By Michelle Cartwright Soverino
Family Days at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum have a new addition in 2019: Nanpuppets, a group of hand puppets handmade and performed by Lizza Obremski. They provide educational entertainment for all age groups and are, without a doubt, a whole lot of fun! Speaking with Evan Schwanfelder, Egan's Manager of Maritime Education, about the addition of Nanpuppets to Family Day offerings in July and August, he shared, "I cannot think of a better way to use the Battle Family's gift to enhance Family Day and grow its participants than with Lizza and her entertaining crew of puppets. From Obadiah the Old Salt to Clarence the Clam and Millie the Mermaid, Lizza's characters are a fantastic way to engage youth with the lore of seafaring Nantucket, and she comes to the Museum with not only her cache of puppets, but also a boatload of fans."
Thanks to the generosity of Ritchie, Katie, and Westray Battle, Family Days at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum are free and open to all for the third consecutive year. The Battles are wonderfully supportive Museum patrons “who love Nantucket and the preservation of its iconic maritime history for our children.” Their underwriting of the Museum’s annual Family Days has alleviated the admission price and provided new opportunity to develop captivating and thrilling children’s programs for all, such as welcoming Nanpuppets to the program's offerings.
The fourth and final Family Day of 2019 is Wednesday, August 14, from 10am to 2pm at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, 158 Polpis Road.
All photographs were captured by Katie Kaizer Photography. If you would like to order a print or see the full gallery of photos from July 10th's Family Day program, please contact Egan Maritime's Director of Development, Michelle Soverino, by email or by calling (508) 228 - 2505.