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June 8, 1986 | BEVERLY DITMARS, Ditmars is a Pacific Palisades free-lance writer.
It's a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's a birthday party and everyone is invited. What a great spectacle it will be as up to 141 ships parade down the Hudson River in July during the 100-year celebration of the Statue of Liberty. One of the ships participating in the parade will be the Nantucket Lightship, No. 534. It only seems fitting that one of Nantucket Island's own should be an honored invitee to the celebration.
September 20, 1987 | WILLIAM C. BRISICK, Brisick is a Westlake Village free-lance writer. and
Because I had never seen the island, the thought came to mind the night before: How about lighting a candle to the patron saint of good weather? Maybe I didn't have the saint's full attention, for the next morning's sky was gray and overcast. It was that melancholy season of fall colors, and summer's sweet song had become an echo. On the pier at Lewis Bay there weren't that many people queuing up for the 2 1/2-hour ferry ride to the island.
Costume designer Donfeld, whose film credits include "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962), had ducks and geese and a smaller house on this Beverly Hills-area property when two designers bought it in 1997. Since then, they have expanded and transformed the house into a modern Nantucket-style retreat. * About this house: Owners Joseph Reilly and Jeffrey Rathaus, who have been rebuilding houses for 30 years, moved to L.A. from New York about four years ago to redo houses.
February 10, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The White Elephant on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts has been described by Travel + Leisure as the island's "largest, plushest resort -- which occupies a prime spot at the northern edge of Nantucket Harbor. " Now rooms at the 53-unit inn are on sale starting at $195 a night, with some nice hotel credits too. The deal: The hotel's Hot Dates, Cool Rates offers a considerable discount on rooms in the spring and fall. The deal comes with dinner credits at the hotel's Brant Point Grill ($25 credit for a $100 meal; $50 credit for a $150 meal)
February 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Summer may seem a long way off, but not if you want to take advantage of an early-season deal on Nantucket Island. The Veranda House hotel offers reduced room rates and free ferry tickets for guests who stay at least two nights on the Massachusetts island. The deal: The Countdown to Summer 3-2-1 package at the Veranda House (includes free ferry tickets from Hyannis, Mass., to Nantucket Island. The Veranda House is a complex of three buildings decorated in what it calls a retro chic style.
February 14, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Whalers and seafaring captains started a cribbage club on this wind-swept, crescent-shaped Atlantic island in 1854. And 134 years later, cribbage is still the card game of choice at the Pacific Club here in Nantucket Town. Not much about the red brick clubhouse has changed since it was built in 1772. There are the same low ceilings, oiled hardwood floors, pot-bellied stove, captains' chairs and an ancient wooden card table.
March 7, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
A unique industry began more than 150 years ago when sailors started weaving baskets to pass the time while stationed aboard lightships anchored off treacherous shoals beyond this Atlantic Island 30 miles off Cape Cod. Bright lights tended by sailors warned mariners to stay clear of the dangerous shoals to avoid shipwrecks. After months at sea, lightships sailed to Nantucket Island to refuel and take on supplies. And the sailors would sell their baskets for extra income.
October 24, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
In the wee hours of the morning, when most of the world is throwing shoes at the rooster, Chin Manasmontri is suiting up for work. He describes the ritual. "I put on my silk pajamas. Bright red. And baggy," he says with a broad grin, "with beautiful Chinese embroidery. Very 'cool.' " He then makes himself a cup of tea and plugs in his tapes of Thai music--"for inspiration and to keep me in touch with my country"--and starts his day.
When T. Michael Burns signed on last year as this quaint island's transportation planner, "I was told there's three things you can't touch: The cobblestones, the monuments in the street--and you're not going to put a stoplight on Nantucket."
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