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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The first lobster feed of 2012

     Today was designated to be our first lobster feed at The Moorings in 2012.  We had nineteen people who participated.  Dick Roth picked up 19 lobsters from our friend, Walt.  Ann and Eleanor got fifteen pounds of clams in Stockton Springs, and a couple of dozen of local ears of corn came from Searsport.  I went down to Hannaford's to get some butter and some chips.  On the way I parked and walked back over the bridge to take some pictures of the rejuvenated Belfast Harbor.
     A picture of this sign was posted a few years ago with the comment, "Don't try to pronounce this without adult supervision."  Actually if the accented syllable is 'sag', you should come out OK.
     In the past year the old sardine factories have been torn down and replaced with a large boatyard that has brought jobs and boats to the Belfast harbor.
     Take a look at the large brown sailing vessel in the center of the picture.  The ship is the reproduction of the Bounty made for the 1962 movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty".  It will be available to the public (for $10) for the next few days.
     The weather, which had predicted scattered thunder showers, was most accommodating.  We usually have three lobster pots boiling.  We start with the steamed clams.  While we are eating them, the lobsters are cooking.  As you can see, it is a festive occasion.
     The next picture is of my lobster.  He is definitely an old timer, and a 'hard shell'.  Recently molted lobsters are called 'soft shells' or 'shedders'.  The easily visible barnacles on this fellow guarantees that he is a 'hard shell'.
     The only other food was corn on the cob, and desert was your choice of watermelon or brownies a la mode.  By the way, the cost was $14 per person.  Does it get any better than that?
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