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Faraway Family ~ Berry Sweet Summer Days

Berry Sweet Summer Days

     The strawberry moon has passed us by and left behind long days of summer sunshine.  The island is in full bloom: the cobblestone streets full of visitors, calendars full of events, and the fields full of flowers and fruits.  A highlight to the end of June is strawberry fields ripe for the picking on island.  Harvesting strawberries has always been a favorite faraway family tradition and there’s no better way to celebrate than at the annual Strawberry festival tomorrow. 

     Monday, June 27th is the second annual Strawberry festival at Bartlett’s farm, between the hours of 11-3pm.  Free to all, there will be face painting from 12-2pm, pony rides for kids 10 and under from 1-3pm, and a strawberry hulling contest starting at 12 noon.  If you’re feeling creative, participate in the Strawberry Jam competition, a contest open to professionals, amateurs and young chefs alike. Jams must be dropped off no later than Monday morning by 10am to register for the competition.  More in the mood for wandering and snacking?  Pick your own organic strawberries in the fields or sample farm made strawberry panna cotta while supplies last.  If mom’s the word and you’re tired from chasing your wee one throughout the fields, stick around for the rose wine tasting from 2-5pm. 

     Looking for more to entertain your little ones during the week ahead? Start your day with feeding the fishies at the Maria Mitchell Aquarium, during the “Feeding Frenzy” hour from 9-10am daily.  If amphibians are more your thing, check out the “Carnivorous Critters” on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, between 9:30-10am at the Natural Science Museum.  Both brunch affairs are $10.00 per person and pre-registration is required, due to limited space available.  During the evenings, check out Robin & her raven Edgar on the Children’s Ghost Hunt, Monday and Wednesday at 5pm.  Learn how to become a ghost hunter and seek stories while touring the downtown area.  Reservations are required and the fee is $10.00 for children, $15.00 for teens and adults (call 508-257-4586 for additional information).    Ghosts too ghastly?  On Thursday night opt for the Children’s Pirate Walk and Treasure hunt instead, venturing to Brant Point Lighthouse with Robin while listening to stories of lost sailing ships and infamous pirates. 

     If you’re not feeling social, pick up a pint of strawberries and head to the beach.  The week ahead looks to be warm and full of sunshine, perfect for wading in shallow waters along the seashore.  Enjoy the peace and quiet as the tides roll in and out, while making memories with family wee ones and old, on this faraway island we all love so much.  


Christy Bassett Baker grew up on island surrounded by a large family of generations of Nantucket natives.  After attending Connecticut College, travelling extensively, and teaching English in Spain for two winters, Christy returned to Nantucket, where she met and married her husband.  Together they live permanently on island with their young daughter and her three, four-legged adopted siblings.  Christy is the Communications Manager at the Nantucket Boat Basin, but on her days off she and her daughter still spend long salty summer days at the beach with her entire family.