Clam Jam for a Cause at the Wellfleet Beachcomber
By: Susan Blood, June 4, 2012
The big news at the Beachcomber is that there was a freakin' Nor'easter on Monday. In rough weather they have to batten it down and you feel like one of the lifesavers who lived there when it was a Life Saving Service station—mostly because the cell service is really sketchy and it's near impossible to do much more than text.
The other big news is that there will allegedly be a human-powered bike blender mixing margaritas on Thursday.
It's part of Clam Jam, a party totally donated by the Beachcomber and friends. (They donate the food and music; you donate $30.) It's a fundraiser for the Beachcomber's Pan Mass Challenge team, started by the 'Comah's kitchen manager/food guru, Chris Ross.
If you go...
Wellfleet Beachcomber Clam Jam
Thursday, June 7 at the 'Combah
1120 Cahoon Hollow Road, Wellfleet
All donations benefit the team’s fundraising efforts for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon and a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry.
Kids under 10 get in free!
In 2009, Ross rode the Pan Mass in honor of his wife Deanna's father, who had passed away from cancer. He was joined by a former 'Comah employee, Jared Jackson:
“I pinged [Chris] and said I’d ride the last 20 from the 'Comah into P’town,” Jackson said. “As we rode, we hatched a plan to build out a Beachcomber team. We rode in 2010 together with a few employees and I think we had 7 riders. Last year, we built it to 14 total.”
This year the team is up to 21 riders, including four past and present employees. Jackson, who lost his mom to cancer the night his son was born, expects the team to raise $100k this year.
“Given the Beachcomber is on the route,” he says, “[and] that many cycle to the beach for a drink, and that all are touched by cancer, we think it’s a perfect fit.”
Clam up and jam
It's one of the few times when kids get to hear a band at the 'Comah – the Elbows start it off at 4 PM, followed by the Rip It Ups and the Sarah Swain Band.
There's fried clams, clam chowder, raw bar, steamers, steamed littlenecks, boneless buffalo wings and salad - plus chicken fingers for those kids who are being shamelessly groomed to eventually turn 21.
As the man in the video says, “you gotta start off slow and work your way up.”
When those chicken finger-lickin' kids do turn 21, the Incredible Casuals will probably still be playing. They tried to quit the 'Comah but they just can't. It's like if the Ramones made Fatal Attraction instead of Rock and Roll High School, but with less rabbits.
Despite threats to the contrary (last week they were only scheduled to play the first and last weekends), the Casuals will play their traditional Sunday afternoon happy hour spot this Sunday (June 10), 5pm until they collapse in a sweaty heap.
To be clear, the only thing “traditional” about the Casuals is the time slot, which they've been playing for more than 30 years.
Old habits die hard.