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

March 2015 Newsletter


Dear Friends:

We are quite happy to be on the other side of this winter.  The daffodils are sprouting, and the landscapers are out cleaning up the debris from this destructive winter.  Daffodil weekend will soon be upon us, a nice event to ease into the change of seasons.

Our landscaper is busy!  We had several arborvitae branches come down this winter, not to mention the front lawn that is in quite a state needing to be leveled out and re-sod.  We trust they will do a great job and it will be looking fabulous in no time at all!

Bob Mooney has left us again to return home for the summer.  We all wish him well and he expects to see us again next winter!  Mary Zimmerman remains in Florida at this point.  She is expected to return at some time in April, and we are really looking forward to seeing her.

Paul Connors and Susan Dupree have been entertaining us this winter!  Susan has played the piano, while Paul has led us in singing a variety of older songs quite familiar to our residents.  Paul came by to play his guitar for us and sing some Irish songs for St. Patrick's Day.  We thank them for all their time, and appreciate their talents!

The Homestead held its' 10th annual "Paint the Town Red" fundraising event on March 21st at The American Legion Hall.  It was another wonderful evening, with great food, lots of laughs and very generous people that made this event the most successful ever held.  We offer our deepest thanks to the "Boys" at The Legion for another outstanding meal, and to Bob Lehman for his fabulous auctioneering throughout the evening.  We are lucky to have such support for The Homestead in our community.

In April we will celebrate two birthdays, Lucy Murray on the 16th and Bill Rowland on the 21st!  Happy Birthday wishes to both of you-coincidently both turning the same age!

As the weather improves, we are sure to get outside and enjoy the spring!  Any one that is interested please feel free to stop by and visit us, or come and share a special talent with us.  We look Forward to seeing you.

Take care,


February 2015 Newsletter


Dear Friends:

Well, hasn't this weather just been a blast!  I am glad we are heading towards spring, very soon the snow and ice will give way to the daffodils.  We can hope!  All is well here at The Homestead.  We are enjoying the light we get with the longer days, and it really does look beautiful with all the snow!  This coming weekend we get to move the clocks ahead, making our days that much longer to enjoy!

Many thanks to my shoveling assistants!  Jen Anderson, Neeltje, David, Chris, Laxmi, Courtney and Denielea, you all made my life so much easier, and safer for all!  A special thanks to Maria Zodda, who worried so much that she actually came over and shoveled us out early in the morning of the last two storms, before anyone else could!  I appreciate all your help!

Our 10th annual "Paint the Town Red" fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday March 21st at The American Legion Hall at 5:30PM.  We will be serving a prime rib dinner, holding a live auction with Bob Lehman as the auctioneer, offering several "Chinese" raffle items and door prizes as well!  Please come and join us!  The tickets are $30 and are available at The Homestead or by calling any of the Directors.  It is a fun evening, and the funds help to support The Homestead, a win-win situation!

Mary Zimmerman has been sunning in Florida this winter with her daughter Lynn and son-in-law- George.  What a winter to miss up here!  We have heard from her a few times, and she is enjoying the warm days sitting up on her balcony!  We truly miss her, and look forward to her coming back as spring arrives.

Grace Coffin has moved in with us for the remainder of the winter.  We have known Grace for quite some time, as a former member of the Board of Directors of The Homestead, and of course through her niece Kerry O'Keefe and nephew John Morgan.  We welcome Grace and are happy we were able to take her in during this rough winter weather.

As March moves along, we will be celebrating a couple of birthdays throughout the month.  Tish will celebrate hers on the 12th, while Bill Allen celebrates his on the 13th, and Brian has his birthday on the 28th.

We still have one vacancy, on the first floor, and it has a full bath.  Please keep your ears open for any potential tenants.

Take care!


January 2015 Newsletter


Dear Friends:

Well, it has been a really long time since the last newsletter, I will try to fill you in on some of the happenings around The Homestead.  I'll start with the hardest part, which for me is the saying goodbye to people.

Bert Johnston passed away the 22nd of January following a brief illness.  He had moved to Our Island Home earlier this winter, after 10 years as a resident of The Homestead.  We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, especially his daughter Leslie, who took wonderful care of him and also became a huge part of our lives.  We will miss him so much, but are so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him for as long as we did.

Martha Bouton has recently moved to Our Island Home.  We had the good fortune to be able to enjoy the holidays with Martha, then she had some medical issues that required a brief hospitalization, and from there she was transferred to Our Island Home.  We will certainly miss Martha's gentle demeanor, her walking up Main Street on sunny days, and her great recipe ideas that we have all enjoyed, especially the pompadour pudding!

On the lighter side of things, we did enjoy the annual barbeque in September, followed up with a great holiday party in December.  The residents, their families, staff, and Directors celebrated with great music by The Shepcats at both parties, and lots of good food and drinks!  Good times spent with good people, what more can we ask for?

The Annual Appeal Campaign is currently underway.  It has been quite successful in helping us to raise monies for our building renovations and the many projects we wish to complete so our residents are comfortable and cozy in this beautiful historic home.

"Paint the Town Red" is an annual fundraising event held in March, to benefit The Homestead.  This year the date is scheduled for March 21st at 5:30PM at The American Legion Hall.  There will be a prime rib dinner, live auction with Bob Lehman, raffles, and a whole lot of fun!  Tickets are $30 and are available through any of the Directors, or at The Homestead.  If you haven't been, please stop by, it really is a fun evening.  We already have a number of great items for the auction, including 2 vacation stays- one in Nova Scotia and the other in Maine! 

Susan Duprix and Paul Connors have entertained is throughout the fall and holiday seasons with music and singing.  We started with many of the older songs that many of the residents grew up listening to, and then progressed into Christmas carols as we neared the holidays.  It was so nice of them to donate their time and skills to us, and the music and singing is so enjoyable for most of our residents, demonstrated by the fact that the room was full!

Neeltje's daughter Nona has been coming by to do manicures twice a month, and her older sister Esme joined her when she was home for the holidays.  The residents are really enjoying being pampered by the lovely young ladies, and I think they are enjoying their interactions with the residents as well!  It's so nice of them to share their time and our residents love new faces!  Cam Jones, our other high school visitor, has also been by a few times to meet with Bill Rowland, and actually record a video for his application process for attending a private school next year!  His mom, Helaina, has sent us the link to you tube, and everyone has enjoyed seeing Cam's work.  Bill Rowland is actually on the video, and does a great job of singing Cam's praises!  We wish Cam good luck, and hope he gets in to the school of his choice!

During the past few months, we have celebrated a few birthdays!  In September Gerry Mailloux celebrated his birthday on the 18th, Mary Zimmerman had her special day on October 3rd, while Ann Marie Jones celebrated her birthday on the 28th of October.  In November, Gloria Oliver had a birthday on the 12th; Denielea Abbey-Mooney celebrated her's on the 1st of December; and Laxmi Niraula had a birthday on January 15th.

Coming up in February, Bob Mooney celebrates his birthday on the 16th, then we are quiet until March.

We now have two vacancies, both on the first floor, and both with full baths.  Both rooms have been updated and are really nice spaces to enjoy.  Please keep us in mind if you know anyone looking for a room for a relative or a friend.  The rents are reasonable, the company is good, and the food is great!!!

Well, I think you are all caught up!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies, but here we  are nearing the end of January!  Pretty soon we will be looking for Cupid, and the good news is, we will have a little more daylight each day by which to search!

Take care,


March Newsletter


Dear Friends:

Spring is truly on the way!  The landscapers are all over, putting the finishing touches on our soon to be blooming gardens!  Our little neck of the woods looks great, as usual, and the benches and chairs have been set up by Brian, so we are ready to enjoy the view.

Thanks so much to all of you that helped to make our "Paint the Town Red" fundraiser a success.  Even though the dates were changed and lots of people were unable to attend, we ended up raising just about the same amount as last year.  Thanks to Mary for heading up the committee, to Bill for single handedly moving the tables and artwork(as well as dish duty), and to Joan for her help in making the set up and flow of the evening go as smoothly as possible.  Thanks to all the folks that volunteered throughout the evening, and of course to all those that contributed some of the best gifts we have had.  It just always seems to work out, so hopefully we will have the opportunity to do it again next year!

We currently have three empty rooms.  We would love to fill them up, so please keep us in mind for those who may be looking for a great housing option!  Right now there is a room on the first floor with a full bath that is available, it was just renovated, and it is a beautiful spot.  We also have two rooms on the second floor with half-baths, both are very nice rooms.  We do anticipate Mary Browne returning for a month this summer.  We have spoken a few times on the phone, and she is looking forward to  being back on Nantucket and at The Homestead.

In April we celebrated Lucy Murray's birthday on the 16th, and Bill Rowland's on the 21st, same year I'll have you know!  Also, coming up in May are Alexandra Punnett on the 4th, and Jane Manning on the 10th, also both joining Bill and Lucy with the same birth year!  Not with the same birth year, but joining the May ladies, are Jennifer Killen on the 5th, and Jennifer Anderson on the 30th!  Happy birthday wishes to everyone!

The carpeting is down and it looks amazing.  There are some finishing touches we need to take care of, but it is all coming together nicely!  The painting crew of Pioneer Cleaning was fabulous, and the Marine Home Center installation crew did a great job as well.  Now, we could use some fresh artwork if anyone is cleaning out or some ideas about picture placement from someone that has a talent for that.  Please let me know!

Enjoy your Daffodil weekend!