Nantucket Comedy Festival 2019 – Get Set To Laugh!

Artist in Residence Debra Lee ValeriIf you like to laugh, you don’t want to miss Nantucket Comedy Festival 2019, July 11th through the 13th. That’s not all the exciting news, though. We’re also pleased to announce that the Carlisle House Inn will be hosting an Artist in Residence between June 9th and the 14th!

Artist In Residence – Debra Lee Valeri

June 9th to the 14th, 2019
The Carlisle House Inn is excited to announce our upcoming Artist In Residence – Debra Lee Valeri!

Debra Lee Valeri is an oil painter known for her Maine Coast inspired land and seascapes. She has won several Best of Show and First Place awards. Her work can be seen in many collections around the country.

Debra Lee Valeri graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She is an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America, and many local art organizations.

Visit Meadowbrook Studio online to learn more about Debra Lee Valeri. Then come meet her and see her incredible work during her artist’s residence at our Nantucket bed and breakfast, The Carlisle House Inn!

Nantucket Comedy Festival

Nantucket Comedy Festival 2019Dreamland Theater – 17 South Water Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Visit the Comedy Festival website for tickets and more information. You can also visit the festival on Facebook and Twitter.
This year’s event promises such big comedy names as Kerri Louise, Jimmy Dunn, and Neko White!

Nantucket’s annual comedy festival has been bringing top comedic talent – and fans of side-splitting comedy – to the island since 2007. The festival is the main fundraising event for Stand Up & Learn, Nantucket’s year-round, comedy education program.

The festival offers comedy for everyone, with shows rated from G to R. Looking for family-friendly fare? Grab a seat at the Kids’ Comedy Showdown. Prefer your comedy a little bit spicier? Attend Friday Night Lights or the Comedy SmACKdown, the annual competition between comedians from Boston and New York.

The year’s list of participating comedians includes: Vic Henley, Tom Cotter, Kerri Louise, Chuck Nice, Don Gavin, Jimmy Dunn, Cory Kahaney, Jack Gallagher, Dan Crohn, Kendra Cunningham, Jimmy Shubert Comedian, Carmen Lynch, Chris Distefano, and Neko White.

Nantucket Comedy Festival Schedule

Thursday, July 11 –
Comedy Kickoff: Love & Laughter – 7pm

Friday, July 12 –
Stand Up & Learn™ Kids’ Comedy Showdown: Nantucket vs. Martha’s Vineyard- 5pm
Friday Night Lights: Legends of Comedy – 7pm
Private Dinner with the Comedians – 9pm

Saturday, July 13 –
Comedy SmACKdown! Boston vs. New York – 7pm

Get Set For Hyannis-Nantucket Figawi Race 2019!

Hyannis-Nantucket Figawi Race Weekend 2019The 48th annual Hyannis-Nantucket Figawi Race Weekend is coming right up – May 24th to the 27th, Memorial Day Weekend, 2019.

Figawi Race Weekend has been a Cape Cod Memorial Day Weekend tradition since the 1970’s. This premier east coast sailing event draws more than 200 sailboats and thousands of visitors from all around the country.

The first Figawi (1972) was an informal challenge between friends to see who could sail from Hyannis harbor to Nantucket harbor the fastest. This first race was so beset by fog that the sailors were sometimes unsure of their location – thus the race’s name.

More than just a regatta, the weekend includes many special events, such as parties, raffles, auctions, and even a Memorial Day parade. If you plan on attending, NOW is the time to acquire accommodations.

Figawi Charity Ball, Auction & Raffle

Outside of having a lot of fun on the water, Figawi is primarily a source of charity for a wide variety of local causes. One of the bigger events attached to the race is the annual Figawi Charity Ball.

Figawi Charity Ball 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 7pm to 1am. The event includes live music, delicious food, dancing, and casino. The ball also includes hundreds of items for raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds going toward local charities.

Hyannis to Nantucket Figawi Race Weekend

Figawi Race Weekend 2019 starts off on Friday at the Hyannis Yacht Club with a Registration and Kickoff Party. The party includes a buffet, cash bar, Figawi merchandise, and live entertainment. Competitors and fans are welcome.

Figawi is a “pursuit regatta,” which means that the slowest boat starts first, followed by the next, and so on, down to the very last and fastest boat. This format helps assure that most boats will reach Nantucket Harbor around the same time, conditions depending, of course.

The parade of sailboats out of Lewis Bay to the Hyannis Port begins around 8am, Saturday morning. The first boat will cross the start line on Saturday at 10am, the last at noon.

On Nantucket, a tent on New Whale Street will offer music, sponsors tables, and drinks, to those awaiting the finish. There will also be a variety of gatherings at bars, restaurants, and halls.

The Competitor Party under the tent on New Whale Street will kick off to celebrate the day’s race at 7pm. Come dance and congratulate the sailors. Music will be provided by BearFight.

The Prize Giving Ceremony takes place on Sunday, between 5 and 6pm and is followed by the Wrap Up Party, from 7 to 10pm.

Sunday also sees the annual the Figawi Invitational, featuring high school sailing teams from across the region. The races take place off the docks of Nantucket Boat Basin at 11:30am, with winners receiving the coveted Figawi Jr. Trophy.

And don’t forget the Nantucket Memorial Day Parade down Main Street at 1pm!

2019 Figawi Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 24 –
48th Annual Figawi Registration and Kickoff Party 3pm to 8pm at Hyannis Yacht Club

Saturday, May 25 –
Boat Parade out of Lewis Bay – 8am
Hyannis-Nantucket Figawi Race Weekend 2019The Figawi Race begins – 10am
Competitor Party – 7pm

Sunday, May 26 –
Figawi High School Invitational – 11am
An Afternoon of Giving Back – 12pm to 3:30pm
Figawi Fair – 12pm to 3:30pm
Memorial Day Parade – 1pm
Prize Giving Ceremony – 5pm to 6pm
Weekend Wrap Up Party – 7pm to 10pm

Learn more about Figawi Regatta 2019 at figawi.com. You can also follow the race on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nantucket Lodging

Figawi is a fun but busy time here on Nantucket, with accommodations becoming scarce, fast. Nantucket’s Carlisle House Inn would love to host your stay over Figawi Weekend – or any time! You’ll revel in the comfort of our guest rooms, marvel at the convenience of our location, and our Nantucket Breakfast Bar will help you start your day off right. Book your stay with us today!

Don’t Miss Nantucket Wine and Food Festival 2019!

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival 2019Ready your napkin and loosen your belt: Nantucket Wine and Food Festival 2019 is almost upon us: May 15th through the 19th, 2019. This popular annual event sees some of the world’s best chefs and vintners coming together for a 5-day epicurean extravaganza of food and drink.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival has been bringing distinguished winemakers, chefs, and lovers of all they produce together for over 20 years. The festival includes more than 60 different events to attend, with something for everyone. Attend wine tastings, galas, lunches, dinners, seminars, and so many other fun, food and drink related events!

Topics for this year’s festival include Knights of the Wine Table, Bordeaux’s Magical Médoc, Passport to Napa, Oregon Wines, and Discover Rioja.

The beloved festival also brings stars from the world of food and wine to the island. Famous vintners, chefs, sommeliers, and presenters come and help to make the festival the truly special event it is.

With more than 60 different events over 5 days, you can be excused for not knowing where to begin. The list of highlights below may help you get started. A full list of events for Nantucket Wine and Food Festival 2019 can be found here.

2019 Nantucket Wine and Food Festival Highlights

Harbor Gala – May 16, 5pm to 8:30pm
The Harbor Gala opens the festival each year with a prestigious evening of a pure gastronomic indulgence. The event sees famous, international vintners and award-winning chefs pairing their creations with stunning harbor views. General admission has sold out but VIP tickets remain.

Gala After Party: Southern Style – May 16, 9pm to 12am
Keep the party going with Kentucky’s own Woodford Reserve and live music Texas-style! This fun evening includes a host of favorite, Texan celebrity chefs. Don’t miss it!

Provençal Rosé Brunch – May 17, 10am to 12pm
Enjoy a delicious and educational wine-paired brunch featuring wines, vintners, and experts from the Provence region of France. Learn what’s behind the current Rosé trend as you enjoy simple yet delectable paired dishes.

The Grand Tastings: Session 1 – May 18, 12pm to 2pm
Come and sample over 600 different wines from more than 150 international wineries, plus some wonderful food from the region. The Grand Tastings are the heart of the festival, and presented in three sessions. While the second session has already sold out, a third is scheduled for the 19th, 12 to 2:30pm.

Junior Top Chef – May 19, 10am to 12pm
Watch as four student teams compete for the title of “Junior Top Chef Champion” and a $10,000 Culinary Scholarship. Each team receives a mystery basket of ingredients with one hour to prep, plate, and present their dishes to the celebrity chefs for judging. Always fun and exciting!

23rd Annual Nantucket Wine and Food Festival

May 15th through the 19th, 2019
Learn more about the festival online at: www.nantucketwinefestival.com. You can also follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nantucket Lodging

The historic Carlisle House Inn is conveniently located to put the best of Nantucket right at your fingertips. Choose from among our 13 rooms and suites, then get set for the most relaxing and rewarding getaway of your life. Book your stay at the Carlisle House Inn now!

Celebrate Spring at the 45th Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival

2019 Nantucket Daffodil FestivalSpring is officially “sproinging” and that means it’s time for Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2019! Come get Daffy in Nantucket with a weekend jam-packed full of fun, springtime events: April 26th through the 28th, 2019.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival celebrates the return of spring every year with a cornucopia of special events. The weekend sees flower shows (natch), art shows, car shows, tours, parades, picnics, and so very much more.

It all began in the mid 1970’s with a classic car parade and community tailgate picnic. Two events that are still a part of the much larger celebrations of today.

In fact, there are so many fun things to do and see during the festival that we only have room to list a few highlights!

2019 Nantucket Daffodil Festival Highlights

Fabulous Mansions of the Cliff & Brant Point Exercise Walk
8:30am to 9:25am all 3 days

Start your day off with an invigorating and informative, non-stop, 2.5 mile walk past some of the island’s most spectacular summer homes. The 55 minute tour includes historic commentary and absolutely stellar views of Nantucket Sound.

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival Annual Daffodil Tasting
Friday, April 26, 4pm to 6pm

Toast the beginning of the spring and start the countdown to Nantucket Wine & Food Festival 2019 with exceptional wines and artisanal cheeses. Door prizes, discount festival tickets, merchandise, and more!

Daffodil Festival Weekend Antique Car Parade and Tailgate Picnic
Saturday, April 27, 9:30am to 3pm

Come out and see all the beautiful vintage cars and their (often costumed) drivers! Vote on your favorite before he parade begins (at noon), then follow them out of town to Siasconset for the annual Tailgate Picnic! Great fun.

45th Annual Daffodil Flower Show
Saturday, April 27, 2pm to 5pm & Sunday, April 25, 10am to 4pm

The annual community daffodil show theme for 2019 is “Shells and Bells.” Come out and view all the incredible and creative entries! The flower show is sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and approved by The American Daffodil Society.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2019

April 26 – 28
We’ve barely touched on all there is to do and see during Nantucket Daffodil Festival weekend. Be sure to visit daffodilfestival.com for more information. You can also follow the festival on Facebook.

Nantucket Lodging

The Carlisle House Inn would love to be your home away from home for any and all of your Nantucket adventures! Our historic Nantucket Bed and Breakfast is located on a quiet side street in Nantucket’s Old Historic District, just steps away from wonderful shops, restaurants, beaches, and more. Book your stay at the Carlisle House Inn today!