Days 8 and 9

Friday, August 16, 2019

We got a little behind in publishing our blog, but are working to catch up! Thanks to Meg, we have write-ups of these days!!

Friday August 16

We spent all day figuring out last minute logistics for the play: practicing music, our lines and blocking- where everyone stands on stage, enters and exists. After getting back from the theater, we had 17 pizzas courtesy of Pi Pizza and two Caesar salads which is better than New York City pizza. We were all excited Maggie and Thomas came back. Thomas had to go back to school to give a presentation on foster care and Maggie went to support him. When Maggie said, “should we have ice cream while Thomas tells us about the big presentation he had and Meg thought Maggie was kidding about ice cream. Andrew and Meg were telling each other that they would go on strike practicing for the play after dinner. Play practice went smoothly after dinner.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Play day!!! When we went to bed on Friday night, the play didn’t have an ending yet. The creative process spanned from about Tuesday to Saturday, but by the time the lights went up, we had a play that we were proud to share.

“Meaner Girls” was basically about a new girl named Cady trying to fit in as a transfer student to a high school with well established cliques: jocks, plastics, nerds and goths. Meg played Cady and was glad that, unlike in the movie “Mean Girls,” she didn’t end up actually being mean.

The play was phenomenal and everybody did a great job! Sarah, who we knew from many productions at the Theatre Workshop, including Mama Mia, stepped into a cameo role as the mother of the “plastics” and did a terrific job! We were so happy to see the actors from Grease and many, many, many other friends in the audience.

After the play, Meg went to town for frozen chocolate drinks and cookies with Rebecca P., Olivia, Peter and Alex. A small group headed home to take a nap, and the rest of us went to the lighthouse beach. It was glorious to swim and watch the boats go by. We went back for an amazing dinner by Maggie and celebrated how well the play had turned out.


Days 6 and 7

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Meg’s highlights of the day:

This morning, Peter, one of the directors of Zeno, a camp in Vermont, and his son came to visit. One group went boating in the morning while the rest of the group practiced music and a new song was introduced at the end of practice. We broke up into groups so some folks could work on the play while others painted shirts.

After lunch Anthony, Kieran, Emma, Katie, Monik and Meg got to go on a boat ride with Chris Shannon. During the car ride we were saying how everyone sounded phenomenal during music, especially singing “Shallow.” Emma mentioned how in the movie “A Star is Born” it was Bradley Cooper’s first time professionally singing and Lady Gaga‘s first time acting and that they coached each other.

On the boat, it was windy and gray but we still were thrilled to be on the peaceful, calming, yet delightful boat ride. The highlight of the boat ride was when Chris, the driver of the boat, let Anthony steer for awhile, which was really neat! After the boat ride, Emma, Katie, Monik and I went to the juice bar to get delicious ice cream while Anthony and Kieran went out on their own to get cards. On our way back to the house, we ran into our group downtown. They were singing songs in the street, and handing out flyers advertising our play to locals and tourists. We stopped to say hello and drove back to the house for a much needed nap to get ready for the next activity.

People who encountered us on the street mostly really enjoyed listening to our enthusiastic singing, and many people were happy to receive a flyer about our play. One person immediately gave us a generous donation online and encouraged us to “keep on having fun!”

After dinner, I loved hearing from a small group who went to the Cisco Brewery. They had a small drink and chatted with a nice manager named Sully who invited us to come as a whole group . He suggested we eat lunch there from the food trucks and listen to a concert. It was surprising to learn that they have some animals and that there are concerts there every day. We hope we might get to go there soon.

Gabriella’s dad came to pick her up and was convinced to tell a story. He told about how tired she was this morning and the only way to get her out of bed and get her ready to come here was to play a lively song on his phone. She was still in bed, but she started dancing! Then she showed her incredible dance moves after dinner last night.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

We had a quick and easy breakfast and headed straight to the theater to do our first ever read-through of the script for the play. We spent most of the day at the theater, with a break for a picnic. Many thanks to Henry Jr’s and Something Natural for the awesome sandwiches — delicious and a nice reprieve for the lunch makers!

Before dinner, our friend and neighbor Jack Weinhold came over and took a photo of the whole group. It always takes a while to get everyone to stay still and look at the camera at the same moment, but Jack works mini-miracles.

The best part of the day, says Meg, was our cookout, courtesy of Katie’s parents, John and Ann O’Reilly. They prepared massive quantities of delicious salads and meat and veggie burgers, and we ate until we nearly burst. Lots of people had kindly set up all the tables and chairs outside and we had a lovely time talking and hearing stories from each other.

Tina Steadman, who runs Nantucket STAR, joined us for dinner last night and we all enjoyed her story-telling after dinner. She told the story of her fourth “surprise” daughter who was born when Tina was, we’ll just say, of a certain age. She told her husband, who said, “Impossible. We’re too old.” She told her three daughters, who were almost 15, almost 13 and almost 10. The eldest started crying and said, “I’ve been telling you, three is enough children!” The second eldest started crying and said, “All my friends know how babies are made. This is embarrassing!” The youngest said, “I wanted to cry, but I’m holding it back because everyone else is already crying!“

Mike and Andrew read and acted out a script that Rebecca G. had been working on for awhile. It was a lively and funny production.

We did another read-through/run-through of the play after dinner, and it seems to be coming along pretty well. Some people started getting fitted for costumes, with more of all things “play” to come tomorrow.

Days 4-5

Monday, August 13, 2019

This post is put together by Katie O, Meg and Jan

“Sit tall. Breathe in and out and pay attention to air flow
Breathe a little more deeply
Fill yourself with air and let out a long ohm sound
Two more times
Open your eyes and reach up or out, inhale and exhale.”

And thus, our day started with a flow of air and energy! An important yoga note: “If you’re laughing you’re breathing.”

We followed yoga, breakfast and contributions time with music and pottery. In pottery we made unique faces out of clay. Katie enjoyed it. Meg noted that the feeling of the clay in her hands is very therapeutic. Olivia did a fabulous job singing solo singing “Shallow” for our play. After lunch we went to Water Tower beach where we enjoyed the cold water and beautiful sunshine. Some of us sat on the beach and relaxed, soaked in Vitamin D, and watched the waves and swimmers.

Last night we watched the movie “Mean Girls” to get an idea for our play on Saturday. Meg said, “I personally didn’t like it that much. Cady started off being nice and then, in order to fit in, she thought she had to be mean. I didn’t like that she faked being bad at math just to get a guy to like her. But I liked that she self-corrected herself and apologized at the end.”

We haven’t mentioned something super important yet, but Maggie is a really good cook! We’re very grateful that she’s doing so much cooking; we’re eating really well! Katie says that the tacos were really yummy and I loved them.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We began the day with another yoga class, this time taught by Sally, for which we are again so grateful! It was cloudy all morning, which was perfect for a pottery class, a painting class and a small group play practice. But first we had music class. If you’ve never come to one of our music classes, we want to try to give you a glimpse.

The whole group sat in a circle around Monik at the piano. There were some big sheets of paper with the words to the song we were learning today, which was “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles. Monik gave us one or two lines at a time and we echoed them back to her, repeatedly, until we were fairly comfortable with the first verse and the chorus. Then, anyone who wanted to tried singing solos. Anthony, Jack, Rebecca, Peanut, Peter, Sam, Gabriella and Olivia all did a great job as soloists, and after they had sung the song so many times, we were even more familiar with it. Everyone stayed really focused and worked really hard throughout the class.

Ritch is a teacher on Nantucket who met us last year and offered to come teach pottery and maybe other crafts as well. Today in pottery, his idea was to make name placques based on traditional quarterboards. Some people used the clay in other ways, and that was fine, too.

In art class, Reed suggested we paint whatever Tulgey Wood means to us. Everyone interpreted that in different ways, and everyone was really into it!

We had a delicious lunch and a short rest and then it was time to get dressed nicely for the sing-along. The weather had changed from cloudy to just a little rainy to a little harder rain, and by the time everyone was gathering in the living room looking well-dressed and ready to go, the sky faucets opened up. And then the thunder and lightning started.

Stepping off the porch to go load into our vehicles was an act of incredible resolve. Everyone there would have readily agreed to a cancellation, but there was no cancellation being offered. Within the first three seconds of stepping out from under the overhang, we were drenched - and that’s no exaggeration. By the time we got through the opening in the hedge, our feet were squelching in our shoes and our entire bodies were soaked. And then we got to the parking area. Our parking area is usually sandy. Today it was a pond of uncertain depths. First our toes were underwater, then our ankles, then our shins. It was like wading in a giant muddy bathtub with the shower on full blast. Then we had to sit in the cars, dripping, squelching, soaking wet, all the way to Siasconset, where it was still pouring when we arrived at the Casino. Getting dry was just not in the cards for us tonight!

The sight of the dry and welcoming Casino and all the Siasconset Chapel folk who also braved the downpour to be there to sing with us and serve a delicious meal was heartwarming. Rain and wet feet and soaked undergarments couldn’t get us down, though. We had the most spectacular sing-along ever.

Susan led us in “This land is your land” and a sea shanty and other favorites. Susan is so upbeat and she radiates a positive flow of energy. Jan taught us a few rounds. And everyone there was invited to lead a song if they wanted. It worked! We all shared in the job of leading the sing-along, and the music was warming, drying, melodic and uniting. Meg noticed that many of us loved getting to know Lady, Carr’s and Maxwell’s dog, at the Casino. Meg was staring at Lady especially during “You are my sunshine” and during dinner, she got to pet her. Meg was surprised that she isn’t a therapy dog because she puts people in a good dog. After the singing, we sat together and ate all the great food everyone brought with them, and afterwards we told some stories to each other. Thank you one and all for a fabulous evening!

Days 1-3 Tulgey 2019

It’s been almost a year since we were last together on Nantucket — and now that we are, we’ve been too busy to blog. So we’ll keep it simple and try to catch up with some photos and some chat about our time in the Tulgey Wood. We have a large, loving, fun, thoughtful, energetic, occasionally silly and always wonderful group here for Tulgey 2019! You’ll see. . . Today’s blog is put together by Jan and Meg, with pictures submitted by lots of the group.

Friday, August 9, 2019

On Friday, most of the group met in Hyannis and took the ferry to Nantucket. When we got to the house, roommates and suitemates spent a little time unpacking and chatting and then we played a really funny game called Running Charades. We had to act movie titles such as “Jurassic Park.” Charades is fun but challenging because you have to act out the clues without saying any words. Everyone gave it their best, and Luke was the most enthusiastic and committed player. He always has a great outlook on life and says life is good a lot. He has the most contagious and cheerful smile.

After a blessing by Peter and a very delicious meal cooked by Ellen’s aunt, Kathleen, we told each other stories and met all the new people. Jokes by Peanut and Grace were interspersed with quite a few funny stories of uncomfortable digestive experiences and a Greek myth about the first bee, amongst others. One of Kathleen’s friends told a story about her son who proposed to his girlfriend at a light house and it turns out her last name means light house. He tells people he proposed to her at a light house because he knew what her last name meant. The funny part of the story is that at the time he had no clue what her last name meant and fabricated the story to make it sound more interesting. We finished day one perfectly by dancing the night away.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday dawned bright, warm and sunny and we took full advantage of a chance to go to the Washing Pond - or Water Tower - beach. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot with a 2000 ft tall sand dune (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration!) to climb up and over before you reach the beach. Somehow, by the time we had reached the beach and were recovering and applying sunscreen, only Thomas still had the energy to unload all the towels and water and everything else we still needed from the vans. Thanks, Thomas! There was a really nice sandbar a ways out to sea, and while most of the group frolicked and splashed and swam, the rest of the group enjoyed the sound of the waves and the feel of the increasingly strong breeze until it was time to head back for a late “dunch” — or dinner for lunch.

Thank you to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and all the wonderful people we met while at the “Pops” on Saturday evening. We had to arrive several hours early to secure our spots, but being together is what we love most, so it was no problem to pass the time singing, telling stories, chatting and watching the crowds walk in with coolers and beach chairs. We loved the concert, we loved dancing and singing, and we loved the fireworks. A great, and late, night!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday morning, some of us went to the Unitarian Church, some to the Catholic, and some to the Siasconset Union Chapel. It was great to reconnect with our old friends and to make some new friends. The rest of the group appreciated the beauty of the ocean. Adama really wanted to get into the water, but kept backing away from the waves until at last, she and her friend Emma went in together, and she loved it!

After church, Jack, Ben, Alex and Peter went out for a coffee and shopping trip. Peter bought most of the things on his list, but is already planning what he might want for the next outing.

In the afternoon, our whole group saw the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s production of “Grease.” Afterwards we got to meet the cast and some of us got autographs. We loved getting to meet them! Talia, Meg and Isabelle loved the music, especially the last song. When Olivia talked after dinner about the show and how much she loved “We go together,” we all sang it enthusiastically while she danced for us. Thank you, Theatre Workshop for your generosity!!

After dinner and lots of stories from our new arrivals, Danielle, Reed, Abigail and Andrew, we started learning some songs for our play. Just in case you’re planning on coming, it’ll be on Saturday, August 17th, 2pm at Bennett Hall!