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“Digging” Cape Cod Quahog Day, June 21

Cape Cod Quahog Day

Johnny Quahog and Doug, Cape Cod's official Quahog (Photo, courtesy of Cape Public Relations)

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce will hold the Third Annual Cape Cod Quahog Day, Tuesday, June 21, 3 p.m., at Aselton Park overlooking Hyannis Harbor in Hyannis, Mass.

Doug, Cape Cod’s official Quahog (what a great name for a quahog!), will come out of hiding for the official “Quahog Prognostication.” He will be escorted by his beefy Quahog Security Team (including Dennis landscaper Chris Lambton, who appeared on ABC’s The Bachelorette last year) and led to his perch at Aselton Park where he’ll make his lofty prediction of  how many weeks of Cape Cod beach weather lie ahead.

Kristen Mitchell Hughes, vice president of tourism and marketing at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, said that Quahog Day serves as a fun way to address the all important question — “How’s the weather going to be on the Cape this summer?”

“We’ve had a lot of fun with this event,”  Hughes told The Thrifty New England Traveler. “We came up with the idea three years ago as a way to kick off the summer.”

Hughes said that Doug got off to a rough start in his 2009 debut.

“The first time around, Doug was a little off — maybe nervous because of all the press coverage,” said Hughes. “He said we’d get 11 weeks of good beach weather. He was erroneous. It wasn’t one of his shining moments.”

Last year, however, Doug redeemed himself, improving his report card way beyond  “C” level from the year before.

“He predicted 13 weeks of great beach weather… he nailed it,” said Hughes. “He did, though, get support from Johnny, the secretary general of the Quahog Republic (and a skilled translator for Doug).”

New England Cable News weatherman Tim Kelley (a native Cape Codder) will emcee the festivities, and food, drink and musical entertainment will be part of the event.  Quahog Day will also kick off a week of Quahog-related activities across the Cape, including a stuffed quahog eating contest, special discounts and menu offerings, and more.  Details can be seen at and

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Aselton Park overlooking Hyannis Harbor, Hyannis, Mass.

WHO: All are invited to join the Quahog as he comes out of hiding for his annual appearance and prediction.

MORE INFORMATION: or (508) 362-3225, ext. 531

Editor’s note: special thanks to Marci Tyldesley, of Cape Cod PR, and Kristen Mitchell Hughes, for sharing information with The Thrifty New England Traveler, on this fun event!

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