We hope to see you tonight at the Annual Homestead BBQ and Game Night! 

A big THANK YOU to all the individuals and businesses who donated items for our
live auction, raffle, and door prizes:
Brant Point Marine
Cape Codder Resort & Spa
Dan’s Pharmacy
Jack Goodman
Harbor Fuel
Hyline Cruises
Island Lumbar
The Islander
Keane Restaurant Group
Madaket Marine
Miacomet Golf Course
Monarch Face & Body
Paul Michetti
The Nantucket Hotel + Resort
The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Nantucket Looms
Nativ Made
Pioneer Cleaning 
Kirk Riden
Carl Sjolund
Sayle’s Seafood
Stop & Shop
George Thomas and Lynn Zimmerman
Two for Joy Jewelry
The Trustees of the Reservation
WestBay Development



January 2016 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

It seems hard to believe that the holidays are past and we are already into January. So far we have only had a couple of really cold winter days and we would be happy to keep it that way.

 It was a busy fall with many changes taking place.

In September, Bill Allen, who lived with us here at the Homestead for about a year, died after a brief illness. Bill was 101 years old, a true gentleman, and was much loved for his pleasant demeanor and marvelous smile. We feel lucky to have gotten to know him and his family. His daughter Barbara, an artist,  gave us a beautiful painting which we have hung in a place of honor in the dining room. Many of us are familiar with the scene it depicts of the rose mallows in Squam which we have viewed on more than one field trip.

We had our annual BBQ on September 10th which is a wonderful opportunity for residents, their families, staff, and board members to spend time together, enjoy good food and listen to the music of the Shepcats who have, over the years, become our beloved house band.

In September we also welcomed new resident Arlyn Mozoki, who is a lovely addition to our group. Arlyn came to us from Marshfield and has three children, one of whom lives here on Nantucket.

Paul Connors came to sing for us on the 17th in preparation for a children's concert he was planning. We sang many of the kid classics including "Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, guess I'll go eat worms!" which made us all laugh.

In October we were treated to lunch at the White Elephant along with residents from Landmark House and Academy Hill which is always a delightful experience. On October 24th we hosted our annual BBQ and Game Night Fundraiser held at the VFW. So many people work so hard to make this event a huge success and successful it was. Great prizes, great fun and great people!

November was busy with preparing for Thanksgiving and getting decorations made for our tree downtown. Sadly, the festivities were greatly dampened by the loss of our dear Gloria Oliver the day after Thanksgiving. However, we are grateful that her death was peaceful and that she was surrounded by people who loved her. Gloria was with us for about two and a half years. She loved music and enjoyed outings in the car, often coming up with our best field trip ideas and destinations. She also had special nicknames for all of us which we will remember and treasure always. We miss Gloria and also her daughter Deb who visited regularly from Hadley Massachusetts.

Even though we knew it was coming it seemed like December arrived very quickly with Christmas soon to follow. We decorated our tree downtown with paper snowflakes and snowmen garlands made by our residents in time for stroll weekend, visited the festival of trees at the Whaling Museum, and held our annual Christmas party on the 10th. We enjoyed pizza, salads, deviled eggs, and many other treats contributed by guests. Again the Shepcats provided the entertainment and a good time was had by all.

Unfortunately our holiday celebrations were again restrained by the illness and subsequent death of Emma Rusch on December 21, a Homestead resident for five years. Emma was 105 years old and had a vivacious and magnetic personality. She had a genuine love for and interest in people, was able to remember extraordinary details about the lives of others and had a gift for uniting and engaging those around her. We mourn her loss but are thankful that she was able to die at home here at the Homestead where she wanted to be.

The holidays always bring good deeds and presents and we thank everyone who took time out from their own busy schedules to so kindly remember us. We thank the children from St. Mary's religious education group  for hand made Thanksgiving cards and the children from Maria Zodda's elementary school class for Christmas cards. Thanks also to Emery Bouchard and all the kids from her birthday party for making and delivering beautiful and delicious cookies. We thank the members of the Unitarian Church choir for coming by to sing carols on Christmas Eve which really made things festive and merry. Our thanks also go out to Leslie Lindsay who provided us with a spiral ham and pecan pie for a special New Year's feast.

Our next scheduled event is Paint The Town Red which will be held at the American Legion Hall on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.Tickets are $35 and include a prime rib dinner, door prizes and the opportunity to bid on the live auction items as well as participate in a raffle. We hope to see you there as this is a fun way to beat the winter blues, spend a nice evening and support a good cause.

Happy New Year!

Tish and Neeltje