The first ever Hama Hama Oyster Rama was fun, exhausting, at various times either hilarious or mellow, well-attended, delicious, and productive. We raised nearly $5,000 for the Hood Canal Education Foundation and had a great time doing it. [UPDATE: This was a guess, because we were waiting for the final number to come in... and we actually raised $6500.]
Visitors came from far and wide to tour the beach with Teri King from Washington Sea Grant, pose for a photograph with two cooperative Geoduck, relax in the beer garden, and eat some really fresh seafood.
Highlights of the event (in no particular order)
> Local poet Todd Fredson of the McCreavy House in Union reading poetry written by 5th graders at Hood Canal School.
> Free samples of Graybeard Jim’s delicious geoduck chowder
> Rick Endicott of Long Live the Kings (with significant help from his partner-in-crime Joy Waltermire) winning the first heat of the Shuckathalon despite two pulled hamstrings.
> All the Monterey Dorids and Sea Cucumbers that showed up just in time for the Sea Grant tours.
> The cloudy, calm day that kept the glare down in the shell-pile beer garden.
> All the delicious drinks in the beer garden: FinnRiver Apple-Blueberry cider, Whidbey Island Winery’s Island White & Merlot, Upright Brewing’s Oyster Stout, and Grove Street’s Hefewiesen, Kolsch, and IPA.
> Watching the tide roll in as the party wound down.
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