Why is bingo so popular on Block Island? In many ways, the island is a universe apart from today’s frenetic, 24/7, plugged-in world. And that’s just how we like it. Days are for lazing with a book at the beach or in an Adirondack chair on the lawn. Evenings are for ice cream cones and catching fireflies. And every other Tuesday night in July and August is for Bingo at the Fire Barn—one of the most popular Block Island summer pastimes. This year's dates are July 10 and 24, and August 7.
Bingo? Popular? Believe it. On Block Island, it’s the place to see and be seen, to rub elbows with islanders and visitors alike, and to catch up with local news and views. And the game itself? Buy a few cards and see if you can beat everyone to be first to call BINGO. It’s another simple summer pleasure, Block Island-style.
Block Island Bingo is more than fun and games, it’s also an important fundraiser for the Fire Department. Each year, the BIVFD Auxiliary raises about $3000 from this Tuesday night tradition. Doors open at 6:30, first card is called at 7pm, and admission to the festivities is just $5 per person. "B" there.