Block Island gets set for the annual Block Island Holiday Stroll
The annual Block Island Holiday Stroll is back this year in its traditional form after taking a year off for the Covid pandemic. Last year retailers made a pivot to a virtual format for holiday shopping but have been busy getting ready to once again welcome residents and visitors in person this year.
So are some of the elves – planning for the annual raising of the Lobster Pot Tree on Saturday, Nov. 20. They’ve been busy gathering traps, buoys, and decorations
to build this multi-layered sculpture that will adorn the downtown well into the winter. While adults assemble the tree, Block Island school kids may be having what has also become an annual event – a good old-fashioned bake sale.
This year the Stroll resumes its traditional three days of shopping as stores all over the downtown open their doors and greet shoppers with beverages and cookies, holiday merchandise, and deep discounts on many items. Mary Lawless, owner of WaterColors on Dodge Street, says: “As a brick-and-mortar business on Block Island, the Stroll is a great opportunity to participate in holiday shopping. We hope to see our summer friends and many new faces for this fun and festive weekend.”
The Stroll, sponsored by the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, begins on Friday, Nov 26 and runs through the weekend. Chamber Executive Director Lars Trodson says: “We’re encouraging people to step away from their computers, stroll away from the malls and hop on a ferry to Block Island for a fun, in-person
shopping experience. Whether it’s a day trip with friends, an overnight for two, or an island resident coming into town, we have great shopping, lodging and dining
options for the Stroll weekend.”
The Winter Market at the Island Free Library will be held outside this year on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity for local craftspeople, artists, and others to sell their wares outside of the traditional retail store. Expect vendors who regularly attend the Block Island Farmers Market and Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild to be there.
Also on Saturday, Santa will be at the Lobster Pot Tree from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for pictures with your family and pets, sponsored by the Mutt Hut.
“There’s no better place to spend Small Business Saturday than the smallest town in the smallest state in the country,” says Town Manager Maryanne Crawford.
“We’re excited for a happy holiday event and we thank everyone for supporting our local businesses. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season.”