2014 Festival of TreesCreative Writing Workshop
with Ben Shattuck

Saturday, October 25
10 A.M.–Noon
$25 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street



Join writer Ben Shattuck, 2014 NHA Verney Fellow and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, for a one-day writing workshop featuring tips and prompts to jump-start your creative writing endeavors. Space is limited.

Ben Shattuck has taught fiction-writing courses at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), the University of Iowa, and on Cuttyhunk Island. His work has appeared on Salon.com, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Morning News, and more. He is also an artist and has exhibited his painting across New England and beyond.


Scary Stories at the Old Gaol on October 29Scary Stories at the Old Gaol
Wednesday, October 29
6–7:30 P.M.
$5/child, free for accompanying adults
Tickets available at the door
Old Gaol, 15R Vestal Street

The NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket bring you an evening of scary stories at the NHA's recently-restored Old Gaol historic property! 

Listen to spooky tales told by costumed actors in a one-of-a-kind historic setting. Get in the Halloween spirit with this all-ages family event!

Admission is only $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. Tickets will be sold at the door.


NHA and TWN present The SantaLand DiariesThe SantaLand Diaries
Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
$40 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

TWN and the NHA present two evenings of David Sedaris' SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings at the historic Greater Light. Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, directed by TWN Artistic Director Justin Cerne and featuring the return of John Shea and Gabrielle Gould whose last appearance on the stage together was 2010's Blackbird. Join these actors as they tell the hilarious tales of working as an "Elf" in Macy's "Santaland" all the way through to the horrifying and dreaded "Christmas Letter."

This promises to be a night to remember!

Thursday, December 18 $40 per person
Friday, December 19 $40 per person


Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday starting October 2
Noon–1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St.

Our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns to the Whaling Museum for the 2014 season. Bring your brown bag lunch and join the fun!

Food for Thought features authors, filmmakers, businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics related to Nantucket.

Musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack, and Julian Waterfall Pollack founders of the Memdocino Music FestivalThursday, October 2:
"Creating the Mendocino Music Festival" with Musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack and Julian Waterfall Pollack

Join musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack, and Julian Waterfall Pollack as they share their experience founding and running the Mendocino Music Festival, a thriving Californian music festival now in its twenty-ninth year.

Joe HaleThursday, October 9:
"Illuminating the World" with the Global BrightLight Foundation Co-founder Joe Hale

Co-founder of the Global BrightLight Foundation and Nantucket resident Joe Hale describes his mission to bring light to the world's most impoverished communities.

Museu da BaleiaThursday, October 16:
"Whaling in Madeira" with Historian and NHA Staff Member Bob Hellman

NHA staff member Bob Hellman, an authority on historic whaling, will introduce highlights from Madeira’s recently renovated Museum of the Whale and provide historic tidbits about whaling in Madeira, an archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Includes a screening of a short film about the twentieth-century history of whaling in that region.

Ben ShattuckThursday, October 23:
"Creative Writing and History" with NHA Verney Fellow Ben Shattuck

2014 NHA Verney Fellow and author Ben Shattuck will explore his creative process, and extensive research, in envisioning the world of his forthcoming novel about eighteenth-century Nantucket.

Amy Jenness photo by Laura PlessThursday, October 30:
"Four Centuries of Nantucket Seasons" with Author Amy Jenness

Learn why presidents always visit Nantucket in the autumn and why Nantucketers have so much to celebrate in the summer with Amy Jenness, author of the recently-released book This Day in Nantucket History, as she shares tales of Nantucket’s rich history by season.

Author Barbara White and her new book Live to the TruthThursday, November 6:
"Cyrus Peirce, Radical Thinker" with Historian and Author Barbara White

Local historian and NHA Research Fellow Barbara White presents the findings of her new biography of radical educator Cyrus Peirce, a man ahead of his time who advocated for women’s rights, emancipation, and the peace movement on Nantucket in the 1830s.

Yoga Instructor Nantucket Sup YogaThursday, November 13:
"Keeping ACKtive" with Yoga Instructor Caitlin Marcoux

Yoga expert and breast cancer survivor Caitlin Marcoux reveals her fresh and creative tips for keeping fit and staying grounded.


NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael HarrisonThursday, November 20:
“Patent Models and the Invention of Safety at Sea” with NHA Robyn
& John Davis Chief Curator
Michael Harrison

NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison will discuss inventions dreamed up by Americans in the nineteenth-century to mitigate the dangers of working and traveling on the water.

NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael HarrisonFood for Thought media sponsorship generously provided by Novation Media.

The 2014 Food for Thought series is made possible in part by the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.