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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Random ...

AT JUST 35 YEARS OLD, Benjamin Millepied has already long been known as a rising star and visionary in the dance world. In 2010, his talents reached an even larger audience when he choreographed and starred (with his now-wife, Natalie Portman) in the film Black Swan....

Meghan trainor article


What a year it’s been for Meghan Trainor. The Nantucket native has gone from cutting her teeth as a teen at the Chicken Box and the Muse to selling out venues from New York to Tokyo. Her breakout hit, “All About That Bass,” has been certified six times platinum, hitting number one in Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany. Here in the States, she knocked Taylor Swift out of the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and remained there for nine weeks....

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BUILDING DREAMS | Nantucket Magazine

In January of 2016, Liam Sherry and Sophia Orr won the lottery — the housing lottery that is. Like many year-rounders, the young couple felt the crushing weight of the island’s housing crisis bearing down on them. It’s an all-too-familiar story: Young couple works multiple jobs to make ends meet. They sign a lease on a poorly maintained rental unit that they can barely afford, yet consider themselves lucky to have found. But then after a couple of years, the septic system fails and they get evicted right before Christmas....

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TAKING THE NEXT STEP - Nantucket Magazine

How a luxury real estate broker landed a showing on the small screen. Imagine that you’re a bright, young whippersnapper fresh out of college......

Skyler wright by kit noble article


Not every sixteen-year-old can say they’ve done a feature film with John Travolta, but Nantucket-raised actress Skyler Wright can. The young performer, who honed her acting, singing, and dancing skills on island stages throughout her childhood, recently wrapped up her first principal role in The Forger, a movie starring John Travolta, Jennifer Ehle, Abigail Spencer, Christopher Plummer, and Tye Sheridan. Wright plays Sheridan’s girlfriend....

Widows work article

The Widow’s Work: Veuve Clicquot’s Cave Privée Vintages

The sparkling legacy of Veuve Clicquot has made its way into clinking glasses around the world, and is sure to fill many more at this year’s Nantucket Wine Festival. But champagne connoisseurs take note: The real toast of the town will be two of Veuve Clicquot’s coveted Cave Privée vintages....

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Tag Team Tasting

HAVE YOU EVER suffered through watching someone swirl a glass of wine, take a big sniff, a sip, and then start extolling a string of adjectives — anything from raspberry, rosehips, and hibiscus to wet rocks, rubber tire, barnyard, leather, or cat pee — and wonder if they’re just full of it?

Wine can seem overwhelmingly esoteric (and yes, sometimes pretentious) if you’re not an insider, but it doesn’t have to be....

Alex kopko by kit noble article

The Showstopper

With big blue eyes, freckles and a flirtatious smile, twenty-two-year-old Alexandra Kopko has a very girl-next-door look, but she’s hardly your typical girl next door. When the stage is set and the mic is hot, Kopko is a showstopper, commanding audiences with all the range and panache of a headlining diva....

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Cru d'Etat

There are unique challenges inherent in creating a new restaurant in the space of an old Nantucket standby....

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Intoxicating Recipes: Food and Wine Pairings from Nantucket Chefs

The arrival of spring brings with it a whole new seasonal bounty for Nantucket chefs to draw inspiration from. Here, Chef Evan Marley of Pi Pizzeria, Chef Michael Getter of Dune, and Chef Todd Winer of Met on Main offer up spring-inspired food and wine pairings with recipes that feature fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and the chefs’ suggestions for the perfect bottle to serve alongside them....

Charlotte hess by nathan coe article

Knit Pick: Let Charlotte Hess Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes

When Charlotte Hess is flitting about town, she’s usually wearing something that makes you want to reach out and touch it. If you’re acquainted with her, you probably have given her chunky infinity scarf “plait necklaces” a squeeze, caressed her meshy, cotton cover-ups, or run your fingers through the fringe on her ponchos....

Bee team article

The Bee Team

There are millions of honeybees living on Nantucket today, and their collective hum can be heard around the hives that dot backyards and farms across the island. For some, the buzz of a single bee is grounds for retreat. Yet, for beekeepers like Ted Anderson, Jim Gross, Christin Hermansdofer, David Berry, and Dylan Wallace, the buzz of a honeybee is a sweet sound of success....

Maggie meredith kit noble article

An Artist At Ninety

At ninety years old, Maggie Meredith is the oldest working artist on Nantucket. A painter, poet and rug maker, Meredith is the matriarch of a creative island family whose legacy continues to flourish on the island....

Darcy creech by kit noble article

Rolling Back the Years

Darcy Creech is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, and when she gets it in her mind to do something she goes at it full speed ahead. Creech has launched her own line of designer hats, opened retail locations for her Peter Beaton studio on Nantucket, raised money to build water wells in Africa, and founded a credit card processing company that enables merchants to reallocate processing fees to charities. This year, Creech made it her mission to breathe new life into one of Nantucket’s most underserved demographics: our disabled elderly....

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Swim Across America: Making Waves to Fight Cancer One Stroke at A Time

Swim Across America (SAA) is not your typical swim competition. It’s a swim for a cure—a cure for cancer—and the awards go to the top fundraisers not the fastest swimmers. SAA returns to Nantucket this August for its second year thanks to an enthusiastic group of islanders who are swimming hard for a cure for cancer....