A birthday gift from Edie Blane

“Bound by Blue: A life on Block Island,” a film by Katherine Reaves, presents the life of Edith “Edie” Littlefield Blane through personal narration, capturing Edie’s passion, spirit, and love of Block Island. The film premiered on YouTube on April 13, 2021, which also happened to beEdie’s birthday.Ms. Blane begins her story with her birth, off island in the Norwalk hospital. Her father and his fishing boat quickly rectified that, however. Within weeks, Edie was on her way home to Block Island, a six-hour trip in those days on her father’s boat, the Chelsea.Edie describes her childhood growing up on the farm during the Great Depression, a hardy lifestyle in the days before electricity and indoor plumbing. She enjoyed her childhood immensely, always having something to do around the farm, from helping with the vegetables to slopping the hogs. She describes it as a good life, but hard.Throughout the film, Ms. Blane’s love of the island shines brightly. Whether it is talking about all the places her father took her as a child, letting her tag along on his workday farming, fishing, or shell fishing, or the adventures she had with the neighbors, Edie’s descriptions of her Block

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