The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Sep 03, 2012

Not to miss

Enjoy the annual Block Island Lions Club Clambake on Saturday, September 1 (rain date Sunday, September 2), from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Narragansett Inn. This fundraiser for the Lions Club charitable work throughout the community offers a traditional New England lobster bake and delicious homemade trimmings with beer and wine available, all in a down-home community picnic atmosphere. The full lobster bake is $39 and the BBQ bake is $20, or $12 for seniors and children under 12. A 50/50 raffle will be held, and live music will be presented by Guillaume Trois. Tickets for the clambake will be sold at the event.

Artists Sean and Leslie Hartnett will show their new work in stone sculpture and terracotta majolica reliefs on Saturday, September 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. Follow the red arrows off Cooneymus Road.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, a series of events presented by the Block Island Ecumenical Ministries will raise money to benefit earthquake survivors in Sendai, Japan. From 5 to 6 p.m., author Anne Thomas, a resident of Sendai, will sign copies of her book, “Letters from the Ground to the Heart,” at Island Bound Bookstore. Minimum donations requested are $25 for paperback or $32 for hardcover. At nearby Mabel’s, from 5 pm to 6 p.m., Japanese cuisine and spirits will be available for sampling during a silent auction of children’s art donated by the Block Island Early Learning Center. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Harbor Church, pianist Manabu Takasawa will present a special one-hour commemorative performance. Rounding out the series of events, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., will be a multimedia presentation, “Japan During the Earthquake,” by scientist, author and Block Island resident Michael Mendillo.

Carol & Audrey, aka Two of Hearts, are back, for one night only! On Saturday, September 1, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Smugglers Cove, the pair will perform a cabaret act of hits through the decades and Broadway show tunes in their inimitable style in a fundraiser for American Legion Post 36. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15 and are already in demand; they may be purchased at the door, in advance at Essentials in the National Hotel lobby, or by calling Bill McKernan at 466-5920.

A gorgeous new book entitled “Aldora Circles the World” presents pictures and narratives from all members of the Spier family — John, Kerri, Dave, Sam and Selena — on their circumnavigation of the globe “on the installment plan.” As many already know, the Spiers sailed around the world in sections, over a period of several winters from 2005 to 2010. The three children were home schooled aboard the family’s catamaran, “Aldora,” while receiving an unparalleled education of sights, sounds and acquaintances all over the world. The many family voices, the images, and the sheer adventure of the undertaking are irresistible, and have created a classic to be savored. The book is being sold exclusively at the Block Island Boat Basin ship’s store, open through Columbus Day.

A tease

To recap the Block Island trivia question sent for publication in my last column from Bob Smith: “It goes straight north, then west, then north again for a distance of more than a mile. It has more than 500 legs at one time. It consumes a lot of water. What is it?”

The answer: The annual Run Around the Block in September.

This week’s question from the author of “Block Island Trivia” is:

“In an advertisement around 1890, the grand Ocean View Hotel listed what it did not have, before it listed what it did have, for tourists. What did it not have?”

Answers and guesses are most welcome, emailed to your columnist at the address below.

About town

In a reprise of a favorite event of last year’s celebration of Block Island’s 350th anniversary, Carol Brown and Rhet Redpath will graciously open their stone tower atop Beacon Hill on Sunday, September 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., for guided tours sponsored by the Block Island Historical Society. A donation of $5 per person will be greatly appreciated.

Block Island everywhere

Diane Bean wrote last week, of the impending move that she and her sister Judy are making, “Well folks, looks like we’ll be moving to Dover [Delaware] sometime in late September, early October. Judy and I bought a house and will close on Sept 7th. Our house here [Wakefield, R.I.] has been on the market for nine days. We have accepted an offer and plan to close in early October. So I’ll keep you posted with dates, addresses, etc. Wish us well.”

Photographer Betty Vandersluis was making the rounds on Block Island this week, visiting friends and selling her very fine postcards of Block Island to various merchants. She remarked, while catching up with me at the Block Island Boat Basin, that her father, Dr. Harold H. Vandersluis, piloted the airplane that made the first official landing at Block Island’s airport, with Evan Dodge as a passenger. She couldn’t remember the exact date, but the airport was dedicated in 1950, if that is any indication, and if readers know the date of that landing, their comments will be welcome.

Betty also confided that she celebrated her 85th birthday on August 28, regaling friends in her current hometown of Keene, N.H., by putting on a little show for them and singing “Flamin’ Mamie.” “That was in my barroom voice,” she said, giving a throaty few bars’ rendition. When singing in her other voice, Betty is a soprano in The Keene Chorale, an eighty-five voice choir that presents programs under the direction of William C. Davis.


Happy wedding anniversaries to Nancy and Malcolm Greenaway, August 30; Julia and Matt Lensing, September 6; and Bobbie and Kip Reynolds, September 15.

Of cakes and candles

Happy recent birthdays to Gaye Voskamp, August 26; Paul Marte, who became 85 on August 26; George Mott, who celebrated his 50th on August 25; Norm Topf, August 27; John Doolittle, Lew Gaffett, Willis Brown and Betty Vandersluis, August 28; Peter Lensing, who turns 21 on August 30; Peter Saxon, August 31.

Happy upcoming birthday wishes to: Rob Gilpin, Judy Clark and Stan Balles, September 6; Don Littlefield, who is proud to announce that he will be 80 on September 7; Walter Filkins, September 9; Anna Lofaro and Geoff Hall, September 10; Peter Monjé, Steve Draper and Scarlett Dawn Riker, September 13; Karla Sargent, Jayden Smith and Scott Cooper, September 14; and Joe Kunz, September 15.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Lorraine Sanchez Doten | Sep 03, 2012 19:14

I remember 2 pilots,who used to fly into B.I. in either late 1940's or early 1950's who were called, Jones and Larkin, I don't remember 1st names,but they gave my brothers and sisters and myself, rides around the island a few times and it was so much fun.

Raine Doten

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