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Anchor Chain Chowder
September 18 :: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Seafood Chowder Potluck Hosted by Lucy and Roger King, and Lyn and Jim Grenier
Please bring fish, clams, shrimp, etc. for the pot (about 1 lb per couple required), and let us know if you’ll be bringing bread or desserts.
Many years ago three sailors, hungry and weary of traveling, came upon a small New England yacht club. The members, suffering a meager harvest and many years of rising food prices, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the yacht club, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.
The sailors spoke quietly among themselves and the first sailor then turned to the yacht club members. “Your gardens and stores have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make chowder from anchor chain.”
Naturally, the club members were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the club’s’ greatest kettle as the sailors dropped in a bright new anchor chain. “Now this will be a fine chowder”, said the second sailor; “but a pinch of salt and some bacon would make it wonderful!” Up jumped a club member, crying “What luck! I’ve just remembered where some’s been left!” And off she ran, returning with salt, an apronful of bacon chunks and several scallions. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the members improved: soon cream, fish, clams, shrimp, crab, onion, celery, mushrooms and corn had found their way into the great pot, and many bottles of wine, bread loaves, and johnny cake were carried into the meeting room as all sat down to feast.
They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. At the end of the meal, the four sailors found the entire membership standing before them. “You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make chowder from anchor chain”, said the Commodore, “and we shall never forget.” The third sailor turned to the crowd, and said: “There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast.” And off the dock the three sailors sailed, out with the tide to the river’s mouth and onto the great ocean.