Rich Tretheway and Marc Scortino live on Block Island, a seven miles-long by three miles-wide rock thirteen miles off the southeastern tip of Rhode Island. Life can get...well...kind of interesting out there. The island is populated by a host of colorful and eccentric characters who coexist the best they can in extremely close quarters. When summer hits and the ferry boats roll in packed with tourists, chaos sometimes ensues. Tune in to find out how the inhabitants of Block Island deal with it...or not deal with it. *While the things we talk about on the podcast shouldn't offend too many people, some explicit language is used.
Ep.37: Everett Littlefield (Part 1)- On Block Island's "Good Old Days"
Life doesn't always go in a straight line. Sure, there are some things that are the same for all of us. We're born...yada yada yada...we die. But what happens in between those two events is what makes up a life. And what a life Everett Littlefield's had.
And much like Everett's meandering life, our conversation (delightfully, we might add) did just that. From growing up on Block Island transporting luggage for the summer folk to their cottages to finally leaving to see the world...or...Quonset Point at least; we cover a lot of ground with Everett.
So much ground in fact that our conversation lasted over two hours. For that reason we are thrilled to bring you Part One of our two part interview with Everett. He's a guy who not only was to become the patriarch of a colorful Block Island family but also a gifted writer with a knack for telling amazing stories.
But deep down, Everett's really just a guy who likes peanut butter. Like...he REALLY likes peanut butter.
Minipod #8- Support the BI Tourism Council!
PLEASE support the members of the Block Island Tourism Council who are being sued by current president, Steve Fillipi. We are urging you to all write letters to the Block Island Times and ask that Steve step down from the Tourism Council IMMEDIATELY and drop his frivolous lawsuit that is causing undue stress and possible financial harm to these hardworking people who truly have the best interests of Block Island in their hearts.
-Rich and Marc
Ep. 36: Allie Kiley- Beach Volleyball and Legacies
Allie Kiley's late father, Dick Kiley, was one of the most beloved First Wardens to ever grace the Block Island town council. Although he left us too soon, his legacy can be seen and felt everywhere. Rich and Marc spend a good deal of time discussing this legacy with Allie. It's hard not to as the man who first brought mopeds to Block Island (only to soon after get rid of them at the town's behest) is truly an icon and a sorely missed one at that.
But the episode belongs to Allie whose early days here were filled with babysitting jobs, beach volleyball games and the usual stuff that makes up those halcyon days. However we all have to grow up and after her Dad's passing, Allie took on the huge responsibility of running the Daniel Packer Inn located in Mystic, CT.
Dick purchased the Packer in the 70's when it was a dilapidated mess. Everyone thought he was crazy but after years of hard work, the Phoenix indeed rose from the flames to become one of the most popular eateries along the Southeast Connecticut shoreline. Allie has done some incredible work there. She pours her heart and soul into the family business that continues to hold its own throughout the boom experienced by the Mystic restaurant scene.
Allie's enthusiasm (and her giggle) are infectious. Give a listen as we talk about what's next for Allie and the Packer as well as the "Mystic-Block Island" connection.
Oh...and the Packer's haunted. Cool ghost stories abound!
Hi-Speed Minipod #7
Ep. 35: Sven Risom- Not Just Another Old Yarn
Town Council member Sven Risom's jovial demeanor masks a sharp wit and keen intelligence. In this episode we find out about Sven's early days on the island and how he came to found North Light Fibers with wife, Laura. It's a true cottage industry that is unique in many ways.
Sven then indulges Marc who grills him about growing up the son of Jens Risom. Jens was an innovator of mid century furniture design and manufacturing. The "Risom House" on Block Island is infamous in its own right.
After the sponsor break Rich and Marc talk with Sven about some of the challenges facing Block Island as it forges ahead into an uncertain future. The times they are a changing' and Sven shares his feelings on how we might take on these changes and adapt to them.
It's a great episode with some fun moments and some serious talk.
Ep. 34: Meg & Josh- How to Build a Mutt Hut
Meg Vitacco and Josh Maldonado came to Block Island specifically because they were looking for a place that was dog friendly. While living in Brooklyn a Google search for "dog friendly" beaches returned Block Island as an option.
The self proclaimed club kids packed up their pooch, Radar, and hopped on the ferry. The rest is history! It was love at first sight. While many people visit Block Island and consider a life change- few actually follow through. Meg and Josh took the plunge and now they are an integral part of the community.
Dogs are a big deal on Block Island. Certain canines are as well known as human locals. So when Meg and Josh decided to open The Mutt Hut, it was an instant success. Over the years their operation has continued to provide supplies that focus on a dog's well being with all of the food product offered being of the highest quality.
Enjoy this episode dedicated to all of our furry Block Island friends!
Down the neck
Thank you for bringing us this podcast. 50 years as a summer resident and still learning something new!
Just finished Everett Littlefield’s book as well as Edi Littlefield Blanes book “Bound by Blue”. The old BI harbors such warm memories for us boomers.
Gone are so many icons - Cutting Cottages, the ferry’s into GSP.
Hope you can bring some of the old to life through your interviews. Maybe grow the newer visitors appreciation for the island as more than a pub crawl ❤️❤️
I’ll be listening!!
Great interview with Joe
Can’t wait to head out to the Ferry and chat up Joe Hooligan (Houlihan) now. Bring him back to get some more great stories!!!
Hard to pick a favorite
You guuuuuyyyyysss! I love this. We all have a million acquaintances out here that feel like family that we know little to nothing about in a real way. This is such a great way to get to know more and feel connected to the people we see every day. And for those who don’t live here but love to visit, what insight to all the wonderful colorful people who burn and grind to live here!