In the summer of 1991, Marblehead resident Kim Bernard arrived on Nantucket to participate in Figawi, the annual Memorial Day weekend sailing race from Hyannis to Nantucket. Kim recalled a long-standing warning, intended for the single women in attendance: “Don’t ever expect to find a boyfriend at Figawi!” She and her group of girlfriends proceeded with caution.
When Lisa Philpott left her Marblehead home in December of 2003 for a bike trip in Hawaii, she was apprehensive about her first solo experience. She was unaccustomed to flying first class, but she had earned the miles, was in a rut, and wanted to “change things up.”
After losing her husband to a 15-year battle with cancer, Louise decided to chart a new course. This change in direction would make no provisions for another life partner.
One sunny day in 1983, Paul Taylor’s luck changed when he happened to notice something glistening brilliantly on the pavement. The diamond bracelet he found outside of Mayflower Cleansers on Atlantic Avenue was the beginning of a new chapter.
Choosing a band name can be a laborious process. In the case of “Better Than Nothing,” the band seemingly landed upon the name with an ease that represents their humble beginnings. Lead guitarist and singer Craig Smith explains that while many names were tossed around when one band member quipped that any name was “better than nothing,” the band quickly adopted it.