From beaching to boating, hiking to biking, there are tons of ways to have a ball on Block Island. But there’s one Ball (note the capital B) that outshines them all for its festive family-friendly atmosphere and its importance to local islanders. It’s the annual Mary D. Ball, the premier fundraiser for the Mary D. Fund, started by Block Island’s charitable force of nature Mary Donnelly, Block Island nurse for more than 50 years until she retired in 2013 at age 86.
The Conservancy’s purpose is to protect Block Island’s natural heritage, rural character, and access to its resources. This is accomplished primarily by preserving land as open space through acquisition or via conservation easement.
Great chowder, especially clam chowder, is just this side of heaven in a bowl. East Coast chowders range from milky white New England-style, to tomato-based New York-style, to the briny clear broth that’s the hallmark of Rhode Island-style.
Lobsters and clams and mussels, oh my. And chowder and corn on the cob and sausage, too. It wouldn't be Labor Day on Block Island without the annual Lion's Club Clambake on Saturday, September 5th starting at 1 pm. It all takes place under a tent on the grounds of the charming and historic Narragansett Inn, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and the boats bobbing in New Harbor.
This may be the longest run around a block on record. That’s because the particular block in question is actually Block Island, a little piece of paradise just 7 miles long and 3 miles wide off the coast of Rhode Island. And you’ll see most of its beauty — rolling meadows, stone walls, sparkling ponds, towering cliffs —during the Run Around the Block, a 9.3 mile (15K) journey around this stunning island where more than 45% of the area is conservation land.
This is a sampler platter of all Block Island has to offer -- delicious food, charming lodgings, pristine beaches, fun-filled activities, unique shopping, water sports, biking, mopeds – most of it delivered at a discount, and all of it with a giant dollop of island hospitality. Lots of special events, too!