2021 Baskets & Bubbly

Save the Dates!  Online Auction launching July 18-25.

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum (NLBM) and Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) plan to host the NLBM summer fundraiser, Baskets & Bubbly 2021, through an online auction from July 18–25. This year’s fundraiser is chaired by Karen Butler and Jackie Kupper.

The auction will include over 25 lightship baskets and basket-related items, making it a one-of-a-kind event.  This virtual auction will offer buyers the opportunity to bid on exquisitely handcrafted items, including a Manny Dias basket tray, a Michael Kane woven bracelet embellished with scrimshaw, along with many more unique pieces.

A Baskets & Bubbly Garden Event to officially close the online auction, will be held in the garden of the Hadwen House, at 96 Main Street, from 4–6pm on Sunday, July 25. More information and a ticket announcement will be coming soon.

“What inspires us is that every Nantucket lightship basket is one-of-a-kind incorporating the heart of the person who made it.  Both of us are profoundly excited and desire to do what we can to preserve this iconic craft and its history,” says Karen Butler and Jackie Kupper.

Karen Butler

Jackie Kupper

As an affiliate of the NHA, the NLBM retains all funds donated, and are to be used solely to carry out its mission. The NLBM’s ongoing emphasis is teaching the craft and sharing the history of making Nantucket lightship baskets.  Ultimately a new gallery dedicated to Nantucket craft, to be named the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum Gallery within the NHA’s Broad Street campus will be created.