There will likely be a few small post-camp posts! This one is just to provide the link to the video of our play! Watch it here at: (and let us know if you’ve enjoyed it!!)
Thursday, August 17
Thanks to Mara for writing the Museum portion of our blog today!
We had a blast at the Whaling Museum today! Our good friend Susan (who led our sing-along on Tuesday eve) treated the entire group to a private tour and exploration of artifacts. We learned the origins of “Thar she blows” and the intricate details of the whale hunt.
We then broke into two groups. One group went on a guided tour of the museum and the other group got to touch and learn about many things including a whale tooth, spears and whale bones! On the guided tour Adama was particularly excited to learn about the healing powers of whale oil of which the museum has in large glass bottles on display…this of course is no longer used due to the importance of not harming or killing whales in this day and age.
We also learned about the bonds that the whalers made with the people living in the Pacific Islands and how they would often-times come back with tattoos given to them by the islanders. We wrapped up the tour by having fun in the photo booth where we able to choose our backgrounds and imagine ourselves in whaling times. We are very thankful to the whaling museum for providing such a interactive experience!!
Peter spoke about the trip after dinner. He said, “I’ve been there many a time and I love it. We talked about the harpoon and I touched one. It was big and pointy. We also talked about scrimshaw and blubber perfume. It smelled okay.”
After the trip to the museum, we had a full run-through of the play at the theater. Thank you to the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and Sarah for opening the stage up to us today and tomorrow! It was really different to work in that space – there were several curtained exit doors and an actual backstage, so we had to learn where and when to enter and exit. Mike L., Monik, Rachel and Nat G. are collaborating so wonderfully to create, revise, choreograph, figure out lighting cues — it’s a huge leap from the back portion of the living room!
Meg wrote the rest of today’s blog:
After the whaling museum, while we ate lunch, the people who set up the Boston Pops concert came by and gave us Boston Pops t-shirts. Everyone was excited about that since we all love the Pops! We would like to shout out a big thank you!
Later in the afternoon, a small group of us went on the last boat ride and the rest of the group one group went to enjoy the beach and the waves at Madaket Beach. It was a gorgeous sunny day to do both activities. The boat ride was thrilling because there were a lot of waves and it felt like we were on a roller coaster ride. We also got a chance to see the boats at the dock being fork lifted up into their holding station. You don’t get to see that every day. The boating group joined up with the rest of the group at the beach.
It fun day at the beach also because there were a lot of waves, and it may be extra good luck that we were there that day. You’ll see why!
Harry was standing next to Sarah and life-guarding us and he noticed that some kid, not part of our group, was struggling in the waves. He started to go over and see if his help was needed, when a man went rushing past him, leapt into the water, and scooped the kid from the water. Harry was sure it was the kid’s dad, but that man was Kieran! Yay Kieran! Harry went back to Sarah, who was up to her knees in wavy water, and was getting pulled in. Harry held her hands and started pulling her back when suddenly Kieran leapt from behind and lifted her up! Next thing you know, we’ll have to get him a mask and a cape!
One group took a sidetrip on the way back from the beach to hand out fliers. In some locations, people were very open to taking a flier and discussing the upcoming play, but in town, people were less interested. Peter and Steve started feeling a little sad that we weren’t able to spread the word as much as we would have liked, but then Steve stuck a flyer out the window up and lightened the mood with, “Hey Mr. Stop Sign! Do you want a flyer to our play?”
Dinner was a special affair. We had a barbecue cookout with a few island friends and jammed to some music. We had quite a few guests, and some guest grill masters . It was so nice to share a meal and to share our story telling tradition. Thanks for the yummy food and great company!
After dinner we had a very productive play practice, but everyone couldn’t wait to go to bed after a long day. We have to get rested up for another big day of rehearsal.
Friday, August 18
We have Meg to thank for most of today’s blog as well!
The day started with a quick but delicious breakfast of eggs and veggies and an even quicker clean up so we could run through the show a couple of times at the theater. We came back for lunch and rest and then went in many different directions. Some of us stayed here to work on props for the play. Some people did print making with Eleanor. And some went into town to have ice cream and hand out the remaining fliers about our play. Some people said that they already heard about it and said they are coming!
We had such a successful final dress rehearsal the night before the play. Everyone worked so well and did their best and had fun! We are so excited about performing in an actual live theatre! In years past, we performed at the house we stay at (the big wedding house) on Nantucket so it’s going to be a nice change to be in a theatre.
Thanks to the people at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket who made this dream come true! Performing in a theater makes acting in a play seem more like a real performance!
We hope to see you there! We have a real treat in in store for you!
Tuesday, August 15
Today’s and Tomorrow’s Blogger is Meg!
We had a quiet and relaxing start to our fifth day of camp. It’s always a great way to begin with yoga from being stiff when we first get up. Yoga is also a great way to clear our minds of clouded thoughts and getting focused for the day.
After yoga, we had a delicious pancake breakfast (thanks Frances!) to get us fully energized for music. We all did an fantastic job with practicing and remembering music and our lines for the play coming up on Saturday, August 19th. We are so excited about it and hope to see you there! (2pm, Bennett Hall)
Some of us did pottery and two small groups went for boat rides.
Later this evening, we are gearing up for a fun sing-along and a picnic at one of the local churches on beautiful Nantucket. Hopefully the rain will stop. We haven’t had the greatest weather since we’ve arrived, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun! We just love being able to get away and get together with our friends.
Sunday – August 13
After a huge feast for breakfast, we split into three groups of about 12 people each and had a wonderful time at three different churches. This was a new way to approach Sunday morning, and we loved it, despite the logistical challenge of getting around without a big van!
Then it was off to the beach for a surprisingly sunny and blue-skied day of swimming, relaxing and biking with the Wheelers, thanks to Joan, Darcy and their crew! All who wanted to take a ride on the Wheeler did (almost everyone did); all who wanted to swim did (almost everyone did!); all who wanted to soak up sunshine did — does it get any better than that?
To help out with the Wheelers, it was suggested that we bring a couple of bicycles with us so one person could ride in front and stop traffic and one person could ride in the back to make sure there are no stragglers. We called the Nantucket Bike Shop, a bike rental shop, and asked to borrow two bicycles. They were wonderfully accommodating and loaned us the bikes, no paperwork, no deposit. Happily, we used the bikes and returned them with ease, but unhappily, we also returned one of Darcy’s bikes. We have yet to track it down! Big Oops!! Thank you, Darcy, for being so understanding about it!
After dinner, we heard wonderful stories from Scoobs about an elephant who surprised her in the bathroom in the middle of the night; Joan, who told about meeting Jacques; Francis, who told about swimming with sperm whales; the Siasconset Chapel group about how welcoming the service and community was there and Grace and Mike did a beautiful waltz-style dance to “Dancing Queen.”
Since we are creating a play loosely based on “La La Land,” we decided to watch the movie. The computer rebelled when asked to play it, so we entertained ourselves with a Tiny Talent Show. Among many other sharings, Carley made squeaky toy noises every time she squeezed Sarah., Adama sang “Shabooya,” Bobby did an amazing interpretive dance without musical accompaniment, Mike and Andrew sang a song from their band, “Baeja Vu,” Rebecca narrated a fictitious fight scene between Mike L and Gabe, and Carley sang a jazz tune while Andrew played piano. The collective talent in this group is impressive, to say the least.
We paused the movie at the (spoiler alert) first kiss, and happily went to bed.
Monday – August 14
Do you know any sea shanties? After a wonderful music class, most of us now know “Blow ye winds in the morning, blow ye winds hi ho . . . ” and I must say, we sound hearty enough to raise the anchor and set sail on an old time vessel.
Thanks to Chris Shannon of Madaket Marine, two groups have already had a chance to feel the wind in their faces and the slap of the waves against the boat. Kieran, Ellen, Peggy, Meg, Rebecca and Carley took their boating excursion before lunch, and Mike L, Steve, Monik, Grace, Adama and Olivia went after lunch/rest time. Both groups reported having a great time, and enjoying seeing many seabirds, but no seals.
Snapshots from boating this afternoon: Grace graced us with some whale calls, both of grown up and baby whales. Steve drove the boat some of the time, and tried to convince us when he got back that he crashed the boat. That group hoped to see the rest of us at Jetties Beach, so they rode over their and screamed and yelled at the people on the beach, only to finally realize our group was at a different beach!
It was a cooler, cloudier day at the beach. The water was either freezing or refreshing, depending on your point of view. Everyone played or swam in their own way. Jackie floated in the floating wheel chair. Bobby and Ben stuck together. Katie demonstrated her strong butterfly stroke and Billy showed his flutter kick.
Andrew said, “Water is a great equalizer. There are lots of people without disabilities who can’t swim at all, and people with disabilities who can. Water is a buoyant force so people can stand on their own two feet.”
When we returned to camp, one group worked on a scene in the play and Marjorie led a yoga class before dinner. In yoga we worked on our partner poses and resident yogi Billy Collopy gave a standout performance, mastering the Ardha Chandrasana pose. Ellen loved the partner stretches, holding hands with a partner to pull back and forth and she also held her body in a beautiful tree shape. We closed our session with chanting and discussing “Om” and “Shanti” and felt one with our mind, bodies, and spirits before having dinner with some guests of our dear friend Susan Berman.
After our wonderful dinner and yummy desert, Susan led us in a sing-along as the fogs rolled in. She is a wonderful singer and song leader, and we had a great time with her and her family.
We had just enough time to finish watching “La La Land” before bed.
So much happens here all throughout the day. Images abound while falling asleep . . .
Friday, August 11 –
The start of camp is always one of the best days of the whole year, and this was no exception. The hugs, the shouts of greeting and excitement, the feeling of coming home, even if it’s to a home we’ll only share for 11 days, could power a trip to the moon, if it worked that way. Most of the group came by boat from Hyannis, and we thank the Steamship Authority for their generous donation of passenger tickets on the fast ferry. We also thank the friends and families who helped everyone pack and travel. It’s a big undertaking and we are grateful for the effort made by so many.
We were delighted to see old friends Meg, Katie, Peter, Sara, Candy, Rebecca, Steve, Bobby, Grace, Billy, Peggy, Ellen, Cameron and Jack together again, back at Whereowhero Lane, and were especially glad that Bobby could make the trip, as he has recently been ill with pneumonia. We were also delighted that new friends Olivia and Adama have joined us!
After a bit of unpacking and settling in, camp got underway fittingly with a yoga class with Marjorie. We “ohmed” and breathed and worked out kinks while our guest chefs, Kathleen and Blake made a feast for our first night’s dinner.
After a truly delicious dinner, including a many-berried cobbler for Sean’s 21st birthday, we heard stories from all who wanted to share. There were funny stories, such as Sage’s story of falling out of bed, and Kellen’s story of a cabin inspection that didn’t go too well; warm stories, such as Jack’s story of reuniting with Sean and Mike’s dad Brian after 25 years, and gross stories, such as Giulia’s story of vomit on a ride at an amusement park. Our ambassador, Steve, a natural comedian, started his story about meeting Bernie Sanders while dressed up as Bernie by saying, “Most of you don’t know I go to Zeno Mountain Farm,” to which Mike responded, “Actually, most of us do know!”
Some singing in the living room rounded off the evening before it was time for bed, and a wonderful first day of camp came to a close.
Saturday, August 12 – Pops Day
It was not obvious that we would make it to the Pops Concert this year. Several snafus had already made it a “yes” “no” “yes” “no” event on our calendar, but thanks to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation, we woke up knowing it was a “yes” — only to see that pouring rain was both in the forecast and outside our windows. Maybe it would clear up?
While watching the rain fall and wondering about the evening event, we were very busy all day long.
In music class, we made great progress on “City of Stars” (Are you shining just for me?) and Monik even said we harmonized! Elinor offered a few small pottery classes, Rachel and Harry led some dance classes, and Mike led a photography class. Using some newly acquired vocabulary about framing the shot, we had a photoshoot, and got some pretty good pictures to choose from for promoting our play next Saturday. (Just in case you don’t know, we had better do a little promotion right here! Our play will be our version of “La La Land,” adapted for Nantucket as “Na Na Land.” Come see it on Saturday, August 19 at 2 pm at the Theatre Workshop’s Bennet Hall, next to the Unitarian Church, right in town!)
After lunch and rest, we worked on some scenes from the play. Scene 1 now has lines!
Just in time, the weather cleared up, and the Pops concert was a “yes” again. Dressed for success at the concert scene, we loaded into every vehicle in the driveway.
Sidenote about vehicles: Our Tulgey van may have made its last journey. Erik Evans at Don Allen Ford had been keeping a good eye on the van, and had checked it out and maintained it in the spring, but the Steering Box Gods are a mischievous bunch, and on Wednesday, the truck didn’t pass Erik’s inspection. He is, as I write, working like crazy to find a van we can safely use as soon as possible, so at this moment, we can’t all fit into the vehicles we brought to camp. I have a feeling we’ll be rolling by Monday! Thank you Erik for all you’ve been doing!!
Getting to the concert was a story in itself, but for now, it’s enough to say that Mike performed magic to get us around, under and through road blocks galore, and by the time the notes of “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” blared joyfully from the stage, we were all in comfortable seats with picnic dinners and a perfect view of the goings on both on stage and at the catered tables in the center. We thank the folks of the Hospital Foundation and all the officers who helped navigate us through a sea of 8000 people in one tiny parking lot.
The’ concert was fabulous! After the John Williams pieces, the Beach Boys serenaded the audience with familiar and danceable tunes. We all loved it! Meg danced in her chair, Peter and Candy conducted with their light up sticks, Grace’s glee was contagious, Adama and Grace and Katie and even Bobby, who we thought might have wanted a little rest after a busy day, got up to dance.
Bedtime was late and welcome and thus ended a glorious Day 2 of the Fellowship of the Tulgey Wood.
With our first ten years behind us, we want to thank Nantucket for all you’ve done for us! We couldn’t have done it without the friendship, help, love, loans, donations and gifts of so many people and businesses. We know our list could never be complete for ten years worth of thanks, so we say a loud and general thank you to the many people who have helped us over all the years, and offer some more specific thank yous to at least some of the folks who made Summer 2016 not only possible, but wonderful! (Please accept our apologies if we leave you off the list!)
Giant thanks to the Steamship Authority, who were enormously generous with passenger tickets on the fast ferry to get us all to and from the island at the start and end of camp!
Giant thanks also to the Hyline, who were also quite generous with tickets for those of us who needed to travel between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Giant thanks to our volunteer and always available, helpful and cheerful nurses, Gloria Gasnarez and Jenny Boley!
Giant thanks to Erik Evens and Billy Tornovish at Don Allen Ford for the loan of a truck to help us make it to the beach with all our gear!
Likewise, giant thanks to Amy Manning for the loan of a truck to help us make it to the beach, etc.!
Giant thanks to the Nantucket Whaling Museum, and especially to Susan Berman and Karen MacNab for tours, sing-alongs and storytelling!
Giant thanks to our yoga teachers, Marjory Trott, Sally Charpie and Sheri Perelman, who brought peace and beauty to yoga classes, whether before breakfast or before dinner!
We offer giant thanks to Darcy Creech, who designed and donated 2016 Tulgey Wood t-shirts for all of us and many of our friends!
Giant thanks to the community of the Unitarian Meeting House, and especially to Linda Simmons and Gary Langley for all they did to embrace and help us, including allowing us the use of the main hall for our concert!
Giant thanks to David Crohan (and his dog, Walker) who traveled to Nantucket and played a beautiful benefit concert for us!
Giant thanks to our friend Bob Lehman for singing at the benefit concert, and for hanging and singing with us throughout camp!
Giant thanks to our new friends at the Union Chapel in Siasconset! Elizabeth Queally organized a memorable and lovely cookout and long term support that astounds us!
Giant thanks to Chris Shannon from Madaket Marine, who took us out on wonderful boat outings!
Giant thanks to Maria Costanza at Pi Pizza for two amazing and delicious multi-course meals for all of us!
Giant thanks to the folks at Something Natural, who willingly set aside plenty of yummy bread for us to use for sandwiches!
Giant thanks to Kathleen Sanderson for organizing and cooking a delicious dinner for all of us!
A giant thank you to Linda Williams who organized our tickets to the Boston Pops for the past two years – – already a favorite activity for the group!
Giant thanks to Dan Bartlett of Bartlett Farms for our shopping discount on their farm-grown produce and for giving us space to store our van out of the weather over the winter!
A giant thank you to Ed at Nantucket Emissions, who generously examined our van and helped it make it through one more summer.
Giant thanks to Dave Renner who brings us wood every year for our pit firing of our pottery!
Giant thanks to Susan Grey for supplying enthusiasm, costumes and a beach wheelchair!
Giant thanks to the Highway Department for beach wheelchairs, which make all the difference when it comes to getting some of us over the sand and to the water!
Giant thanks to the Lighthouse School for the loan of all of our chairs and tables this year!
We give giant thanks to Francis Dorris for her recruitment help this year!
We also heartily thank our kitchen cabinet, a group of talented and dedicated folk who help us all year long in creative planning and organizing. The group includes Jack and Mary Beth Weinhold, who also design and photograph for our brochure and publicity, Jacques and Joan Zimicki who are also our landlords and who help us with reduced rent and loads of energy and connections, and Peter Boynton, without whom we certainly wouldn’t have found a way to continue camp for ten years and whose ways of helping have been too numerous to list!
For your entertainment, while you’re waiting for the much-anticipated, soon-to-be-available link to the play from 2016, we offer this link to the filmed version of our play from 2015 – our musical version of Ghostbusters! Enjoy!