Annual Nantucket Island Resorts Kids’ Party

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Each year around the holidays, Nantucket Island Resorts hosts a fun filled fest for their employees’ children at Brant Point Grill. Human Resources Director, Sally Remick has long been the company’s go-to party planner for this event-and several other employee events throughout the year! Nantucket Insider caught up with Sally to find out what goes into making an amazing kids party.

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She’s definitely not new at this, as a mom of two children one can assume Sally’s had her share of organizing birthday parties and other activities for her own family, but she’s also been at the helm of ten company kids’ parties- and counting! There are about 25 to 3o children at these events, so a fair amount of prep work goes into the party.

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Each year’s party features a different theme which requires some planning and ‘research’, as Sally puts it; “I love having new themes every year to brainstorm and come up with a great WOW factor for the kids!”

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The planning starts at least six weeks out from the date of the event. But all of the decorating in the Brant Point Grill takes place one day ahead of the event, with the help of many other Nantucket Island Resorts team members.

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This year’s theme for the kids party featured “Kung Fu Panda”, which incorporated lots of Chinese decorative elements, like parasols, bamboo accents, dragon decals, and plenty of adorable “Po” stuffed pandas atop the tables.

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Activities and entertainment were in strong supply with a bouncy house, face painting, arts and crafts tables, and Nantucket’s party-essential Bobby Lamb of Last Minute Productions on hand for balloon twisting!

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Parties like this are a wonderful opportunity for co workers to get together before holiday vacations and watch the little ones have such a great time!

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 *All photos were taken by Lisa Getter of Nantucket Event Media

 

 

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Christmas Stroll Recap from Jared Coffin House

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Nantucket has been recovering this week from a very busy and very successful annual Christmas Stroll weekend. With Jared Coffin House‘s prime location at the top of Centre and Broad Streets, the energy was fun and festive all weekend long!

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With its nostalgic, old New England charm, the hotel has been a long time fan favorite for Nantucket Christmas Stroll– all 43 rooms nearly sold out by the end of October for this highly anticipated holiday celebration.

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For the past several years, an added element of holiday spirit is the official stroll visit of Santa Claus. Santa himself arrived at Jared Coffin House this year aboard a vintage style fire truck following his Coast Guard vessel’s docking at Straight Wharf and a cheerful journey up the cobblestones of Main Street.

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Jared Coffin House General Manager Michael Sharlet reported that an estimated 200+ children waited in line at the hotel to meet Santa and have a photo taken by Nantucket photographer Ron Lynch. An added bonus for the kids this year was sent by Nantucket’s favorite storybook character, Barnaby Bear. Barnaby provided adorable canvas gift bags with crayons and a Barnaby Bear coloring book (all images hand drawn by author and illustrator,Wendy Rouillard).

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To relieve any fatigue of waiting in line to see Santa Claus, a few holiday elves were on hand, passing out hot cocoa!

 

 

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TOPPER’S 2016 Spooky Season Finale

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For their last dinner service of the 2016 season, TOPPER’S pops the cork on a special and spooky evening with the second annual “Trick-Or-Treat Dinner”.

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The dining room at TOPPER’S was completely sold out to a combination of house guests staying at the hotel, and guests who came out for dinner only. As the hotel and the restaurant are closed as of October 30 until April 20, 2017; this was the last chance until spring to enjoy the cozy, yet elegant ambiance of TOPPER’S Dining Room and the exceptional cuisine prepared by Chef Kyle Zachary , with favorites like Lobster Pasta and Tarte Flambe on the menu.

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Dinner guests were treated to discounts of 30, 40, or even 50%, determined by picking a ticket from TOPPER’S Magic Cauldron. From TOPPER’S renown wine cellar, all Peter Michael wine was enjoyed at discounts of 25%.

With end of The Wauwinet’s season typically falling on or around Halloween, and the popularity of the Trick or Treat Dinner, this is a tradition that is sure to continue.

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White Elephant Village’s New Ballroom & Conference Center’s First Event

nantucket ballroomWhite Elephant Village‘s new Ballroom & Conference Center experienced its first two events this past week. Nantucket Insider was on site to enjoy both, the first of which was
a fabulous end of season employee celebration for Nantucket Island Resorts, with a Caribbean twist.

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Nantucket Island Resorts’ employee party is an annual event that the company’s 300+ team members look forward to all season long. It is an evening to have fun with co-workers but also to celebrate and recognize the hard work and stellar performance of some truly exceptional employees as the season winds down.

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The Human Resources team spends many hours planning, decorating, and preparing for the annual employee party; from choosing a theme to organizing prizes, contracting entertainment, and of course being on hand to give special honors to exemplary staff members.

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This year’s “Caribbean Nights” theme was fun and cheerful and gave an opportunity to showcase the versatility of the Ballroom, which looked festive but still sophisticated with the space’s modern finishes.

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Glowing bar set ups, traditional Caribbean cuisine and Mystic Nights band, complete with a steel drum band, set the atmosphere, and a great time was had in this amazing new event venue.

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Finishing Touches at White Elephant Village Ballroom & Conference Center

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As Nantucket Insider announced at the start of the year, White Elephant Village will be home to a stunning new ballroom and conference center. The 4,000+ square feet of space is set to officially open later this month and the finishing touches are being put in place. 

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The White Elephant Village Ballroom & Conference Center is comprised of several spaces all of which provide well planned flexibility for a wide variety of events, key features include folding doors to make spaces larger or smaller depending on needs, flat screen TVs, and even a state of the art catering kitchen on site.

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To introduce the new Ballroom & Conference Center, Nantucket Island Resorts has been hosting a handful of open house events for hotel guests, event planners and members of the local business community. Several media guests have also recently toured the spaces. 

Christina Hall, Business Development Manager for Nantucket Island Resorts, has been personally meeting with those parties interested in taking a tour of the Ballroom & Conference Center, and has informed Nantucket Insider that the tours have been popular and very well received. Jenny from Brant Point Grill has also been on hand to serve up some delicious ice cream sundaes for the tours!

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“There is a lot of interest in the new Ballroom & Conference and those taking tours have been really quite impressed with the size of the space and the sophisticated style used in the overall design elements”, reports Hall.  

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Throughout the fall, the new Ballroom & Conference Center will be open for tours and several upcoming open houses, all of which will be announced through private invitation and publicly announced through social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter. To follow White Elephant Village on Facebook, click here

Private tours are of course possible to arrange through Christina Hall or the Nantucket Island Resorts Sales Office at sales@niresorts.com 

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Olympic Fever at Brant Point Grill

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Like Nantucket Insider, you may be enjoying the excitement of the summer Olympic games without a trip to Rio, and we’ve decided that a great place to cheer on the U.S. teams is from the bar at Brant Point Grill where the BPG team has crafted a trio of celebratory cocktails in honor of the summer games. 

As seen on Town & Countrys round up “21 Cocktails to Get You in the Olympic Spirit“, Going for the Gold, is a sparkling cocktail creation made with Bols Orange Curacao and Prosecco. 

1 oz Bols Orange Curacao
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz honey
Prosecco to fill 

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Team USA Tequila Fizz 

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Olmeca Altos Plata Tequilla 
Raspberries
Lime to garnish

First Place Finish 

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1 oz Captain Morgan 
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Bols Orange Liquor
3/4 oz lemon juice
Orange to garnish
Cinnamon sugar rim

 

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Cocktails & Cruises at White Elephant

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White Elephant Hotel‘s harbor side lawn was awash in pinks and greens yesterday, as friends from In the Pink came out to celebrate the launch of several newly outfitted Hinckley Yachts from Barton & Gray Mariners Club. The three seriously stylish ships feature signature upholstery and decor designed by Lilly Pulitzer, Nantucket based design maven Audrey Sterk, and of course Nantucket Insider’s favorite- White Elephant.

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Guests enjoyed an afternoon of light bites and libations courtesy of Brant Point Grill, with delicious snacks of lobster rolls, beef sliders and an assortment of beers and rose from Cisco Brewers.

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Barton & Gray Mariners Club hosted party-goers aboard the yachts for half hour cruises to sample the luxurious Barton & Gray experience, which many White Elephant guests are no stranger to, as they have access to book exclusive excursions on the boats throughout the season.  We hope to see these beautiful boats out on the harbor often this summer!

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These three ladies definitely have #thatNantucketfeeling!

 

 

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Do You Have “That Nantucket Feeling”?

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Nantucket Insiders know that once you visit this island, it stays with you, wherever you go. To us, Nantucket is so much more than a destination, it’s a state of mind. Share a photo on your Instagram or Twitter account sporting a signature hat from one of our favorite hotels (click here for the list) or the Nantucket Boat Basin, whether in your day to day routine, while here on Nantucket, or as you travel the globe! Use the hashtag #ThatNantucketFeeling and you will have a chance to win a two-night stay at White Elephant during Christmas Stroll 2016 (December 2-4, 2016).  The contest will run from June 30- September 6, 2016. Click here for more details on this fun summer contest.

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If you don’t already have a hat from one of our hotels or Nantucket Boat Basin, you can purchase one at any of our hotel gift shops or The Boat Basin Authentic Shop at Straight Wharf during your next Nantucket visit. You can also visit our White Elephant online gift shop by clicking here. 

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We can’t wait to see where you take #ThatNantucketFeeling with you this summer! 

 

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6 Can’t-Miss, Classic Nantucket Summer Events

Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week, June 6-12, 2016
A celebration of the superlative culinary tradition on Nantucket Island. Experience exceptional food, wine and hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed restaurants. Brant Point Grill will be offering two course lunches for $22 and three course dinners for $33. TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet will be offering two course lunches for $25 and three course dinners for $45.  

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Nantucket Book Festival, June 17-19, 2016
The Nantucket Book Festival is a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary resources of Nantucket’s past, present and future. The Festival seeks to create and renew enthusiasm for books, connect authors and readers, encourage a love of reading and writing among young people, raise funds for literary causes, and promote Nantucket Island as an oasis and haven for the literary arts. For more information please visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org

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Film Summer Preview

Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-27, 2016
Nantucket Film Festival has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on this magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. This year’s opening film will be the much anticipated, family friendly Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. View the full festival schedule here.

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Fourth of July Festivities, July 3 and 4, 2016
Enjoy a quintessential Fourth of July celebration on Nantucket. See the annual fireworks display at Jetties Beach on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy family activities on Main Street, include pie-eating contests, a dunk tank and a parade.

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Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 8-10, 2016
The Nantucket Yoga Festival brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides for a three day event. There are over 40 workshops and something for everyone from the absolute beginner to the more advanced student. For more information click here.  

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Boston Pops on Nantucket, August 13, 2016
The Boston Pops on Nantucket event directly benefits Nantucket Cottage Hospital and is a wonderful fundraising event at Jetties Beach, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. The event is a highlight of the Nantucket summer season with a spellbinding performance of the National Anthem, and a spectacular firework display finale. This year’s 2016 musical celebrity guest will be Kenny Loggins. 

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Top Nantucket Events this Spring

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While Nantucket is in snowy, sleepy winter mode, it’s nice to look towards the coming months of warmer weather and exciting events that await us Nantucket Insiders this spring. If you’re dreaming of Nantucket getaways during your own winter hibernation, check out our calendar of events to inspire your 2016 vacation and check our list below for the most anticipated events of spring…starting in only 70 days!

Daffodil Weekend, April 29- May 1, 2016

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Each spring over three million daffodils of every color, shape and size bloom throughout the island. The Daffodil Festival is a jubilee featuring an antique car parade, picnic, “Daffy hat” contest, and dog parade. A fun occasion for islanders and visitors alike! 
If you are considering a Nantucket Daffodil Weekend experience this year, Nantucket Insider recommends a stay at The Wauwinet. For the first time in years, this classic inn by the sea will be open for the “Daffy” festivities- and there are some attractive packages for stays and dining to make the most of this very Nantucket spring event!

Nantucket Wine Festival, May 18-22, 2016

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 For nearly two decades, the Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of  the most celebrated wine and food events in the country. Nantucket Insider loves being at the epicenter of this lively event, and for that there is no better place to stay than White Elephant, home of the not to be missed Harborside Gala. If you prefer to have more of a “buffer zone” from the festivities, The Wauwinet offers ultimate relaxation and easy access to some exciting wine dinners during this week in May. 

Figawi Race Weekend, May 27-30, 2016

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Serious fun, camaraderie, and sailing…that’s what Figawi Race Weekend is all about. Over 200 boats and one thousand sailors convene for the Northeast’s first major regatta to kickoff the summer here on Nantucket. With a stay at The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin you will find yourself in the middle of all the excitement, not to mention the unbelievable views of sailboats docked outside your door. Needless to say, Memorial Day Weekend will book up quickly, so act fast to reserve your Nantucket getaway for these dates!

 

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