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Traditional Santa on Nantucket style dory delivering toys.
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For the second year in a row, Judi Vaillancourt ?broke the mould? by introducing a new piece similar in process to the 2020 Nautical Santa Riding Nantucket Whale?from the ground up. This year?s Nantucket Santa is a traditional American interpretation dressed in his iconic red suit with white fur and bushy beard. He?s seen arriving with Brant Point?decorated with its iconic wreath and oars?in his hand and wrapped gifts by his feet (finished with hand tied bows) and under the familiar Chalkware Tree,?we see that Santa is traveling with a scrimshaw decorated Nantucket Basket. The inspiration of this piece comes from the dory that is found in the Easy Street Boat Basin which was first decorated with a Christmas tree in 1965 by Sidney Killen. The dory is a flat-bottomed boat introduced in the late 1700s to be used in the fishing industry to launch from the mother ship to trawl for fish. Later, its unique design made it optimal for individuals to launch from the shore to scallop, fish and, at times, be used as a lifeboat to rescue stranded vessels. Although the style boat has evolved over time, the near-60 years that it has sat in the Nantucket Boat Basin at Christmas is a gentle reminder of the magic of the season, with a tip of the hat to its nautical past and a fitting way for the 2021 Vaillancourt Nantucket Santa to deliver goodwill to all.