Nantucket’s Virtual Experiences

Published by Robin Slick, April 13, 2020

Feeling a bit stuck at home these days? Tired of browsing the Internet and watching Netflix? Trying to figure out what to do when the weather is not cooperating for a walk or an outdoor activity? Luckily some of our island museums, not-for-profit organizations and businesses have created virtual experiences for all ages to remain connected while staying apart. Here's a sampling to get you started. So get comfy, settle in and enjoy!

Normally, this time of year, islanders and visitors would be getting excited for the many festivals and fun local competitions that Nantucket is known for. Not wanting to disappoint, some organizations, instead of canceling or postponing, have transitioned their in-person events to virtual or online experiences. For instance, although the Daffodil Festival will not be happening this year, The Inquirer and Mirror is holding a virtual festival to get creative with the beautiful daffodils that are popping up everywhere!


During this month, the newspaper will feature a lot of daffodil-related content "from photo galleries of past festivals, to columns and stories about growing and caring for daffodils, delicious picnic food and more." To participate, send to photos from past festivals or your current daffodil patches, your favorite tailgate picnic recipes and pictures of your most cherished festival memories. Click here for more information. 

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Virtual Peep Dioramas

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Although there will be no Peep Diorama "contest" this year, the Nantucket Atheneum is still looking for islanders to create fun dioramas. To submit a Peep creation, send photos to or text photos to 508-825-9834. They will share your photos on their website and social media platforms. More information can be found here

The Atheneum also offers many digital education and cultural programs suitable for all ages which can be found on their events calendar.

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The Egan Maritime Institute and Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum have started Time and Tide, a shipwreck story podcast. Evan Schwanfelder, Egan’s manager of maritime education, tells stories about the hundreds of maritime shipwrecks near Nantucket, while also performing the accompanying music. Click here to listen to the first episode, “Skipper Chase and the Wreck of the HP Kirkham,” a three-masted schooner.

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Continuing with their off-season local gatherings, the LLNF is now hosting a Virtual Science Pub. Join in tonight and next Monday, via Zoom. Along with the presentation, a signature cocktail recipe will be shared with the group. The idea for a Science Pub comes from a Science Café model developed in Europe in the 1990’s where scientists and the community came together for an informal discussion about interesting topics of the moment. More akin to a conversation with friends, and less like a formal lecture, it is a great opportunity to enjoy a cocktail with friends while learning from an expert.

From 4:00 to 6:00 pm tonight, Jay Srikar Chittidi, Research Fellow with the Maria Mitchell Association, will presents his talk "Strange Extragalactic Signals: E.T. or Something Natural?" And next Monday, April 20 at the same time, Dr. Sarah Bois, Director of Research and Education at the LLNF will present a talk on iNaturalist and how you can be a part of LLNF’s ongoing BioBlitz using the platform. As their tag line states, "Quench your thirst and feed your mind!"

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Nantucket Community Television is offering a new "Wellness Series" as part of Nantucket Pulse Programming, made possible by Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative. This program will run Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm and weekends at 4 pm. New episodes will air Wednesdays at 12:30 pm on NCTV Channel 18 or you can watch it on their YouTube channel.  

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The Nantucket Historical Association is providing "digital resources to enrich the lives of their members and friends at home through video lectures, kids ACKivity kits, their transcription program, history articles and more!" You can find their MANY offerings in the Video Gallery section. Specifically aimed to keep kids occupied, the NHA has made available their "Stay at Home ACKivity" Kits that include historic house cutouts, a whale ship coloring book, and more free online materials.


The island’s leading youth development and after school program, is celebrating its 75th anniversary! Invaluable to many Nantucket families, the club is offering virtual programming each day for kids via Zoom or Facebook, whether or not they are club members. For a list of daily activities visit their calendar.

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The LLNF has teamed up with Barnaby Bear for a special bear hunt through May 15th. Find Barnaby Bear in 10 locations around the island and win a prize! This is a fun way to engage your children while getting outside for some family time and exercise. Click here to find out the details and to download the form. Barnaby thanks all of Nantucket's nonprofits and local businesses who helped put this together. 

For ongoing and new virtual events check out the calendar on Enjoy your viewing from your couch!

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