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  • 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
  • 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...
  • Mon, Feb 24
    I started getting into running seriously about two years ago after joining my high school cross-country and track teams in northern California. There’s certainly no shortage of beautiful, shady trails out there, which means I’m never bored. In search of a similar range of running routes in the...
  • 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?...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    The breakfast buffet at The 1661 Inn is one great way to start a day. There are many other places to buy a fine breakfast on Block Island. You can find muffins and bagels and doughnuts and pancakes and eggs in a number of restaurants or even in the supermarket. You can sit down at a table or take a...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    Grace O'Neil has grown up on Block Island for the past 18 years. Below is her list of the top 10 restaurants for families. 1. Aldo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant As the only fully Italian restaurant on the island, Aldo’s offers a variation of pizzas, pastas, and all the other Italian...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    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
    This summer, its 18th on Block Island, Norman Riker’s Soccer and Lacrosse Summer Camps had some 45 boys and girls ages 7 to 14 learning skills, playing games and perfecting technique. Soccer and lacrosse have been shaping Norman’s life since he was a kid himself, growing up on Block Island. While...
  • 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...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    At a home with one of those outrageous Block Island views overlooking the Great Salt Pond, a group of boat lovers and sailors have gathered to celebrate. The sun sets, an American flag is lowered, and a cannon is fired. Welcome to Summer 2013, Block Island Yacht Club style. One of only a few events...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    Almost hidden behind St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street sits a small cedar-shingled shed-like building bearing a plaque in memory of Joseph and Katherine Tucker, its former owners. The sign calls it the “Cow Barn Property,” but today it is better known as the Not New Boutique. Every...
  • 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...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    This job is not for the faint-hearted. It requires courage, stamina when dealing with unpleasant aromas, people skills, boat piloting abilities and fast reflexes. If the equipment fails, it may be necessary to jump quickly into the water. Welcome to Ryan Koehler’s world of pumpout. On the Great...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    The first thing people usually say when I tell them I work in a fish market goes something like, “Wow you must smell like fish all the time!” The funny thing is, particularly on Block Island, this comment is hardly true. Fortunately enough for me, I work at a high-volume fish market with lots of...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    Growing up on Block Island over the past 18 years, it seems I’ve experienced everything the island has to offer. And for such a small island, there is so much. Of course, chances are you’ll find me at the beach when I’m not working — who doesn’t want to spend their vacation sprawled on the beach!...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    Dotted with an estimated 365 freshwater ponds, Block Island is the perfect setting for fresh and saltwater fishing, for skillful and mastered fishers. However, these days many of the children who visit the island have had the experience of fishing — which is where the Fishing Academy of Block...
  • 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...
  • 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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