Nantucket Island is at its best, now that the fall season has arrived! And how wonderful! Nantucket Island’s summer population jumps to 50,000 from our off season numbers of about 10,000. Now the crowds have gone; the air and water are still warm. The golf courses are wide open to enjoy, and the beaches are empty. Here on Nantucket Island we look forward to the fall months maybe even more than the incredible summer months. We have all the best and without the crowds. We have many great events that take place here on the island this time of year.
All of the restaurants are still all open and very eager to serve their tasty and creative dishes, and all without the wait or the need for reservations. During this past week we had restaurant week which is a big hit with everyone. The island restaurants reduce their prices to entice new patrons to come in and try their special pre fixed menus. From what we have heard it was great success, its a great offering for all that are here to enjoy.
We have some new and old events which took place over this past weekend. This past Saturday night we had the Scallopers Ball, which has been part of the off season fund raising efforts for many years now. This was started to help support the shell fishing industry on the island. As you may or maynot know, one of the treasures of Nantucket Island is our bay scallops. The family season starts on Oct 1, where as the commercial fisherman season starts Nov 1. All of the money raised from this event go to protecting and help with the study of scallops and all shell fish of Nantucket waters.
Another great happening this past weekend was a first, TheNantucket Project. This was an event that was the brain child of Nantucket Island’s own, Kate Brosnan and Tom Scott. They fashioned this weekend seminars after the Aspen Institute, which is a think tank looking to advance an open minded dialogue to search for answers to the problems we are facing in these troubled times. All the events were hosted at the White Elephant hotel, it was well attended by many luminaries, such as, Google’s Eric Schmidt, along with a host of others, all with different backgrounds.
And then on a very local level we had the fourth annual Nantucket High School’s cook off. On Sunday afternoon at Cisco Breweries there was a great deal of fun and excitment, while the kids did their best to outdo one another with their cooking skills. The guest host was none other than, Jenny Johnson from TV Diner fame. There was a great panel of judges, including another one of Nantucket’s best, author Nat Philbrick. We have a great department at the High school which has been teaching culinary skills to the students for a number of years now.
So just to let you know of all the fun we have here during the off season. You should come for a visit and enjoy the most special time of year.