Happy clammers is a genuine experience put on by multi-generation Islanders. You first start out at their home and make the introductions and get ready to drive out with (or behind) Gilbert to the clam flats at the beach. It is about a 5 minute drive.
The Digging Experience: Gilbert gives everyone a quick lesson at the beach on how to dig into the beach and where to look for the clams. His experienced eye always found great bunches for harvest. It can be a little dirty and clams might also 'pee' on you so be prepared. Once a bunch is harvested, they are cleaned and brought back to the house for phase #2.
The Cooking Experience: They are good enough to open their home for this part. Clams are brought back for cooking by Goldie while everyone can get cleaned off. Prior to dinner, Goldie will give everyone a lesson on the different types of local clams available. Dinner will be steamed clams followed by homemade clam chowder. Finish with cheesecake and blueberry sauce and coffee. Special formula of homemade rhubarb and soda to drink. Dinner on the back deck with casual conversation with the hosts and other guests.
Overall: A very different and warm experience put on by two very nice people. Recommended to all.
Tip #1: As everyone has noted, the beach sand is very red so have a change of clothes if needed for the kids and wear water shoes or sandels and clothes that can afford to get alittle dirty. The red soil can stain.
Tip #2: Not their fault, but we did get several mosquito bites (mainly in their driveway) so perhaps some bug spray for protection.
Tip #3: Book in advance so you are not disappointed.
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