NARRAGANSETT—As Memorial Day approaches, the fishing community gathers to commemorate fellow fishermen who have been lost at sea. The ninth annual ‘Seafood Harvest Fest’ on Wednesday evening brought together former and current fishermen for an evening of conversation and food.
“This event has always been a success,” said Mike Marchetti, a local fisherman. “It’s always packed and there is great food. It’s a really great gig.”
The event was held at Spain Restaurant which offered a buffet style dinner, drinks and music. Food was also donated by local restaurants. Members of the Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial organized a raffle of numerous prizes, such as a ‘women’s basket’ which included candles and gift certificates to a local spa. The dinner also gives fisherman a chance to catch up with each other and forget about the daily travails associated with the fishing industry.
“Besides the fact that this is a benefit, it is important to get out and be human,” said Marchetti. “The social aspect of this I think is bigger than anything.”
“[The annual dinner] is one of the few gatherings that fishermen can bring their wives and children to for a special day, not a work day,” said Terri Frascone of RI Red Seafood. “We hold three decent fundraisers a year and they are the only social network for fishermen. It really brings us together.”
Former members of the fishing community who may not have seen friends also reconnect at the dinner.
“I was a commercial fisherman 30 years ago for a short time, stayed in the fishing industry and then got away,” said David Moultrop. “But I am still very supportive.”
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