Ten days until Westport Shellstock

Raw bar this year dedicated in memory of Gary Sherman

Posted 8/4/22

Shellstock is coming the weekend after next, and organizers are dedicating part of the show in honor of former shellfish constable Gary Sherman, who died at home last Thursday at age 71.

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Ten days until Westport Shellstock

Raw bar this year dedicated in memory of Gary Sherman

Posted

Shellstock is coming the weekend after next, and organizers are dedicating part of the show in honor of former shellfish constable Gary Sherman, who died at home last Thursday at age 71.

Marine Services Director Chris Leonard, who succeeded Sherman in the shellfish role, said the raw bar will be named the "Gary Sherman Memorial Raw Bar" in the long-time Westporter's honor.

Shellstock, which raises money for the town's Shellfish Propagation Fund, will be held at the Westport Fairgrounds on Sunday, August 13. The gate and refreshment stands will open at 3 p.m. and apart from the raw bar, there will also be Bootleg Barbecue, O’Neil Seafood, Somerset Creamery Ice Cream, and beer, wine and soft drinks. Live music and dancing with the Funky White Honkies begins at 4 p.m.

The Westport River area has one of the most vibrant shellfishing programs on the SouthCoast and Shellstock plays a huge role in making it happen. Every week, members of Westport’s Marine Services Department and a group of volunteers are out on the water, populating the river with quahog stock. So far this year, about 1,700 bushes of quahogs out of an estimated seasonal total of 5,000 have been transplanted, Leonard said Monday.

With 100 percent of profit from Shellstock going to purchase stock for the program, Leonard and the event planning committee hope to raise enough funds to purchase 5,000 bushels of quahog stock to spread in town waters.

Donations to the propagation fund are always welcome. If you choose to make one in Sherman's memory, please make a check payable to the Town of Westport, with references to the fund and Sherman in the 'memo' line.

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