N TOP TEN: June 29 – July 5, 2018

The ultimate activities guide for the week of June 29 – July 5, 2018.


1. Nantucketers and Their Boats
Friday, June 29
All Day @ Nantucket Whaling Museum

Explore the history of islanders’ reliance on water for their work, recreation and connection to the broader world in the NHA’s major summer exhibition, Nantucketers and Their Boats. View the 100+ piece collection in the McCausland Galley and connect the stories of the past and present. For more information, click here


2. Nantucket Community Sailing Launch Party
Friday, June 29
7:00 – 10:00 pm @ NCS Maintenance Facility, 12 Industry Road

Get ready for a night of boats, bidding and boogieing with Nantucket Community Sailing. This celebration will feature tunes by Foggy Roots and a special raffle for a $16,995 Moke! For tickets and more information, click here


3. Jazz Before Sunset
Saturday, June 30
5:00 pm @ African Meeting House

The historic African Meeting House opens their stage for another season of Jazz Before Sunset. On the last Saturday of every month until October, visitors will enjoy a delightful evening of jazz performances with popular local musicians, Nigel Goss, Ecliff Graves, Aidan Sherry, and Jason Sullivan. Admission is free but donations are welcome and encouraged. For more information, click here.


4. Where’s Waldo on Nantucket
Sunday, July 1
All Day @ Mitchell’s Book Corner

Grab your magnifying glasses… Where’s Waldo is taking Nantucket by storm this July. Head to Mitchell’s on Sunday to pick up your passport and then keep an eye out for Waldo at local businesses throughout July. Collect special trading cards for a wonderful Waldo prize! For more information, click here


5. Victor Wainwright & The Train
Monday, July 2
8:00 pm @ The Dreamland

Music lovers rejoice! Blues musician and producer Victor Wainwright is bringing his passion for creating progressive roots music to Nantucket for the first time ever. As the recipient of multiple awards for his art and entertainment talent, including Blues Blast Contemporary Blues Album of the Year in 2016 and top #10 Billboard, his show is not to be missed. For more information and tickets, click here


6. Elin Hilderbrand Book Signing
Tuesday, July 3
11:00 am – 12:30 pm @ Mitchell’s Book Corner

Nantucket’s own Elin Hilderband, best known as the queen of the summer novel, is set to release her newest page turner, The Perfect Couple. And with long beach days on the horizon, you don’t want to miss your chance to get your copy signed by Hilderbrand herself. For more information, click here


7. Independence Day on Main Street
Wednesday, July 4
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Main Street

No town celebrates Independence Day quite like Nantucket! Start your day at the 16th annual reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Unitarian Church before heading to Main Street for the Dunk Tank, Watermelon Eating Contest, Face Painting, Pie Eating Contest, and more. And be sure to stick it out until 12:00pm (and dress accordingly!) for the traditional Nantucket Fire Department water fight. For more information, click here


8. Page to Stage Series: Chris Matthews
Thursday, July 5
5:00 pm @ The Dreamland

Join author and journalist Chris Matthews in conversation with David Gregory on the main stage of Dreamland Theater. Matthews is best known as the host of MSNBC’s Hardball and has also authored many best-selling books including “Tip and The Gipper: When Politics Worked” and “Hardball: How Politics is Played.” For this special evening, Matthews will be discussing a wide range of topics within the current political landscape as well as his recent book “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.” For more information, click here


9. Cheers to Charities: Wine and Wag Tasting Benefit
Thursday, July 5
5:00 – 7:00 pm @ Épernay Wine & Spirits

Support Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals at Épernay’s first “Cheers to Charities” community tasting event. Sip on high quality wines from some of Australia’s most iconic wine regions with Sarah Mayo of Rathbone Wine Group, and leave feeling good knowing that a portion of all sales will go to support the furry friends at NiSHA. For more information, visit their Facebook page here


10. Freedom & Fireworks Aboard Tall Ship Lynx
Thursday, July 5
5:30 pm @ Waypoint Marine Service, Straight Wharf

To celebrate Independence Day, watch the fireworks from the best seat on the island… aboard the deck of Tall Ship Lynx! Enjoy a sail around Nantucket Harbor complete with a scrumptious catered dinner and festive libations. Tickets are $350 per person for this priceless experience. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here or call 508-228-2505.

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