Redmen Hall clambake delivers 100s of pounds of food on a steamy Sunday

By Matthew Bernat | Aug 05, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Francis Massey stands on top of the clambake after moving several trays of food on Sunday afternoon.

Thirty-eight bushels of clams. One hundred-fifty pounds of butter. Thirteen hundred pounds of vegetables.

That’s how much food it took to feed the 550 people who attended this year’s annual Redmen Hall clambake, held on Sunday, Aug. 5.

“It’s a lot of work, but totally worth it,” said Steve Curry, who helped manage this year’s bake.

Hot and humid, the weather had members sweating as they ran chowder out to tables just before 2 p.m. Soon after, canvas tarps covering the main course were pulled back as steam from seaweed billowed out. All of the food was prepared the old-fashioned way, on top of a coal bed, with smoldering seaweed heaped around.

Volunteers then ran trays of clams, sweet potatoes and corn to rows and rows of picnic tables.

Redmen member Jeff Reed noted the Hall hosts several events throughout the year for charity, but the clambake is the only one where the proceeds go directly to the Redmen.

“This is how we sustain ourselves for the year,” said Reed. “We try to make the food good, create a fun day and hopefully people come back next year.”

Francis, left, and Brent Massey, move trays of food after it's done cooking. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Ethan Akinis loads a bucket with clams for visitors. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Hannah Fernald ladles clam chowder into cups. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Jeff Reed sets down a wooden tray off clams that just finished cooking. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Lisa Fernald delivers a tray of butter during the clambake. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Held for over 50 years, the clambake draws many people year after year, including the Ratcliffe family. Three generations participated on Sunday. From left: Shawna Salomon, Calvin Ratcliffe, Nancy Ratcliffe and Jacob Salomon. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Redmen Hall members pull back a tarp off the clambake. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Redmen Hall members sold 550 tickets for the Sunday's bake. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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