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 2017 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  It's been a while since we have written, it always seems like there is something that gets in the way of sitting down and writing!  There has been a lot happening since this fall!

In September we had our annual BBQ on the 15th for the residents and their families.  It was a great time, as always with good food, good people and of course The Shepcats providing the entertainment.  Our Directors brought lots of salads and desserts, which everyone enjoyed.  The weather cooperated nicely allowing us to enjoy the patio as well.  Many thanks to all who contributed to such a wonderful event, with special thanks to Susan Warner for the grill that makes our cooking so much easier!

Also in September we participated in the Elder Expo, an annual event held at the high school geared to educating the community about the services Nantucket has to offer our elders.  It also is a great place to get your flu shot!

October was a fairly quiet month for us.  We had just a few trick-or-treaters this year.  It seems that after the little parade downtown people head off to the out of town hot spots, like the Mizzenmast/Keel Lane neighborhoods.  Despite only a few visitors, our residents enjoyed the evening.

During the first week of November we attended the annual luncheon sponsored by The White Elephant for several of the Island's non-profits dedicated to serving the elders of the community.  This year we shared the dining room with many of the staff and residents of The Landmark House.  We always have a great time with them, the food is always good, and the view is just amazing!  Many thanks to our hosts, and to all those who volunteered their time to serve us.  We certainly do appreciate it.

On Saturday November 5th, we held our "Homestead BBQ and Game Night" fundraiser.  It was a very fun evening!  There were a number of great prizes donated to this event from our very generous community.  The food, prepared by Chris and Linda Roberts, was delicious.  Again, we had lots of help pulling this event together, and as always it turned out to be a great success.  We do thank Patrick and Dora Lee Nolan at the VFW for being so flexible with the scheduling of this event, it really helped that we had extra time to plan for it!

Just after Thanksgiving, Esther Johnson moved in to The Homestead from her home in Centerville.  Esther has moved here to be closer to her daughter Leslie Johnson, a long time Madaket resident.  Esther's sister is Louise Conway, who is well know to many of us from her days of waitressing and hostessing in several of our local restaurants.  We welcome Esther to The Homestead and are enjoying getting to know her and her family.

As we headed into the month of December, we were hard at work decorating the house for the holidays, as well as making decorations for the tree downtown.  After selecting a theme, Neeltje began dismantling clothespins and spray painting them to form very pretty stars!  We had our usual tree, out in front of Murray's Toggery Shop, and with the help of Jen Killen and Jack Diamond we were able to put together a nice looking tree!

Our holiday party was held during early December, again we had a wonderful time.  We even had a visit from our former resident Lucy Murray, her daughter Anna and Lucy's caregiver Barbara.  Lucy has moved into her house here on Nantucket, and she is very close to The Homestead which allows for easy visiting.  We also had the Shepcats come and play for us again!  It really wouldn't be the same without them here to brighten up the evening with music.

Throughout the month of December we had several church and community groups drop by and sing carols for us.  We also has several "elves" visit with presents and treats for all of us!  What a very generous community we live in!

Sadly on January 2, 2017, we lost Bill Rowland.  Bill had been a resident here for over four years, having moved here from Plattsburg to be near his son Mickey.  He was a man of great accomplishments throughout his 95 years, and during his stay here with us he was always up for a good adventure and remained quite active until just prior to his death.  He frequently serenaded us as he would leave the dining room heading upstairs for the evening!  Danny Boy was one of his top 10!  We will miss him.  Our thoughts go out to his family during this time of sadness.

We do have some vacancies at the moment, so please keep us in mind if you know anyone who may be interested!

Take care, and Happy New Year to you!

Tish and Neeltje