Arts

  • Mon, Jul 4
    This summer the Thomas McAleer Visual Arts Endowed Scholarship will be raising awareness and support for its cause. The scholarship will establish a partnership between The Block Island School and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The scholarship was inspired by and named for Thomas McAleer...
  • Sun, Jul 3
    For vendors, the Farmer's Market begins long before the 9 a.m. bell rings. Up with the sun, we have to pack our cars full of goods and head down to the market an hour ahead of time, even if we were up late the night before finishing last touches.  Once there, cars back carefully into the vendors...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    July: 2 Block Island Club Open House. 4 p.m. 3 Fireworks Picnic at B.I. Maritime Institute. Tickets $35 Adults/$15 Kids ( www.cgspblockisland.org ) 3 Pre-fireworks live music at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. 7 - 9 p.m. 3 Fireworks at Crescent Beach at dusk (around 9 p.m.) 4 July 4th Parade. Theme...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    In Tom's memory, his family and friends are establishing an endowed scholarship to foster a connection between the Block Island School and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The program will be open to Block Island School students and alumni, ages 14-25, to take courses in RISD's Continuing...
  • Behind the Photos
    Tue, Sep 2
    Photographing in tight spaces can be difficult — the photographer is unable to move far enough back to include all he or she wants in the picture. One solution is to use an extreme wide angle lens. For example, the remarkable 8mm. fisheye lens has a 180-degree field of view. What this means is that...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    The path to the North Light Fibers mill, store and farm is marked by the sight of exotic animals from Abrams Animal Farm in the periphery: the cool stare of the caged lemur, a llama eating kibble from a child’s hand, even kangaroos and a giant tortoise stand by. Walk past these animals and through...
  • Worker’s Perspectives
    Tue, Sep 2
    For the past 13 summers on Block Island, the majority of my time here has been spent at my home away from home, the Block Island Club. Located on the northeastern side of the Great Salt Pond, the club was a place for me to further my passion for sailing, expand my (short-lived) interest in tennis,...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Some say going to Block Island is like stepping back in time. Stepping into Red Right Return on Dodge Street is like taking a second step back. There’s no signage indicating “Antiques Store” but that seems to be how people describe it. “I’m at the antiques store” is an oft uttered phrase into cell...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Sep 2
    All summer long people come into the store to tell me how good certain books are, to tell me I simply must read this or that. But summer on the island is so (happily!) busy for island shopkeepers that I don’t get around to reading most of these recommended books until winter. Winter on the island,...
  • Cottage Industry
    Tue, Sep 2
    The beauty of Block Island can be as arresting as a siren’s call: rolling hills, salty air, the resplendent smell of Rosa rugosa. It’s no surprise then how...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    A look at some of this summer’s most popular reads, fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult, from Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound Bookstore. We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride This is my favorite book of the summer. Four narrators tell a story set in...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Jul 1
    We all know that sand is bad for book bindings, but it’s also no fun for us readers to be carting heavy hard cover books to the beach. So I’m always happy to see some of my favorites come out in paperback just in time for summer. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn A great who–done-it that has readers...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    This summer, the Block Island Club will celebrate 50 years of providing recreational activities to its members. The club, a not-for-profit run by a Board of Governors, is situated on the Great Salt Pond, and offers its members lessons in tennis, arts, swimming, sailing and other water sports. In...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound bookstore, shares a few books she thinks would be perfect for your summer beach bags. For adults The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin A charming and quick read about selling books and finding love, this novel takes place in an adorable independent...
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  • Mon, Jun 9
    Gloria Hall Daubert wrote a book. To those who know her primarily as the longtime (29 years and counting) bartender at Winfield’s, the news come as a bit of a surprise. But the truth is she’s been pondering the book almost as long as she’s worked at Winfield’s. “It’s a bucket list thing,” says...
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  • What’s New
    Thu, Jun 5
    There is a timeless feeling when you walk into the Empire Theatre on Block Island. It isn’t just the vintage décor — the old wood floor, the high-beamed ceiling, or the classic sign that hangs over the back of the hall. The one that advertises roller skating for 30 cents. The Empire is one of the...
  • Behind the Photo
    Thu, Jun 5
    The winter has seen the explosion of snowy owls in the Arctic and a subsequent migration to the lower 48 states in search of food. Snowy owls have been showing up in places that have never seen a snowy owl before. These magnificent birds started to appear all over the United States right around...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    The efforts to preserve Block Island’s natural beauty — with nearly 45 percent of the island’s open space now protected — are the stuff of legend, the legacy of more than four decades of toil. But would younger generations, those enjoying the fruits of previous efforts, carry on with the cause?...
  • Thu, Feb 20
    They came ashore with the paraphernalia of their journey, looking to Block Island for respite and a bit of refreshment after the sea voyage. Their destination was the site of the Empire Theatre, where also perhaps, as a bonus to their main purpose, entertainment might be found meeting the quaint...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    Malcolm Greenaway laughs in disbelief as he shows me a recent printout from the internet he is posting to the door, which lists Greenaway Gallery as the leading attraction of Block Island, surpassing the Mohegan Bluffs. “Who knows who writes these things,” he chuckles. Whether ranking Malcolm’s...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    “I like to think of painting like cooking, you have to taste the colors,” Peter Gish tells me as he tears off another “tasting sheet” of watercolor paper. The paper falls into place in the center of his palette, and he sloshes orange and maroon together, attempting to find the perfect combination...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    A mural commissioned by The Rhode Island State Council On the Arts and painted by resident artist Marilyn Bogdanffy went up this August at the Block Island Airport. Titled “Four Seasons On Block Island And Why We Love It,” the mural is 100 linear feet in length and wraps around the bottom of the...
  • Mon, Jun 3
    In a flurry of last minute sprucing and in the midst of mounting artists’ work, excitement builds among the artist-members of Block Island’s iconic Spring Street Gallery (SSG), as they prepare to open the doors to its thirty-second season . Having set up a Facebook page and with a website under...