Timing is Everything!

Jul 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Oysterville Sea Farms, 2006

     Last night, just hours after we’d been told that our neighbor Dan would no longer be selling or serving any food products at his Oysterville Sea Farms, we watched “Oysterville, an Oyster Lover’s Paradise” on Channel 5’s Northwest Backroads.  It was all about Dan’s business and his delicious Willabay products available right up the street.
     It was a great program.  It interviewed Dan as he worked – out the oyster beds at low tide; zipping along in his boat on the bay; in and around his business headquarters at the old Northern Oysters cannery building.  Dan talked about being a third generation oysterman and about his concerns for maintaining good water quality in the bay.
     He talked about his feeling of responsibility toward his family heritage in the oyster business here and about his efforts to preserve the oyster presence in our little village.  Dan’s sensibilities are near and dear to my heart.  It especially pleases me that he is the “next” generation – that Oysterville will continue to be treasured for years to come.
     All the while we watched, I had the feeling that I’d seen or heard bits of the footage before.  “But,” I told myself, I’ve just recently seen some clips of Dan in the first DVD in Keith Cox’s series, ‘The Oystermen.’  And, I’ve seen and talked to ‘Dan live’ within the last few days.  I’m just addled,” I thought.
     Yet, when the program was over, I still felt confused.  Can I get that great clam chowder and a glass of wine on Dan’s deck now… or not?  Can I send our houseguests over to the cannery to get Oysterville oysters… or not?
     I decided to do a little research and found myself even more confused by recent Willabay Facebook entries – no to oyster shooters or oysters on the half shell it seems, but yes to fresh Willapa bay oysters.   I wanted to call and talk to Dan directly, but business hours at the Sea Farms were over, and it always seems cheeky to bother people at home.
     Finally, I checked out Channel 5’s website and found that the program I had just watched was a re-run from last September!  No wonder I was having those déjà vu moments.  And no wonder I’m confused.  A lot can happen in that amount of time – especially in Oysterville!

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