Black Friday has become a bit stressful over on the mainland, with stampeding crowds and all-night sales, so why not start your shopping with an event that’s decidedly more low-key: Block Island’s Annual Holiday Shopping Stroll?
The Shopping Stroll starts the Block Island holiday season, with the town sporting festive decorations including the now-famous Lobster Pot Tree, and local retailers offering incredible sales beginning at 10 AM Friday. You also have a chance to win raffle prizes; you pick up an entry form at the Chamber of Commerce office at the ferry landing any time between 10 and 5 on Friday and Saturday or 11-2 on Sunday, then have each participating store add their stamp as you stroll around to see them all. (Shop days and hours may vary, so make sure to check)! Forms that are returned to the Chamber are eligible for a raffle drawing held on Sunday the 1st. It’s like window shopping with a real mission.
If you want a bit more exercise than just strolling, make time for theAnnual 5K Turkey Trot, which begins at the Fred Benson Town Beach on Saturday the 30th (You can walk or run; registration is day of the race, and $30 fee includes a t-shirt, while they last.) Or you can register online at http://www.active.com/
Island Fitness and Elevation Studio will also be offering classes this whole weekend, check with them for their schedules!
For more info on how to turn Black Friday into Block Friday, call the Block Island Visitor Center at 401 466 2474 or visit www.blockislandinfo.com