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2019 Silent Auction Preview

There are many ways you can support the ongoing work of the Nantucket Book Festival. One of them is by purchasing some truly fun, unique, and even at times adventurous (!) silent auction items.

We're posting some of them online so that you can take note of what might be of interest to you, and talk with friends and family about pooling resources to purchase something truly memorable to enjoy together.

Please note these items are posted for advance review purposes only. Bidding online is not an option. You must place your bid in person at the Festival. Auction items will be on display in the Atheneum Garden on Friday 6/14 and Saturday 6/15, the Author Dinner at the Brant Point Grill on Friday 6/14, and at Cisco Brewers Sunday 6/16 from noon - 3 PM.

A sampling of items is listed below. We will continue to add to this list as more items are donated. It is likely there will be even more available at the Festival.

The Nantucket Book Festival is truly grateful to those who have donated the following items for our 2019 Silent Auction.

Have fun!


A Scrumptious Dinner for 6 from Annye's

This delectable experience includes an appetizer, Annye's famous roast chicken, vegetables, salad, baguettes, and wine. Dessert to round out the dinner is included, for a sweet ending!

Value: $1,000


Elin's Summer of '69 Package

Take home a piece of Nantucket with a one-of-a-kind thumb ring made by Jessica Hicks Jewelry.* Add four autographed copies of Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69, and then -- the priceless part -- enjoy cocktails with Elin herself at The Pearl.

Value: $450 + the priceless part

* Without precious gems. Winner can meet with Jess to customize and pay for the gems and add them to the ring if desired.


Custom-guided Nantucket Natural History Hike for 11

Chose from 10 hikes offered by Nantucket Walkabout (or elements of several) and invite your friends and family to join you on this personal hike! Receive your own copy of Walking Nantucket and Nantucket: A Natural History. Get your water bottle and sunglasses ready to be picked up and transported from your lodging to hike, learn, and savor the island’s beauty.

Value: $950

Minimum bid: $250


So Many Gift Certificates!

Zero Main on Centre - $250

Milly & Grace - $100

Blue Beetle - $100

The Lovely - $100

Lemon Press - $100

Marine Home Center - $100

Valero's - $100

Stephanie's - $50

Monelle - $50

Murray's - $50


Private Tour of Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge – Leave the World Behind!

Hop in a private van and join an experienced guide on this over-sand vehicle tour and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. You will experience beautiful and unique habitats, including salt marshes, barrier beaches, open ocean, maritime oak forest, and a red cedar savanna/woodland. These habitats are home to a variety of bird species, such as ospreys, northern harriers, American oystercatchers, piping plovers, and terns! Seals will be seen on most tours. This is a special unforgettable trip that you do not want to miss! This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Tour takes approximately 3 hours. Up to 8 people, leaves from either town or Wauwinet, 9AM or 1PM. Reservation required.

Value: $350

Minimum bid: $150


Two Tickets to the VIP Cocktail Reception and an Evening at the Nantucket Comedy Festival

For Friday, July 12th - 2 tickets to the annual Friday Night Lights. Tickets will include entry to a VIP pre-show cocktail party in the Dreamland Theater's Harborview Room.

Value: $500

Minimum bid: $300


Primo Parking at Cisco Brewery

Park front and center on a one busy day in 2019 and take 10 steps or so to the entrance of the brewery. Can you believe this incredible deal? Once inside, be our guests for a brewery tour for 6 people and shop Cisco merchandise with a $50 gift certificate.

Value: mega bucks

Minimum bid: $250


Three Nights on Hip Broad Street- Stay at the Second Story Loft!

Stay in the lap of literary luxury! Located above Bookworks, this 3 bedroom (1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins) 2.5 bath apartment comes with a case of Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and a $100 gift certificate for Bookworks.

Value: $2600

Minimum bid: $750



Meredith Hanson Custom Art piece - Medium Custom Watercolor/Gouache Landscape Design, 8” x 10”

This is a great size for landscapes, pet portraits, motifs such as cars, buildings, accessories, etc.

Value: $550 (Original artwork + Digital copy of custom artwork)