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



August 2016 Newsletter


Dear Friends:

What a beautiful summer it has been!  Other than some very hot and humid weather in August it has been one of the nicest summer seasons any of us can recall.

We have had multiple visits from The Rossini Club, a chamber music ensemble lead by former island resident Nick Davies. The members volunteer their time and each performance has featured different musicians playing different instruments, as well as an operatic solo at our last concert.  We feel so fortunate to be on their list of places to visit!

We are also lucky to have such wonderful neighbors.  The Mittenthals, across the street, have had a box of the best Georgia peaches delivered to us on three different occasions over the course of the summer.  We have had peach cobbler, peach pie, peaches on ice cream and many other marvelous peach creations.  Nothing could be more satisfying or enjoyable than a perfectly ripe peach on a summer day.

The Rose Mallows are in full bloom on Squam Road so we made our annual field trip last week to view them in all their glory.  Other field trips have included touring Madaket, Sconset, Quidnet, and Pocomo. The Sconset Market is an excellent place to get an ice cream on a busy summer day when it is impossible to get into town.

Many thanks to Ella Finn and The Landmark House for their generosity in arranging and funding multiple free cruises for seniors on Shearwater Excursions.  Several of our residents signed up for a tour of the harbor and we were so appreciative to have been included in these arrangements.

We had three summer residents this year.  Mary Browne came for a couple of weeks from Washington D.C. This was her fourth summer staying with us. We also had Cynthia Thurston, an island native who has lived in Virginia for most of her adult life, from Memorial Day weekend until August 14th. Our other summer resident has been Sherry Clarke, from Wisconsin. Sherry has been very active in volunteering her time everywhere from the Dreamland to the Seconds Shop to A Safe Place. Nantucket has been so fortunate to have her and the Homestead has been too. She is a warm and generous person. Among her many acts of kindness she took it upon herself to give our upstairs porch a little face lift by scraping and repainting the eaves. It looks beautiful!

We welcomed Amy Brock to the Homestead. Amy has moved into room # 3 and is settling in with the help of her daughters, Judy Phelan and Mary Jean Dwyer. We know Amy as one of our neighbors on Gardner Street, as well as being a longtime supporter of the Homestead along with her late husband Albert, who was a member of the Board of Directors for a number of years. Amy is also the aunt of Susan Conway, currently serving on the Board and Charlie Duponte, former treasurer of the Homestead. We look forward to having Amy here with us.

The fence is finished! Michael Gault has applied the last coat of stain to our fence, and it really looks nice. We have so many people to thank for this! Again, we want to express our gratitude to the CPC for granting us the funds to complete this project. Many thanks to Maria Zodda, our liaison with the CPC, for all her advice and assistance, making this project go so smoothly. Brian Davis was instrumental in setting up contractors for bidding on the project and for continuing to stay on them to get the written quotes in hand, a big thank you for a difficult job!

Our annual Homestead BBQ will be on Thursday September 15th from 5-7 P.M. This year we will be combining our BBQ with an open house to give people in the community an opportunity see what we are all about. The Shepcats will be playing music and there will be food, drink and good company. Residents, staff, board members and families make this a really enjoyable event. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy these last beautiful weeks of the season!

Take care,

Tish and Neeltje