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Shellabration Restaurant Walk Kicks Off in Greenport This Weekend

Proceeds will benefit SPAT and other local projects.

For the second year in a row, Greenport will celebrate seafood and wine during the Shellabration Restaurant Walk this weekend.

The event will take place both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and is hosted by the Greenport Rotary Club.

Fourteen restaurants will participate in the two-day seafood celebration: For $15, participants can buy a wristband for admission to all 14 restaurants, where $5 tapas-sized local seafood dishes and $3 wine pairings will be offered.
 
Proceeds benefit Southold Project in Aquaculture Training, and projects of the Greenport Rotary Club. 

For reservations, click here. Make a reservation online to pick up a wristband at the East End Maritime Museum. Reservations are limited and tickets can only be purchased online.  

Last year,Southold resident John Kramer explained how the first "Shellabration" was born. Kramer said he would throw a party every January at his house overlooking Jockey Creek at Harpers Point, calling the bash “Clamabration” to celebrate how much fun he had clamming just outside his doorstep during the winter.

Those house parties, which grew so big he eventually had to move them to the Wharf House at Founders Landing, were the inspiration for "Shellabration."

Kramer said that an oyster farm that he cultivated under the water along his property beginning in the early 1990s was the spark that started the SPAT program. He met SPAT founder Kim Tetrault when he brought his house, and Tetrault told him he could see 300,000 oysters being able to grow under his docks.

Kramer, 68, also retired from the insurance business in 2005, when he formed SoutholdVoice, an organization to put environmental and property rights issues out there to be analyzed and debated. 

Kramer told Patch “Shellabration” had been an idea for some time — a way to transform a personal event into one that benefits the greater good.  

Donna Giancontieri December 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
SPAT is a Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk program aimed at restoring, maintaining and replenishing the shellfish stocks in Suffolk waterways. For more information, go to www.ccesuffolk.org

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