What a perfectly fun and beautiful afternoon for a Lobster bake! All around a great day with an enjoyable boat ride out of the harbor. Our kiddo quickly found a friend while standing at the bow which made the trip even more fun for her. Arriving dockside we were greeted by Bob and other family members who really offered a warm welcome. And yes, Momma Bennie Alice was standing on the porch to say hello to everyone who passed. Found a table to share with 2 other parties which also contributed to the festive atmosphere. We weren't waiting long before the summer staff came around to take drink orders and shortly thereafter served delicious clam chowder. At the signal, everyone (nearly 200 people) streamed from tables all over the 5-acre island to join an old-fashioned chow line. But what a brilliant operation! The staff forms a small assembly line to put together tray, plate and implements; add the corn, potato, boiled egg, steamers, and 2 lobsters! The line moved swiftly but there was no rush to enjoy on this visit. Staff helped clear the shells and after a respectable break brought around huge square slices of blueberry cake. Still plenty of time to enjoy exploring the island and we had a great long talk with Bob about the history of the clambake and his family's renovation and resurrection of the clambake tradition on Cabbage Island. Real nice folks! And I loved Miss Bennie Alice's favorite line: Just hope you had enough to eat! Make time for this trip. Well worth the money and time for a charming and delicious Maine afternoon.
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