The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Jul 31, 2012

About town

This Saturday (the date of this paper!), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., take in the Harbor Church Fair on the lawn of the church and find white elephant treasures, goodies to eat and books for summer reading. Check out the arts and crafts booths, preview auction items, place your bids for the silent auction, and attend the live auction at noon. Silent auction runs until 1 p.m.

The Barbershop Quartet Festival returns to Block Island Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m. at St. Andrew Church on Chapel Street. Two outstanding male quartets and two female quartets, as well as Irish music duo Aoife Clancy and Eddie Dillon will perform. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to the Mary D Fund.

Head out of town to the American Legion Family Picnic, Sunday, July 29, from noon to 4 p.m. at Legion Park. Enjoy all the hot dogs, hamburgers corn, baked beans, salads and watermelon you can eat, washed down with soda, wine, beer or water. Just $10 for adults, $5 for children. An added attraction will be entertainment by barbershop quartets, and all proceeds go to support veterans’ causes and troops currently serving abroad.

Art show openings are a pleasant way to spend a bit of social time with friends and enjoy (and perhaps buy) wonderful art. Coming up this weekend are several shows by a diverse group of artists. Three of these are on Saturday, July 28: from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ron and Lisa Arnold will host an open art show at their home on Sands Pond Road off Payne Road (follow the signs); from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., just around the corner from Sands Pond Road, Ben Wohlberg will have an art reception at his home on Payne Road; and downtown at the Historical Society Museum Gallery, an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will feature the oil paintings of Sperry Andrews. On Sunday, July 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Spring Street Gallery will hold an opening reception to feature new paintings by Sharon Lehman.


We heard from many that ConserFest was a huge success this year, attracting large numbers of enthusiasts and selling out on t-shirts. Figures indicate that funds in excess of $10,000 have been raised, and all returns are not yet in. For those who were unable to obtain a T-shirt at the time, they may be found at Lazy Fish, Elevation Studio and the Block Island Boat Basin store, with all proceeds going to Conserfest.

Congratulations to Justin Lewis, Cameron Greenlee, and the many other organizers of and participants in this important event. Conserfest was founded in 2007 by Lewis and Greenlee to support land conservation and environmental consciousness through music and art, with proceeds donated directly to land conservation efforts.

Congratulations to Rosemarie and Jon Ives, who celebrate their wedding anniversary on August 8.

A very happy anniversary to Ann and George Henault, on August 12.

Of cakes and candles

Belated happy birthdays to David Holm, who turned 50 on July 6; and Bob Gianchiglia, who celebrated his birthday on July 18. They and members of their family were on the island for a vacation the week of July 16. Liisa Holm, who shared this information with me, added that David Holm “Spent most summers when he was young at the Solvieken with his uncle and dad.” Liisa is the sister-in-law of Bob Gianchiglia.

Belated happy returns, too, to Manya Ritter, who informed me that she turned 90 (and that would be years young) on January 11. Manya arrived on-island this year July 14, Bastille Day, fitting for one who for years was known for her Bastille Day potluck yard parties. I was delighted to see her at the Block Island Boat Basin the day after her arrival, looking like a million dollars.

Happy upcoming birthdays to: Rita DiTraglia and Ila Manner Schulman, both born on July 30; Rita Draper, whose special day is August 1; Robin Lewis, August 2; Joan Baker, August 4; Jennifer Milner, Theresa Sisto, Jerry Noonan, Joe Jones and Betsy Barker, all born on August 6; Alexandra Brady, August 7; Howie Rice, Lydia Littlefield and Julie Fuller, August 9; Ashley Babcock, August 10; and Gavin Smith, August 11.

Let us know what’s happening! Visiting relatives, special occasions, updates on friends near and far, projects… Deadline is Tuesday morning, and Fran can be reached at 466-2892 or



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