Monthly Archives: March 2015

Interview with Michael Kelley

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview one of our favorite guests, Michael Kelley. Michael is a descendant of the original owners of Kelley House. Michael and his wife Lisa were on island this past week in celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities hosted by The Newes From America Pub and Kelley House.

Photo Credit: Susan Safford

Photo Credit: Susan Safford

Kelley House: What is your favorite thing about the Kelley House?

 Michael Kelley: I’ve been coming to the Kelley House since 2001. Aside from my personal connection, the staff is what brings us back. The treatment my family and I get is superb. On the other hand, sitting in the lobby and observing first time guests, they get the same treatment. It must be the culture that was instilled. Past management teams of Steve, to Charlotte to present day manager Michael, they do put the guests needs first.

Kelley House: What is your favorite dish at The Newes from America Pub?

Michael Kelley: Whenever I try a new restaurant, I get a burger. The thought process is, if you can’t do that right, I’ll pass. I’ve been getting burgers at the Newes since 2001. It’s so good I’m surprised I’ve tried anything else but I have. The fried chicken is simple but always perfect. Don’t forget the clam chowder. (They’ll put a fried egg on the burger if you ask)

Kelley House: If you could recommend to our guests just ONE thing to do on island, what would that be?

Michael Kelley: My recommendation for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard is not to bring a car. Take the time to see the sights from a walk up North Water street, to people watching in Edgartown village. The cemetery on Pease Point is fascinating with all the old stories. My 5th and 6th great grandparents are buried there so it’s probably a little more interesting to me. They also happen to be the original management team of the Kelley House. I hope their philosophy towards guests was the same as it is today.

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Michael Kelley seen pulling the wooden nickel in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Thanks to Michael Kelley for sharing his island favorites, as well as his love for the Kelley House. If you’d like to check out our St. Patrick’s Day celebration, head on over to our Facebook page for great photos!

Get Lucky in March!

March is a fun month for us at the Kelley House and The Newes from America Pub – everything from our ever so popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade, promotions, and month-long Irish inspired recipes and contests, we have something for everyone! 

Wooden Nickels in a Tankard

Lucky Newes Package 

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! Come stay at the Kelley House and enjoy the comfortable accommodations at our downtown inn. Included in the package is Lunch or Dinner for Two at The Newes From America Pub (includes gratuity but excludes alcohol). More information here

 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Saturday March 14th

St. Patrick’s Day kicks off in Edgartown on Saturday with the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, hosted by the Kelley House and The Newes from America Pub. All are welcome to join in the “leprechaun-sized” St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at 11 am on Dock Street. More information here

Save the Date! Saturday, March 14 the Family Dance O’Rama returns to the Chappy Room between to celebrate in full force from 1pm until 3pm! 

Parade will be followed by on-site children’s activities, live Irish music throughout the day, delicious corned beef & cabbage food special at The Newes, and more!

St. Patrick’s Contests at The Newes from America Pub

Visit The Newes starting March 5th and take your chances by guessing how many wooden nickels are in our fishbowl! Simply write down your name & email address along with your best guess and the person that guesses the correct amount (or closest amount without going over) will win a two-night stay at The Kelley House, along with dinner for two. The winner will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day at 5p.m.

Join us for lunch or dinner between March 1st and March 17th and you’ll have the opportunity to dig into a second fishbowl filled with winning wooden nickels! Prizes include: 20% off your entire bill (excluding tax & gratuity), free dessert, free appetizer and a free entree! One chance per party – you’ll get your chance to win at the hostess stand prior to being seated!

Limerick Contest 

How are your limerick rhyming talents? But first – do you know what a limerick is? Defined as a humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, popularized by Edward Lear, it’s our favorite way to get your creative juices flowing! Ask your waitress or bartender at the Newes for a form to fill out (starting March 1st) with your creatively unique limerick and be entered in our 2015 Limerick Contest! Limerick Contest Form Here. (All entries must be submitted by 10p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2015)