24 February 2011

Nantucket Artist in Residence, Greg Sobran, Joins Palm Beach Program


Contact: Otilia, Media Relations
Century House, Nantucket Island
Gerry Connick and JeanE Heron, Innkeepers
Phone: 508.228.0530; Email: centurybnb@aol.com

Century House Winter Artist in Residence Continues

(Nantucket, MA) – February 24, 2011 Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island, continues its Winter Artist in Residence Program this week with the arrival of Greg Sobran, a self described “free spirited” artist and a Program participant in the mid-1990’s. Innkeeper Gerry Connick hosts the participants in the private “artist studio” located in Palm Beach, Florida where he resides for those few months when the inn is closed off and being readied for the new Century Season.

Hailing from Ann Arbor Michigan, the visits to Nantucket and Palm Beach complement Greg’s thirst for travel (Europe, South Florida and the Rocky Mountains) and new vistas – especially buildings and landscapes. His great eye for detail led him to expand his work with portraits in the style of John Singer Sargent. In addition to Sargent, painters that have inspired him along the way include Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and the French impressionists.

The Palm Beach studio, located just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal and prestigious Worth Avenue, affords the visiting artists an array of enticing vistas to capture on one’s tropical palette. As the Southern light has many of the characteristics of the exquisite, ever changing light of Nantucket; the Palm Beach opportunity provides the Program participants with a complementary portfolio to the artists’ existing body of work. This is especially true for Sobran, whose vibrate palette cascades with brilliant, pure color (view a sampling of his work – including some of his recent Palm Beach work - at www.sobrangalleries.com).

Innkeeper Gerry expanded the Program to include the Winter Stays as he noted that “the Vias off of Worth Avenue, yachts docked at the Palm Beach Basin just down the street, sunrises and sunsets, majestic palm trees, brilliant flora, world famous gardens and architecture capture the imagination … leading to the creation of paintings of charm and emotion that introduce a warmth to the Winter sky”. Gerry is most interested in the color changes and the ways in which they affect ‘en plein air’ painting.

The Century House ties to the artist community have its roots from the days in 1833 when the Whaling Captain Robert Calder acquired the land and built the property known as the Century House. From this lineage came the renown descendant, sculptor and artist, Alexander Calder, most famous for inventing the mobile art form.

Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE began the Century House Artist in Residence Program in the 1980’s to enrich their lives through the eyes of the talented artists who long to paint on Nantucket Island. Over the years, inn guests have enjoyed not only the opportunity to meet the artists during their stay at Century House but also view their works hanging at the inn.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with innkeepers JeanE and Gerry, call 508.228.0530 or email centurybnb@aol.com. More details on participating artists will be posted on http://www.centuryhouse.com


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15 February 2011

Nantucket Wine Festival 2011

Today, I received an email announcing the Wine Festival on Nantucket. So, another season is almost here. Another time of beautiful memories awaits. How exciting! The Nantucket Wine Festival takes place May 18 to - May 22, 2011. The website has a new look, check it out http://www.nantucketwinefestival.com . A schedule of the festival is posted on their site; you can also purchase tickets in advance. If you are on facebook {who isn't?} you can find their facebook page here.

Nantucket Wine Festival is also the signaling of our Season opening: May 19, 2011. Find us on facebook or follow us on twitter.

Looking forward to a fun Season!

Best to all,

13 February 2011

Innkeeperette Memories: Nantucket Connections

Since beginning to “blog” my Innkeeperette Memories in conjunction with today’s reality, I am amazed at the frequency of Nantucket connections. Did you see the article on the front page of the New York Times last Friday, 11 February 2011 “No ‘Moby-Dick’: A real Captain, Twice Doomed”?

Captain Pollard, the captain of the doomed Nantucket Whaling vessel the Essex, survived and went on to captain another ship, Two Brothers– which also sank!! Researchers have just announced the discovery of the remains of the Two Brothers…while I know nothing of this vessel, we all can relate to the Essex, which was attacked and sunk by an angry sperm whale, an event that inspired Herman Melville to pen “Moby Dick” in the 19th Century and Nathaniel Philbrick (a writer of distinction who lives year round on Nantucket) to write “The Essex” in the 21st Century.

This brings me to fond memories of attending theatre at Bennett Hall in Nantucket where the tale of Ahab (of the Essex) and Ishmael was performed to sell out crowds. Visitors, coming from big cities, and Islanders alike enjoy the intimacy of the Hall, which offers is stage to a broad range of creative artistry throughout the year.

Happy week!


09 February 2011

Century House: Innkeeperette Memories

Century House Innkeeperette Memories

Last evening, Innkeeper Gerry and I attended an event held by MGH, presenting its Campaign for the THIRD CENTURY of MGH Medicine, new initiatives and reflecting on its outreach to so many communities of which the affiliation with Nantucket Cottage Hospital is a miracle for Gerry and me. Why you may ask?? … March 10, 1999 will stand out in my mind forever …on this day. Gerry suffered a heart attack on Nantucket Island, rushed to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and immediately helicoptered to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), diverting a chopper headed to Martha’s Vineyard on a non emergent mission; within 1 hour Gerry was on the operating table…. The rest is history; Gerry survived and now thrives in his daily activities. The affiliation with this prestigious teaching and research hospital, the immediacy of getting from Island to Boston MGH Helicopter Pad and surgical care definitely saved Gerry’s life. A treasured memory of gratitude. How blest we are!

07 February 2011

Nantucket Festive Fantasy: 'Bicycle Built for Two' Package February Only

Nantucket Festive Fantasy: 'Bicycle Built for Two'

Explore the island by bicycle. Miles and miles of bike paths await you, so come discover the flora and fauna of Nantucket Island.
Travel: May 19 - June 19, 2011
Deluxe Rooms $295/night; (Sunday - Thursday only)
Superior Rooms $225/night (Sunday-Thursday only)

Nantucket Festive Fantasy: 'Bicycle Built for Two' package includes:
-All amenities
-Overnight accommodations
-Gerry's Berry Buffet Breakfast
-A bicycle 'built for two' for one day.

Deadline to book by is February 28, 2011. Two night minimum. Based on availability. Limited. Cannot be combined or transferred or changed. Price excludes taxes and fees. For rooms or information visit http://www.centuryhouse.com or call 508.228.0530

Combine this with the Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week taking place June 6 - June 12 and get the best of Nantucket has to offer.


04 February 2011

Valentine's Day!

For those who have everything, a trip to Nantucket Island might be just what they need. Celebrate your loved one with a special Nantucket trip this summer!

Century House offers a special package just for Valentine's Day! Purchase a gift certificate and celebrate your loved one on Nantucket Island with Champagne, Strawberries, Roses, and French chocolate!

At the time of arrival a bottle of Champagne, Roses, Strawberries and French chocolate will be delivered to your room. The Gift Certificate applies to any room during Season 2011. Also the time of the gift purchase French chocolate and rose petals will be mailed to you just in time for Valentine's! Call 508.228.0530