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  • The Bird Lady of Block Island, Miss Elizabeth...

    Monday, July 28, 2014 - 2:55pm
    Kim Gaffett and the Ocean View Foundation’s bird walks and bird banding demonstrations are two of many island traditions that are born of a rich legacy, that of Miss Elizabeth Dickens.
  • My First Time

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:46pm
    In our house we mark the passage of our lives not just by our jobs or child rearing experiences, but by where we live and what we drive.
  • The Block Island Club Celebrates its 50th...

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:37pm
    This summer, the Block Island Club will celebrate 50 years of providing recreational activities to its members.
  • Walking with Leonard

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:24pm
    I first met Leonard Perfido last spring after he and his wife Ruth returned from a Great Ape Encounter tour in Africa.
  • Memories of the Mansion

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 3:54pm
    “I try to have one project every winter,” Highway Department Head Mike Shea says, quickly qualifying it with: “Of course, it’s all weather dependent.” The comment brings to mind the clean-up of superstorm Sandy, winter storm Nemo, and several blas
  • Kayak for Conservation

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:58pm
    corrie heinz, pond and beyond kayak
    The Great Salt Pond is Corrie Heinz’s home away from home.
  • A is for Alphabet Book

    Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:04pm
    gloria hall daubert
    Gloria Hall Daubert wrote a book.
  • What’s New

    A sense of wonder in the digital age

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:04pm
    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.
  • A Brief History of the Empire Theatre Building

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00pm
    They came ashore with the paraphernalia of their journey, looking to Block Island for respite and a bit of refreshment after the sea voyage.
  • Block Island Short Walks

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 2:00pm
    Last week I fell in love with a book about the power of walking. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed is the story of her trek over the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California through Oregon.
  • A Community of Year-Rounders

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 1:15pm
    The bare, windswept shores of the island appear in sharp relief against the iron-grey sea. Block Island is stunning, even in the depths of winter’s grasp: an unspoiled haven of natural beauty.
  • Block Island’s 1885 Pantry

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:45am
    While writers in big cities in the 1800s wrote wistfully of their imagined utopias, Block Islanders were living in one.
  • Developing Block Island since 1970: Behind the...

    Monday, November 18, 2013 - 10:30am
    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.
  • Living History

    Early beginnings as a fishing and farming...

    Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:30am
    Block Island’s history is a rich one, encompassing Native American tribes, Revolutionary War heroes, legendary shipwrecks, and its emergence in the late 1800s as one of New England’s premiere summer attractions.