Fisherman’s Ball is Nov. 16; Truscott up for Crow’s Nest salute

Fisherman’s Ball is Nov. 16; Truscott up for Crow’s Nest salute

Ted Truscott

Ted Truscott
Ted Truscott
LITTLE COMPTON — The Sakonnet community will mark the end of this summer season by celebrating the time-honored Fisherman’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 6-10 p.m. at the Sakonnet Point Club. The event, which is open to the public, will also celebrate this year’s winner of the Crow’s Nest Award, William “Ted” Truscott.

The Fisherman’s Ball enjoys a rich history dating back to 1939. Life Magazine featured a pictorial of the event in October of 1940.

A highlight is the awarding of the Crow’s Nest Award. This tradition, established anonymously in 1967, trumpets the Point’s Citizen of the Year.  The recipient must be a resident, employed at the Point, a fisherman, or regular visitor and have made a significant personal difference to the general wellbeing of the Sakonnet area.

The bronze award is mounted to the transom of an old skiff taken from the Fo’c’s’le. The committee of 1967 created the bronze award featuring Ahab standing in the Crow’s Nest looking through the long glass hoping to sight the great white whale — “We all spend some time in the ‘crow’s nest’ in search of something.” The Committee hoped the award would serve to recognize at least a few of those who keep their long glass in focus.

The award is permanently displayed at the entrance of the Sakonnet Point Club bar. It is not presented each year, only when the committee decides there is a worthy nominee.

Prior winners:

1967 Carl M. Wilcox

1968 William H. Gifford

1969 Eleanor F. Carroll

1971 Gus Bounakes

1972 James Blades

1973 Tony Parascandolo

1974 John Brayton

1975 Edward Brayton

1976 Ernest Rogers

1977 Harry Woodbury

1988 David Brayton

1989 Nina Blades

1990 Tom Haire

2000 Bud Phillips

2001 Jane Cabot

2003 Richard Rogers

2005 Gary Mataronas

2006 Peter Sullivan

2008 Trip Samson

2009 Brett Haire

2010 Friends of the Sakonnet Lighthouse

2012 Hope and Michael Hudner

This year’s menu will feature a raw bar, a carving Station with prime rib and blackened pork loin, hors d’oeuvres, and a clam chowder station. Cost is $35, children under 12, $10. A cash bar will be available. To keep with tradition, guests are encouraged to come in nautical/fishing attire. Space is limited, —  call (401) 635-2582 x406 early for tickets.