34th Grand Na­tional Water­fowl Hunt be­gins Thurs­day

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — The 34th an­nual Grand Na­tional Water­fowl Hunt be­gins Thurs­day, Nov. 17, in Dorch­ester County and runs through Satur­day, Nov. 19.

The an­nual hunt is spon­sored by the Grand Na­tional Water­fowl As­so­ci­a­tion, a group formed to pro­mote Dorch­ester County the way hunt­ing is pro­moted in other re­gions through spe­cial hunts that draw out-of-town guests. The Grand Na­tional Water­fowl As­so­ci­a­tion un­der­writes a col­lege schol­ar­ship pro­gram, the Grand Na­tional Water­fowl Ed­u­ca­tional Trust. The schol­ar­ships are awarded an­nu­ally to stu­dents pur­su­ing a ca­reer in a nat­u­ral sci­ence.

The Hunt Week agenda be­gins Thurs­day with a re­cep­tion and reg­is­tra­tion at the Cam­bridge Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press from noon to 5 p.m., with a new shoot­ers ori­en­ta­tion meet­ing at 4 p.m. at the ho­tel. A wel­come re­cep­tion will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Gov­er­nors Hall at Sail­winds Park in Cam­bridge.

Fri­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties fea­ture a hunter’s break­fast from 4:30 to 6 a.m. at the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, which is fol­lowed by the hunt from 6 to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be an An­nie Oak­ley Lun­cheon and Auc­tion for women at the Art Bar in Cam­bridge. There will be a lunch for hunters at 11:30 a.m. at the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, and a hunter event from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Then­dara 4-H Cen­ter.

The Grand­tas­tic Jam­boree will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 18, at Gov­er­nors Hall at Sail­winds Park in Cam­bridge, with per­for­mances from Bird Dog and the Road Kings and An­i­mal House. Tick­ets will be $40 at the gate, and $35 in ad­vance.

The jam­boree is the hunt’s pub­lic event. The jam­boree is be­ing catered by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 vol­un­teers fea­tur­ing the down home coun­try cook­ing of Judy Tieder, along with oys­ters on the half shell by the Kool Ice Shuck­ers. Food will be served at 5 p.m.

Menu for the jam­boree fea­tures oys­ter frit­ters, pit bar­be­cue, soft-shell crab sand­wiches, crab soup, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the Grand Na­tional Water­fowl As­so­ci­a­tion of­fice lo­cated at 201 Mary­land Ave., Cam­bridge and at E.S. Hub­bert & Son, 403 Sun­burst High­way, Cam­bridge.

Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties fea­ture a hunter’s Break­fast from 4:30 to 6 a.m. at the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, which is fol­lowed by the hunt from 6 to 11 a.m. The Tur­lock So­ci­ety In­duc­tion for new shoot­ers will be held at the Bromwell res­i­dence from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The fi­nal event will be the awards ban­quet and auc­tion from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Gov­er­nors Hall at Sail­winds Park.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-228-0111 or send an email to gnwa@ver­i­zon.net.

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