Don't let the rain get you down
The rainy weather definitely had a depressing effect on the turnout for the Taste of Block Island last weekend. It didn’t help that the tent set up for the Artisan Fair and Chowder Fest ended up wrapped around the telephone pole on Water Street (see photo below). But a few setbacks should not be allowed to obscure the fact that The Taste was a well-planned and well-executed event.
Over the last few years this event has developed into an occasion that represents the island well and has potential to draw people to our shores before the crowds arrive. This year a classy brochure, posters and publicity efforts put Block Island forward in a very positive light. The Chamber of Commerce and the volunteers who worked tirelessly over many months deserve credit and appreciation for their efforts.
Fortunately the torrents did not deter the people who converged on beaches and trails for the Glass Float event, sponsored by the Tourism Council. Young and old set out to find 200 floats hidden in obscure locations. It was a great success and the hope is that it can be repeated. The buzz was contagious.
It’s easy to talk the talk about attracting visitors in the shoulder season. On the other hand it doesn’t happen without some imaginative attractions and a lot of hard work. So to all those who organized, labored over and attended the events of last weekend let us say “thanks.” May the sun shine on your efforts next time. — Fraser Lang