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  • 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...
  • Sat, Jul 2
    Don't forget to stop by a Blues on the Block concert this summer! This year's concerts will be on July 5, July 19, 26 and August 9. The concerts are family friendly, for all ages and are held at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Road from 6 - 8 p.m. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, a...
  • Sat, Jul 2
    July Fishing is Awesome! Last July, Block Island had a very strong month of fishing. If you were anywhere near the docks in Old Harbor, you couldn't miss all the giant striped bass being brought in by charter boats. This year should be no different. All of our fishy friends are already here in...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    There’s much to celebrate this summer at the Block Island Historical Society. Plans for the fourth phase of renovations to the museum building are being readied for a summer fundraising campaign. Visitors are welcome into the gallery and onto the porch, both of which have been newly restored. The...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    This year, The Nature Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary since opening a field office on Block Island. In 1991, the Conservancy, an international conservation organization, identified Block Island as a “Last Great Place” for its abundance of rare and endangered plants and animals, as...
  • 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...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    This delightful summer libation is traditionally inspired from The Spring House gardens using jalapeño peppers and garden cilantro along with agavé nectar and lime. It is a delicious margarita-like cocktail — with a new twist! Be sure to head to The Spring House porch to try one!
  • Fri, Jul 1
    Whether you are here for the day, a week or the whole summer, try to do at least one of these things — you'll be glad you did! 1. Swim at Sunrise Plan to be up before the sun, that alarm clock may come in handy — even on vacation. No need to make a fuss about what to wear, just throw on a bathing...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    My life so far has been twists and turns. Working in financial services for 20 years, I now find myself back at my roots, my true nature as a geologist turned environmental activist. A fortuitous turn happened two summers ago when Chris Littlefield agreed to take me on as a volunteer at The Nature...
  • Tue, Jun 28
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    There's a new business to help care for our four-footed, drooling friends on Block Island. Mutt Hut is run by Meg Vitacco and Josh Maldonado and of course their dog Radar. The idea for the business came after the humans discovered that it was difficult for them to find high quality dog food without...
  • Wed, Jun 15
    It seems that bluefish sometimes get brushed aside as the last resort fish to put on the dinner table. Its true that sometimes these toothy, ferocious fighters can taste as strong as they fought getting into the boat. If properly handled and cooked within a day or two these buggers will taste as...
  • Wed, Jun 15
    Whether you want to enjoy the scenic roads, explore the whole island or just cruise around town, renting a bike, a moped, or a car is ideal.  Anytime is a great time to bike Block Island. And if you haven’t yet ridden around the island, there’s a fun new way to do it – the Block Island Bicycle Tour...
  • Wed, Jun 1
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    This year marks the 16th year of the Block Island Music Festival, the musical celebration geared for the local Block Island population. The Festival is run by Marc Scortino, owner of Captain Nick's. Every year he receives hundreds of demo tape submissions from bands wanting to take part, from every...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Here are 25 natural wonders (in no specific order) to see in on Block Island in the Fall. How many have you seen? 1) North Blazing Star – Block Island is the only place this state-endangered species is found in Rhode Island. This purple wildflower is best seen at Turnip Farm. 2) Hodge Family...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Whether you live on Block Island or are planning a visit, some “can’t miss” dates for your calendar are June 12 through June 17. Beginning with the 1st Annual “Bite of Block Island” food show on June 12, combined with Restaurant Week running from June 12 to June 17, you’ll find plenty for everyone...
  • Mon, Mar 28
    The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night Bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the remaining two nights on August 4 and August 18. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with...
  • Wed, Jan 20
    Bridgette: 30, from Block Island Evan: 34, from Colorado Now reside in: Lafayette, CO Before the Ring & Proposal 
 While working at the same firm in Boston, Bridgette and Evan started out with small conversation around the coffee carafes and it took off from there. After a couple of years, Evan...
  • Wed, Jan 20
    Caitlin: 33, from Warwick, RI Brandon: 32, from Glenwood Springs, CO Now reside in: Naples, FL Before the Ring & Proposal 
Caitlin and Brandon met while each seperately visiting family in the Naples, Florida area. On the day Brandon proposed, he tricked Caitlin into thinking they were meeting...
  • Wed, Jan 20
    Rebecca: 28, from Yonkers, NY Christina: 28, from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Now reside in: Philadelphia, PA Before the Ring & Proposal Although they were one year apart, and not good friends Rebecca and Christina met while playing rugbyat Yale University. A few years after graduating, a...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Do you have a special event coming up? Whether you’re planning to host a family reunion, office retreat, summer party for friends, wedding, fundraiser or just needing a vacation from the kitchen, why not hire a local caterer? From a small, simple, affordable buffet to a seated, gold-plated dinner...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    July is a very busy fishing month on Block Island! By now, all of the most common species we see have arrived in numbers. Whether you’re fishing from shore or by boat, Block Island has plenty to offer in July. In order to predict how the month will look, it’s good to look at last year around this...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer like the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament and the Tri-State Canyon Shootout. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to charter boats that are...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    If you're looking for something fun to do that also supports the Block Island environment, then ConserFest is for you. It's two days of music all across the island and all the proceeds go to nature conservation efforts. The idea of ConserFest came about in 2007. Board of Directors President Cameron...
  • 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...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Something you might not expect to see when you visit Block Island is a pair of Bactrian camels, a pair of kangaroos, a Zedonk or a troop of Lemurs. Exotic animals on Block Island? Yes, there sure are — and you can find them at Abrams Farm. Justin Abrams and family, owners of the Hotel Manisses and...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Natchez Burning Greg Iles $9.99 Natchez Burning is the first installment (862pages) in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets of the past and present in a thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. The size is at first daunting but you will...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Surfing is a sport enjoyed by people in all walks off life at all times of the year in a variety of conditions. If you’ve had the fortunate experience of catching a wave, you’ll understand the true meaning of being at one with nature. “Surfing is the source,” said 15-year old Block Islander Gavin...
  • Tue, Jun 9
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    1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and...
  • Kristin & Nicholas:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “My parents stumbled on this little island over 30 years ago after their vacation plans to Nantucket fell through, and they’ve returned every summer since,” says Kristin Brennan, 28, from Katonah, New York. “My sister and I grew up knowing that perfect days exist only on Scotch Beach. In 2005, I...
  • Melissa & Branden:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Melissa Silver, 32, and Branden Watson, 31, grew up two hours from each other, he in East Freetown, Mass., she in Sunapee, New Hampshire. But it was in Denver that they met and fell in love — the first year each had moved out there! How did Block Island enter the picture? Ever since high school...
  • Monica & Jacob:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Monica Dancu, 32, is a design director in the Home division at Ralph Lauren, and Jacob Simmons, 35, is a design director in the Men’s Design division. Jacob grew up in Charlestown, R.I., and his family used to go day tripping to Block Island, so he’s always loved it here. Monica fell in love with...
  • Julie & Mikey:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Mikey Kiley, 32, and his family own and operate the Yellow Kittens tavern and Winfield’s Restaurant on Block Island. He and Julie Garosshen, 28, met eight years ago when Mikey was walking his dog, Grace, on the beach. He proposed six years later in the lantern of the North Light. All four island...
  • Zahavah & Brian:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Zahavah Williams, 35, and Brian Hartman, 38, say it’s only natural that they would have a destination wedding, “because we live a destination life,” says Zahavah. The two spend summers working in the restaurant industry on Block Island, winters they head to Aspen to do the same. It was in Colorado...
  • Lily & Zach:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “Zach proposed the best and only way I would find acceptable: with a cake,” says Lily Pike, 29. “I had gone home for the weekend and Zach was stuck in New York for work. He figured that was his best chance to pull off a surprise and spent the whole weekend figuring out how to make a Funfetti cake...
  • Jenna & Gil:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Jenna McCann, 26, grew up spending summers on Block Island with her family. She says she had dreamed about getting married on Block Island, and at the Sullivan House in particular, since she was a little girl. Jenna met her future husband James (Gil) Messer, 27,when they were students at the...
  • Felicia & John:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “Every aspect of our wedding was done by someone we knew, every aspect,” marvels Felicia Cinquegrana, 38, a jewelry designer who lives on Block Island year round. “It reminds me of the old days when a townsperson would get married and the town would come together and bring their skills and goods to...
  • Erin & Michael:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Ignoring the fact that the couple at the table next to them seemed to be breaking up, Michael Kennedy, 36, popped the question to Erin Broughton, 31, at a favorite restaurant in the west village. She said yes and on September 13 the two, along with 100 close friends, tied the knot at the Atlantic...
  • Emily & James:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Emily Epstein, 28, and James Rouse, 39, met in England, where James is from and where Emily was studying in London for a semester. First chance she got, Emily brought James to her grandparents house on Block Island. Just as she had, says Emily, “He fell in love with the natural beauty and relaxed...
  • Mary & Eric:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “When we first visited Block Island, it just felt like home,” says Mary Elizabeth Gange, 28 of Long Island of the trip she took with fiancé Eric Rizzo, 33, of Buffalo, New York. Then, “when we went to the wedding show at The Sullivan House and saw the tent all dressed up, we were certain that this...
  • Kathleen & Alex:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Kathleen Wittels, 37, met Alex Dulavitz, 31, when she traveled to Bonaire to complete her open water dive for scuba certification and he turned out to be one of the trip leaders. The two knew they wanted to get married outside overlooking the water and say that the moment they saw the views from...
  • Jessica & Peter:
    Wed, Feb 18
    They met on match.com, but it was their first trip away together to Block Island that solidified the relationship for this couple from western Massachusetts. “I brought Pete [Peter Houser, 31] to the island for his birthday a few years back after a couple months of dating,” says Jessica Petit, 29...
  • Jessica & Christian
    Wed, Feb 18
    It was New Year’s Eve on the Brooklyn Bridge and 10 minutes to ball drop. A German studying in Canada and visiting New York City for the evening’s merriment and a Rhode Islander living in New York and showing her under-21 cousins a night in the big city find each other. The next fall she heads to...
  • Andressa & Jeff
    Wed, Feb 18
    Andressa Rodrigues, 30, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Jeff Kershaw, 29, in Rhode Island. They met three summers ago on Block Island at Yellow Kittens tavern and were married at the Sullivan House on June 1. Their 100 guests included a number who flew in from Brazil, among them pastor Eric Thompson who...
  • 25th Anniversary
    Wed, Nov 26
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Holiday Shopping Stroll, a three-day event that will have some 30 stores and art galleries decorating their windows and opening their doors for a unique Block Island shopping experience — one that often comes with a cup of hot cider, cocoa and a...
  • Featured House
    Tue, Sep 2
    The Dickinsons have spent ten weeks a summer in this west side home for the last two decades. It was the first house they bought just after they were married. “We lived in an apartment in Harvard Square back then,” recalls Pam Dickinson. “We had a little bit of money because my husband had sold a...
  • Cult Following
    Tue, Sep 2
    Coffee lovers are finding an extra fix these days at Ben & Jerry’s on Water Street, where owner Steve Papa came up with a drink that marries the intense B&J’s flavor Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz with that uniquely Rhode Island coffee syrup known as Autocrat. Throw in a little milk, put it...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    I know a lot of people who pride themselves on their cooking. One of them is my sister-in-law Regina, a grad of the Culinary Institute, in other words, a real chef. One of her favorite eyewitness stories is of working in a New York City restaurant with two feuding kitchen guys, one of whom ended up...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    “The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.” – Roald Dahl , James and the Giant Peach...
  • 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...

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