Family Activities

  • Worker’s Perspectives
    Tue, Sep 2
    For the past 13 summers on Block Island, the majority of my time here has been spent at my home away from home, the Block Island Club. Located on the northeastern side of the Great Salt Pond, the club was a place for me to further my passion for sailing, expand my (short-lived) interest in tennis,...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    As the sun’s golden rays begin to cast longer shadows in the early evening over the rolling fields of Block Island and there’s just a hint of a chill in the night air, we cling to the balmy days of summer all the more ferociously. To banish thoughts of summer’s impending departure, I plan as many...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    Andiamo (C’mon, let’s go) to Aldo’s Seafood and Pizza Restaurant for this month’s Picky Pick. There are many good restaurants on the island, some even include a few Italian dishes on their menus or serve pizza, but there is only...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    It’s never hard to convince me to go on a bird walk at Andy’s Way with Kim Gaffett, director of the Ocean View Foundation, whether it is a Crazy as a Coot meet-up or another OVF activity, it’s always fun and informative. I’ve done a few and will likely do many more. They are almost always at low...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Some say going to Block Island is like stepping back in time. Stepping into Red Right Return on Dodge Street is like taking a second step back. There’s no signage indicating “Antiques Store” but that seems to be how people describe it. “I’m at the antiques store” is an oft uttered phrase into cell...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Sep 2
    All summer long people come into the store to tell me how good certain books are, to tell me I simply must read this or that. But summer on the island is so (happily!) busy for island shopkeepers that I don’t get around to reading most of these recommended books until winter. Winter on the island,...
  • I Tried It!
    Tue, Sep 2
    On July 12th, as many admired the super moon (a full moon that appears even larger than usual because of its closeness to the earth) from their houses, I was lucky enough to be out on the Great Salt Pond, part of a group of kayakers on a tour led by Corrie Heinz, owner of Pond and Beyond Kayak...
  • Cottage Industry
    Tue, Sep 2
    The beauty of Block Island can be as arresting as a siren’s call: rolling hills, salty air, the resplendent smell of Rosa rugosa. It’s no surprise then how...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    On the island with three friends in the house, I was looking for something interesting to do at night during their visits besides the usual drinks with dinner or a movie, and while I was thinking, I happened to focus on a postcard lying on the dining room table in a large pile of recent mail. Maybe...
  • What's New
    Thu, Jul 31
    This summer, three food trucks have opened around the island after the town rewrote an ordinance to add more licenses. In previous years, there had been one Hawkers and Peddlers license, for a food cart at Settlers’ Rock. In August last year the Town Council voted 4 to 1 to allow up to three of the...
  • Local Flavor
    Thu, Jul 31
    An island institution for forty years, Finn’s Seafood Restaurant is the quintessential something-for-everyone place. It’s hard to find an island resident who doesn’t have a favorite Finn’s menu item. Summer visitors have their favorites, too, the things they look forward to all winter. It’s almost...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    A look at some of this summer’s most popular reads, fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult, from Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound Bookstore. We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride This is my favorite book of the summer. Four narrators tell a story set in...
  • Cottage Industry
    Thu, Jul 31
    I watch oyster farmer and entrepreneur Dave Deffley swim out to his boat; while I take photos from the dry shoreline my sense of adventure pales in comparison. He swings around the back pond and picks me up at the Hog Pen, camera and note pad in tow. Once aboard, I find a place to perch amidst tubs...
  • I Tried It
    Thu, Jul 31
    From a distance, I have often watched the banana boats serpentine through the harbor. With great curiosity, I would listen to the shrill cries of the people aboard these absurd canary yellow, banana-shaped tubes as they tore through the water with accelerating speed. I would watch them send a few...
  • Mon, Jul 28
    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. Historian Robert Downie wrote about that legacy for the weekly Block Island Times and Edie Blane added her own...
  • Sarie Monieson takes us on a Block Island video tour while
    Fri, Jul 25
    Eben Horton is a glass artist and the owner of The Glass Station, a 1920’s-style glass studio located in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He created “The Glass Float Project” on Block Island where he has hidden hundreds of glass floats along Greenway trails and beaches. Islanders and tourists set out to...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    On winter mornings when even the sun has difficulty deciding whether it should rise, almost nothing stirs on Block Island, not man nor beast nor machine. On our road, unless the transfer station is open, Howie’s yellow school bus is often the first and only vehicle to pass by my house until mid...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    The group of volunteers meets at a most civil hour – 9 a.m. at the office of The Nature Conservancy on High Street. On this Wednesday there are a dozen. Some have done this for years, some, such as this writer are first timers. They are quite good natured for an army, and quite welcoming of the new...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    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...
  • Hidden Block Island
    Mon, Jun 9
    By the time Memorial Day hits, there’s no shortage of places to get pizza on Block Island (In February, meanwhile, year-rounders are oh-so-grateful to Club Soda and Poor People’s Pub for baking pies). And the grand Spring House Hotel may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re...
  • 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
    Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound bookstore, shares a few books she thinks would be perfect for your summer beach bags. For adults The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin A charming and quick read about selling books and finding love, this novel takes place in an adorable independent...
    cindy lasser
  • 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...
  • 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?...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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
    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
    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...

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