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Shellabration at Little Creek Oysters. (Jeremy Garretson photo)

The weather may not have been the sunniest or the cheeriest, but that didn’t stop throngs of bracelet-brandishing shellfish fans from coming out to support Greenport’s 12th annual Shellabration.

Since its inception, the event has dovetailed support for both local restaurants and business owners, as well as the Cornell Cooperative Extension Program’s Back to the Bays Initiative and SPAT Program. With the yearly occurrence of water pollution and its myriad sources making our waters less habitable for sea life, these programs were created to ensure a healthy future for Sound and bays, and everything that dwells within it.

Wristbands for $35 gained entry to the weekend-long festival, where 17 local restaurants created special small-bite dishes for $8 and $5 libation pairings to go with. In addition, a multitude of merchants offered special discounts to Shellabrators, too.

Photographer Jeremy Garretson captured the spirit of the day, from prolific oyster shucking to chowder slurping and local beer and wine sipping. Participating restaurants and purveyors included:

Aw, we wish Shellabration was every weekend!