June 21, 2021: The optimism in the air as we head into the summer of 2021 just keeps growing. At this morning’s 13th Annual Quahog Day, the Cape’s beloved hard-shelled mollusk, “Doug the Quahog”, brought bright news with a forecast of 100 days of sunshine on tap.
Each year on the first day of summer, Doug predicts precisely how many days of sun we can look forward to on the Cape. Today’s forecast was Doug’s sunniest ever in his 13 years of duty.
“100 days, this is amazing!” said Cape Cod Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross. “This will bring us into the shoulder months of September and October, which we all know are glorious on the Cape. This looks to be our longest and brightest summer in a very long time.”
Today’s ceremony was held at the beautiful Pelham House Resort, overlooking the water in Dennis Port. As usual, Doug was joined by his sidekick “Johnny Quahog” to whom he secretly whispered his forecast. Chris Lambton, who is a Dennis Selectman and HGTV personality, was on hand to emcee the festivities. And as always, Doug was flanked by his stealth - some might say even quirky - security team.
Quahog Day was conceived by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and has come to symbolize a rite of passage into the summer season for Cape Codders. This year’s event is especially meaningful as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Chamber. The forecast also comes just a days into our post-pandemic world, where Covid restrictions have been lifted and life is returning to normal.
“After a challenging year, we can now move forward, get back to normal and enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer,” said Northcross. “We encourage everyone - residents and visitors - to get out and support our small businesses, restaurants and Main Streets, who weathered a rocky year during the pandemic. It’s time to put your money where your heart is.”
This year’s ceremony was closed to the public, but video footage by Shoreline Media Productions is above and on the Cape Cod Chamber’s @VisitCapeCod social media channels and YouTube channel!
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 2022.
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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