June 22, 2020: While social distancing kept the usual crowds from gathering for Doug the Quahog’s annual summer prognostication, the Cape’s beloved hard-shelled mollusk delivered an optimistic message for the 2020 summer season.
At the 12th Annual Quahog Day ceremony at the Blue Water Resort in South Yarmouth, Doug opted to forego his traditional beach weather prediction in favor of using his platform to urge visitors to return to the Cape as local businesses continue to reopen. The quirky, annual event, sponsored by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and emceed this year by NECN meteorologist Tim Kelley, has come to symbolize a rite of passage into the summer season for Cape Codders.
“Doug decided that for just this year, he’ll leave the weather forecasting to the meteorologists and remind our visitors how much he and all of Cape Cod loves them,” said Cape Cod Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross. “After a challenging few months, Cape Cod businesses are OPEN and it's our patriotic duty to get out there and support these small businesses and Main Streets.”
“Doug,” the Cape’s official quahog, has been the peninsula’s little weather soothsayer since 2009. He whispers into the ear of Johnny Quahog of The Quahog Republic, the only human known to translate the secret quahog bi-valve language.
Doug, who was still flanked by his loyal Quahog security crew despite the absence of onlookers, looks forward to returning to his annual tradition of predicting summer beach weather for Cape Cod in 2021.
Be on Doug Watch all year long: Like Doug on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and find him on Instagram!
Ever wonder how Doug the Quahog first launched from the dinner plate right into the spotlight? "Behind the Mollusk: The Story of Johnny & Doug" traces Doug’s story from start to finish...the life of this successful New England Prognosticator lies much deeper than his hard shell! Check out Doug's story in the video below!
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