Fishermen serve up oyster stew, learn about alewife

Douglas Watts, author of 'Alewife.' Douglas Watts, author of 'Alewife.'

Douglas Watts, author of 'Alewife.'

Douglas Watts, author of ‘Alewife.’

The Westport Fishermen’s Association invite all to join them for their 2013 Oyster Stew Supper and annual meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 11, at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road.

After dinner and business, guests will learn about alewife from the evening’s guest speaker, author and photographer Douglas Watts.

The dinner is a yearly midwinter treat featuring a time-tested menu of traditional oyster stew, homemade cornbread and fresh-baked apple pie topped with Adamsville cheddar cheese. In order to assure that there is enough stew and seats for everyone, the Fishermen ask that attendees make reservations in advance — reservations must be received by Thursday, Feb. 7.

Reservations for the dinner are $15 per person and can be made by mailing in the number of people in your party and your check made payable to the WFA at PO Box 83 Westport Point MA 02791. Or email the information to dinner coordinator Jennifer Gelinas at wfa.coordinator@westportriver.org .Your name will be on a reservation list at the door when you arrive.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for supper which will be served at 6:30 p.m. The annual meeting portion which is free and open to the public begins at 7:30 p.m.

'Alewife' tells the tale of the once-abundant sea-run fish.

‘Alewife’ tells the tale of the once-abundant sea-run fish.

After supper, Mr. Watts, an advocate for native sea run fish and the rivers of the northeastern US, will speak. He is a consultant for numerous New England conservation groups doing ecological and legal research on the history and health of New England’s coastal river ecosystems. This research forms the bulk and inspiration of “Alewife,” his latest book.

“Alewife” is a personal, biological and historical account of the alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), once one of the most abundant sea-run fish of the US North Atlantic seaboard. Mr. Watts will have plenty of copies on hand for sale and signing. To learn more about the author, his work and his latest book, visit tispaquin.blogspot.com.

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