It’s that time of year again and I can already smell the popcorn! The Nantucket film festival is bACK and the lineup is better than ever. This week is one of the best of the summer season because the island is flooded with amazing talent from all outlets the film industry. The festival is June 24 through June 29 and this is the festival’s 20th anniversary! There are so many amazing films presented during the festival , we thought we would highlight some of the films we are most excited to see!
Opening Night Film:
The End of the Tour
With the 1996 release of his totemic novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) became an overnight literary sensation, a brainy yet zeitgeist-capturing writer with as many fanatically devoted followers as he had harsh detractors. Yet Wallace, with all his new found celebrity, could be found teaching English at Illinois State University and living in a modest house in the suburbs with his dogs. Into this scenario comes David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), a Rolling Stone reporter (and struggling novelist, natch) with hopes of getting inside the life and mind of Wallace over the course of an intimate five-day interview at the end of Wallace’s book tour. Buoyed by exceptional performances from Segel and Eisenberg, this compelling, often funny two-hander features a sharp script by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and marks the return of filmmaker James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) to NFF.
What Happened, Miss. Simone?
Nina Simone was a singular talent, a captivating musician whose widespread recognition as the “high priestess of soul” underscored her near-evangelical presence on stage. The classically trained Simone’s early dreams of becoming the first African-American female pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall were thwarted by the prevailing prejudices of the 1950s, which instead led her to develop a distinctive singing career that blended gospel, pop, and folk with classical music. After Simone gained success, she openly addressed societal racial inequity in her music, becoming an icon of the civil rights movement. Despite her confident stage persona, however, the chanteuse battled personal demons that would emerge in her later years, as revealed in Liz Garbus’ intimate tribute to this complex performer.
Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Accompanied by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
As you can see we are all in for a treat! There are so many more amazing films and people to meet, feel free to check out the link below for a full schedule! Our team looks forward to meeting all you fellow movie lovers.
That’s a Wrap,
The VH Team
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” –Anna Quindlen
The Nantucket book festival is upon us! The festival truly embodies the spirit of Nantucket and is a must for all the book lovers out there. As many know Nantucket has some pretty amazing authors that are natives on the island. From Elin Hilderbrand’s summer romance novels to Nathan Philbrick’s historic sea adventures, there is something for everyone.
The schedule is full of lectures, readings, and book signings.
Friday, June 19
At the Atheneum, Great Hall:
– 8:30-9:30 am: Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl (ticketed event)
– 10:00-10:45 am: Ishmael Beah, The Radiance of Tomorrow
– 11:00-11:45 am: Katherine Bouton, Shouting Won’t Help
– 12:00-12:45 pm: Bret Anthony Johnston, Remember Me Like This
– 1:15-2:00 pm: Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination
– 2:30-3:15 pm: Justin St. Germain, Son of a Gun
– 3:30-4:15 pm: Belinda McKeon, Solace
– 4:15-5:00 pm: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Jam on the Vine
At the Nantucket Yacht Club:
– 12:00-2:30 pm: Elin Hilderbrand, The Rumor, and Jane Green, Summer Secrets (ticketed event)
In the Atheneum Garden:
– 9:00 am-3:30 pm: Local Author Tent and Storytimes
– 2:00-2:45 pm: Leslie Linsley and Terry Pommett, Nantucket Cottages and Gardens
At the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House:
-7:00-8:00 pm: Opening Night Celebration Featuring Ishmael Beah, Azar Nafisi, and Scott Turow and the Young Writer Awards
Saturday, June 20
At the Atheneum, Great Hall:
– 9:00-10:30 am: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Belinda McKeon, and Justin St. Germain in conversation with Michael Schulder
– 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Scott Turow, Identical
-12:30-1:15 pm: Bruce Guernsey, From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010
– 1:15-2:00 pm: Paul Muldoon, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
– 2:30-3:45 pm: Jean Hanff Korelitz, You Should Have Known, and – Bill Roorbach, The Remedy for Love
– 4:00-5:30 pm: Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year, and Blake Bailey, The Splendid Things We Planned
At The Dreamland Theater:
– 8:30-10:00 am: Alice Hoffman, Nightbird, and Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, with Samantha Van Leer (ticketed event)
– 10:30-11:30 am: R.W. Alley, Paddington (illustrator), and Zoë B. Alley, Enzo Races in the Rain!
– 12:00-1:30 pm: K.A. Holt, Rhyme Schemer, and J.E. Thompson, The Girl from Felony Bay
– 2:00-2:45 pm: Robert Kurson, Pirate Hunters
– 3:15-4:15 pm: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, Off the Page
– 4:30-5:30 pm: Ann Hood, An Italian Wife, in conversation with Nancy Thayer
Sunday, June 21
At the Brant Point Grill:
– 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Ishmael Beah (ticketed event)
At Cisco Brewers:
– 3:00-5:00 pm: Pig Roast and Wrap Party (ticketed event)
At the NHA Whaling Museum:
– 6:00-8:00 pm: Nathaniel Philbrick (ticketed event)
– See more at: https://nantucketbookfestival.org/festival-info/schedule-at-a-glance/#sthash.Ah1JPdt9.dpuf
We look forward to meeting some of these incredible authors and we are sure our guests feel the exact same way. So, hurry and make a reservation soon before we are all BOOKed up.
The VH Team
Our team would not be the same without all of our amazing staff! Throughout the summer we like to write about our staff and let our guests know the person behind the excellent customer service and hospitable smile! This week we thought we would introduce you to the great men that carry the heavy luggage :)……and help us run the business on a daily basis.
We have two men that we would absolutely be lost without…our maintenance staff, but there real title should be ultimate fixer, because they can repair anything and everything!
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Hobbies: Computers, basketball, and car racing.
Favorite thing about Nantucket: The nightlife, there are always so many new people to meet.
Interesting Fact: He has lived in Japan, Brazil, Denmark, and Germany!
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Hobbies: Chess and cooking! His specialty dish is Pork Adobo.
Favorite thing about Nantucket: Fishing on the island.
Interesting Fact: He is a new dad this year to an adorable little boy!
We are so fortunate to have these three outstanding, hard working gentleman as a part of our Veranda House Hotel Collection family. They make everyone on the team crack a smile daily and for that we cannot rave about them enough! After reading this, you know you want to stay with us just to meet them.
The VH Team
“People, who love to eat, are always the best people”. –Julia Child
Well, we could not agree with you more Julia. We are so excited that the Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week is upon us! It starts June 1st and runs through June 7th. There are so many amazing participating restaurants to choose from that we thought we would help our guests out and recommend some of our staff’s favorite spots.
“Ventuno, we have gone there three years for restaurant week. I love the small bite appetizers. The homemade pasta is to die for.”
-Dale Hamilton (Owner)
“Black-Eyed Susan, every time I eat here I think how did an amazing menu like this find its way to this island!”
-Susan Hamilton (Owner)
Clearly she’s a little influenced by such a great name! ;)
“Dune is an interesting combination of flavors, with varied offerings. Different attractive areas to sit in with an attentive staff.”
-Peter Burnham (General Manager)
“The Pearl is a must, from the chic interior, to the Asian seafood inspired menu, and the BEST espresso martini on the island.”
–Taylor Hays (Assistant Manager)
“The Nautilus, the atmosphere is amazing and their handcrafted cocktails are the best on the island bar none! Their tapas dishes are perfect for sharing and the combinations and flavors they have for each are innovative and refreshing.”
-Andréa Fernández-Kennedy (Assistant Manager)
“Cru offers spectacular water views, and a modern and sophisticated atmosphere. The food is on par with perfection, and leaves nothing to be desired, other than one more bite. From their infamous oyster bar, to causal cuisine, Cru has culinary expertise for seafood lovers everywhere.”
-Joey Anthony (Concierge)
As you can see, there are too many good options and the competition is always fierce. Feel free to click the link below for a full listing of the restaurants participating. Nantucket is known for its rich history, stunning views, and incredible food. Make sure and book soon and our team will be happy to make as many reservations as your heart…or stomach…desires!
The VH Team
We’re open or should I say we are bACK!
That’s right, The Veranda House Hotel Collection did survive the winter whiteout! Our staff is excited to be up & running and ready to welcome guests. We cannot wait to make your stay at The Veranda House unforgettable! We have some exciting events on the island coming up this month! One of the top being the Nantucket Wine Festival, which how can any three words, put together sound like a better vacation! Whether your passion is drinking, cooking, eating, or learning about wine the NWF has an event for every type of guest! You can follow the Nantucket Wine Festival and The Veranda House on Instagram, and feel free to check out the link below for a full schedule of events and dates!
Veranda House: @TheVerandaHouse
Nantucket Food and Wine: @NantucketWine
On Thursday May 14th, we have the privilege to have Trifecta Wines present a pour at 4 o’clock. Not only does Trifecta have some amazing wine, but also their company has a deep history and charitable heart. Don’t miss your opportunity to sample this wine it is only sold on the island of Nantucket.
We look forward to hosting all of you during the festival and will be serving complimentary Nantucket Vineyard cranberry sparkling wine everyday at 4 o’clock in the courtyard so our guests can un-WINE-d!
Make sure to book soon because we are filling up fast!
The Veranda House Hotel Collection Team