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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Celebrating
Nantucket's Arts, Entertainment,
and Social Scene

Gene Mahon, Founding Editor
It's never too late to book your next Nantucket rental. From Sconset to Surfside, Miacomet to Madaket, and everywhere in between, there's somewhere for everyone to enjoy a piece of Nantucket this summer. Lee Real Estate has a team of rental experts who are eager to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Call Lee Real Estate at 508- 325-5800 or visit their website to find your dream vacation home. 
 Nantucket's Daffodil Displays
Now and the Recent Past
Photos by Bill Hoenk
With this year’s Nantucket Daffodil Festival again suspended, the island won’t have throngs of visitors this week and next weekend as hoped, but Nantucketers are doing their best to celebrate in other ways, including with online events. For readers near and far, today we include scenes from around the island this year, along with pictures from past Daffodil Festivals, from photographer Bill Hoenk.
    

   

      

   
The festival’s lead sponsor, Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, encourages safe in-person experiences with island merchants and purchases online from near and far, with their Blooming ACK promotion. It’s spring break week for the island’s public schools, so those who stay at home on the island and those who visit will have plenty of room to observe the safe distancing guidelines still in effect, along with the directive to mask up when in public.
Enjoy everything daffy about Nantucket virtually, including a daffodil show with photo entries from green-thumb gardeners, a car parade and picnic, a virtual hat show, a parade for tikes on trikes, and an online pet show in lieu of the annual doggy parade— with no street detours or public cleanup jobs.
The online daffodil fever is happening thanks to participating groups giving viewers at home plenty of ooohs and ahhhs. You can enjoy a virtual daffodil flower show from Nantucket Garden Club. Learn about the history of Daffodil Festival weekend and the power of the flower of the hour from Nantucket Historical Association. Or enter your pooch in the virtual daffy pet show produced by Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals.
Enjoy hundreds of photos from recent daffodil festivals, videos, and more at NantucketDaffodilFestival.com. If you just can’t get enough daffy pictures, The Inquirer and Mirror photo gallery features over four dozen colorful photographs submitted by their readers.
 On 4/20, Business is Growing For ACK NATURAL
Written by Mike Harter
Photos by Bill Hoenk
The new local business ACK NATURAL hit a momentous milestone with little fanfare on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2021. It had nothing to do with Irish heritage, but some would argue it was a very green event, indeed. March 17 was the day Nantucket’s newest cannabis dispensary planted its first marijuana crop. Their first harvest is scheduled for May 20, and Michael “Sully” Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, is hoping doors will open to medical and recreational cannabis consumers in early June.

The multi-million dollar ACK NATURAL facility is nestled amongst other non-descript warehouses near the airport, at 17 Spearhead Drive. When you enter the building now, it looks like a doctor’s office without the magazines, but chairs have been replaced with empty jewelry cases. The real story begins through the next set of doors. As Sullivan explained, the building is segmented into many different areas, with employee access restricted to only those areas necessary for that employee to do his or her duties. Through locked doors, the real story of ACK NATURAL unfolded.
Everything screamed safety and cleanliness from that point on. As I donned a hazmat suit and continued past yet another set of locked doors, Sullivan explained the purpose served by each separate room. On the first floor we toured the money room, the trimming room, the drying room, the cannabis beverage canning room, and an employee lounge that puts any island business to shame. 

ACK NATURAL will hire a significant number of people. “We are proud to offer full-time employment to 25 local Nantucketers to start, and this number could increase during the high season” said Sullivan. “It’s hard to find year-round employment on this island, and we are happy we can give back right from the start.” 

The facility has been in the works for over four years, and is designed specifically for growing and dispensing marijuana. As you walk the halls, it's obvious they've gone above and beyond the many bureaucratic guidelines for medical marijuana sales. It feels like a hospital without the anti-septic smell as you walk the stark white walls made entirely of PVC, virtually mold resistant. Sullivan points out shiny, impressive pieces of lab equipment as we move along. “That THC extraction machine cost $250,000, this potency testing equipment cost another hundred thousand,” he noted. This facility can do it all – cultivation, manufacturing, retail, testing.
The heart of the operation is over 20 feet underground. The entryway to the grow room holds the organic drips– each plant gets its own. The emphasis again is on cleanliness, safety, and security. There is not a speck of soil in the whole building. Each plant comes to life in its own organic, cotton candy-like mixture. Bugs are flown in every several weeks to live with and preserve the best environment for the plants.
One could see the guarded relief on Sully’s face. He has worked full time for over four years on this project, and is finally see it coming to fruition. Stay tuned for the exact opening date of ACK-NATURAL. Meanwhile, check their progress on Facebook.
Mahon About Town
 Now Twice Weekly

A New Leaf for Nantucket Book Fest in 2021
Starting today, Mahon About Town returns to a  more frequent schedule for Nantucket’s summer season. Issues will appear in your email in-box on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with photos and feature articles about the arts and culture on Nantucket. Subscriptions to our companion publications are free at MahonAboutTown.com and DayBreakNantucket.com.
Join us next Tuesday for the first of our issues in which we focus on Nantucket Book Festival, celebrating its 10th year with a lively and inspiring lineup of author events, and school programs throughout 2021, engaging readers on island and beyond. The festival will highlight picks for us weekly from their avid readers and others who bring us the festival.
Join Diane Rehm on Wednesday, April 21 at 2:15 pm for a special conversation with Isabel Wilkerson about her 2020 best-selling book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. During this hour-long author conversation, you can share feedback and ask questions. You're also welcome to submit your questions for Rehm and Wilkerson in advance.
Green Lady Dispensary
Is Picking up
Established in 2019, Green Lady is celebrating 4/20 today, but won’t say exactly how. Store owners say they have “an exciting surprise” for everyone who shops with them today, but they can't let out the secret of what it is. The business has a new website, The Green Lady Dispensary, to show off colorful packaging for a new line of cocktail flavored chews. They've also released new tinctures, with various ratios of THC to CBD.
On the heels of last weekend’s hugely successful Nantucket Litter Derby, Green Lady Dispensary will observe Earth Day this Thursday, April 22 by cleaning up the state forest, disc golf course, and surrounding areas. Their group will leave from the parking lot of the dispensary at 9:30 am, break for lunch, then return from around and 1:30 – 4 pm. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to join. Green Lady says it will provide garbage bags, sticks for picking up the litter, and “good vibes.”
Pre-rolled joints are among their most popular products, with the business introducing new five-packs of 0.5g pre-rolls called Beach Walkers, inspired by “the simple pleasure and beauty of walking on a Nantucket beach.” This summer they plan to introduce specialty chocolate bars, including one for Independence Day, called the “Firecracker Bar,” with white chocolate, drizzled with red and blue berry stripes and embedded with pop rocks so it "explodes" in your mouth.
Exiting Egret, by Bill Hoenk, billhoenkphotography.com 
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