Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ten things to do at the Wellfleet Oyster Festival this weekend

If you are considering heading to the Wellfleet Oyster Festival on Cape Cod this weekend, here are a list of 10 fun things you can do.
1.Tour an armchair tour of a restoration project. Saturday 10:00 am.
Lower Level, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street
Take an ‘armchair’ tour of the flats with Wellfleet Shellfish Constable, Andy Koch, and Anamarija Frankic, lead scientist on Wellfleet's two acre oyster restoration project, professor at Umass Boston. Learn how the oyster reef improves water quality and the critical role shellfish play in a healthy ecosystem.
Free, no reservations necessary.
2. Get your photo taken in the Mass Oyster Cut out.
lobster oyster cutout for photos
The Mass Oyster Lobster cutout.

3. Compete in Sunday morning's road race. 
5K Adult Road Race
Mayo Beach Parking Lot
Sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department. Check-in and on-site registration beginning at 7:30 am at Baker's Field Recreation Department. Advance registration form available
here or by visiting the Recreation Department, Town Hall, 300 Main Street, by phone 508.349.0314 or email:  Watch out for Mass Oyster Director Katie who will be at the front of the pack.

4. Watch the Oyster shucking competition.
Oyster Shuck-Off, Shucking Contest Preliminaries
Emceed by local hero and reporter, Eric Williams, host of CapeCast, the daily webcast of the Cape Cod Times, Register at the SPAT booth by 12:00 noon. Advance registration form available here or for more information email:
Prizes awarded: 1st Place-$1,000 2nd Place-$500 3rd Place-$250
5. Volunteer to help out.
SPAT Information Booth and Volunteer Check-in
Located just behind Town Hall next to the SPAT Boutique.
Stop by for information, volunteer check-in, registration forms, directions, email list sign up and more.
6. Catch the groundbreaking oyster film Shellshocked.
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
‘SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves' explores the importance and fragility of wild oysters in cleaning water and building ecosystems for other marine life. Today, because of overfishing and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared 'the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth' and no longer play a role in their ecosystems. Now scientists, government officials, artists and high school students are fighting to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world - New York Harbor. By filmmaker Emily Driscoll.
Free, no registration required.
7. Tour the historic town.
Wellfleet Historical Society, 266 Main Street
Explore the Town of Wellfleet and its 250 year old roots! Special exhibitions and refreshments will be offered.
8. Enjoyed a fried lobster tail!
Lobster- delicious food.
Frying is the wonder preparation technique that makes even dirt takes good.
Add the two together and you have a cardboard tray full of awesome mouth happiness.
9. Slurp down a dozen of your favorite mollusks (duh!)
10.Take home a head full of happy memories!

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