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From farm to plate

Our produce isn’t just locally grown, it’s grown right in our own backyard farm. So you always get the freshest ingredients in every dish you order.

The Dining Room

Open daily 6 - 10pm

Outside seating available


Cocktails 5pm - closing Bistro menu 6pm - closing Outside seating available

Lunch On The Veranda

Get out of town and enjoy the Island’s best kept secret! Serving lunch 11:30am - 3pm

Sunset appetizers 3 - 6pm

Martini Night Thursdays

Friday Night Jazz Club

Live Jazz - Fridays at 8pm

401-466-5844 • •

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August Calendar


Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m.

12 Art and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church. 12 - 5 p.m.


Blues on the Block 6:00 at Fred Benson Town Beach.

13 Art and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Vacation Bible School. Harbor Church. 6 - 8 p.m.


Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m.

14 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.


Vacation Bible School. Harbor Church. 6 - 8 p.m.


Vacation Bible School. Harbor Church. 6 - 8 p.m.


Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 8:45 p.m.


Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m.


Mary D. Ball. Fundraiser for the Mary D. Fund. Sullivan House. 7 - 11 p.m.

4 Block Island Triathlon. Fred Benson Town Beach. 9 a.m. (Register at 5

Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn.

5 Fun Run to support BI Medical Center. Day of registry 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. Register on

14 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 15 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 15 Blues on the Block. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. 6 p.m. 16 Historical Society’s 46th Annual House and Garden Tour. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 16 2018 Block Island Conservancy (BIC) Fair. Solviken Property on Corn Neck Road. 2 - 7 p.m. 16 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m. 18 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 19 Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn.


ConserFest 2018. The Narragansett Inn lawn. 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

21 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce 10 a.m.


Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.

21 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 22 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m.


Bingo at the Fire Barn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

23 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m.


Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.

25 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m.


Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m.

25 BIMI Oysta’ Fest. B.I. Maritime Institute.  4 - 6 p.m.


Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m.

26 Sense of Wonder Evening Walk. A nature walk, at night. Call Kim (401) 595-7055 to register, get location info. 7:30 p.m.

11 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 11 Block Island Soccer Classic — an all day tournament. Kick off for first game is 10 a.m. Heinz Field.

28 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.

11 Art and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

28 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.

11 Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 8:30 p.m.

30 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m.

29 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Photo by K Curtis

Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807 Phone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804 e-mail: webnews: The Block Island Times was founded in 1970 by Dan Rattiner, publisher, and Margaret Cabell Self, editor.

The Block Island Times is a member of the New England Press Association, The National Newspaper Association, The Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce. It is printed on partially recycled newsprint by The Republican Company in Springfield, MA.

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Publisher........................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor............................................................................ Kari Curtis Production..................................................Macsperts/CRI Design Contributors ....................... Anneliese Slamowitz, Corrie Heinz, Meg Vitacco, Cassius Shuman, Susan Bush, Kimberly Valzania, Amy Lockwood MacDougall, Kim Gaffett, Chief Vincent T. Carlone, Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi Photographers. K.Curtis, Anneliese Slamowitz, Kim Gaffett, Seth Draper, Trevor Holden Photography, Chris Willi, Corrie Heinz Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan Advertising Design.......Macsperts, J.M. Swienton,

Advertising: This newspaper does not assume any responsibility for an error in an advertisement. Editorial: This newspaper will correct errors in reporting. Opinions expressed in columns or letters to the editor in this paper are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of this newspaper. The opinions expressed by the cartoonist are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Block Island Times Summer Times is published four times a year in June, July, August and September. Cover Photos: K. Curtis

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New dinghy dock installed In New Harbor


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By Cassius Shuman Boaters venturing into the Great Salt Pond this summer season have been blessed with the construction and installation of a brand new dinghy dock. Early reaction to the dock has been favorable with boaters remarking that, “There is plenty of room,” and, “It looks like it’s high quality,” to “It’s



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in a great location.” Cross Sound Ferry, the New London, Conn.-based ferry company owned by the Wronowski family, built, and installed the floating dock between Payne's Dock and Dead Eye Dick's restaurant. The dock, which was completed on July 27, will provide more than 100 slips for boaters and has an ADA compliant gangway.


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Comfy Kai-Kai Sandals For Kai Costanzo, founding a business has been an odyssey sparked by personal need. A triathlete since he was young, Costanzo collected sandals as he traveled about the world, surfing and racing triathlons. Yet, he wasn’t satisfied with the footwear he discovered. They were either uncomfortable, unsturdy or both. Fed up with the world’s imperfect sandal selection, Costanzo decided to begin producing his own brand of sandals. “I wanted to create a simple sandal that would stay on your foot well,” he explains. As a runner, Kai knew “a bit about feet” and he drew upon this knowledge during his quest for the perfect sandal design. Arch support was important, he decided- flat flops would not do. The initial process took about a year, Kai admits. After all, he didn’t want to sell a shoddy product. He gathered samples from five countries, including Peru, Brazil, and Colombia before finally selecting a design that met his expectations. Today, the sandals are produced in Peru and Brazil. He found that development year frustrating “but nice because you get Christmas presents [for your family]” he says, smiling. In 2004, Kai-Kai Sandals emerged on the market in Montauk, his hometown. Buyers there were supportive and eager, “repeat customers helped;” says Kai. With his sister, Gabrielle, he established two stores in Montauk. While Kai

is the founder of the company, he says that Gabrielle has provided constant support: “She has been with me every step of the way, building the brand:” The sandals are best known for their Free Bracelet comfort, which was when you try on a Kai-Kai! Kai’s main objective in creating them. PHOTO BY BROOKE ORTEL Sought after for Kai Costanzo, with sister Gabrielle on the porch of the Inn at Old Harbor, their arch support shows off a pair of B.I.-soled Kai-Kais. and thick strap, Kai-Kai sandals mold to the feet, but do not have While staying at the Inn at Old Harbor, Kai and a painful break-in period, says Costanzo. They’re his sister, Gabrielle, hit it off with the owner and “comfy right off the bat:” a deal was quickly put into action. After many Instead of a warranty, Kai’s “Swap your Flop” trips in an inflatable boat, they closed on the program creates customer loyalty at all three property two months later. of his locations in Montauk, Block Island, Kai Kai sandals are sold in the front store, Key West and soon to be, fourth location, formerly occupied by Rag’s and managed by Provincetown, Mass. Old pairs of the brown, his cousin Miriam. Kai’s father Conrad helps to thick strap are donated to the homeless and size customers and is as enthusiastic about the you receive 40% off a new pair. Encouraged by the positive feedback in sandals as his son. “We’ve had people running Montauk, Costanzo started to wholesale his in flip-flops,” Conrad remarks. “It’s the Brazilian sandals to stores on Block Island. Two days rubber and great arch,” When Conrad’s not after his sister’s wedding, they piloted his helping in the store, he can be found eating new boat to Block Island in order to surf sweets at the ice cream parlor in the rear of the the hurricane swells in October 2012. building.

August 2018


Welcome to Block Island A Note from Police Chief Carlone

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August 1 @ 7pm

author event with Tristram Korten “Into the Storm”

Water bottle refill station New on Block Island last year is a water bottle refill station on the Solviken Property just across the street from the beach, and just past The Beachead restaurant, on Corn Neck Road. The water fountain includes a spot to refill your water bottle, and a drinking fountain for both people and pets — there is even a water dispenser at ground level for your four legged friend. Don’t forget to keep your furry friends hydrated — it’s hot! This watering spot was the home to the Solviken Restaurant in the 1950s and early 1960s and many years prior the building housed the Negus family and their blacksmith shop. The

building was unused for many years and deteriorated to the point it could not be saved. Thanks to the efforts of the many generous donors in the community, the Solviken property was purchased by the Block Island Conservancy and the Block Island Land Trust in 2012. Other spots with public water access include a water fountain next to the public rest rooms at the Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Rd., a water jug-filling faucet at the boat ramp in New Harbor between BIMI and Dead Eye Dick’s, and a rinse off shower and foot-bath at the Old Harbor Docks near the bike rental shop.

August 2 @ 4:30pm

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

The Contemporary Theater Company from Wakefield, RI Shakespeare on the lawn (Intermission reception will be served at The Darius Inn. Some beach chairs and lawn blankets will be provided, but it might be best to bring your own.)

August 15th @ 5pm

Seeking Shelter from the Storm

Daniel Berrigan, William Stringfellow and Block Island the film with Sue Hagedorn and Jim Wallis

August 17th @ 11am

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure e A fast paced, hands-on show that brings the audience into the mysterious world of reptiles with handler Ray Ward.

641 Cookbook Club August 15th @ 6pm Make it! Bring it! Favorite Seafood Dish

Mahjongg Marathon August 23rd @ 10am

Pop-up Library

with Ms. Morgan - Fridays at 11am.

Spreading the love of reading island-wide, Ms. Morgan brings her Storytime on the road! August 3 - Abrams Animal Farm August 10 - Southeast Light August 24 - Island Bound Bookstore August 31 - McAloon’s Restaurant

Green Screenings with the Nature Conservancy Every Thursday night at 7pm

Weekly Programs

Mahjongg, Canasta, Ted Talks and more… Go to for up-to-date, daily schedule.


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Nature Walks & Programs 13 walks & programs every week plus special programs throughout the summer! For the complete schedule visit BLOCK ISLAND CONSERVANCY

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Restaurant 1879 at the Atlantic Inn A Block Island Tradition

For an unforgettable evening with breathtaking views... Tapas, cocktails and sunsets... Or just relaxation at its best...

The Atlantic Inn Serving Nightly Tapas 5 p.m. Dinner 6-9 p.m. • 401-466-5883

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Block Island Farmers’ Market By Meg Vitacco, Market Coordinator The Block Island Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays at Legion Park and Wednesdays at Spring House Garden, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. You will find a collection of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, local honey, sea salt, island artwork, handmade jewelry, pottery, kombucha, lemonade, pickles, and even dog biscuits... all of which are island made or grown!  Rain or Shine, we’ll see you this summer at the Block Island Farmers’ Market.

“ All of my pottery is handmade on this beautiful island, which I am fortunate enough to call home.” Ross Draper  1661 Inn & Gardens

“ I make hand dyed and sewn textiles for the home and body using batik and shibori resist techniq ues.” Elizabeth Doherty  Traveling Seamstress “ Scones have been a part of the market for over 20 years. I love carrying on this tradition of baking fresh scones every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Come early for a full selection and a warm scone. Or you can buy a bag of scone mix and enjoy a little bit of Block Island in the winter!”  Kate Ryan  Block Island Scones 

“ It’s a dream come true to have an organic farm on Block Island, providing produce and flowers to so many people.”   Amy Keeler  Succotash Farm

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Second Time Around Music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond! Every Thursday & Friday night 6 - 10 p.m.

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Greeting Block Island Must-see spots for first-timers

The Greenway Trails take you off the main roads to discover a new perspective of the island’s topography. Photos by K. Curtis By Cassius Shuman It appears in the distance, a small landmass rising up from the horizon, with its clay bluffs, flanked by five pinwheels standing in the ocean at its right, and an attendant lighthouse at its northern apex. This is what visitors see on a clear day when traveling to Block Island from Pt. Judith via the ferry; the hour-long voyage is worth the wait. Venturing to Block Island is an alluring endeavor, with its pristine sandy beaches, assortment of ponds, and rolling, conserved terrain. There is also the Block Island Wind Farm, the aforementioned pinwheels, best viewed from the Southeast Lighthouse or Mohegan Bluffs. And, of course, the island boasts a variety of restaurants, B&Bs, and inns that feature sundry amenities, food and drinks. New England Airlines flies passengers over from Westerly, while ferry services deliver to the island’s doorstep in Old Harbor or at New Harbor, known as The Great Salt Pond. Yet, besides sunbathing, hiking, kay-

aking, fishing, boating, looking for the much-coveted glass floats, or visiting various establishments, getting to truly know the island can be a little daunting. The question then arises: where does one start their journey when arriving on the island for the first time? For the answer to that question, The Times turned to people who have lived on Block Island for a period of time and introduced visitors to what the island has to offer. The answers they provided range from hiking and taking a tour to focusing on a signature activity that instantly ingratiates guests into the Block Island lifestyle. Socha Cohen, who has been a resident on Block Island for 11 years, and is a member of the town’s Planning Board, said, “My super favorite first choice is to take them to the Hodge Property. The walk is only 20 minutes, just in case they get bored, are not in good physical shape, or have limited time. The terrain captures some of the best views, in my opinion, of meadows with a variety of grasses and wildflowers; the distant ocean with sail-

boats, and the North Lighthouse; birds, and Sachem Pond.” The Hodge Property is located off of Corn Neck Road on the northern side of the island and inhabited by migratory songbirds, northern harriers and Block Island meadow voles. It also features plant life such as goldenrod, common aster, bayberry, arrow-wood, and black cherry. The Nature Conservancy notes on its website that the property “consists of 25 acres that connects to the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.” “My second favorite thing to do with a visitor new to the island is to take them on the trail at Black Rock, for the same reason, except it is longer and has slightly more diversity in small ecosystems: of the woods and cliffs,” said Cohen. Black Rock is situated on the south side of the island, past the Southeast Lighthouse and Mohegan Bluffs when venturing from town on the Mohegan Trail. “I offer to take them on the trails because I think they best capture the flavor and character of our island.” Tony Pappas, former pastor of the

Harbor Church, who first came to the island in 1976, said he likes “to give folks an island tour,” and does his “best to fill them in on the island’s history, ecology, colorful characters, etc.” Pappas also recommends that people “worship at the Harbor Church” in Old Harbor. “Even atheists would find the sharing time very interesting.” “For second timers, I would recommend hiking the Greenway Trails,” said Pappas. “It opens up a whole new perspective on the island’s topography, like wildlife, and architecture, rather than simply sticking to the paved roads. Block Island is more than a pleasant place to spend some time during the summer season. It is also a very vibrant community where anyone who wishes to can make a positive contribution.” Judy Mitchell, who grew up on the island and works as the Inter-library Loan Circulation Clerk at the Island Free Library, said she tries to cover all of the bases. “I say, ‘Let’s eat!’ Then I take them to the beach or for a trip around the Continued on page A11

Continued from Page A10 island so I can show them my favorite places. If they are interested in fishing I tell them where the bait shops is,” she said. There are two bait shops on Block Island — B.I Fishworks and Twin Maples. “I try to point out land sites like Settler’s Rock, painted rock, or the lighthouses,” said Mitchell. The North Light, and the Southeast Lighthouse provide tours of each property. Visitors have to hike the shoreline to get to the North Lighthouse, while the Southeast Lighthouse is located just off Spring Street. “If they are interested in swimming we let them know about the beaches,” she said. “If they’re interested in touring the island I explain to them that the taxi’s give a great tour if they are hiking, biking, or walking.” Mitchell said that day visitors who “want a fish dinner” can find restaurants a short walk from the ferry on Water Street. “If they want to go to the beach” they can trek down the stairs at The Surf Hotel. She also noted that they could visit the 1661 Farm and Gardens on Spring Street, or tour some of the island’s landmark hotels.  “Of course I always tell them we have a wonderful library and they should stop in and look around,” said Mitchell. The Island Free Library is located on Dodge

The Southeast Bluffs are a must-see.

August 2018 Street right around the corner from Old Harbor. Jeffery Wright, president of the power company, who has resided on-island for a year-and-a-half, said, “As a first time visitor of the island you need to stand at the bluffs overlooking the coast and enjoy the sound of the surf, the smell of the air and feel the humidity on your skin. It is easy to lose yourself in the moment as you take it all in. It is the peaceful natural part of the island that a lot of folks tend to miss I think. Everyone needs to take the time to walk on a beach in solitude, or lose themselves in a sunset or watching the surf break on the Southeast Bluffs.” “Be safe,” said Wright. “The island is a very busy place in the summer and accidents happen. If you are riding a bike, moped or driving a car, be aware and alert. An accident can change your vacation, or someone else’s in a flash. Now get out and see the island; get out of town and enjoy the scenery and the island’s history. Take in what the Historical Society has to offer and visit the centuries-old Southeast and North lighthouses. At the end of day, take the time to enjoy a meal at one of the Island’s historical inns and restaurants. Most of all, take it all in while you can because you will miss us when you leave on the ferry.”    The Times recommends that first-tim-


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The Hodge Family Preserve is located on Corn Neck Road. Photos by K. Curtis ers visit the Block Island Chamber of Commerce welcome center at Old Harbor: or (401) 466-2982. The Chamber staff is invaluable in offering advice on tours, recreation, lodging and dining, maps of the island, and whatever a visitor might need. Visitors can also contact the Block Island Tourism Council at: blockislandinfo.

com or (800) 383-2474. The Block Island Historical Society can be found at: or (401) 466-2481. First-timers and visitors should also reference: and  The Times suggests that visitors learn more about Eben Horton’s Glass Float Project:

Crescent Beach is the best beach for swimming.

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Ø Majado / Limpieza / toallitas para bebes, etc.

Ø Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material

Ø Servilletas sanitarias, tampones, condones o cualquier material no orgánico

Ø Diapers, cloths

Ø Pañales, paños Ø Toallas de papel, servilletas

Ø Paper towels, napkins

Ø Pañuelos faciales

Ø Facial �ssues

Ø Hilo dental

Ø Dental floss

Ø Cabello

Ø Hair

Ø Grasas, aceites

Ø Fats, oils, greases

Ø Vitaminas, minerals y otros productos farmacéu�cos

Ø Vitamins, mineral and other pharmaceu�cals Ø Food items containing seed and peelings Ø Plas�c items, clothing Ø Toilet bowl scrub pads Ø Swiffer’s

Ø Alimentos que con�enen semillasy y peladuras Ø Ar�culos de plás�co, ropa Ø Cojines higiénicos Ø Swiffer’s

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THE BLOCK ISLAND SUMMER TIMES August 2018 IMPORTANT: THE DIALING OF 911 IS FOR EMER­GEN­CY USE ONLY! An emergency is when immediate police, fire or rescue as­sis­tance is nec­es­sary. 911 should not be di­aled for non-emer­gen­cy calls that do not involve or require im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. However, if you feel that there is an emergency occurring, but don’t know for certain, presume it is an emergen­cy and use 911. IF IN DOUBT, USE 911!

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS Do exactly what the 911 op­er­a­tor tells you to do. Give the operator all nec­es­sary information, including the fire number on the house. (There are no street addresses on Block Island.  Instead, all buildings have fire numbers clearly marked on the outside of the house.) Remember, your assistance could make the difference between serious injury, life or death.

Block Island Nature Rules VEHICULAR BEACH RE­STRIC­TIONS Vehicles are permitted to drive on Crescent Beach only from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. No motor vehicle shall be allowed on the beach without a valid, updated permit from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Permits are available at the Police Department for $100/residents, $200/non-residents (June 20- Sept. 7) Sunday, 6-7 p.m., Monday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-4 p.m. All motor vehicles of any description are prohibited on dunes except on trails marked expressly for vehicular use. Vehicles are also not allowed on any lands designated “Open Space” and maintained by the town for the benefit of the general public. DUNE PROTECTION The dunes offer a home to countless species of plants and animals that, like the beach itself, need our protection if they are to survive. To help save the life of our dunes and beaches, we urge you to: • Use designated access paths and parking lots only. • Keep off dunes and beach vegetation. • Keep all vehicles off the beach, as they destroy vegetation and cause beach erosion. • Do not sleep on the beach overnight. BEACH FIRES Beach fires are prohibited without a permit. Permits are available at the Police Department, and are valid for one day, expiring at midnight. Fires must be at least 25 feet from dunes. Please clean up and dispose of all trash properly and extinguish fires completely before leaving the beach. POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on BI’s freshwater ponds. Pollutants and contaminants banned No discharging of any sew­­age, petroleum products, detergents, pesticides, or any other form of pollutants or con­tam­i­nants is permitted. Penalty for violation Any person violating this ordinance shall, upon con­ vic­tion, be subject to a fine of not more than $100, or confinement for not more than 10 days, or both such fine and confinement. Any person convicted

of a second violation shall be subject to a fine of not more than $200, or forfeiture of motor and equipment, or both. WILDLIFE REFUGES Protected wildlife areas Wildlife refuge areas on Block Island include Sachem Pond, Payne’s Farm, the Southeast Lighthouse, Rodman’s Hol­low, Lewis-Dickens Farm, Beane Point and Cormorant Cove. No one may hunt, shoot, trap, or annoy wildlife, or destroy or disturb the eggs, nest or nesting area of any wildlife within des­ig­nat­ed areas. Penalty for violation Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100, or be imprisoned not more than 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, together with costs of prosecution. SHELLFISH OR­DI­NANC­ES A license is required for shellfishing. Beds are currently closed to the harvesting of scallops, soft-shell clams and oysters. The harvesting of clams is restricted. For more info, call the Harbors Department at 466-3204 or stop by the Harbormaster’s office in Town Hall where shellfishing licenses are sold. ANIMAL ORDINANCES Dogs must be licensed and wear tags on a collar.  Unless in a vehicle or on property of its owner, dogs must be leashed with a cord not exceeding six feet in length. For problems contact the Police Department at 466-3220. Horses: the New Shoreham Town Council requests that all persons refrain from riding horses in the downtown area.

Useful Island Information RECYCLING. All trash must be separated for recycling. Deposit your sidewalk trash in the recycling con­tain­ers marked for bottles, cans, or trash only. These special containers are not for household or boat trash. Those renting houses should use the Transfer Station, located on West Beach Road. Recyclables (news­pa­per, glass, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and tin cans) are free. Glass, cans, plastics and aluminum should be clean. Other trash is deposited at a charge of 15 cents per pound, paid in cash, by local check, or credit card at the Transfer Station (466-3234).   RABIES NOTICE. State law and town ordinances require that all pets (cats, dogs or ferrets) brought to the island be vaccinated against rabies. In addition to vaccinating pets, people should stay away from all wild and stray animals. Rabies is always fatal unless treated before symptoms develop. Rhode Island rabies hotline: 1-800-482-7878, ext. 3. PLEASE CONSERVE WATER. While the island’s municipal water company has been producing a lot of good water this summer, water conservation is still encouraged, and the water is a precious island resource. On properties with septic systems, be sure not to overload the system with showers, dishwashing and clothes-washing all at once. And please don’t shock such systems with paper products, fats, oils and greases.

Advice for Visitors from the Block Island Medical Center LYME DISEASE: Don’t get ticked off. Lyme disease is a serious health threat on Block Island. Visitors should make a daily “tick check.” Look for at­tached ticks, no bigger than a pinhead, red areas and itchiness. Symptoms in­clude rashes, head­aches, joint stiff­ness, chills, fever, and nausea. Not all ticks carry the disease; not all people bitten catch it. Infection is uncommon if the tick is removed within 24 hours. Consult your phy­si­cian if you suspect you may have be­come infected. Treatment after early di­ag­no­sis is gen­er­al­ly effective, but be­comes more difficult if symp­toms are left untreated. Long pants and sleeves and insect repellant are sug­gest­ed for forays into wooded areas, brush and meadows.

Important Is­land Phone Num­bers BI Medical Center 466-2974 Police (nonemergency) 466-3220 Fire Department / Rescue Squad 466-3220 Coast Guard (Block Island) 466-2086 Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours 789-0444 RI Poison Control (800) 222-1222 BI Airport 466-5511 Harbormaster 466-3204 Town Clerk 466-3200 Recreation Department 466-3223 Interstate Navigation (Block Island) 466-2261 Block Island Express 466-2212 Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry 466-2261 Transfer Station 466-3234

Town Or­di­nanc­es Pro­hib­it: • Drinking alcoholic beverages in streets, on docks and beaches. • Camping, except by special permission. • Sleeping overnight in vehicles or on beaches. • Operating mo­tor­cy­cles between midnight and 6 a.m. • Beach fires and/or driving on the beach without a permit. • Dumping refuse on roads or in harbors. • Shellfishing without a license. • Charcoal fires on boats tied up at docks. • Disturbing the peace. • Un­leashed dogs. • Littering. • Single use plastic bags • Balloons

Block Island’s Rules Of The Road Please note: A ban on hand held cell phones, while driving, went into effect on June 1, 2018 in Rhode Island. Pedestrians. Pay special attention to traffic while in the downtown area. According to Rhode Island law, pedestrians must walk against traffic (on the left side) on roads without sidewalks. Bicyclists. Please take care when cycling the unique roads of Block Island. Ride with the traffic, obey traffic signs and adhere to all rules of the road. Hand signals are very helpful to other traffic and can prevent accidents. Keep on the right side of the road and ride single-file whenever possible. For nighttime riding, a light is required for the front of the bicycle and a reflector should be attached to the rear. Bicycles are not permitted on Greenway trails. Helmets are required for bicyclists age 16 and under, and strongly encouraged for adults. Automobile drivers. Please exercise extreme caution when traversing Block Island roads. The speed limit is 25 mph island-wide. Pass bicyclists and mopeds only when you are certain it’s safe. Roller Blades, Scooters, skateboards. Due to heavy congestion and safety concerns, rollerblading, skateboarding and scootering are not permitted in the downtown area or on Ocean Avenue. Skating and scootering is allowed north of Town Beach, south of the Spring House and on the west side of the island. Please travel with the traffic and adhere to all rules of the road. Scooters with helper motors (electric or gas) are not allowed on roads by RI state law.

Bicycles And Mopeds.

Bicycles are the preferred rental ve­hi­cles. You can ex­plore dirt roads with them. If you do rent a moped, please note — • Mopeds are not allowed on dirt roads. • By law, a helmet and eye protection must be worn. • Do not leave the training area until you are sure that you know how to operate the moped and its controls. • Once you are on the road, proceed slowly enough to examine on­com­ing road conditions. Do not drive on the shoulder of the road. Driver inexperience, heavy traffic flow, sandy shoul­ders, sharp curves, and uneven pavement are common causes of accidents on Block  Island. • Mopeds may be operated from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. only. • Passengers must ride behind the operator. ACCIDENTS. Do not hesitate to seek help from the Rescue Squad if you have or witness an accident.  First aid and am­bu­ lance service is rendered at no cost to you. A por­tion of the Rescue Squad budget is met by town funds, but the Rescue Squad relies heavily on do­na­tions. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Block Island, RI  02807.



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PT. JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Point Judith,304 RI to Block Island Dock address: Great Island Road Narragansett, RI 02882

Montauk, NY to Block Island

New London, CT to Block Island

Limited Pre-Season Schedule

DEPARTS DEPARTS PT. JUDITH BLOCK ISLAND M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p May 24 Jun 15 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 use Sunday schedule Jun 16 - Mon- 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, Sep 3 Sun 4:50p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p Labor Day - Monday, September 3 use Sunday schedule Sep 4 - Tue8a, 10a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 7 Fri M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 8 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, Oct 8 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Columbus Day - Monday, October 8 use Sunday schedule Wed 1:30p, 5p 12:30p, 3p Nov 21 - Thur No Service Thanksgiving Nov 25 Fri 1p, 5p 10:30a, 3p Sat 10:30a, 4p 9:30a, 11:30a Sun 11a, 3:30p 9:30a, 1p DATES DAYS




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Dock Location: 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI (Point Judith) (401) 783-7996

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Viking Fleet

Block Island Express

Dock Location: 462 West Lake Dr., Montauk, NY (631) 668-5700

Dock Location: 2 Ferry St. New London, CT 860-444-GO B.I. (4624)

Year-Round Daily Flights Summer Schedule

Westerly to Block Island:


7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day Thursday until 7:30 p.m.* Friday until 8:30 p.m.*


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Harbor & Marina 866-783-7996 Information

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Limited Fall Schedule

Direct Orient Point, NY Connection Thursday - Sunday Leaves Orient Point, NY at 4:15 p.m. Leaves Block Island at 11:45 a.m.


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Sunday July 1 Sunday July 8 Sunday July 15 Sunday July 22 Sunday July 29 Sunday August 5 Sunday August 12 Sunday August 19 Sunday August 26



Extra July & August Sunday Departures

Dock address: State Pier, 1 Water Street Fall River, MA 02721


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri June 15 to Mon Sept 10


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Begin Daily Service

Dock address: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

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August 2018

Old Harbor: Contact the Old Harbor Dockmaster at VHF Ch. 12, or (401) 466-3235 New Harbor: Contact the Harbormaster on VHF Ch.12, or (401) 466-3204. Free pump-out is available: Old Harbor at VHF Ch.72 New Harbor at VHF Ch.73

Block Island to Westerly:

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. — just about EVERY HOUR on the hour, Every Day! Monday, beginning at 7 a.m. Fri, Sat, Sun until 7p.m.* *NOTE: Schedule may vary. Please call/book your reservation in advance


For information or reservations call Westerly: (401)596-2460 or (800)243-2460

Block Island Boat Basin (401) 466-2631 Champlin’s Marina (800) 762-4541, (401) 466-7777 Payne’s Dock (401) 466-5572

To reach the Block Island office please call (401)466-5881

Year Round Traditional Ferry: Point Judith to Block Island JULY 1 TO AUGUST 26, 2018



Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island


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** Holidays: Wed, July 4 & Mon, August 13 ** *Schedule subject to change without notice.

Departs Point Judith 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Departs Block Island 8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p

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Island Shopping Score the summer goods that you won’t find anywhere else than from local island shops!


1 My Oyster, Corn Neck Road — My Oyster, a somewhat new addition to the island, is selling these shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, long sleeves, and rugby shirts that owner, Melissa Philip designed herself. They are made from the same fabric that Ralph Lauren uses and they each are embroidered with a Block Island logo. Their price ranges from $18 for tanks to $89 for cardigans. 2 Island Dog (next door to Strings & Things) —Head to Island Dog to find hand-knit dog sweaters to keep your dog warm on foggy days on Block Island. They are available in different sizes for different sized dogs ($32-42).   3 Strings & Things, Water St. — These LA Soul dresses ($45) come in a variety of colors and fun prints with ballet dancers, birds, stars, etc.   4 B.I.Tee’s under the National —B.I. Tee’s sells more than just tee’s. This “saltwater heals everything” long sleeve is available in teal and off white for $29.99.  5 Wildflowers under the Harborside — This summer, Wildflowers has a massive collection of S’well water bottles in lots of different colors and prints. They stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours and range from 15 oz. to 64 oz. for about $24.99 to $45.   6 B-Eyes on Water St. — These unique Shwood sunglasses, found at B-Eyes are handmade in Portland, Oregon from different types of wood and cost about $200, though prices vary by frame.  


7 Block Star, inside MarMar — Block Star, another quintessential Block Island store that is now carrying Block Star Ginger Wheat Ale Tee Shirts, designed in conjunction with Wakefield Brewery, which recently named the beer after Block Star. The beer is on tap at Captain Nick’s, Yellow Kitten’s, and Mohegan café. The shirts are selling for $25. 8 MarMar, next to Ernie’s on Water Street — This year MarMar has a bigger storefront and a new location where they are selling these lightweight sterling silver and gold-filled earrings ($110). They are sparkly and fun and handmade in Lawrence, Kansas.   9 Mutt Hut on Chapel St. – At Mut Hutt, owners Meg and Josh sell large homemade peanut butter and molasses dog treats in the shape of Block Island for $4 each. 10 The Shop at Payne’s Dock, New Harbor —  Everything you may need for life on the water — rain or shine! Payne’s Dock and Mahogany Shoals t-shirts, $29, Helly Hansen and Grundon’s rain gear, B.I Belt, $36, BigTruck hats, $35, Guy Harvey and Deep clothing, starting at $25, Sun Bum sunblock, Corkcicle water bottles, $28. 11 Island Sport Shop, off of Water St. — This summer, the sport shop is carrying these useful and cute Bluetooth mini speakers ($44-69) that are waterproof, floatable, and have a suction cup at the bottom. They are perfect for a boat, the beach, or just throwing in a backpack. They also have their own memory so they can play music even without a phone nearby.


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Written and photographed by Anneliese Slamowitz

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Moving across the water: kayaking

Sunset Kayak Tour. Courtesy photo. By Corrie Heinz Pond & Beyond Kayaks The Salt Pond offers paddling options for all ages and abilities. Do a little research and you are certain to have a fantastic experience. Here are some insider tips and advice for paddling on the Great Salt Pond. Want peace and quiet? Kayak in the early morning or evening. New this season Pond and Beyond is hosting an early morning group kayak paddling session. The meet-up group meets Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. This meet up is a silent or quiet conversation paddle, with the purpose of exercise and reflection, and simply a beautiful way to start the day. The group is free of charge. You can bring your own kayak or rent. Pond and Beyond offers rental for $10 per boat (for this group). The rental money is donated to the Block Island Chapter of NAMI. (Reservations required/ no beginners please).  

Don’t miss out on these summer highlights:  Sunset Kayak Tour There is not much to say as the pictures speak for themselves.  This guided tour is not intended to be an eco-based tour, simply a group outing to enjoy the sunset together. Some basic experience is required as we typically kayak north out the channel to witness the sun set into the Block Island Sound. Plan to stay on the water until 9 p.m. as we typically linger until the sun disappears. It seems to be a tradition for paddlers to do a quick change into dry clothes and hit Dead Eye Dick’s next door for a late dinner.   Low Tide Tour  The already shallow inner ponds can be impossible to paddle in during certain tidal cycles.  While this might not be ideal for getting around it is a fun experience for the youngest.  Kids love having the opportunity to get in and out of their

boats, explore the exposed shoreline, or take a dip. Multiple species of crabs, fish and shorebirds can be seen during the low tide cycle. The favorite creature hands down is the fiddler crab.  These small intertidal crabs are only active during low tide when they emerge from their burrows to feed.  Observe this fragile species by standing completely, completely still — no movement, no vibrations — for at least a minute and wait for their re-emergence.  Fiddler crabs dine on detritus, aka: dead plant and animal material. While feeding and recreating burrows the fiddler crab is constantly recycling and aerating the soil. Respect this keystone creature.     Kids in Kayaks — kids only – no adults allowed! Drop off your kids ages, 6 and older, for a two hour adventure. Kids learn to kayak, have a chance to try a snorkel mask, and learn a bit about the local salt marsh community. Older, experienced

Kids in Kayaks is a favorite to many, and a great introduction to the local salt marsh community. Photo by Corrie Heinz.

kids practice wet exit rescues and mentor the youngsters. This program is offered weekly and more times are added if needed. Don’t under-estimate your child’s ability to paddle. Pond and Beyond has small kid-sized kayaks and paddles. All kids in kayaks programs take place in the shallow inner ponds.   Call Pond and Beyond Kayaks at (401) 578-2773 for reservations.

Beginners Guide: Kayaking and Paddleboarding:  • Be smart, be safe.   • Have fun; don’t be annoying!  • Practice defensive paddling  • Never assume that a power boat can see you. Avoid high traffic areas when possible; proceed with caution when you can’t.  Be aware of factors like fog and glare that make it more difficult for you to be seen. You must have a life jacket (PFD) on your kayak. All children 16 and under must wear a life jacket at all times. While there are some situations where the kayaker has the right-ofway, you cannot assume that other boaters are able to see you or even know the rules. In narrow channels stay to the right, as close to shore as possible, and do not impede vessels that must use the marked channels to travel safely. Boats entering waterways from slips or marinas will not see you, exercise caution in those situations. • Don’t stand up in a kayak. • Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a kayak. Alcohol affects balance, coordination, and judgment. • If you paddle out solo, tell someone before you go.  • Be specific about where you plan to go and when you will be back. • Be sure to report back in when you return. • Know the conditions before you set out. • Always paddle within your abilities. • In general, kayaking on the Great Salt Pond is safe and fun. Just be smart.

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Block Island sports lineup for August

Block Island Triathlon The Block Island Triathlon is on Saturday, August 4 at 9 a.m. This event is popular with both seasoned racers and beginners. The race starts with a quartermile open water swim off of beautiful crescent beach. After the swim racers hop on their bikes for a 12-mile ride around the island with stunning views of the Atlantic, old stone walls, pastures, and rolling hills. The final leg of the race is back at the beach for a 4 mile run in the sand. The race begins at 9 a.m. There is a 6 a.m. boat departing Point Judith race morning, August 4. If you aren't on the island Friday night, you will be required to take this boat. Please don't forget to buy a ticket for your bike. If you plan on being on island Friday night, make reservations now. If the ferry is cancelled race day, or there is severe weather; the race will be can-

celled. Race fee is non-refundable. Roads are not closed during the bike portion.  Helmets for the bike portion of the race are mandatory! Anyone not wearing a helmet for any portion of the bike segment will be disqualified. There will be no day-of registration. The last day to register for this event will be in person on Friday August 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Packet pickup will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday August 3 and on Saturday, August 4 from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. Please give yourself ample time to unload your bike and belongings, park your car, and board the boat as there will be large amounts of triathletes doing the same. Racers are cautioned to please be aware of traffic, and the public is asked to be cautious of the racers. Slow down and give the racers some space. Sign up

Mainland teams come to the island to compete against the best of Block Island in the B.I Soccer Classic on August 11 starting at 10 a.m.

Full Moon Tide

by registering online at Registration is $60. For more information call the Recreation department at (401) 466-3223. Block Island Medical Center 5K Family Fun Run This event takes place on Sunday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. A 3.2 mile/5K run on the most beautiful beach on Block Island. Check in is located at the beach pavilion — a 15 minute walk from the ferry dock. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the pavilion, where the race will begin and finish. Race numbers and t-shirts will be available at check in. First, second and third place for men's and women's overall. First place only for men and women for the run: 12 and under; 13-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+; and first place

Block Island student. All participants under 12 will receive an award. Get your friends and family together to enjoy this fun run!  BI Soccer Classic This event will be held on Saturday, August 11 starting at 10 a.m. at Heinz Field. Block Island's own summer soccer tournament! Teams from off island come over to compete against the best of Block Island. The maximum amount of teams allowed to participate in the tournament is eight. Teams consist of seven players per side. Each team will play at least five games. The top two teams from each bracket will enter a playoff to decide the winner of the tournament. Bring a beach chair or blanket, some water and snacks and head up to watch some high spirited soccer action. For more information call the Recreation Department at (401) 466-3223.

The 5K family Fun Run on August 5 is a 3.2 mile run on the most beautiful beach on Block Island. Courtesy photo.



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On The Beach


It’s a simple fact: all Block Island vacations include a day at the beach. Block Island has 17 miles worth of unspoiled coastline and pristine beaches. While numerous beaches offer strong, consistent swells for wave sports, others are calmer and more placid, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. There are beaches that are ideal for families with children seeking a low-key spot, beaches where you may be the only one around, or beaches that are more action-packed. Use this guide to help find the best beach for you.


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1. Cow Cove is located near Settlers Rock. Although the shoreline is rocky, it offers some of the best coastal views and also sports the historic North Light. This is not a safe place to swim because of a strong riptide. Be careful where you walk too: the beach is a nesting area for many rare birds.

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion


2.Mansion Beach lies at the end of a dirt road with the same name. The island’s most stately mansion once sat like a jewel on a hill overlooking Jerry’s Point. Fire destroyed the house and it was never rebuilt. However, the beach fits the name by being the island’s grandest.

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3. Scotch Beach is a quarter mile north of Fred Benson Town Beach. Scotch is a sandbox for kids and the place to go for vacationers looking for a hotly contested game of volleyball. There is a small parking lot between the road and the dunes.



Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion rentals Right smack in the middle of the big stretch of beach on the east side of the island is the Town Beach Pavilion which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the full season. Beach chairs, boogie boards and umbrella rentals are available daily ($10 chairs, $15 umbrellas). Food is served all day with everything from cold drinks and ice cream to hamburgers and french fries. Bathrooms and showers are available (token showers). ATM on site.




4. Fred Benson Town Beach is home to Block Island’s fully equipped bathhouse. In addition to showers, lockers, food, and rental items, the beach is staffed with lifeguards in the summer months. There is also a small parking lot, which fills up fast.

5. Baby Beach is a well-sheltered beachfront at the south end of Crescent Beach, where children can easily play in the shallow waters. It’s also an ideal place to check out the abundant sea life such as small crabs and starfish and go hunting for shells and sand dollars. 

6. Ballard’s Beach is located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater and adjacent to Ballard’s restaurant. Staffed with lifeguards throughout the summer months, it is also a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and volleyball.

7. Mohegan Bluffs beachfront is found at the bottom of the steps that descend from the bluffs. A favorite spot for surfers, it’s also a beautiful and secluded place to swim. Be warned, however, erosion at the bottom of the stairs has made the path from there to the beach tough to navigate.

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Please Help Protect Our Dunes

After Hurricane Sandy and subsequent 2013 winter storms devastated dunes along Corn Neck Road, and in particular those protecting Crescent Beach, volunteers installed snow fences to clearly mark rights of way to the beach from Corn Neck Road and beach parking areas. The fences help the dunes replenish, so please do not move them. And keep to these designated trails, so that new plantings to help anchor the sand have a chance to take root. They are an important line of defense in this fragile ecosystem.

Surfing anyone? Diamondblue Surf Shop

8. Vaill Beach is a large beach at the bottom of a hollow. The path to it is located at the bend in Snake Hole Road. At the base of the bend turn left and walk for approximately 50 yards. The surf here is rough and rocks line the shallows, so swimmers should exercise caution.

10. Mosquito Beach, also known as “Dinghy Beach,” is located just across the road from Scotch Beach, a quarter-mile north of Fred Benson Town Beach. It provides a place for boaters in New Harbor to tie up their rafts and dinghies. There are majestic views of Great Salt Pond, making it a good backdrop for photos. 

11. Andy’s Way is the island’s premier clamming spot. Standing at the end of a dirt road that bears the same name, it’s a good place to take a stroll. Just north is Beane Point, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife property that is home to many rare birds.

9. Black Rock boasts expanses of sand and a series of coves at the base of a cliff. Swimming is difficult because of the large number of rocks, but it’s a perfect place for an oceanside hike. The area takes its name from a large, dark rock that rests offshore in about 15 feet of water and has spelled the end for many ships. Located a pace off the main road, it’s best to walk or bike to get there.

12. West Beach is lightly trafficked and has gentle surf. It’s perfect for walking and is close to the North Light.

13. Coast Guard Beach is at the end of Champlin Road and derives its name from the old Coast Guard station that was formerly located there. Don’t swim here, but it’s a good place for clamming and fishing. 

14. Charlestown Beach is popular with fishermen because it has a long jetty at its end. Typically uncrowded, it’s a nice spot to watch the boats come into the harbor or explore the former Coast Guard station that is now town-owned.

15. Grace’s, Dorry’s, and Cooneymus coves are secluded beaches on the west side of the island. They are perfect for a challenging hike or for those looking for an out-of-the-way spot to catch a sunset or a moonrise.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf or paddle board? You can do both at Diamondblue Surf Shop— it’s right on the way to the beach, located on the corner of Dodge Street and Corn Neck Road (across from the Bagel Shop) They offer individual and group surfing lessons that include a wet-suit and a board, and an hour-and-a-half of instruction. You will need to call ahead to reserve a spot, as classes fill up quickly. Daily or weekly rentals of paddle boards, surf boards, boogie boards, wet suits and beach chairs are also available. Beach rentals are also available on Surf Beach (just below the Surf Hotel.) Diamondblue is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations call 466-3145 and visit for rates and other information.

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On The Trails

Explore Block Island From the gentle hills and open grasslands at Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve, to the narrow paths atop the Clay Head bluffs, to the critter-filled salt marsh at Andy’s Way, there’s something special for everyone to discover. Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island is made up of a diverse array of geographical features and habitats such as beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, morainal grasslands, maritime scrubland, salt ponds, kettle hole ponds, and various other freshwater wetland ecosystems. These habitats support a unique assortment of wildlife, including over 40 species classified as rare or endangered. It is thus one of the most ecologically significant areas in the state and in the entire northeast. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway. Block Island is more than just home to rare and endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage. The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 46% of the island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people. The Block Island Conservancy Education Center is open daily for the summer season with an exhibit on the nature of B.I. and the history of the Block Island Conservancy.   The Education Center offers trail maps, a free water bottle refilling station, a schedule of nature walks that are cosponsored with TNC, and a neat series of fun children’s craft activities on rainy days.  For news, events and other information visit

The Nature Conservancy Hike to the Light: 9 a.m. Settler’s Rock  Take a walk where the land, pond and sea meet and learn about a unique ecosystem. Meet at Settler’s Rock at the end of Corn Neck Road. WEDNESDAY  Andy’s Way Bird Walk Low tide*: Andy’s Way  A bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet.  Ebbtide Exploration  Low tide*: Block Island Club  Participants will identify and record “vital statistics” of the marine, shore-line, and salt marsh habitats. Meet at the Block island Club parking area on Corn Neck Road.  THURSDAY  Coast to Coast: 9 a.m. Hodge Preserve  Stride out and hike from the Block Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Meet at the Hodge parking lot on Corn Neck Road for a quick paced hike with habitat highlights.  Stepping Stones 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion  A participatory program building a stepping stone path to the Pavilion. Each stone will be decorated with found objects.  Green Screenings — Environmental Film Series 7 p.m.: Island Free Library  Feature length films. Use side door for downstairs. FRIDAY Wild West: 8 a.m. West Beach Road  Discover what makes this beautiful, rocky, ocean shoreline so dynamic; where natural ecosystems meet human impact.  Walk the Walls 10 a.m.: Martin Property  Meet at the corner of West Side Road and Old Mill Road. 

Art & Nature 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion  A program for all ages. Basic art materials and natural models will be supplied. You bring the imagination and relaxed expectations. Night Sky Viewing — At the Hodge Property on Corn Neck Road. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a blanket or beach chair for your comfort. (Program will be on an alternate evening if sky conditions are not favorable.) August 3 — 8:45 p.m. (alt. date 8/4)  August 11 — 8:30 p.m. (alt. date 8/12)  August 24 — 4 a.m. (location TBA) Sense of Wonder Twilight/Night Walk - A nature walk — at night, using all of your senses. Call Kim to register, (401) 595-7055.  Locations to be announced. Suggested donation $5/ person $20/family. August 26 — 7:30 p.m. For more info:  Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email to receive automated message of up-to-date program information.  Stop by BI Conservancy Visitor Center on Weldon’s Way.

Nature Walks — June 25 to August 31, 2018 MONDAY  Trail less traveled: 8 a.m.: Changing locations  Each week explore different conservation areas — less traveled trails — with a local naturalist, and learn about the area’s unique mini environment and its relation to the island’s larger ecosystem.  Marsh-Mucking for Kids 9 a.m.: Andy’s Way  A salt marsh scavenger hunt for families. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) TUESDAY  Bird Banding: 8 a.m. Ocean View Pavilion  A bird banding demonstration program for all ages. Everything you ever wanted to know about birds. 

The Glass Float Project Eben Horton creates “one of a kind” pieces on an individual basis out of his studio that he calls ‘The Glass Station’ located in downtown Wakefield, R.I. This project is funded by the Block island Tourism Council and a Kickstarter funding campaign. 550 Glass Floats (glass orbs about the size of a grapefruit) will be hidden on Block Island. Floats will be dated, numbered and stamped with the shape of Block Island. All floats are clear glass except for 18 (because it is 2018), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues only ends when all the floats have been found! Floats will be hidden on the beaches and on the Greenway Trails. They will be above the high tide mark but never in the dunes or up the side of the bluffs. They will be within one foot of either side of any Greenway trail they are placed on.  This is “finder’s keepers” but you are asked to only keep one per seeker, please.   To register a float that you found go to To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit

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On The Water

Block Island is the perfect place for those who love the water. Whether you prefer the exciting surf of the ocean, or the gentle waters of one of the island’s 365 ponds, you will find activities that make the most of each entity. On the water adventures are a favorite activity in the summer and there are plenty of options including sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing or parasailing, among others.

Parasail and Banana Boating

Block Island Parasail & Watersports is easy to find, right in Old Harbor between the ferry landing and Ballard’s Inn on the docks. Parasailing is a great, fun way to see the beautiful historic downtown and the beaches. The Banana Boat is a fun activity for groups or on your own, but be prepaired to get wet! This is also a super fun way to see the waterfront. Call Bob at  (401) 864-2474 for reservations.


Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

BIMI Daily Programs and Sea Life Observation Tanks - 7-days-per-week, through August 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at BIMI in the New Harbor.  Daily: Creature Feature. An interactive talk focusing on a species currently living in the touch tank. (M/W/F 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; S/T/Th/Sa 1:30 to 2 p.m.) Open Tank guided discovery of the touch tank. Experience the wonder of animals living in the Great Salt Pond. Squid, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and others. (M/W/F 12 to 1:30 p.m.; S/T/Th/Sa 2 to 3:30.)

BIMI Harbor Tours: On Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., tours leave from the docks at BIMI and take in the wonders of one of Block Island’s  greatest natural resources, the Great Salt Pond.  You supply the curiosity and they will supply the ice cold bottled water and a great trip that is both educational and beautiful.  Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (401) 500-3501 or stopping by the BIMI office.   BIMI Lecture Series - Tuesdays, through August 28 at 7 p.m. at BIMI in the New Harbor.

Come Learn with us! Check out, BIMI on Facebook. See daily schedules in the weekly Block Island Times. Questions? Contact Us (401) 500-3501

Kayaks at Fort Island have a “peek-a-boo” see through bottom. Pond and Beyond Kayak is located behind the BIMI Center in New Harbor. Pond and Beyond offers rentals, tours, and basic instruction via kayak. Also, upon request, other beyond-the-pond adventures such as hiking, bird watching, clamming 101, and snorkeling. For reservations, rates or more information call Corrie at (401) 578-2773 or visit   Fort Island Kayaks is located adjacent to Block Island Fishworks and offers one of the best Block Island activities to try during your visit. Explore the Great Salt Pond via stable and beginner friendly sit-on-top kayaks. Single and tandem kayaks available (some accommodate two adults and a child). Kayak fishing tours are also available for the more experienced adventurers. Kayak Fishing trips ~ Available for up to two anglers, each with their own kayak and accompanied by a fishing guide. Kayak Storage ~ If you are visiting for a week or two and need a place to store your kayak we can provide locked rack storage and use of our water access. $10 per day.

Shell Fishing

Want to have some local clams for dinner? Go dig your own! Just be sure to follow the rules and regulations below. The Town of New Shoreham is authorized to regulate the taking of shellfish and other fish in the Great Salt Pond. No one may take shellfish from Great Salt Pond without first obtaining a license. To obtain a license, you must appear in person at the Harbormaster’s office at the Town Hall, with a photo ID. • You must have your license on you while shellfishing. • You may not store or hang shellfish in any container anywhere in the pond.

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You may not dig in or take shellfish from any of the closed areas. Digging in barrier grass is prohibited. You may only dig between sunrise and sunset. Using SCUBA equipment or breathing apparatus to take shellfish is prohibited. Shellfish must be measured before being placed in a basket/bag/container. Harbors Department employees patrol the grounds daily and will enforce all regulations.

To find out what areas of the pond are open to shellfishing, and hours for obtaining a license, contact the Harbors Department at (401)466-3204.

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On The Dock

The need for speed

Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer including the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, and the Tri-State Canyon Shootout. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to charter boats that are ready to give you a taste of the thrill of hauling in a big fish — anything from a striped bass, a tuna, a bonito, mahi-mahi, bluefish or a shark! Surfcasting is always fun, with plenty of rocky shore or beach to cast from. For those who prefer freshwater fishing, there are ample angling opportunities. Popular fish in the local ponds include: large mouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch and more. Stop by one of the island’s two bait and tackle shops for gear, bait and suggestions on what’s being caught—and where. Twin Maples is on Beach Ave. and Block Island Fishworks in on Ocean Ave. in New Harbor.

Bonito. Photo by Capt. Chris Willi By Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi Come August, the Block Island inshore waters are graced by the presence of off shore visitors in the form of little tuna, the Atlantic bonito and the false albacore. The false albacore is also known as ‘little tunny’, and ‘albies’, is the most populous tuna in the Atlantic. They are considered a highly migratory species and can grow to an astonishing 36 pounds and 48 inches but are typically found in these waters under 15 pounds. They are not very good to eat but a tremendous amount of fun to catch and are a target species for light tackle and flyfishing enthusiast alike. A cousin of the albie, the bonito, is also a migratory species and is often mistaken for an albie. Both fish has similar shapes and behaviors but distinctive coloring. Bonito also have teeth, false albacore do not. The Atlantic bonito tastes great and eats well and can be enjoyed sashimi style or grilled. Bonito can get as big as 25 pounds and 40 inches but typically fall in the 5 to 10 pound range in New England. Bonito usually make their presence known around the island in mid-July and are first caught by someone fishing by boat. They become accessible

to shore-based anglers towards the end of July. False albacore arrive later in the summer, towards the end of August, and run late into October. Both these fish can be targeted by beach anglers at the Coast Guard Channel and Sandy Point. They feed on sand eels, squid, and spearing/ silversides making the island an ideal place for them. Lure selection for these speed-demon fish is not elaborate. They readily take shiny metal ‘tins’ or epoxy lures, as well as thin short soft-plastic lures like Sluggos, Hurleys, and RonZ. However, when flyfishing, fly selection can often be critical. Bonito tend to be less selective than albies, but they can still be a challenge. Sandeel and small squid patterns often are the key to success, provided it’s the right size and color. Whether fishing from a boat or from shore, it takes a large degree of patience and determination to catch these fish. They can make grown adults weep with frustration as an acre of feeding fish refuse to take what is on the end of their lines. This challenge only makes the reward that much better. For the latest fishing report and advice, do not hesitate to stop in Block Island Fishworks on Ocean Ave.  Catch ‘em up!

B.I. Fishworks on Ocean Ave. in New Harbor is a place to get bait, gear, and good fishing advice. You can weigh your fish here too. They also host the Striper Kings Fishing Tournament in June.

Fishing Charters Linesider Fishing Charters Wind Farm tours, 2,3 & 4 hour trips, Full day & half day from Old Harbor Dock, Capt. Eric (401) 439-5386

Pale Horse Charters  Light tackle fishing for the whole family.  Half and full days. Capt. John Hunnewell  (802) 379-0336 Sakarak Family fishing with Capt. Mitch, Full days and half days (401) 486-3476

Twin Maples on Beach Ave. is a weigh-in station and also has bait, gear, fishing information and Eat Fish t-shirts.

help child happy an 2018 Rhode Island Marine Recreational FISHING REGULATIONS anglers. A classes a available.

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American Eel

Black Sea Bass

(Bunker, Pogies)  less than or equal to 4 inches - unlimited 4 inches and greater - 200 fish/person per day


6 fish/day - 19-inch minimum May 1 to Dec 31

16-inch minimum

SPLIT SEASON  April 1 to May 31 (3 fish/day) June 1 - July 31 (closed) August 1 to October 14 (3 fish/day) October 15 to December 15 (5 fish/day)

To ensure possible e each child limit of 15 session. T sions are each wee the summ Special Shore Area Provisions  Minimum size of 8 inches for anglers fishing from shore only at Fort Wetherill, Jamestown Fort Adams, Newport India Point Park, Providence Stone Bridge, Tiverton East and West Walls, Pt Judith/Narragansett Conimicut Park, Warwick Rocky Point, Warwick

No bag limit / 18 inch minimum (no closed season)



Shore and Private Boat  30 fish/day - 9-inch minimum May 1 to Dec 31

10 fish/day - 22 inch minimum (no closed season)


River Herring 


15 fish/day - No minimum size (no closed season)


Summer Flounder (Fluke)

(Alewives, blueback herring) CLOSED   Possession prohibited

15 inch minimum June 24 to Aug 31 - 3 fish/day Sept 1 to Dec 31 - 7 fish/day



No bag limit / 19-inch minimum (no closed season)

25 eels/person/day - 9 inch minimum 50 eels/day per vessel for licensed party/charter vessels (no closed season)

less than/equal to 14 inches 17 inch minimum (whole fish) 11 inch minimum (tail only) Bag: 50 lbs tails/day or 166 lbs whole/day

Pale Horse Fishing Charters Light Tackle Fishing for the Whole Family

In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

Weakfish (Squeteague) 1 fish/day - 16 inch minimum No closed season

Party and Charter Boat  10-inch minimum May 1 - Aug 31: 30 fish/person/day Sept 1 - Oct 31: 45 fish/person/day Nov 1 - Dec 31: 30 fish/person/day

Striped Bass

1 fish/day - 28 inch minimum (no closed season) In addition, any striped bass, 34 inches and larger, must have the right pectoral fin removed upon harvest.



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Turtle crossing! If you see a turtle in the road....

By K.Curtis Why Does the Turtle Cross the Road?  Who cares?? Just save it! I saw a little green guy with cool red markings hanging out by the double yellow line the other day. I pulled over, got out of my car, and helped him to the other side. It was a good thing too. He nearly got squashed by an oncoming car before I reached him. This little guy was small enough that I could grab him at the sides of his shell and his back legs barely reached my fingers. His head was also tucked deep inside after that car whizzed past within an inch of him. I don't recommend this for larger turtles. If you come across a turtle in the road, be safe while helping the turtle — busy streets are dangerous for rescuers and turtles alike. Put on your hazard lights and pull fully off the road. Make sure other drivers see you before stepping onto a road. By all means, help that turtle cross the road in the direction she (or he) was heading, if you can do so safely. But then leave it in the wild where it belongs. One will mostly see turtles crossing

roads between April and October. They do this for many reasons. In the spring, male turtles are looking for females and territory to call their own, while females are looking for places to nest. During the late summer and fall, hatchling turtles are digging up from nests, looking for water and later on males and females are heading to places to hibernate. Drive 25 There are many reasons the islandwide speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour — clearly for the safety of all of us, including our island wildlife. There is no reason to drive faster on these roads — especially if you are here on vacation. Slow down, enjoy the scenery and watch out for these creatures in the road.... because they love the island just like we do! How to Rescue Road Turtles According to the Turtle Rescue League: • When picking up a small turtle, grasp it on either side of its shell behind the front legs. The turtle will still be able Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page to kick at you, but many will choose to stay safely tucked in, during the short time you are moving them. • Keep the turtle low to the ground when moving them. Even small turtles have surprising strength. If a turtle pushes free of your grip, you do not want it to fall and injure itself. • If the turtle is large (with a long tail), it may be a snapping turtle, they can be a bit aggressive and you might not want to attempt picking it up, but you can still help it across the road. • Never, ever pick a turtle up by the tail — this can injure them very badly. • If you are helping a large snapper, simply push it from behind with a blunt object, don't use anything sharp or pokey, you don't want to hurt the turtle. Although snappers can seem dangerous, they are just protecting the babies they are carrying, like any wild animal, you need to exercise caution. • Once you have the turtle across the road, you can sit and watch to make sure it is heading off and not turning back around.

• Make sure to put the turtle in the direction it was heading. Never turn them around. The turtle is on a mission, and if you turn it around, it will simply go back across the road when you drive away. Although you may be tempted to relocate a turtle, don't. Many turtles have "home ranges", a territory they call home, and when relocated, they will search out ways back. Besides risking many additional road crossings, some turtles, if they cannot find their way back will stop eating and just wander listlessly.


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Yellow Kittens August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ....................... DJ Dugan  August 2, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30  ........... Root Steady  August 3, 4 ......................................... Those Guys  August 5.........................................Akira/Conserfest August 6, 13, 20, 27 ......Open Mic with James III August 10,11 ............................ Jamie’s Junk Show August 12....................................................Soul Shot  August 17, 18 ............................. 7 Day Weekend  August 19 .................................................... Anthem  August 24,25 ....................................... Complaints August 26........................Comedy Night/DJ Libre  August 31 ........................................ Wicked Peach

Ballard’s August 1 - 31 ..................................................................................... John Brazile August 1 - 31 .............................................................................................. DJ Zinc August 6 - 10, 13 - 16, 20 - 24, 27 - 31 ....................................... Wordwide  August 3,4 ................................................................................... 7 Day Weekend  August 5 ............................................................................................. Dirty Deeds  August 12, 13 ................................................................................................ Sugar  August 13 ............................................................................................ Reggae Fest  August 17 - 19 ...................................................................................... Pop Rocks  August 25, 26 .................................................................................... Those Guys

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Mon - Sun. Live music— 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thurs. - Sun. Live Music - 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Live music from: Mark Scortino, Dan Watson, Ethan Cash, Dave Lefkin, Tony Marshall, and Jeff Blaney.

The National Hotel

Aldo’s Thursday: .........................................Second Time Around 6:30 - 10 p.m.  Friday: ................................................Second Time Around  6:30 - 10 p.m.

The Spring House Thursday: .Martini Night with Live music Friday: .........Friday Night Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

Live Music: Friday and Saturday nights 8 - 11:30 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday days   3 - 5:30 p.m. August 3, 4 ......................... Justin & Steve Unplugged August 10, 11, 12  ................. Marc Douglas Berardo August 17, 18 ........................  Marc Douglas Berardo August 24, 25  .......................................... Krys Jackson Labor Day ............................... Marc Douglas Berardo September 8, 9 ........................................ Krys Jackson      

Club Soda Monday: 50 Cent Wings & Trivia Tuesday: Karaoke Wednesday: $6 Pizza & Open Mic Thursday: Super Dope Friday & Sat: Live Music Sunday: Rehab Aug. 3,4 — Squelch Aug. 10,11 — Los Duderinos Aug. 17 — The Peace Makers Aug. 18 — On The Hop Aug. 24 — Z-Boys Aug. 25 — The Silks

Captain Nick’s

Poor People’s Pub EVERY WEEK:  Tuesday — Service Industry Night w/ DJ Libre 10 p.m. Wheel of SIN, contests with prizes each week.  Friday & Saturday — Dance Party w/ DJ Libre 10 p.m.  Sunday — Yacht Rock Rehab Brunch 11:30 a.m.  Aug. 6 — Jamaican Independence Party, Island Groovies, Irie Beats, Jamaican Food Specials

August 3, 4 .................... The Blushing Brides  August 10, 11 ........... Darik and the Funbags  August 17, 18 ....................... West End Blend  August 24, 25 ............... Neal and the Vipers  August 31 ..................... Bloomer and Friends EVERY WEEK: Sunday — The Young Guns Monday — Disco Night  Tues., Weds. — Piano Bar  Thursday — So Fresh Thursdays DJ Lock Mess Friday - Sunday: Fathead Sushi 5-9 p.m.

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Courtesy Photos.

August 3 & 4


August 10 & 11

Los Duderinos August 17

The Peace Makers August 18

On The Hop August 24

Z Boys

August 25

The Silks

ConserFest 2018

September 1

Dude Man Bro

Embrace your place By Kari Curtis Head over to The Narragansett Inn on Sunday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the 2018 ConserFest festival. The day will include outdoor yoga, music, a silent art auction and games for all ages. Headlining the day will be the Rowan Brothers, who have been making their mark on the folk and bluegrass scene since their beginnings in the early 70’s. Catch a song or two from island favorites like Root Steady, Mac Brown, Travis Greenlee & Homeslice and many more. The party

continues at a 21 and up party at Yellow Kittens starting at 10 p.m. ConserFest is an organization focused on raising funds and awareness for environmental conservation and stewardship. Being a strictly grassroots effort, they rely heavily on volunteers for events and year-round staff. The proceeds and donations from all ConserFest events help to support and fund local efforts dedicated to protecting Block Island's natural environment and raising awareness for the conservation and preservation of local land, heritage and culture.

MONDAY: 50¢ Wings & Trivia TUESDAY: Karaoke WEDNESDAY: $6 Pizza & Open Mic THURSDAY: Super Dope FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Live Music SUNDAY: Rehab

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The Upstairs Room

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The Shop at Payne’s Dock

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Blues on the Block Don't forget to stop by a Blues on the Block concert this summer! Mark your calendar for August 1 and August 15. The concerts are family friendly, for all ages and are held at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, a light supper and a beverage and either sit and enjoy the sounds, or get on the dance floor and shake it down.

Photo by K. Curtis

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*Washable Linen. Hemp; and Comfy Cotton Clothing *Seaglass. Shell. Natural Stone & Block Island Jewelry *Incense, BI Coasters, Cards, Giftware and so much 32 Year s other “Really Cool Stuff!!!” 104 Water Street (near Rebecca) 401.466.5666 In Celebration of our 32nd year, come check out our $38 dress rack!

The trip to Block Island takes about 12 minutes. We’ve been flying here for over 40 years.

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Beach Reads

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“The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje Author Michael Ondaatje won the Golden Man Booker for his 1992 novel, “The English Patient.” The award honors the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. Judge Kamila Shamsie called The English Patient “that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight. It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate—one moment you're in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient's mouth.” Ondaatje's novel unites disparate characters during the Italian Campaign of World War II—the eponymous patient burned beyond recognition, his Canadian nurse, a Canadian thief and a Sikh British Army sapper—then weaves in their previous experiences during the African Campaign.

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“Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce An irresistible debut set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist—a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and “Lilac Girls.” Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times. “A winning wartime romp, as hilarious as it is moving, the novel’s spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.” (The Guardian)

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“Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of “The English Patient”: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. “Warlight”is a quiet new masterpiece from Michael Ondaatje…An elegiac thriller [with] the immediate allure of a dark fairy tale. In “Warlight”, all is illuminated, at first dimly then starkly, but always brilliantly.” (The Washington Post ) “A tender coming of age story so warmly delivered you almost forget how much of its plot involves smuggling, spycraft, and assassins…the novel becomes at once a mystery tale and an exploration into how much of our lives are out of our control, especially in wartime.” (The Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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Full Moon Tide 459 Chapel Street 401-466-2422

Island Bound Bookstore The place for all your summer reading books | ebooks | art supplies cards | gifts Open Daily 466-8878 Post Office Building

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tart Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, “The Goldfinch” is a mesmerizing, stay-up-allnight and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind…Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Distant Marvels”

by Chantal Acevedo Set in Cuba during Hurricane Flora when a forced evacuation causes a group of older women to have to live together for a few days. Maria Serina uses her profession as a lector (reader in a cigar factory) to narrate her life to these women with some unexpected consequences: a friendship that has been ruptured is repaired, a woman who has cancer is given hope, a female soldier is softened and Maria Serina comes to terms with her life. This is a story brimming with brutality, courage, tragedy, and love. “A major, uniquely powerful, and startlingly beautiful novel that should bring Acevedo’s name to the top echelon of this generation’s writers.” (Booklist — Starred Review).






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Island Arts & Galleries

Jessie Edwards Studio

Spring Street Gallery

Second floor, Post Office Building

Aug. 4 — Kate Bird, painting                 Lisa Robb, painting Aug. 7 — Mary Chatowsky Jameson, mixed media Aug. 14 — Josie Merck, painting Aug. 18 — Karin Capuciati, ceramics                    Robin Langsdorf, photography


William T. Hall — Historic Perspectives of Block Island  July 20-August 1 Kate Knapp —  New Paintings of Block Island  August 3-August 15  Opening Reception August 4,  5 to 7 p.m.

(401)466-5374 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day

Aug. 21 — Berke Marye, painting Aug. 25 — Robin Bell, photography Aug. 28 — Mary Newhouse, painting and ceramics Artists Reception Tuesdays and Saturdays 5 to 7 p.m. Visit  

Peter Gish — Recent Work in Oil and Watercolor  August 24-September 5  Opening Reception August 25, 5 to 7 p.m.

Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401)466-2481 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401)466-5331 

Open Daily. Water Street

Gallery and museum open daily, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Labor Day.  Research & Tours by appointment.  Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students.  Members free. Summer Exhibit   ”Surrounded by Sea: Farming,fishing, life-saving, lighthouses and more”  

Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays — Old Harbor Walking Tour with tour guide. Meet at The Chamber of Commerce. $15 per person, member discount. 10 a.m. 46th Annual House & Garden Tour — Thursday, August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring homes and gardens along Corn Neck Road. Tickets are available at the Historical Society. $40, adults and $35 for members and students. 

The Farmers’ Market is held at the Spring House Hotel on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Legion Park on Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dozens of vendors are a part of the Block Island Farmers’ Market that sets up shop two days a week. Crafters and bakers, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand-crafted items. The season runs through October 9.

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Block Island Artists Leah Robinson Watercolors & Giclée Prints

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Certified herbalist and aromatherapist 100% free of chemicals Available at the Block Island Farmers Market 401-864-5563

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Emily Marye Pottery Unique Handmade Ceramics

Wildflower Honey Cinnamon Honey Honey Mustard Beeswax Candles Available at B.I. Farmers’ Markets and Craft Fairs 401 466 5364

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GREENAWAY GALLERY Exquisite Photos of Block Island

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The Hotel Manisses Glambake

By Amy Lockwood MacDougall Chef Michael Hervieux is living a dual island life. Block Island is where he is spending this summer season as executive chef at the Hotel Manisses, creating menus that utilize farm and ocean-to-table product as well as food concepts such as the Manisses Glambake. Take the typical New England Clambake off the beach, subtract the smokey smell on your clothes, hands cut up from breaking down lobsters, and sticky fingers from s’mores, add in the serene backyard of the Manisses along with all the traditional food and none of the mess and voila — you have a Glambake. The rest of the restaurant menu has also been re-worked and rotates every other week, focusing on nightly specials that use the freshest fish possible. In addition, Chef Mike has introduced a brunch menu as well as a daily raw bar, small plates and craft cocktail menu that starts at 3 p.m. every day. When he was in Puerto Rico last winter, Chef Mike was literally digging in the dirt. He and his wife Kristin usually travel there for him to participate in a Chef’s Dinner series in the Ocean Park neighborhood near San Juan. This year Hurricane Harvey devastated the island, so they ended up working on a farm that was nearly destroyed. They spent time replanting crops like squash and avocados and pitched in along with others to help get the farm back into working order. This winter they plan to go back to continue to help rebuild the farm, and Mike will also be instructing at a cooking school in addition to creating meals for the Chef’s series.   Here’s more from Chef Mike: What’s your earliest food memory that made you think “I want to work in a restaurant?” My mother was a waitress for years at a breakfast and lunch place and my dad would take me and my brother in once a week. I loved sitting at the counter and watching the guys in the kitchen as slips were flying in and they pumped out the service. The waitresses and cooks had their own short hand for orders, it was exciting to see it all come together. What is the one food you never want to eat again? Pork liver. What made you want to be a chef on Block Island?  After years of managing kitchens in Providence and Newport, my wife and I had an opportunity to come out here a few years ago. It's a beautiful place to live with a great sense of community.  If you’re eating out on the island, what other restaurant do you go to and what do you order? 

The New England Fish Pot has all of the elements of a clambake. Photos by Faye Dakers With my current schedule I rarely get out for dinner. If I do sneak away, I hit up Calaveras. Chicken — their tortilla soup is pure soul food, great smoky spicy flavor from the chipotle and the flautas de papa I could eat every day. I’ll eat anything with pork, head on prawns or the coconut soup. Great spot to go to with friends and just order plate after plate to share. Usually because I get out late I hit up a slice or two at Poor People’s Pub and catch up with Brian and Brandon at the bar. What’s your favorite dish to cook right now that you wish everyone would order at least once? The New England Fish Pot is my favorite. This is our version of a traditional New England style lobster bake in one dish. We have native littlenecks, sweet corn, Gaspar's chorizo, claw and knuckle meat simmered in a lemon herb broth and finished with a grilled lobster tail. Quintessential summer dish and best washed down with a Narragansett Fresh Catch. What would you want to eat for your last meal?  My grandmother's French pork pie and mashed potatoes. She made it every year at Christmas and it’s simple comfort food. ********* I grew up eating clambakes on Cape Cod and love the whole experience of slathering ears of corn with butter and salt, digging


knuckle meat out of a lobster and dunking it into melted butter, prying open clams and scooping out the bellies, and chopping up fat sausages steamed over a fire. It is, however, an experience that requires a lobster bib and a fair amount of effort on the part of the diner.  It was delightful to sit down in the tranquil patio area of the Manisses and be served a dish where the aforementioned elements of the clambake come together beautifully in their signature New England Fish Pot, where a succulent 1 1/4 pound lobster sits with native littlenecks, grilled chorizo and local corn off the cob in a lemon white wine broth flavored with clam juice, parsley, thyme and rosemary. The lobster tail meat is grilled while the claws are steamed, imparting the tail with a smokey taste that reminds me of a beach fire pit on a summer’s night. The littlenecks taste of the ocean they’re pulled from, the meat of the lobster tasted sweet and was perfectly cooked. The spicy bite of the chorizo was a great balance for the tender kernels of corn and scallions which were scattered through the dish. The sauce was as much a part of this dish as the lobster, it was light, lemony and made the seafood flavors bright and clean. One of the best parts of this dish was the beautiful presentation and ease with which you can eat it — every part of the lobster is in it with none of the work; I would have been comfortable eating it in a white linen dress. New menu,



new chef, new versions of your favorite foods — check out the Manisses for a great dining experience.

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Join us for the FIRST ANNUAL

Thursday, August 16th 2:00-7:00 pm Solviken Nature Preserve Corn Neck Road Learn more at Skip the plastic straw. Courtesy photo.

Skip the straw Every day in the U.S., people use 500 million straws a day - enough to circle the planet more than two-and-a-half times. Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. Their size and structure make them insidious polluters as they puncture, entangle, and are often consumed by marine animals and sea birds. So, what do we do about it? An easy step is to simply not use straws. When ordering your drink at a

restaurant, simply say, "no straw, please," and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you really love straws, you can use your own reusable stainless steel straws, which are available at places on the island such as Pesephone’s Kitchen and Diamondblue Surf Shop. It's important to recycle and clean up litter from our communities and beaches. But it's also critical to prevent the waste from getting there in the first place.

Great Salt Pond Boat Rides


Tag-A-Long Tour with Oldport Launch Adult - $10 Children - $5 On The Dinghy Dock at Block Island Boat Basin ON THE HOUR 8am - 4pm daily


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Walking: earth at three miles per hour By Kim Gaffett, OVF Naturalist “All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.” – Hal Borland “Let’s take a walk”, or, “I’m going for a walk”: these two oft-said phrases are not about a mode of transportation, or about getting from point A to point B. Usually, taking a walk is not about the destination. We walk to explore, or to get exercise, or to clear our minds, to meditate, or, to slow our pace so that we can notice details in the landscape – both the environmental landscape which we traverse through, and the inner landscape of our minds. Block Island is an ideal place to walk. With approximately 23 miles of open space trails, and a variety of substrates – grassy path, sandy beach, hilly shrublands, stony shorelines – a lovely, and interesting walk can be found to meet the needs of all amblers. To walk is to see the world at three miles-per-hour. And while doing so, you may see a turtle laying eggs, catch sight of a damsel fly perched on a stem of grass, witness a mini school of alewives leaping

dolphin-style out of the water, or discern the delicate fragrance of the common milkweed. Nighttime at a walker’s pace allows you to observe the flicker of a firefly, or the flutter of a moth. And, dawn is when one can see dew droplets highlighting spider webs and hanging precariously on blades of grass. Most walks, where you have set out to “take the air,” result in unexpected discoveries. Whether it is a shed snakeskin that you find, or the realization that you should pursue an unrecognized ambition, walks can be a catalyst for metamorphosis, and they can instigate new perspectives and new inquiries of all types. This summer The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has added three new walks to its weekly schedule. Like all TNC walks, these are walks of discovery. The leading naturalist will offer moments of identification and explanation. But it will be you, the walker, who will be sparked by insight, and spurred to question what is special about the place and time that you are in at that moment. H. D. Thoreau wrote “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” What could be greater than an ear-

ly-morning walk on Block Island? And, if you want to learn a bit more about the area being traversed, consider going along on a TNC-led walk.


The Trail Less Traveled, Mondays at 8 a.m. Each week explore different conservation areas – less traveled trails – with a local naturalist and learn about the area’s unique mini-environment and its relation to the island’s ecosystem. Skippers & Skipjacks, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. This short walk is great for families, and anyone who wants to understand and experience the meadow-to-marsh habitat that can be found surrounding the Great Salt Pond. (Hint: Skippers are insects, and skipjacks are fish.) Exploration of the Wild West Beach, Fridays at 8 a.m. Discover what makes this beautiful, rocky, dynamic shoreline, the perfect place to witness the interface between man and nature.  

Photo by Kim Gaffett

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Strawberry Mint Margarita Spritzer Muddle 2 or 3 strawberries with 2-3 mint sprigs 2 oz. Tequila Blanco (brand of your choice!) 2 oz. Seltzer 2 oz. Sour Mix Squeeze or two of fresh lime. Ice Shake and serve with lime wedge and mint leaf Liquor and mixer ingredients are available at The Red Bird Package Store.

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Block Island

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 that also succumbed to the sea. At last, in 1867, the present sturdy building of Connecticut granite, hauled to the site by oxen, was completed. The North Light now leads a second life as an Interpretive Center with exhibits on loan from the B.I. Historical Society. The lighthouse building will be open from July 5 until Labor Day, daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours are available, but it is closed during inclement weather. The lighthouse is located in the Sachem Pond Wildlife Refuge and is less than a half-mile walk from Settlers Rock. Please don’t swim at Sandy Point as there are dangerous currents.

2. SETTLERS’ ROCK AND SACHEM POND are at the northern end of the island. The stone memorial was erected in 1911 in commemoration of the landing 250 years earlier of the first European settlers on Block Island. In April 1661, the families and animals of 16 men who had purchased the island for 400 pounds sterling arrived by barque from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Because the island had no natural harbor, they were forced to leave their ship and wade ashore. The cows swam ashore into the cove, known thereafter as Cow Cove. Bird watching, fishing, and sunset gazing are favorite pastimes at this location. 

5. THE B.I. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, GALLERY & GIFT SHOP, at Bridgegate Square across from the bank, was established in 1942. The building, originally known as Woonsocket House, houses an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the maritime culture of the island from early colonial days to the present. Exhibit rooms include furniture, textiles, boat models, fishing gear, Native American tools and more. This year the exhibit is "Surrounded by Sea"  For group tours, genealogy research or to donate anything with Block Island-related history, please contact Executive Director Pam Gasner at (401)466-2481 or e-mail blockislandhistory@gmail. com. The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Old Harbor Walking Tours on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Admission: $15 Family/group up to 4; $10 guided tour; Adult $6, $4 seniors and students. Members, free. 

6. OLD HARBOR is the year-round docking point for boats coming in from Point Judith, and accommodates seasonal ferries as well as the high-speed ferries. Prior to the breakwater it was known as Pole Harbor as islanders pulled ashore and secured their classic double-ender fishing boats to the poles in the sand. There is limited anchoring space within the breakwaters for pleasure craft and a maximum anchorage of seven days. It is nestled within the bustling downtown, where the majority of the island’s hotels, restaurants, and retail shops are located.

3. CLAY HEAD NATURE TRAIL aka THE MAZE aka BLUESTONE is reached via a dirt road leading off Corn Neck Road across from a yellow Victorian house just two miles north of the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. A paradise for walkers, Clay Head Trail leads to the northeastern shore of the island and meanders along the scenic bluffs of Clay Head for more than a mile until it reaches Settlers’ Rock and Sandy Point. Take care not to get too close to the edge of the bluffs for there is constant erosion, which means a danger of falling. Branching off the trail are other trails, which earned the area the nickname The Maze. One trail leads directly to the beach north of Jerry’s Point where one can still see remnants of the glacial formation called Pots & Kettles.

7. OCEAN VIEW PAVILION is a place for rest and reflection. The Ocean View Foundation is a nonprofit that secured this Old Harbor plot for the enjoyment of the public. The site features a finely crafted pavilion and remarkable views. The largest hotel on the island, the Ocean View, once stood on this site until fire destroyed it in the summer of 1966. The pavilion is dedicated to the concept of expanding the public’s awareness of environmental issues. Visitors must walk in from Water Street across from the ferry parking lot just to the left of the post office building. The site is open from dawn to dusk.

4. MANSION BEACH is located at the northern section of Crescent Beach on the east side of the island. It takes its name from the Searles Mansion that stood there from 1888 to 1963. The mansion, unused in 1963, was destroyed that year by fire. Only the stone foundation and entrance pillars still remain. On good beach days there is very limited parking space available. Beautiful views and bigger surf are found here compared to the southern end of Crescent Beach. No lifeguards are available in this area.

8. THE STATUE OF REBECCA formally stands in stark white at the intersection of Water, High, and Spring streets. Named after the biblical Rebekah-atthe-well, the statue originally featured water troughs for horses and dogs and once had running water for human consumption. Installed in 1896 by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the statue is dedicated to abstinence from spirits. The much-loved statue was recast and reinstalled to celebrate her 100th anniversary. The conservationists who did the work concluded that the woman is not Rebekah but rather Hebe, cupbearer to the gods.

9. 1661 FARM & GARDENS has a diverse collection of exotic and domestic animals maintained by the owners of the 1661 Inn. The small farm between Spring and High streets is home to camels, llamas, emus, sheep, donkeys, goats, swans, and ducks. Visitors are free to view and pet the animals, which are accessible from Spring Street. Open to the public from dawn to dusk.

10. SOUTHEAST LIGHTHOUSE sits 200 feet above the sea on Mohegan Bluffs. When its powerful light was turned on in 1875, the beams reached 21 miles out to sea, farther than any other light in New England. When the National Historic Landmark was first constructed, a large field separated the house and tower from the cliff’s edge. By the late 1980s, the bluffs had eroded to within 60 feet of the building. Funding was obtained through federal, state and local channels to move it to safe grounds. The move took place in August of 1993 and a large stone now marks where the tower once stood. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Guided tower tours are available on weekends in the off season and daily in season. Museum exhibits and gifts are available at the base of the tower. Group tours available by appointment. Info: (401) 466-5009. Please park mopeds, bikes, and cars outside of the fenced area.

11. MOHEGAN BLUFFS, to the west of the Southeast Lighthouse, has a magnificent view of the southern coast and its high cliffs, with Montauk often visible 20 miles away. At Payne Overlook, you’ll find a wooden stairway that was built by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. It is a difficult climb for the elderly and the unfit, and the footing at the bottom is extremely difficult. This beach can be crowded and swimming is sometimes dangerous.

12. RODMAN’S HOLLOW, named after the island’s first doctor, is a wild and beautiful cleft in the rolling southwestern terrain left from the glacier, and is the haunt of hawks, whitetailed deer, and several rare species of wildflowers. In the 1960s developers bought it and proposed a dozen houses on the slopes. This so dismayed island residents that they formed the Block Island Conservancy, with the late Captain Rob Lewis as their leader, and raised enough money to buy it back so that it could be forever wild. Walking trails lead to Black Rock Beach.

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13. ISAAC’S CORNER, at the intersection of Center Road, Lakeside Drive, and Cooneymus Road, is named for Isaac Church, the island’s last surviving native Indian, who died in 1886. Nearby (to the east of the four corners) is an Indian burial ground where the headstones (small fieldstones) are set closely together. Indian custom dictated burial of the dead in an upright position, with a pot of clams or oysters beside them to speed them on their way to the next life. The Town’s Heinz Recreation Playing Field, where summer camp and sporting events are held, is located just north of the corner. Take the first right. Parking available on the grass. There are also Greenway trails accessible across the street that meander around Fresh Pond.


14. SMILIN’ THROUGH is a gambrel-roofed cottage situated on Cooneymus Road, where composer and poet Arthur Penn and his wife Nell resided in the 1920s. Penn’s musical works include a song about the B.I. home, “Smilin’ Through.” The original cottage was built in the 1700s by Trustrum and Dorcus Dodge and was remodeled in 1950. The privately owned house sits on the edge of a sloping hill, which leads down to the waters of Fresh Pond.

16. THE COAST GUARD STATION opened in 1938 as one of the first Coast Guard stations on the East Coast. The station was one of two on the island, with the second one once standing at the site of the present-day Beachead. Before its reopening in the 1990s, the current station was boarded up by the U.S. Transportation Department that oversaw the Coast Guard before the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In the late 1980s the town worked with the federal government to transfer control of the property to the town of New Shoreham. The Coast Guard returned and initiated regular summer patrols of the harbors. The local police, who lack their own boat, appreciate the help on the seas.

17. NEW HARBOR is the first stop for those coming in on the Montauk ferry and is the docking and anchoring spot for most private boaters. New Harbor was, in fact, the site of the island’s first protected harbor, but the expense of keeping a breachway open between the Great Salt Pond and Block Island Sound caused it to be abandoned in 1705. A new breach was cut and a breakwater was constructed to establish a permanent access point in 1897. Docks, marinas and anchoring sites await boaters in the southwest corner of New Harbor, as well as shops, restaurants and hotel accommodations. Pumpout services are provided by the town harbormaster, as discharge in the pristine waters of the Great Salt Pond is prohibited.

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A step off Spring Street

Photos by K. Curtis and Seth Draper

By Kari Curtis

People of all ages enjoy seeing the various animals on the farm.

It is no secret that Block Island offers a slower pace of life — there are no stoplights anywhere on the island and its untouched beaches and spectacular sunsets are a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Stepping off the ferry you are instantly submerged into the Old Harbor, filled with shops to pick up local must-haves and restaurants fit for a foodie. You can learn about island culture at the Historical Society, you can head straight for the beach, rent bicycles or mopeds at one of the rental shops, or take a taxi tour around the island. But — what you don’t want to miss is just a few blocks up the hill from town off Spring Street. Tucked in across the road from the 1661 Inn is an oasis for kids and adults of all ages. You will first see the expansive gardens as you make your way up the dirt driveway, but something you might not expect to see 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 here. But that’s not all — there is a little community of businesses here including a full time fiber mill and shop, and a yoga, barre, and fitness studio — that call the grounds home. The 1661 Animal Farm and Gardens Run by Seth Draper, he took over the farm after his grandfather Justin Abrams passed away in 2016. Justin started col-

lecting the animals years ago and took great joy in the fact that he introduced legions of visitors to his exotic menagerie — and Seth continues that vision today. Along with caring for the animals, Seth has focused on the gardens, which provide fresh vegetables for the 1661 Inn, The Narragansett Inn and The Oar, as well as fresh cut-flower arrangements (that are in each room of The 1661 Inn) and vegetables that are sold at the farm stand on the property. The creation of an aviary with exotic birds adds an element of tranquility just steps away from the yoga studio. Seth’s vision of these grounds is a labor of love and he hopes that it evokes “a place that inspires relaxation.” Watch for pop-up shops — crafters, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand-crafted items under a tent along side the animals. North Light Fibers You must pop into the NLF shop and mill. The shop has hand-knit and hand-woven garments and home décor, as well fun things for kids — felting kits of ocean dwellers, and crafting and knitting kits so one can make their own stuffed animal. The fiber mill is just up the hill where alpaca roam freely around the yard. Fall and spring knitting retreats are held here, bringing people from all over the country to the island in the shoulder seasons. In an effort to get everyone involved in fiber crafts, the mill also offers classes Continued on next page

Elevation’s outside class with some of the animals at the farm.

Grab a bouquet of flowers or fresh produce at the farm stand outside of the NLF shop.

The 1661 Inn Gardens provide fresh vegetables and flowers for the Inn’s brunch and rooms.

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The North Light Fibers shop has hand knit and hand-woven garments, home décor, and other knitting essentials including fiber made 100 percent on island.

Continued from previous page every week during the summer: • Beginner knitting class: Monday 1 p.m. • Intermediate knitting class: By appointment. • Beginner crochet class: Wednesday 3 p.m. • Needle felting class: Monday and Friday 10 a.m. The goal at this micro yarn mill is to make world-class handcrafted artisanal yarns from exotic fibers and demonstrate that year-round manufacturing can work in a highly seasonal location like Block Island. The yarn is 100 percent made on Block Island – from washing and dying to carding, spinning and finishing. The store is open seven days a week from approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Sunday) with mill tours offered at 10 a.m. on weekdays. More information is available at or call (401)466-2050.  

Elevation Studio Danielle Duffy has been a resident of Block Island since 1992 and is the founder and director of Elevation Studio established in 2005. After many location moves around the island, she now has a permanent studio space on the grounds of The 1661 Farm and Gardens that she has long desired. She creatively and classically teaches both pilates and yoga, and believes a blend of both is a beautiful and essential combination to one's life, at any level. Core strength, flexibility, fun, and mindfulness are all elements present in her teaching. With a full schedule of classes offered, the newest class is Alpaca and Goat Yoga on Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m. — a wildly trending class, mingling with the animals on the farm while doing yoga. Donkeys and llamas, alpaca and others may peer inside the studio to watch you in your happy place. Elevation Studio’s full class schedule can be found at Check it out! 

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My Block Island By Anneliese Slamowitz When I was little, Block Island was an escape from real life. My family bought a house on the island when I was eight years old. At the time, I went to an elite all girls’ school on the Upper East Side of New York City. The well-dressed socialite moms were mean and their daughters were even meaner. In kindergarten, the cool girls were the ones with the one hundred dollar American Girl Dolls and the Queen Bee was the one whose mini-me had the most accessories. My classmates and their mothers hauled trunks of toys to school every day in ostentatious shows of wealth until eventually, our teachers banned American Girl Dolls from naptime altogether. Summers on Block Island were different. Nobody put on pretenses. Nobody was jockeying for play dates with the cool girl with the rich mom. I ran around in tee shirts and boy’s swim trunks, knocking on my neighbors’ doors whenever I wanted to play. We played in an imaginary world called Cloud World on the boulders in my yard in the mornings. In the afternoons, we played cards and board games, our favorites Milles Bornes and Stratego. We didn’t have Wifi, so I spent a lot of time curled up in bed with good

books. My friends and I were undeniably some of the weirdest kids on the island, but it didn’t matter. Unlike in New York, nobody here cared. As I’ve grown up, the haze of innocence, through which I once viewed the island, has dissipated. I recognize the complex socioeconomic hierarchy that exists in the community, and my day no longer consists of playing and reading. Instead, at the age of fourteen, I started working breakfast shifts at The National Hotel. The work was difficult and the customers demanding. I had to balance heavy trays, remember complicated orders, and walk what seemed like a marathon every day. On my first day of work, I got a party of three in my two-table section. Terrified, I tottered out of the kitchen with a tray of glasses full of ice water sitting precariously in my right hand. As I made my way down the porch, the glasses started to shake back and forth and a little water slopped over the sides onto the tray. I finally made it to the table only to inadvertently send an entire glass of icy water down my customer’s back. The corresponding shriek sounded all too familiar and when I looked down, I realized that my customers were none other than my Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page mom, dad, and brother. As other parents would do for a child’s sports game or music recital, my family had come out to support me on my first day of work. The difference between mine and other parents was that they didn’t have the opportunity to come to my games or races. I went to boarding school in New Hampshire for high school and the commute between there and New York was a brutal five-hour drive. I wasn’t complaining — I loved the independence and fresh air away from the city, but it meant that I missed out on doing a lot of things with my family. For the last five years, since I left home for school at fourteen, Block Island has been the only place that I really get to spend time with my family. We go sailing and biking together. We have family dinners and make pizzas together. We have movie nights. On Block Island, we get to do the thing that is so normal to other families; we get to spend time together — one of the many reasons that I love Block Island.


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Writer’s Block — a personal essay Girls getaway weekend

By Kimberly Valzania Every year, it’s the same. I meet my girlfriends at the ferry with my over-packed weekend bag, a bottle of wine, and a huge sigh of blessed relief. As we push off the dock, our vacation away from everything else begins. What follows is a magical two-day reset, a mere blip on our calendars, inside a year filled with struggles, triumphs, and the drudgery of our daily grind. A reprieve from being everything to everyone. Two short, little weekend days that fly right by in the blink of an eye. My girls. My crazy Block Island lady friends. My sisters. Some of us met in high school. Some of us have stories that date back to the prehistoric times of being in the same kindergarten class, or whipping around roller rinks in tight, designer jeans. Some of us bonded in college for four glorious years as proud UConn Huskies. A few of us met on this very trip, 25 years ago. All of us, though, are now woven into the fabric of friendship that could exist on water and crumbs. We’ve extended beyond normal girlfriend closeness. Because of this one

getaway in the summer, we are blood. Our memories, cherished. Our stories, legendary. At least they are to us. And what is life if not for the happy experiences that seal long-lasting friendship? That time one of us fell flat on her face on the pavement in front of the Red Bird Liquor Store, and like first-responders, we ran to “circle and support.” Or the time two of us went out for a morning power walk dressed in yoga pants and t-shirts and returned at 1 a.m. the next morning. (The evening apparently involved an all-day pub crawl, dinner at a fancy restaurant, a lost jacket, and some sort of adventurous car ride with a stranger). Because funny sh*t always happens on the Block. There was the summer we bought wrist-let purses and discovered the joys of being hands-free. That time we made some poor random woman dress up in the lobster costume we found in a closet. We’ve danced with sweaty, drunk guys at Yellow Kittens until the wee hours. We’ve shut down Captain Nick’s. We’ve seen Darik and the Funbags, and The Blushing Brides play 192 times. We’ve stayed well beyond our welcome at

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The girls at The Oar. Courtesy photo.

Continued from previous page We’re silly, giddy, dumb, and fun. We throw caution to the wind because this weekend, this one priority weekend, is our time. Our time to be foolish. Our time to not be mothers, or wives. To not be executives, or teachers, or writers, or consultants. To not set good examples for our children, or anyone else’s children for that matter. To not be anything to anybody. A few years ago it rained, monsoon-style, the entire weekend and almost washed us away. High winds, torrential downpours, broken umbrellas. We bellied up to the bar and made due with hours of laughter through tears of disappointment over the lack of beach weather.

Because weather never matters when it comes to our connection. What matters is no-judgement truth telling, and vulnerable oversharing. What matters is recognition, and validation from the precious people who know us best. When we are together, talking about everything under the sun, and absolutely nothing, all is right with the world. Snapshot memories sustain us. The hummus pizza at Poor People’s Pub that rendered us speechless and cured our Sunday hangovers. The strenuous bicycle trip around the island. The excruciating hike along the beach that put holes in our sandals, the one we thought would never

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end, but miraculously, like an oasis in a desert, lead us back to Ballards. Climbing those killer stairs at Mohegan Bluffs. Eating those Killer Donuts on Payne’s Dock. When our only wish for the weekend was to enjoy one whole meal that required a fork. We’ve been through divorces, marriages, break ups, new boyfriends, heartache, baby birthing, kid problems, and yes, plenty of personal achievement. We’ve been through job switches, health scares, and family turmoil. We’ve coached, talked, toasted, hugged, cried, and simply loved our way through the many curve balls that life throws. Somehow, this trip is the divine therapy that keeps us grounded. Because it keeps us honest. Sore bellies and streaming tears from laughing. Stumbling home and sleeping until noon. Finding raw beauty in our everlasting sisterhood. Regaining some of the grace and humor we surely need to survive this dirty world. Ours could be the story of any group of girlfriends, anywhere, at any point in time. Because when we make the time to come together, even if it’s just once a year, we rediscover some of the lost parts of ourselves. Once upon a time, most of us were

together, exactly like this, every day. We were free-spirits, unencumbered by the jaded challenges of raising kids and simply getting older. Re-connection nourishes the neglected part of our inner self, our soul, which is the only part of being human that requires feeding for sustained happiness. Every year, it’s the same. And yet every year, our Block Island weekend changes us for the better.

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Pam Gelsomini in her kitchen on Block Island. Photos by K. Curtis


Fresh seafood and Rhode Island go handin-hand. From locally-caught fish to succulent shellfish, seafood lovers can satisfy all of their cravings right here on the island. Whether you catch it and cook it yourself, or buy at a local fish market or straight off a fishing or lobster boat, there are so many ways to take advantage of Block Island’s coastal bounty. Island resident Pamela Gelsomini has traveled the world to find eclectic local fare and Block Island is where she creates her award-winning dishes. Check out her blog and website “Dish off the Block” for more recipes and ideas at Of the recipe Pam shared with us she says “This recipe is one of my signatures and fan favorite for sure! We are lucky to have access to the freshest mussels on Block Island every summer!”

3-4 lbs. mussels, beards removed and soaked in water for 30 minutes to remove any debris

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4 Tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. granulated garlic powder

1 large onion, chopped

1 Tbs. curry powder

6-8 large garlic cloves, chopped ½ lb. kielbasa, chorizo, or any flavorful sausage, sliced into rounds and then cut in half moons 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half or small pieces (or any tomato, chopped) 1 cup corn (best off cob, but frozen works too)

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While mussels are soaking in cold water, heat olive oil in a large frying pan ‘with sides’ or a large soup pot. Add onion and garlic and cook until they become soft and translucent. Add sausage and cook until heated through and aromatic. Remove this mixture from pan and put mussels in an even layer. Sprinkle mussels with onion and sausage mix, tomatoes, corn, salt, pepper, garlic and curry. Pour beer (or wine) evenly over all and cover. Cook on high for about 10 minutes until the mussels start to open. Take a spoon and gently ‘push’ the tomatoes, corn, etc… into the mussels so all the goodies are mingling with and in the mussels. Add heavy cream. Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until all mussels are opened. Remove the mussels from the pot with a slotted spoon to a serving dish. Boil broth stirring occasionally for another 10 minutes until the sauce is reduced by half. Pour over the mussels and sprinkle with chopped basil or parsley. While the mussels are cooking brush the bread rounds with a mixture of olive and chopped garlic. Grill or toast in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Serve with bread on the side for dipping in the broth.


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Boats ashore in Rat Island at New Harbor. Photo courtesy of the Block Island Historical Society.

Hurricane Planning Balloons are now prohibited for sale or use on Block Island. Courtesy photo.

Balloons and single use plastic bags voted off the island Over the winter, Block Island stepped up it’s commitment to protecting the environment by enacting a ban on both single use plastic bags and balloons. The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously (5-0) to prohibit the use and sale of all types of balloons on Block Island — they also banned the use of single-use plastic bags for the retail checkout of goods on the island in November of 2017. With several members of the community calling for “no balloons,” the Council approved the Planning Board’s recommendation of drafting and enforcing a general ordinance. The ordinance states: “The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the wildlife and coastal ecosystems of Block Island, the enjoyment of nature, and the health, safety, and welfare of Block Island’s residents, and visitors.” According to the ordinance, it will be “unlawful for any person to sell, use or distribute any type of balloon in any manner including by release into the air.” The ordinance calls for a fine

not to exceed $200, enforceable by the New Shoreham Police Department, and became effective on April 9. The new ordinance addressing single use plastic carryout bags was sparked by local high school students who started a petition advocating the ban and then took up their cause before various town boards and commissions, finally landing at the Town Council, which after two public hearings, approved the new ordinance in November, and went into effect on January 1, 2018. The ban only applies to retailers on Block Island giving out plastic bags at “the point of sale for the purpose of removing products purchased from retail establishment.” The goal is to reduce plastic waste that litters our road and water ways. These items are commonly found washed up on our beaches, or entangled in bushes and trees, and have created a dangerous disruption to the fragile ecosystem we have here on the island — we need to help protect our wildlife in the water and on the shore.

for Residents and Visitors Everyone should be aware that the National Weather Service is warning the East Coast that a major hurricane will strike within the next few years. We are asking everyone who owns property on Block Island or will be visiting during hurricane season to create an individual plan for the eventuality of a hurricane warning being issued for Block Island.

Please read the following carefully and make your plans in advance. A) If you are a visitor in our hotels or B & B’s, please heed the directives to leave the Island if they are issued. All our ferries will cease operations and move to a safer harbor well before the hurricane arrives so you must react immediately when you are advised to leave. All hotels and B & B’s will be alerted and we ask that you cooperate with all directives. B) If you are renting a house on the Island, the same directives apply. Our capacity for shelter facilities is limited. Please leave the Island if that request is made. Ferries will try to get as many people and vehicles off the Island as possible, but they will cease running well before the hurricane arrives. C) If you are an Island resident, observe the following home preparedness: • Check working conditions of all emergency equipment flashlights, battery powered radios. • Have enough perishable food and water supplies on hand for 3-5 days. • Know where the Town Shelter is and whether you have a safe route to it, if necessary. • Bring in all loose items around the porches or property. • Make sure your vehicles have gas. • If you have a propane grill, secure it and keep the propane supply full, but secured outdoors. • Cover large windows with shutters or plywood. • Have a first aid kit prepared. • Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes. • Turn refrigerator to its coldest settings and keep door closed. • Medicine renewals - have enough of your regular medication for 1-2 weeks. • If you are concerned about your location in a storm, consider going to a friend’s house in a safer location. Corn Neck Road may not be passable due to high tides: flooding and access to Town and or the Town shelter may be cut off for some time. • Champlin Road will most likely experience storm surge and people should evacuate from Champlin’s Farm seaward.

If you have questions, please call Police Dispatch @ 466-3220, but please DO NOT CALL except for an emergency once the storm hits. Stay inside until the storm has passed. Do not venture out in the calm when the eye is overhead and do not go walking on any breakwater during the storm. Heavy rain may undermine bluff areas, so please do not walk along any bluffs during or following the storm. Use common sense; make sure family members know where you are.

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EMERGENCY PREPARATION FOR PETS Complete these preparations in advance of visiting Block Island: • Have vaccinations up to date and a good supply of any medications used. • Have tranquilizers if pet becomes upset or agitated in unusual situations. • Have identification on the animal: tags, tattoo or chip. • Purchase a pet carrier that is large enough for the animal to lie down, turn around and stand up comfortably. Do not house different species in one carrier. • Take good pictures of the animal (front, left and right sides) that shows distinguishing marks. • Put pictures, licenses, medical records and ownership papers together in a waterproof bag. Just before leaving home, assemble a pet disaster kit which contains: • Above mentioned medications, photos and records. • Have a leash and properly fitted collar or harness for each pet. • Non-spill dishes and a two week supply of food and water in unbreakable containers. • Manual can opener, if canned food is used. • Grooming supplies and medical kit for injuries. • The pet’s blanket, comfort items. • Items to handle waste, including paper towel, plastic bags, disinfectant, cleanser, litter box and litter or newspaper to shred.

401-466-2241 P.O. Box C, 32 Dodge St, Block Island, RI 02807

Information provided by Block Island Volunteers for Animals

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Island History

46th Annual House & Garden Tour August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By Block Island Historical Society

This year’s tour will feature homes and gardens along Corn Neck Road. Tickets are available at the Historical Society: $40, adults and $35 for members and students. For more information call the Historical Society at (401)466-2481 or visit

#2 Green Gully Garden

#3 Capt. Amazon Littlefield house #1 Risom house

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HOMETOWN STORE Sears Hometown Store is here for you with delivery to Block Island! Locally Owned and Operated By Tom Iacobucci

Tom Iacobucci, Owner

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Stop by Twin Maples on Beach Ave.

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#5 Mitchell Farm (exterior only)

#6 Voorhees house & garden #4 Capt. Benjamin Gardner house Continued on next page

fresh foods, baked goods, & fresh foods, baked goods, & locally roasted coffee locally roasted coffee breakfast & lunch breakfast & lunchdaily daily visit us at visit us at

for catering, hours, & full menu (401) 466 5070 for catering, hours, & full menu (401) 466 5070

Because we’ve got you covered all summer long.

WEDNESDAYS: 9-11:30am Spring House Garden Lawn

SATURDAYS: 9-11:30am Legion Park (Intersection of West Side and Center Road)

Your link to the Block. 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879 ~ 401-782-8000

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Sunset Tours ~ Tours of B.I. Oyster Farm ~ Paddle Fit S.U.P. Classes



Smitty’s proudly serves

Richardson’s Farm Ice Cream

A tasty place in New Harbor

Located in the BI Maritime Institute


#7 ”Innisfail” David Van Nostrand house

Block Island

McAloon's Taxi Prompt Service

Island Tours

Bike Rack • 401-741-1410 • Year-round

Lesley A Ulrich

Where Island Workers Shop!

photography family portraits & weddings

Located in the Lobby of the National, we’re open later than any shop on the Block!

The Stars of Old Harbor Don’t miss B-Eyes Sunglass Shop located in the Star Dept. Store Building on Water Street.

If you need it,

we’ve got it!


CELEBRATING 61 YEARS 401-466-5858

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Endless Summer Block Island Trading Company has everything you need to have that Block Island style all year long.

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Where’s the restroom? Public Restrooms are located around the island starting with the Visitor’s Center in Old Harbor, in the parking lot just as you get off the ferry. Also in Old Harbor you will find a restroom at the Harbormaster’s building on the dock near Ballard’s. Other locations are at the Fire/Police station on Beach Avenue, the Island

Free Library on Dodge Street, the Hog Pen Marina on Ocean Avenue in New Harbor, at Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Road (across from the Island Cemetery) and the Town Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Rd. Port-a-Johns are at the Southeast Lighthouse.

Capture a great Block Island Memory? We will print One Free Photo of your choice from your phone or zip drive with each Picture Frame purchased in our store while you wait!

and as always free gift wrapping!

Many designs to choose from.

233 Dodge Street Block Island, RI

UNPARALLELED VIEWS Seeing is believing! Embrace the wonders of this dramatic setting. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on the bluffs with sprawling ocean views. $679,000


COONEYMUS COTTAGE Tucked off of West Side Road, this sweet 2 bedroom cottage also features 2 out-buildings. Enjoy a leisurely walk down the dirt road to Cooneymus Beach. $899,000

CRESCENT BEACH COTTAGE Beautifully appointed 3-level condominium located in a very desirable community, with shared private access to Scotch Beach. $1,100,000

WALK TO BOTH HARBORS Centrally located with beautiful water views with great yard and deck. Open living area with loft. Rental apartment on lower level. $1,095,000

SERENE ESCAPE A charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with remarkable ocean and sunset views - and within a short walk to Cooneymus Beach! Strong rental history. $1,139,000

PRIVATE WEST SIDE RETREAT Come see this truly magical year-round, 2.5 acre property with gently rolling terrain. Enjoy cherished sunsets and let tranquility sink in. $1,135,000

YOUR FUTURE AWAITS S.E. Lighthouse & ocean views featuring eco-friendly wind turbines. Inverted Lindal Cedar home boasts an airy and spacious great room w/ cathedral ceilings. $1,120,000

WATERFRONT FAMILY COMPOUND Nestled in the heart of New Harbor, enjoy private access to Trim’s Pond and the Great Salt Pond from your own dock! Fantastic rental history. $749,000/$1,199,000




SWEEPING OCEAN VIEWS Sun�illed, inverted 3 bedroom home sitting on almost 2 acres. Open living area with beamed cathedral ceilings & hardwoods throughout. Plenty of room for expansion! $1,225,000


PHENOMENAL GREAT SALT POND VIEWS Walk to the beach with this private year-round 3 bedroom home with plenty of room to expand. Extremely desirable summer rental! $1,470,000

UNITED STATES POST OFFICE BUILDING Property overlooks picturesque Old Harbor & town, and is comprised of 9 retail/of�ice spaces:

TOPSIDE CAFE 1,100 sq. ft. in prime location to be sold either as a turn-key cafe/wine bar or “bare bones” commercial condo. Great for year round business! $525,000

Jennifer Phillips, Broker

United States Post Of�ice, Phillips Real Estate, Jessie Edwards Art Gallery, Deep Water Wind, Clayhead Salon & Spa, Island Bound Bookstore, Calaveras Restaurant, New Prospectives Therapy Asking $2,700,000

Hanna Greenlee Martin, Carolyn Clouse, Sales Agents


EBBETT’S HOLLOW Enjoy sunsets overlooking Mill Pond & views of the Atlantic from this 1 acre parcel. Access to both town water & town sewer. Approvals for a 28x40 ft. footprint. $375,000

OLD HARBOR COMMERCIAL Last undeveloped parcel in Old Harbor area with over 100 feet of frontage on well travelled Chapel Street. Just steps from downtown activity and commerce. $899,000

Located Above the Post Of�ice 401-466-8806

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Island Living

A glimpse of real estate opportunities to make Block Island not just a vacation destination — but your home.

Wall House  House location: 1598 Center Road  House size: 1680 sq ft.  Lot size: 1.10 acres Price: $1,495,000  Contact info: Corlies Black (603)677-2355, Susan Black (603)677-2356  or Offshore Property LLC (401)466-5446, 

Private West Side Contemporary House location: 1370 Lee’s Ridge Road  House size: approx. 2,448 sq. ft.  Lot size: 2.13 acres Price: $1,325,000  Contact info: Gail Heinz (401)741- 0149 or  Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty (401)466-5521

Setting: Enjoy expansive ocean and island views from this wonderful property atop a hill off Center Road. Large, mowed lawn with native plantings provides plenty of space for outdoor gatherings. Centrally located on the island, this house is walking distance to the restaurants and marinas in New Harbor.  Inside: Built in 2013, this home offers modern amenities and beautiful details. Built with year-round living in mind, this house was constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). Built-in insulation and reinforced concrete ensure energy efficiency, strength in winter storms and extreme durability. On the walk-in level there are three bedrooms and two full baths. Upstairs there is a large open kitchen/living/dining room with stunning post and beam ceiling and a Xtrordinair fireplace. Nice, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances. This space opens up to a large deck with beautiful ocean and island views. There is also a half bathroom on this level. The lower level has a polished concrete floor with radiant heat, is plumbed for an additional bathroom, and is ready to be finished - use this level as extra living space or maximized the 5-bedroom septic system and add two additional bedrooms. There is a fresh air-exchanger (not fully installed) and the house is set up for a split air conditioner on the top and middle floors.  All the systems are on demand. The house is wired for SONOS and has ceiling speakers in every room. This house is air-tight and maintenance free!  Outside: The sellers made every effort to ensure this home would be low maintenance and hold up to the Block Island elements. Hardie Board exterior siding and Azek trim have long life expectancies and require very little upkeep. Anderson exterior doors and windows are high quality and can stand up to winter storms. Two levels of Aeratis decking means you will enjoy the beautiful ocean and island views for years to come with little maintenance. 

Setting: Custom built in 2000 and tucked away on a quiet west side property, this attractive home offers a fresh, modern interior. Spacious decking provides space for basking in the sun and dining al fresco while enjoying the ocean, island and sunset views. Wonderful year-round getaway for all ages.   Inside: Main floor features an open floor plan with cook’s kitchen, living room with fireplace and dining room with built in bookcase, den and full bath. Second floor includes a spacious master bedroom with ensuite bath, two guest bedrooms and full bath.  Newly remodeled walkout basement-perfect for children/grandchildren as extra sleeping and /or playroom.

August 2018

U.S. Post Office Building Location: 30 Water Street, Old Harbor  Size: 12,236 sq. ft. Price: $2,700,000  Contact info: Phillips Real Estate (401)466-8806,   


Setting: Rare opportunity to own commercial property downtown overlooking picturesque Old Harbor. Frontage on both Water Street and Adrian House Lane in the hub of commerce. Generous parking available for building’s businesses.  Inside: The Post Office Building consists of 9 retail and office spaces in addition to the U.S. Post Office, comprising a total of 12,236 sq. ft. Occupants include: Phillips Real Estate, Jessie Edwards Gallery, Deep Water Wind (2 Spaces), New Perspectives Psychotherapy, Clayhead Salon & Spa, Island Bound Bookstore, and Calavera’s Restaurant.  Outside: Built in 1995, this two story dormered mansard roof building, designed by Herman Hassinger, sits just above town and the ocean. The property enjoys impressive harbor views, yet it is safely located out of the flood zone.  


Priscilla Anderson Design Boston

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ORDER THIS! By Amy Lockwood MacDougall In my dining experience, there are restaurants with a great view and restaurants with great food. Usually it’s one or the other, but if you dine at the Atlantic Inn, both are yours for the evening. Overlooking old harbor, the inn has an expansive lawn peppered with classic white adirondack chairs perfect for enjoying a cocktail and tapas while you watch the sun set as the ferries take the last day-trippers off the island. The menu at the Atlantic reflects the guiding hand of Executive Chef Adi Mandel who oversees both the Atlantic and its sister restaurant, Eli’s. Adi explains that the dining experience is constantly evolving at the restaurant, and the cuisine is “whatever inspires us; we like to play with different regions to create our dishes and specials.” Chef Denny Gomes has worked at the restaurant for five years, working his way up from intern to sous chef. He and Jeff MacDougall (proud mama moment) are responsible for most of the nightly specials and are a strong force in running the kitchen.

A world of flavors at Atlantic Inn

Chef Adi stresses that while the food is not intimidating, it is meant to challenge the diner to try things they’ve never had before, such as the ostrich fillet that was on the menu a few weeks ago. Fish, vegetables, cheese and herbs are as fresh and local as possible; the tomatoes are flown over each week from a local Rhode Island farm, and Denny and Jeff add that the herbs used in their dishes come from Ann Marthens’ (she and Brad own the inn) own garden. “We don’t play outside the seasons” is the mantra for these chefs. Here’s a little more from Chef Denny: What’s your earliest food memory that made you think “I want to work in a restaurant”? I went to a vocational high school, which means we had shop and academics. When it came down to choosing a shop, I chose culinary. I honestly chose it because I had the most fun there. When I got in, I was ecstatic about cooking, but it started off as baking and pastry which was fine. My junior year in high school we finally worked the line. After my first busy lunch, I sat down at the end of the school day and said to myself “That was the most fun I’ve

The charcuterie board is as good as Chef Denny said it would be. Photos by K. Curtis had, ever.” What made you want to be a chef on Block Island? I started off as an intern on Block Island. I interned at the Atlantic Inn for two years, and then became head line cook, and I worked my way up to sous chef. After being sous chef for a year, it

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seemed like people really started to like what I was doing in the kitchen. So, here I am putting out my ideas and the food I personally love. What is your favorite food to cook with on the island?  I love to cook with fish. Striped bass in particular has such a dynamic flavor — it goes well with anything from fennel to mushrooms, and because it’s fatty it can hold up to butter and acid. It’s balanced and a local favorite.   If you’re eating out on the island, what other restaurant do you go to and what do you order? I personally spend a lot of my time at the Poor People’s Pub because of their blackboard specials.  What is the one food you never want to eat again?  The one food I can’t stand is monkfish, I don’t know why but I can’t stand the smell or the taste of it. I personally think it smells and tastes like cat food.  Who was your most memorable customer? Actually, my most memorable customers were this year. A server messed up an entrée and of course the kitchen did what we could to fulfill their wishes. After the food was served, I went out to the dining room and asked how everything was and instead of giving me an answer, the whole table began to clap their hands. I’ve never felt so appreciated before. I’m glad my food can make anyone happy, never mind a whole group of 12 people.  What’s your favorite dish to cook right now that you wish everyone would order once? My favorite dish on our menu right now is the charcuterie board. We do everything from cured game to foie gras Continued on next page

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Chef Denny Gomes.

Continued from previous page ganache. The amount of effort, passion and love that Jeff Macdougall and I put into that dish shows in each element on the slate. That charcuterie board is why we do what we do. What would you want to eat for your last meal?  This year I recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which is an auto-immune disease in my digestive tract. This has limited my diet and been a bit challenging because I miss a lot of my favorite foods. So, for my last meal, without any regrets, I would have a bucket of Buffalo wings with chunky blue cheese cream and I would eat every last bite!  **** With a lovely breeze blowing, I sat on the porch and enjoyed a wonderful sampling of some of the many dishes the

August 2018 Atlantic has to offer. The charcuterie board was as good as Denny said it would be; it brings together lamb prosciutto, house-made Mediterranean pork sausage and a foie gras ganache accompanied by eggplant marmalade, grainy mustard, house-pickled vegetables and slices of perfectly ripe peaches. Grilled bread completes a dish that sates all of your taste senses —the saltiness of the lamb balanced with the buttery richness of the foie, the sour of the vegetables and eggplant against the peaches makes this dish a satisfying work of art for the eye and soul. The fried quail was outstanding; it was my first time eating quail and I’m hooked. Buttermilk-brined and fried in cornmeal, the bird was tasty, sweet and when eaten with a bite of the pickled mango on the plate, one of the lightest and most surprising food combinations I’ve had lately.    Finally, we sampled from two of the


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week’s entrées. Plump seared scallops were cooked to perfection, accompanied by grated horseradish and sautéed fava beans, tomato bacon vinaigrette and roasted sunchokes. The sunchokes were soft yet firm with a great mouth feel. We loved the fava beans as another strong element in a dish where each taste elicited sighs of The char grilled rib-eye is so tender, it can be cut with a fork. satisfaction. My friend also enjoyed the char grilled rib eye, so tenand blue cheese cream that may replace der that she was able to cut it with her fork. This dish came with a marble potato bernaise sauce in my own cooking. Stellar cake, pearl vegetables, and a decadent elements that come together from the creative minds of these young chefs. combination of marcona almond butter

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Overlooking the Southeast Lighthouse, this well-built 6 BR, 4 BA contemporary home has stunning ocean views and plenty of space to gather your family. Including an add. small lot, there are 2.94 total acres. Studio & gazebo provide extra space | $2,800,000

Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean from this waterfront 2.47-acre property located off Mohegan Trail, just steps from Vail Beach. 2 BR, 2 BA ranch home with 1 BR accessory building for guests. Freshly painted! Lots of potential! $1,800,000


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Little Beaver House

1629 Pilot Hill Road

Large, 3-story ICF construction located in the center of the island. Built in 2013, this home offers modern amenities and beautiful details. Stunning post & beam ceiling and ocean views. 3 BR, 2.5 BA and set up for air conditioning. Walk to New Harbor | $1,495,000

Private setting off Beacon Hill Road, this 3 BR and 1.5 BA house has incredible character & boatbuilder craftsmanship. Deer-proof fencing surrounds this 3.1acre property with mature perennial gardens. Come see to this relaxing one-of-a-kind property! $1,250,000

Located high on a hill off Seaweed Lane, this 4 BR, 2 BA has beautiful long-range ocean & Clayhead views and sits on 3.06 acres. Solid, well-built home perfect for year-round enjoyment. Septic suitable for 5 bedrooms, room for expansion. Strong rental history | $1,195,000

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Lovely 7-acre lot with approved site and septic design for a 5 BR home. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, sunsets, and an easy stroll to the beach at Cooneymus from this beautiful spot that is just waiting for your dream home! $1,400,000

Ebbett’s Hollow

1177 Corn Neck Road

33 Ocean Ave Unit 2

Lovely, well-kept year-round cottage with fresh water pond access and pretty views. Just over half an acre, this tidy property offers privacy and convenience along with a great rental history. Walk to Clayhead Trail & Beach and West Beach | $940,000 $870,000

Commercial condo, currently used as a café, in the heart of Old Harbor with indoor & outdoor seating and successful history. Run your own business or make into a 1-bedroom apartment & use as residence. Class BVL license additional | $525,000

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One-acre lot, close to town, in peaceful Ebbett’s Hollow off High Street. Town water & sewer nearby. Approvals for a 28x40 ft. footprint plus decks. Pretty views of Atlantic and Mill Pond. Build your very own Block Island home! $375,000

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Island Weddings

Every spot on Block Island is the ideal backdrop for wedding photos. Photo by Trevor Holden Photography It’s no secret anymore how much fun it is to have, or attend, a wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a closeto-home, but worlds-away destination celebration. The key to planning a Block Island wedding is to know the in's and out's of throwing this type of event in a small place, only accessible by boat or plane. Many hotels and inns have built-in wed-

ding services, and many are happy to assist in the small details. The Block Island Weddings magazine is a great tool to use when wanting to find wedding vendors such as ceremony and reception sites, photographers, coordinators, caterers, cakes, etc. The most popular months for Block Island weddings are June and September. High season for weddings is July and August. When considering a date for

your Block Island wedding, remember that at certain times there are lots of visitors — yet a finite amount of lodging. July and August will be tough for your guests to find accommodations unless they book their rooms in January. If you have your heart set on July or August, start early and consider working with a venue that is all-inclusive. That way you may be able to negotiate room rates, book an entire inn or

hotel, or block enough rooms to ensure your guests will all get a place to stay. Check in with some local real estate agencies too, rental homes are very popular. April, May and June as well as September, October and even November make great months for a destination wedding as well. A destination like Block Island takes a bit of creative planning. For instance, the weather can be unpredictable at any time of year. This doesn't just affect your wedding locale — a canceled ferry on your big day could affect the arrival of guests, a band or DJ, or a cake from an off-island bakery. Consider making your event a long weekend (come early and stay late) and encourage your guests to stay for several days — that way everyone can enjoy all that the island has to offer. A haven for outdoorsy types, the island offers brides and grooms and their guests plenty of ways to connect with nature: hiking Clay Head Trail which winds high on the edge of the bluffs, exploring the Greenway Trails in search of Glass Floats, or a guided eco tour with Pond and Beyond Kayaks. Less ambitious couples can rent mopeds or cars in town and explore the island’s landscapes, shops, and restaurants without working up a sweat. Or just spend the entire day basking in the sun and relaxing at the beach. The annual Wedding Show in July gathers vendors under a tent at The Sullivan House to showcase what they have to offer and to give invaluable advice as to planning an island wedding — if you are thinking about getting married on Block Island, do not miss it!

TAKE HOME A BLOCK ISLAND MEMORY Beautiful Home Decor An eclectic mix of island rustic charm Fashion jewelry custom Block Island jewelry found only at My Oyster Flower shop Fresh bouquets daily. Delivery available. Beach Provisions both fashionable and essential Custom designed BI T-shirt’s Accessories

Painted Rock Design wedding floral studio located at MyOyster


Wedding rentals including farm tables and chairs. Get hooked on Block Island with Jennifer’s catch of the day, hook bracelet. New Block Island Designs for 2018 Three NEW BI Beads for 2018! Whale Block Island Pendants

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Wave bracelet, rings, earrings and toe rings!

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1357 SNAKE HOLE ROAD Oceanfront, Sweeping Views Web ID: 1169159

401.466.8777 $3,900,000

912 COAST GUARD ROAD Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1152124 $3,095,000 1538 CENTER ROAD New Harbor Ocean Views Web ID: 1194120

401.466.8777 $3,600,000

1413 DICKENS ROAD SW Pt. Ocean Views Web ID: 1159218

401.466.8777 $1,725,000

1193 BEACH AVENUE Pond + Ocean Views Web ID: 1195571

401.466.8777 $1,495,000








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Ballard Hall New Listing

New Listing

1360 Cooneymus Rd. | 4 BR & 2.5 BA Cape MLS 1197457 | $949,000 Paved Road Convenience yet Hidden from View Near Rodman’s Hollow & Fresh Pond Trails New Listing

1278 Cormorant Cove | Waterfront Cottage with Dock MLS 1197000 | $1,975,000 | Rare Opportunity 120’ Great Salt Pond Frontage | Keel Boat Depth Iconic Views of Coast Guard Station and Channel

1604 Payne Rd. | Sheffield Farm MLS 1196128 | $1,395,000 | Expansive Ocean Views Architectural Tri-Level | 4 BR & 2.5 BA New Listing

1273 High Street | Old Harbor Locale MLS 1194049 | $1,250,000 | Windrose House Close to Town & Beaches | 4 BR & 4 BA | Private back yard

493 Old Town Rd. $849,000 MLS 1181876 Near Town & Beaches

525 Connecticut Ave. $875,000 MLS 1100442 Near Town & Beach

475 Old Town Rd. $889,000 MLS 1181937 Atlantic Views

Sale Pending

168 Old Town Rd. $715,000 MLS 1133289 Cottage & Barn

1649 Lakeside Dr $1,150,000 MLS 1172176 Tri-Level | Views

1043 Pilot Hill Rd. $1,250,000 MLS 1157750 Panoramic Views

VACANT LAND LISTINGS 4.6 Acres | Cooneymus Rd. | MLS ID 1135940 | $650,000 NEW LISTING High elevation | Panoramic ocean & Great Salt Pond views | Pond on Property

2.7 Acres | Corn Neck Rd | MLS ID 1073622 | $695,000 Private location | Near nature trails & beaches | See Website aerial video.

SALE PENDING 3.4 Acres | Champlin Rd | MLS ID 1048391 | $678,250 Ocean Views | Cleared Lot | Permitting Underway | Pond on Property

54 Dodge St. $1,950,000 MLS 1066476 Gables Inn

Sale Pending

403 Seaweed Lane $1,175,000 MLS 1193818 Atlantic Views

BALLARD HALL REAL ESTATE Corner of Ocean Ave. & Corn Neck Road (Between the Bagel Shop and the Bank)

Principal Broker: Gail Ballard Hall Associate Brokers: Blake Phelan, Judith Cyronak Licensees: Michele Phelan, David Graham, Chelsea Phelan Redd, Laurel Littlefield, Diane Kildea and Elizabeth Carlson (RI & CT) Office Assistant: Heidi Tallmadge

Phone: 401-466-8883 Email: Fax: 401-466-3119 *Based on information from State-Wide MLS for total sales volume during the period 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2016.

August 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

The July 2018 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island need to know.

August 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

The July 2018 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island need to know.