www.dunenantucket.com
Arno's Breakfast & Seafood Restaurant | Nantucket | MAWe’re big fans of the Seafood Tacos, new this season at Arno’s. Six varieties are offered: we sampled the halibut. The fish is nicely seasoned, sauteed, and tucked into a warm flour tortilla on a bed of crisp lettuce, drizzled with a smoky chipotle aioli, and topped with slices of avocado, and a chilled relish of tomato, onion, lime, cilantro, & jalapeno. The mix of flavors and temperatures make these tacos very special. Fried tortilla chips are served alongside with salsa that has a superb back-of-the-throat bite .Arno’s Breakfast & Seafood Restaurant • 41 Main Street • 508-228-7001 • www.arnosnantucket.com
The Rose & Crown Pub | Nantucket | MAOne of our favorite Rose & Crown entrees this season is Grilled Monkfish, which we have not seen on island menus in quite some time. We forgot how delicious this “poor man’s lobster” can be. Chef James Taylor sure does know how to cook fish: the monkfish is firm, sweet, and moist. Overtop he ladels a mixture of sauteed wild mushrooms and big chunks of lobster meat, all in a velvety garlic cream sauce. Mashed potatoes are tucked under the fish, and a delicious sauté of mixed vegetables is served alongside.The Rose & Crown • 23 South Water Street • 508-228-2595 • www.theroseandcrown.com
fooods for here & there | Nantucket | MAThe new Texas Barbecue Pizza has taken over as top of our list at fooods for here & there. Sweet and salty with a lick of heat, the topping on this pie is shredded chicken, bacon, and red onion, drenched in Bulls Eye barbecue sauce.fooods for here & there • 149 Orange Street • 508-228-4291 • fooods.com
clamrollWe can’t decide which we like better at Easy Street Cantina, so we’re going to feature both their Clams and their Scallops in this Best Bites column. The clams are dipped into a buttermilk batter before being fried just till the outside is golden brown but the clams are still tender. The scallops are coated in an egg batter and lightly cooked so they stay sweet and succulent.Easy Street Cantina • Corner of Easy & Broad sts • 508-228-5418 • www.easystreetcantina.com
The Restaurant at Miacomet | Nantucket | MAOur table favorite at this local eatery (though the vote was very close) is the Black Tiger Shrimp Scampi. Unlike most scampi dishes, this version has more shrimp than pasta: big, plump shrimp that pop with flavor when you bite into them. The buttery sauce has just the right balance of garlic, white wine, and lemon, and a scattering grape tomatoes and capers add color and more bright flavors. Much to the delight of one in our party who says he doesn’t like to work for his dinner, the shrimp are served without tails.The Restaurant at Miacomet • 12 West Miacomet Road • 508-325-0335 • www.miacometgolf.com
The Ships Inn | NantucketWe’d heard others rave about the steaks served at The Ships Inn, so we tried the Dry Aged Sirloin “Steak au Poivre” and are happy to report that we agree! This steak is better than steak at many island restaurants who bill themselves as “steakhouses.” The sirloin is very thick (we forgot our ruler, but we’d guess an inch-and-a-half), cooked exactly to temperature, and butter tender. It’s drenched with a dark and deeply flavorful peppercorn sauce that has a peppery bite without being too hot. Snuggled alongside the steak is a potato gratin, two cooked carrots, and a bundle of haricot vert tied with a chive.The Ships Inn • 13 Fair Street • 508-228-0040 • shipsinnnantucket.com
56 Union Restaurant | Nantucket | MAWe love Chef Peter Jannelle’s Seared Rare Tuna entree so much so that we returned just a few days later to enjoy it again! Seasoned with orange oil and togarashi, the tuna is barely shown the heat, sliced, and served chilled with a sprinkling of black and white sesame seeds. Alongside the tuna are alternating dollops of pickled ginger aioli and a housemade nuoc cham with just enough heat to make you pay attention. The final delight on this chilled entree is a udon noodle salad with edamame, carrot, snow peas, & wakame.Fifty-Six Union • 56 Union Street • 508-228-6135 • fiftysixunion.com
Breeze Bar & Cafe | The Nantucket Hotel | Nantucket | MAOur table favorite at this meal was Chef Steven Haverson’s Lobster and Fresh Corn Risotto. The risotto is perfectly creamy, and we love the kernels of corn stirred into it that pop with sweetness. Nearly a pound-and-a-half of butter-poached lobster meat is the crowning glory on this dish. Rich as it is, we happily polished off every morsel of what surely is (or will become) a signature dish for the Breeze.Breeze Bar & Café • 77 Easton St. • 508-228-4730 • breezebarandcafe.com
Brotherhood of Thieves | Nantucket | MAThe Lobster B.L.T. stole the show among the casual fare selections at The Brotherhood. The lobster salad is prepared with of chunks of sweet lobster claw and knuckle meat folded with a few crunchy bits of celery, a touch of mayo, and a squeeze of lemon. For the Lobster B.L.T., this is served on top of thick slices of applewood smoked bacon, creamy avocado, and, of course, lettuce and tomato. This sandwich has ruined us for life: we’ll never again be satisfied with a plain B.L.T.The Brotherhood of Thieves • 23 Broad Street • 508-228-2551 • www.brotherhoodofthieves.com

Nantucket Cultural Council Seeks Applicants

Does your organization propagate the arts? Can your organization create communityArt impact in the arts for a specific audience? Does your organization need support to help realize your next project?

The Nantucket Cultural Council is accepting proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects are until October 15, 2014.   This year, thanks to the efforts of State Representative Tim Madden, the Nantucket Cultural Council will distribute about $6,163.00 in grants.

According to Council spokesperson Jordana Fleischut, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Nantucket, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. “We are looking for organizations to make an impact in the arts on the community of Nantucket. The strongest candidates will create the biggest exposure while also breaking down financial barriers that inhibit audiences.”

The Nantucket Cultural Council will also entertain funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips.

The Nantucket Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Previously funded organizations on Nantucket include Maria Mitchell Association, the Nantucket Athenaeum, The Artist Association, The Nantucket Arts Council, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Nantucket Community Music Center, The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, Spoken Word Nantucket, The White Heron Theatre Company, Small Friends, Nantucket Skating Club,The Screen Writer’s Colony, The Children’s House, Friends of the Nantucket Public Schools, and The Salt Marsh Senior Center.

For specific guidelines on the Nantucket Cultural Council, contact Jordana Fleischut at jordana.ack@comcast.net or any other of Nantucket council members: John Belash, David Billings, Amy Jenness, John J McDermott, and John Wagley.

Application forms for Cultural Council grants are available at Nantucket Town Hall, at the Athenaeum front desk. For specific funding guidelines visit www.mass-culture.org/Nantucket

Fun in the Field: Island Fair

Nantucket Island Fair | Nantucket | MAThe Nantucket Island Fair brings together many of the best parts of Nantucket: family, friends, community spirit, the fruits of islanders’ summer of labor. And, of course, a beautiful shoreline. This annual family event has all the trimmings of a traditional country fair, with a little island flair thrown in. Head on out to the seaside Tom Nevers Field for the Nantucket Island Fair, taking place this year on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14.

If you like making things with your hands–edible or not–or growing food in your garden, you’ll love Gertrude’s Harvest Exhibition. There, you can showcase pretty much anything that you have made or grown by hand, whether it is a painting, a pie, a piece of pottery, pickles, or a pumpkin. Register your goodies on-site under the Community Tent any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for the 2 p.m. judging.

Think you’ve really got “some pig?” Family favorite Ray’s Barn Yard welcomes all animals from chickens and cows to star-nosed moles and pink fairy armadillos. If you love them and want to show them off, now is your chance. You may pre-register at www.nantucketislandfair.com or on-site under the Information Tent any time before 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Nantucket Island Fair | Nantucket | MAThere are a number of events that are brand new this year. Parents will be delighted by the Kiddie Corral, a supervised play area for children ages five and under. This will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Games Field on both days of the fair.

Creative kids will love the fairy house competition. There will be a large area landscaped with natural materials, ready for each entrant to put their pre-made fairy house down on their own 15″x15″ square. Kids can spend an hour on Saturday adorning their houses with the natural materials provided. Judging will take place on Sunday, and prizes will be awarded.

If your sweet tooth is as fast as it is sweet, then you should enter the new cupcake-eating contest. Nantucket Bake Shop will donate some of their delicious cupcakes to be devoured by contestants, who will be sitting with their hands tied behind their backs as they see who can down their cupcake the fastest.

Instead of dunking for apples, people will be peeling them. Using only a paring knife, contestants will vie for longest peel and fastest peel.

This year’s dog show has undergone some revisions. Rather than being formatted like a traditional dog show, volunteer coordinator Campbell Sutton says fair organizers are aiming for a more fun-based show. Categories will include Waggiest Tail, Cutest Mug, and Best Dressed.

Nantucket Island Fair | Nantucket | MAOf course, Island Fair doesn’t happen automatically. Plenty of volunteers pour their heart and soul into its production, and have a darned good time doing it. From contest judges to face painters, people with a variety of skill sets are needed to make Island Fair a success. Join in the fun by filling out the volunteer form at www.nantucketislandfair.com. All volunteers get free parking.

Tom Nevers Field is located at the end for Tom Nevers Road. Parking is $12 per car or pay the $6 entry fee if you bike or walk. Further details, including a full schedule of events, can be found at www.nantucketislandfair.com.