Annual Lions Club Clambake

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:30pm


It wouldn’t be Labor Day on Block Island without the annual Lions Club Clambake. 
This is the 20th year of the event — so invite your friends and family to join and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. 
It all takes place on the grounds of the charming and historic Narragansett Inn, where you’ll enjoy views of all the boats in the Great Salt Pond. 
    The Block Island Lions Club is a group that mixes socializing and service — doing lots of good for the Block Island community all year long. The Clambake is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Other  fundraisers include two annual golf tournaments — held at different golf courses on the mainland — and the annual St. Paddy’s Day dinner at Yellow Kittens. 
    Thanks to these great fundraising events throughout the years the Lions Club has built the Ball O’Brien Park playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and in partnering with the Ian Kortbek Fund — paid for half of the skateboard park. Most recently the Lions built the covered picnic area at the Ball O’Brien Park with picnic tables and grills. 
The Lions also fund educational trips and classes for islanders and maintain a travel fund for local people with serious medical needs — as well as eyesight needs, like eyeglasses. 
Each year the Lions help fund the school’s seventh grade week-long sailing trip and at graduation a $1000 renewable four-year scholarship is given to a Block Island senior.
These hard-working Lions plan this fundraiser for months in advance, so come bid a fond farewell to the summer with food, fun, live music, friends, raffle drawings and more.
Lobsters and clams and mussels, along with homemade Block Island clear chowder, corn on the cob and sausage, too. 
Not a seafood lover? Not to worry. The Lions put out a fine spread with yummy hamburgers and hot dogs, as well. 
Tickets are purchased at the event and are available beginning at noon. Full clambake —$40 and BBQ menu — $20. 
Rain date is Sunday, September 2.