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Take a Night Off for A Safe Place

Take the Night Off

photo courtesy of Shawn Monaco

You can spend time doing something with your family and friends (or by yourself) and still support A Safe Place!

Consider the following activities:

  • Meet a friend and walk your dog at Tupancy Links. ($50)
  • Pack a picnic and take in a free concert at Children’s Beach. ($100)
  • Look at the boats and browse the art galleries on the wharves. ($250)
  • Watch the sunset and go star-gazing with your sweetheart.. ($500)
  • Order take-out and enjoy a relaxing evening at home! ($1,000)

Make your donation to Take a Night Off online or print out the RSVP Card (PDF) and send it to A Safe Place, 5B Windy Way, Nantucket, MA 02554.

Monthly Book Club – September 2013

Cover of The Never ListA Safe Place’s book club selection for September is The Never List by Koethi Zan. Book club will meet on Tuesday, September 17th from 6-7pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way. There are two copies available of the book at our office.

To RSVP or for more information contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or

Book Description

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors-who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined. (from

Rock Stars

The band performing at the Rock Out for A Safe Place event

Image courtesy of Shellie Dunlap

The weather may have been wet and muggy on Nantucket Friday night, but the atmosphere was electric and the star line up HOT at the new VFW Post off New South Road. The All Star Jam Band (featuring rock legends formerly of the band Boston, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Fosterchild, The Wailers and James Brown band) took the stage to regale attendees with a ninety minute concert and raise money for one of Nantucket’s most important institutions – A Safe Place, the island’s domestic violence and sexual assault center.

The event was a huge success, with guests being treated to an old fashioned pre-concert tailgate BBQ and the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors.There were multiple raffle prizes to choose from, the most coveted being a chance to win Barry Goodreau’s own guitar which was donated to the lucky winner mid-way through the night. Local and summer “groupies” caught the rock star fever as they sported glow necklaces, clapped and sung along to the reverberating tunes and danced the night away.

As many of the local fundraising events do, this one seemed like a contradiction in terms. It was a celebration being held strictly to benefit those who currently have no cause to celebrate – many fearing for their physical safety, some for their lives and the lives of their children. Sitting under a bright colored beach umbrella gazing at the pristine Atlantic Ocean or perched on a rocker on one of the large summer home verandas, it’s difficult to comprehend that any level of violence could occur in this serene, seemingly unspoiled place. And yet, it happens here, just like it does in every community in the world…sometimes at the hand of a longtime local resident and sometimes in the life of a first time Nantucket visitor – but it happens. Which is why it’s so critical that the island have non-profit organizations like A Safe Place to provide free resources, advise and support to the victims.

As the music blared Friday night and multi-colored flashing lights illuminated the celebratory faces of partygoers, I gazed out over the crowded venue and had a revelation. As impressive and entertaining as the All Star Jam Band was, the true rock stars of our community are not on a stage. They are the staff and volunteers of A Safe Place and other community minded organizations, the public servants at our local police and fire departments, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, doctors offices, courthouse and multiple other institutions. Others even less obvious – the local business people who donate incessantly to the multiple island fundraisers, the event planners like Nantucket Island Events who donate their time and talent extending way beyond their fees and the humble volunteers who quietly work behind the scenes 365 days a year to assist in any capacity needed to ensure that all of us get to live in a community where public safety and concern for the well-being of our fellow citizens is priority number one.

If you missed this years All Star Jam to benefit A Safe Place Nantucket, put it on your calendar as a “must attend” next summer. In the meantime, you can check out to discover multiple Nantucket organizations needing volunteers and donations to continue working round the clock to meet the needs of our community. Host an affair at your home, join a board or committee or simply gather friends and family to attend one of the many fundraising events that are making our island better.

Rock On…

Shellie Dunlap
Originally posted July 16, 2013 on the Lee Real Estate blog

Rock Out for A Safe Place

Rock Out For A Safe PlaceFriday, July 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm—10:00 pm

Featuring “The All Star Jam”
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter -Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers
Danny Beissel – Fosterchild
Barry Goodreau – Former member of the band Boston
Fran Sheehan – Former member of the band Boston
Leroy Romans – The Wailers
Robert “Mousey” Thompson – James Brown Band

General Admission – $150
This ticket includes a rockin’ bbq-style tailgate dinner with a cash bar and concert.

VIP Sound Check Party – $400
This ticket includes premier parking and seating for the concert, a pre-tailgate cocktail hour with the band including drinks and passed appetizers, the tailgate dinner and concert.

Monthly Book Club – June 2013

Crows Over a WheatfieldA Safe Place’s book club selection for June is Crows Over a Wheatfield by Paula Sharp. Book Club will meet on Monday, June 17th from 6-7pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way. There will be a copy available to borrow at A Safe Place. To RSVP or for more information contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or

Crows Over a Wheatfield

Release date: August 8, 1996

Judge Melanie Klonecki, herself the daughter of an abusive father, becomes involved–personally and professionally–with Mildred Steck, a woman who kidnaps her child to protect him from his father and who unwittingly launches a crusade for women trapped in abusive relationships. (