NHA News Release: January 27, 2014

NHA's Popular Food for Thought Lecture Series final weeks

NANTUCKET, MA –The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that its spring 2014 Food for Thought lecture series will continue every Thursday from now until May 1, from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The free spring 2014 Food for Thought lecture series features presenters from Nantucket and beyond. Speakers include local authors, filmmakers, and representatives of businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics that are aligned with Nantucket’s rich culture and history. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch while listening to these informative lectures at the Whaling Museum. 

Food for Thought provides a fantastic opportunity for Nantucket residents to learn more about the island and each other,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “It is so rewarding to be able to offer Nantucketers a free, lunch-time community program on a wide range of topics, from history to the arts, music to good nutrition, right in the heart of downtown.”

The Food For Thought lecture series began in the fall of 2006.  At that time, NHA Executive Director Bill Tramposch said, “The mission of the NHA is to infuse a greater appreciation and respect for the important historic role that Nantucket has played in national and world heritage. We also aspire to reach and serve diverse audiences as a year-round organization.” That mission is as central to the NHA today as it was then and the Food For Thought series is an integral part of the fall and spring programming schedule.

The 2014 Food for Thought program series is partially supported by a grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

The 2014 Spring Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, April 3: “A Writer’s Journey into the Deep” with Rob Cocuzzo of N Magazine

Robert Cocuzzo came to Nantucket when he was seventeen to work as a fisherman. After three years as a first mate, he became a certified captain and ran charters on the shallow-water flats around Tuckernuck Island and the deeper waters off the South Shore. It was during one of these charters that he met a travel writer and was inspired to put down his fishing rod and pick up a pen. That winter, Cocuzzo spent four months backpacking alone in South America where he devoted himself to writing. He then moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he helped start an online ski magazine and began writing professionally. A position at N Magazine brought Cocuzzo back to Nantucket. Today, he is the editor of N Magazine.

Cocuzzo spent this past winter living in a remote skiing village in the French Alps, where he continued research for a forthcoming book. This book project will be the focus of his presentation as he discusses the lure of adventure and the price many pay to pursue it in the big mountains.

Thursday, April 10: “Building Your Brand” with Holly Finigan

Holly Finigan is a nine year veteran of Nantucket and has been writing and tending bar on the island since her flip flops stepped off the Steamship Wharf in May of 2005. After years of freelancing and the success of her popular blog "the blACKbook," she launched the Nantucket blACKbook website as a personalized online concierge service to keep ACK lovers in the know.

From restaurants to retail to real estate, Finigan gives the inside scoop on where to sip, shop and stay. She is a social media maven, with thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Finigan teaches classes on building your brand and business on social platforms. Through online and social media marketing, she has reinvented the ways small businesses look at advertising on Nantucket.

Thursday, April 17:“How to Show an Award-Winning Daffodil” with Mary Malavase

Mary Malavase is a member of the Nantucket Garden Club and on the committee for the annual Daffodil Flower Show as well as an accredited judge for the American Daffodil Society (ADS). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ADS as their National Youth Chairman. Malavase assists the Nantucket flower show committee in helping people to stage and enter their daffodils at the show. 

In her presentation, Malavase will show people of all skill levels how they too can be victorious at this year’s 40th Annual Daffodil Flower Show, sharing tips and tricks of the trade from her years of experience.

Thursday, April 24:“Inside the Nantucket Cottage Style Exhibition” with Robert Frazier

Robert “Bobby” Frazier is the Curator of Exhibitions for the Artists Association of Nantucket, managing AAN’s permanent collection and overseeing the hanging of present-day exhibitions at the Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery. Frazier will give a sneak preview of the new collaborative exhibition from NHA and AAN, Nantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from the Oates-Euler Collection, featuring pieces from the estate of collectors Andrew Oates and William Euler, who fueled an island lifestyle based on the beauty and simplicity of cottage-style living.

Thursday, May 1: Special Preservation Month Lecture “Restoring the Old Gaol” with Mark Avery

Mark Avery has served as the Director of Historic Properties for the NHA since 2008. A former architect with a special interest in preservation, he is responsible for the care of over twenty historic sites, including the Whaling Museum. In honor of National Preservation Month, Avery will provide an insider’s look at the restoration of the NHA’s historic Old Gaol property. Built in 1806 and originally dubbed the “New Gaol’ (old English spelling, pronounced ‘Jail’), this wooden structure at 15R Vestal Street was the town’s House of Correction facility until 1933. One of the oldest surviving jails in America, it is important not only for its age and unique construction, but for its role in the history of local law enforcement. The town closed the property and deeded it to the NHA in 1946. This property, now known as the “Old Gaol,” is being restored by the NHA with generous support from the Community Preservation Committee, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information on upcoming Food for Thought programs at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
2014 Food for Thought Lecture Series
Now – May 1, 2014
Noon – 1  P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street