Falmouth, MA (June 21, 2019) – Despite overcast skies and rainy weather on the first day of summer, Doug the Quahog emerged from his famous shell and delivered sunny news to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered at the waterfront Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth on Friday.
During the 11th Annual Quahog Day ceremony overlooking Old Silver Beach, Doug predicted 75 days of beach weather. But he also reminded people: It’s always cooler on the Cape! The quirky, annual community event—this year sponsored by Cape Air—has come to symbolize a rite of passage into the summer season for Cape Codders.
“Doug,” the Cape’s official quahog (pronounced ko-hog), has been the peninsula’s little weather soothsayer for the past 11 years. In traditional style, Doug and his human sidekick, Johnny Quahog, made an impressive arrival—this year on fat tire bikes provided by Rideaway Adventures of Mashpee and Sandwich. Upon arrival at the Sea Crest, Doug and Johnny disembarked onto a red carpet flanked by their Quahog Security Detail, a team of black-suited men and women armed with clamming rakes. They were also greeted by quahog fans and Fox 25 News Anchor Gene Lavanchy, who emceed this year’s festivities.
In front of a hushed crowd, Doug whispered his summer 2019 weather outlook into the ear of Johnny Quahog, widely known as the Secretary General of The Quahog Republic. Johnny, reportedly the only human who can translate the secret quahog bi-valve language, then relayed the sunny forecast to Lavanchy to share with the crowd.
The “75 days” announcement was met with raucous cheers from attendees, many of whom said they doubted summer would ever begin.
“After one of the rainiest Aprils on record and a very rainy June,” said Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, “people are ready for some sunny news from Doug, who is more than a shell of a local celebrity. He has earned an excellent reputation for delivering an accurate forecast. I know we are all ready for summer to finally begin!”
Quahog Day was conceived by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in 2009, after years of fielding calls from people asking what the weather would be like months ahead of their pending vacation. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity. It was even listed among “63 Reasons Why We Love the Cape and Islands” in the latest May/June issue of Yankee Magazine.
Following the ceremony, the celebration continued with plenty of laughs and fun photo opportunities with Doug, Johnny and Gene Lavanchy!
For more information, please visit www.QuahogDay.com.
You can find Doug on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DougtheQuahog. Doug also makes appearances at various Cape Cod events over the course of the year, including the Hydrangea Festival, the Falmouth Road Race, Pops by the Sea and the Barnstable County Fair .