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  • 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...
  • An Ideal Day
    Tue, Jul 1
    Gary Ryan became a town councilor this past December and he’s been a member of the Rescue Squad out here for 25 years. But most of us know Gary best as the knowledgeable butcher and friendly face behind the deli counter at the Block Island Grocery store. We caught up with him recently at the BIG...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    Wednesday July 2, 2014 Beach Clean Up with The Nature Conservancy When: 9 - 10 a.m. Where: Scotch Beach Thursday July 3, 2014 2nd Annual Fireworks Picnic When: 6:30 - 10 p.m. Where: Sullivan House, Corn Neck Road BBQ, music and games — all to raise money for the Committee for the...
  • Sun, Jun 29
    I’ll always remember the first striped bass I caught while surfcasting on Block Island. It took place in 1985 when my wife Karolyn and I visited the island together. I had gone into Twin Maples Bait & Tackle to seek advice on where to fish. Shop proprietor, the late Mac Swienton, gave me sound...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    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. One of our automobile eras was that of the El Camino, a Chevrolet that was a compromise between a truck and a car. Behind the sleek front seat compartment was a...
  • 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
    When visiting Block Island you may be struck by the beauty of all the wildflowers, the sight of song and shore birds, the occasional glimpse of a butterfly, the darting iridescent beauty of the dragonflies. It doesn’t matter the season, there is always the beauty of nature here, be it the flash of...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first met Leonard Perfido last spring after he and his wife Ruth returned from a Great Ape Encounter tour in Africa. Like them, I am intrigued by the works of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey and chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, but unlike them, I have never entertained the notion of trekking to...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first came to the island as a small girl in the 1950s. I loved its history, it beauty and its quiet simplicity. It captured my heart as a child and still does to this day. I feel especially blessed to have known the island before it was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1980s. We stayed at Cuttings Cottages...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    “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 blasts in-between, which consumed their time last winter...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    The Great Salt Pond is Corrie Heinz’s home away from home. As the owner/operator of Pond and Beyond Kayak, she’s out on the pond whenever the weather allows, so she knows the ins and the outs of the place and all the ecosystems and subcultures it holds. She grew up out here, went to school here...
    corrie heinz, pond and beyond kayak
  • 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...
    gloria hall daubert
  • 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...
  • Tue, Apr 29
    May 10, starting at the Block Island School at 1 p.m. Contact the Recreation Dept. at 466-3223 for more information. OR register at www.active.com before May 5
  • Fri, Apr 11
    Danielle Duffy Owner, Elevation Studion and Cafe In the summer of 1992, I was a college student in New Paltz, N.Y. An urge for a road trip to the ocean found me in Fisherman’s State Park in Narragansett, R.I. I woke up and was heading to the beach and from the next campsite I heard, “You should...
  • Tue, Feb 25
    Block Island is a great place to train, whether it’s on the beach, on the roads, or in the water. The island is a small slice of heaven, particularly when viewed from an athlete’s perspective. It offers a respite from crowded city sidewalks and an alternative to doing laps in a pool. For the same...
  • Mon, Feb 24
    The brightly-colored sign on the storefront reads “North Light Fibers,” the lettering sandwiched between two rows of yarn rolled into round bundles. As you step across the threshold, you enter another realm, a world of fiber: jewel-toned skeins of oh-so-soft alpaca yarn, neatly tucked onto shelves...
  • 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...
  • Thu, Feb 20
    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. Though I have never trekked over mountains for long distances in great hardship, I do love to take walks and have...
  • Thu, Feb 20
    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. On such a day, it might appear bereft of human habitation. Yet Block Island in winter is not simply the...
  • Fri, Feb 14
    In October of 2013, photographer Grace Bochain Luddy began blogging about her life on Block Island. What has resulted is a compendium of photos and verse chronicling her experiences on the smallest island belonging to the smallest state. With her permission, we present here, a recent entry. I LIKE...
  • You don't have to be crazy, but...
    Wed, Jan 1
    A hardy group of islanders descended upon Town Beach for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Wednesday, January 1. And hardy they needed to be, for this was the coldest January 1 st on record going back at least ten years. Folks in full winter gear made their way past the beach pavilion and onto the...
  • Surfing 101
    Fri, Dec 27
    If this is the first time venturing out into the breaks of Block Island, you have some decisions to make. Are you going to want a short board or long? Maybe you want to cut your teeth with a stand up paddle board (SUP), remaining completely out of the water (unless you take a spill), or stay on...
  • Wed, Dec 25
    Penny Riordan Block Island Chamber of Commerce I first came to the island in 1972 with my husband and daughter for a weeklong summer vacation. We all fell in love with it — the biking, the beaches, the places for quiet reflection. From then on, we vacationed on Block Island every year, eventually...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    Joe Sprague has been farming and raising cattle for many years. “I grew up with cows,” he says. “The only thing that’s always been in my life, all 56 years of it, is cows.” Many island denizens know Sprague—he might have dug the foundation for their new house or garage, or brought over a load of...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    The day I went with Chris Littlefield of Littlefield Bee Farm to check for honey was slightly overcast, with thin clouds creating a white haze over the sun. It was incredibly hot, and I watched impressed as Chris used tape to bind the cuffs of his bee suit tightly to his wrists and emerged from the...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    While writers in big cities in the 1800s wrote wistfully of their imagined utopias, Block Islanders were living in one. Some of the 1,500 men, women and children here sustained themselves from the sea, some from the land, and many from both. The island’s farming statistics in 1885 listed 19 kinds...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    There are so many boats in the Great Salt Pond this July Fourth weekend that from Corn Neck Road, the spaces between them look more like canals than open water. Voices and music rise up from this Great Salt City and drift over to land, barely decipherable snatches of songs and conversation, like...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    Sitting on a kayak in the middle of the Great Salt Pond in the midst of hundreds of sailboats, the masts rising overhead like a fiberglass forest, is a unique angle to view the pond and the island. I am on a tour with Corrie Heinz, owner of Pond and Beyond Kayaks, with a married couple and Girl...
  • 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...
  • Sun, Nov 17
    I’m standing with builder Norris Pike on a work-in-progress deck looking out over a meadow in spring bloom to the Weather Station on one side and New Harbor and Great Salt Pond on the other. “This used to be my cousin’s lot,” says Norris. “He was a fisherman, see that’s where they tarred the nets...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    For the past three summers, I have watched as a dozen or so women, my mother among them, embarked on the challenge of walking the entire perimeter of the island. So this summer, when I was encouraged to join them in their “adventure,” as they call it, I agreed without thinking much about what...
  • Living History
    Fri, Jul 12
    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. Learn more about the island’s history by visiting the Historical Society Museum and...
  • Mon, Jun 3
    In a dirt parking lot near Dead Eye Dick’s, harbormaster Steve Land and assistant harbormaster Kate McConville are elbow deep in bottom paint, motor oil and dead impellers. It has been a long winter, but finally warmer spring breezes hint at what’s to come. It’s time to ready boats for the water,...

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