As we enter June, it is with a sense of renewed optimism that we look forward to the upcoming summer season. One of the highlights here on Nantucket will be the Nantucket Historical Association‘s sixth annual Nantucket by Design event, held from August 5 through 7. Leading up to the event, I am delighted to be collaborating with the NHA to produce several videos highlighting the melding of Nantucket’s robust history with the power of great design. I am excited to share our first Spotlight, featuring one of most famous icons of Nantucket’s rich craft culture. Please join me with host, Mary Lacoursiere, NHA Director of Education, and several of the Island’s master craftspeople as we explore the history, traditions and styles of Nantucket lightship baskets including a special peek at the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum exhibit, celebrating their new NHA Affiliation, at Hadwen House.

As the interest in craft, basket weaving and all things rattan continue to surge, it is the perfect time to revisit the legacy of Nantucket Lightship Baskets. With a fascinating history and wide ranging global influence, I hope you enjoyed learning more about this quintessential Nantucket treasure.

Tim Parsons Nantucket Lightship Basket

Nap Plank Nantucket Lightship Basket

In the coming months, I will be sharing more about this year’s NBD event. As our chair Kelly Williams explains, “Our theme this year is Renewal and we look forward to incredible discussions about how design can renew not just a home but also a spirit, as well as how to renew our treasured antique homes in a thoughtful way for modern life.” We are excited that we will be moving to a hybrid, in person AND virtual format, kicking off with our signature Keynote Design Luncheon featuring designer Nate Berkus, who will be joining us on island! You can learn more about this important fundraiser and buy tickets for both in person (the luncheon is always a sell out) and virtual events on the Nantucket by Design page. Stay tuned!

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