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Recap of Last Summer (Sorry it was so late)

Hey guys, as some of you may know I spent my first summer working on Block Island in 2010.  Here is some things to expect, and some of my experiences for you all to  read.  


I first pulled into Old Harbor, where most ferries come into when coming to Block Island, except for the Long Island ferry.  I was met by my best friend who got there earlier, and a girl he met helped us move my fridge and numerous things I brought because neither of us had our car, but she brought hers.  


The Island is beautiful, and pretty small so you can bike anywhere within a reasonable time.  The scenery is beautiful and there are plenty of hidden places aside from all the touristy spots.  I was hired to work at Ballards, and boy did I not expect what my summer was going to hold.  


I got a day or two to settle in, and off two work.  Now keep in mind I came in May, so it was pretty slow.  Except for Labor Day weekend which was just a sample of how crazy it gets on the island.  So don't expect to make a lot of money if you go that early. A better choice is to go in mid-June, and that will put you with only about a week of slow times, but enough to make the money.   


Ballards provides housing, but you do have to pay for it.  It is not glorious, but it is actually one of the better places that the restaurants on the island provides.  The room is actually pretty spacious, but try to know who you are staying with, so there is less arguing about how to arrange the room.  The building is pretty old, as is the furniture that you may or may not have in there, so be prepared.  Try to find out who you are rooming with also so you know what to bring ( like a dorm room set up).  


The work is hard, at least for the restaurants.  In most cases you will work long hours, so it is not for the lazy bird.  I love to work, especially in the service industry so I didn't mind.  It was crazy when I started to make 1200- 2000 a week during the busy seasons.  It is really the best money a summer job is going to bring you.  Ballards gets really busy, and it is THE party spot during the day, early evening times.  It was a lot of fun working there, and I intend on returning.  


I also recommend  you be 21.  The bars are pretty strict when it comes to that stuff (contrary to popular belief) I had no issues, but my friend was 20, and it took a lot to get him in, which only happened a handful of times.  There is a big bonfire scene for those who don't like/ can't get into the bars.  All in all it is THE best summer I ever had, and I would recommend it to anyone of any age who needs a summer job.  Other great places to work are The National, Sharky's, Winfields, The Naragansett Inn, The Oar, The Mohegan Cafe, Dead Eye Dicks and plenty of others even not restaurant.  


Feel free to message me, I have great pictures and great stories.  Take care all!

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Comment by Stephen Dolinich on January 28, 2011 at 10:04am

Thanks for sharing!  We wanna see pictures!  Post your pictures to the site - You can do this in the "Photo" section in the header for  Thanks again, Anthony!

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