The following was sent in by the New Shoreham Recreation Department:
The first Block Island Walking Festival is June 11 through June 13. The three-day event will be filled with walks guided by friendly, local experts. There will be excursions for all comfort levels at various locations all over the island, including: The Manissean village site; Horseshoe Crab tagging at Andy’s Way; the Southeast Lighthouse, Wind Farm and Mohegan Bluffs walk; Glass Float Hunting; A Stonewall Walk; A fast-paced loop around the island; A walk through Dickens Farm; Historic Downtown Village; Great Salt Pond Exploration; Seals, Settlers and Shipwrecks; Walking tour of Historic Inns,
A meet-and-greet reception will be held on Monday, June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Block Island Historical Society on Old Town Road. Participants can meet some of the guides and sign up for three walks per day.
As it happens, The Walking Festival is scheduled the same week as Captain Nick’s Music Festival and Block Island Restaurant Week. There are discounts on hotels, bikes, mopeds, kayaking, and restaurants.
The Walking Festival wraps up at The Island Bound Bookstore, hosted by proprietor Susan Bush, with refreshments and stories of favorite walks.
Sign up ahead of time please at active.com or call the Recreation Office at 466-3223. Cost is $40 for two days’ worth of walks.