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Discovering Block Island: Summer’s Here on the Block - Memorial Day Weekend

by kelly / May, 24 2017 01:30

Picture of New Harbor on Block Island, Rhode Island

The official start of the summer season on Block Island kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. I can’t wait! Block Island comes alive in the summertime. There’s so much to do from clamming to concerts to eating my face off with the best donuts. Oh and let’s not forget enjoying the 17 miles of beaches on the island (and don’t forget your sunscreen!). Here’s a list of some of the fun events planned on Block Island this weekend.

Book, Bake & Bloom Sale

Saturday, May 27th from 9AM-1PM at the Block Island Free Library
It’s a chance to support Block Island’s library and find some great discounted books, flowers, plants and tasty treats. I know I’d check out the cookies, cakes and pies first.

Lip Sync Battle

Saturday, May 27th evening time at the Poor People’s Pub
Think you got what it takes to be the ultimate rock star and lip sync your way to victory? I know I certainly don’t. But if you’re brave, want to have fun or just want to hang out, head to the Poor People’s Pub to check out this battle. Oh and if you want to compete – you’ll have to submit your song to the pub by May 26th.

BIMI Chowda Fest

Sunday, May 28th from 3-5PM at the Block Island Maritime Institute
Whether you like your clam chowder milky white, tomato based or clear you can sample it all here at this friendly competition event. Personally I like mine New England style.

Pros and amateurs come to compete at the festival to claim the title of best chowder. Tickets are $15 for adults and $25 for families and proceeds benefit Block Island Maritime Institute and its educational programs. Children under $12 are free.

Glass Float Project

On-going all summer on the beaches and greenway trails
If you love scavenger hunts then you’ll want to try your skills with the Glass Float Project. It’s a search for 550 glass floats the size of an orange that are hidden on the island’s beaches and greenway trails (and a great way to explore the island).

Most of the floats are clear but 17 are in prettier colors plus there’s one in gold. All of the floats are handcrafted and stamped by the artist Eben Horton. This will be the sixth year of the project.

If you find a float you can keep it – there’s only two requests the project makes: one float per person and register any floats you find with the Block Island Tourism Council so they can keep track. Good luck searching!

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