It’s Friday, May 16th which means we’re half way through National Preservation Month and we’re off to a great start! The NPT held a kick off event for the month long celebration on May 1st at the Dreamland Theater. Executive Director, Michael May gave an overview of how the month began, what the NPT does and can do for the Nantucket community and highlighted the month long event calendar (organized by the NPT). Now it has been up to the Nantucket community and its visitors to enjoy the events, show their support for preservation and have fun! Remember the 2014 theme is: “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage”! Take a look at how Nantucket has already begun to engage themselves in the month long celebration.
May 1st – Preservation Month Kick-Off Event
Held at the Dreamland Theater in the upstairs Studio Theater at 5:30 PM. Attendees enjoyed an overview of the month’s activities and were able to hear the official public announcement of the 2014 Preservation Award recipients. The Dreamland Theater kindly provided popcorn and a great venue to kick-off National Preservation Month!
May 10th – Cherry Cottage Film Screening
A special screening of the documentary: Cherry Cottage was held in celebration of National Preservation Month. Attendees enjoyed a screening of the award winning documentary, a brief Q&A session with film director, Dave Simonds and cottage owner and producer, Hans Morris. Those who decided to stay were invited to mingle with Simonds and Morris, while enjoying appetizers provided by the Starlight Theater & Cafe and a cash bar. Thank you to Dave Simonds, Hans Morris and the Starlight Theater & Cafe for your generous time and support of the NPT.
On Mother’s Day the Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund offered the opportunity to view three historic Baxter Road homes during what turned out to be a gorgeous day! There was also an area provided where tour goers had the opportunity to view and discuss the current Bluff protection project.
May 15th – “Preserving the Brotherhood Elm” Lecture
Thursday evening in Mitchell’s Book Corner upstairs Community Room Beau Barber of Barber Brother’s Furniture and Sam Myers of Nantucket Yard Guard discussed how they are currently in the process of turning the iconic Brotherhood Elm Tree, into a table. The thorough lecture went through the specifics of Elm Trees, the devastating loss of Nantucket’s Elms due to disease and how they hope to auction off the table (once completed) to benefit the Nantucket Tree Fund. Attendees had the chance to view a great slide show featuring images of Broad Street from the 1800’s to present day, where the Elm once stood.
Embark! Inspire! Engage!
If you haven’t had a chance to attend an event or show you’re support there is still time CLICK HERE to view the event calendar. We are also still accepting photo submissions for the 2nd Preservation Photo Contest or you can enjoy the special Preservation Month cocktail “NPT ’55” at Cisco Brewery (available the month of May).