09/11/19 4:30pm

COURTESY PHOTO
Charity Robey and Jane Lear present “Bay to Table: Clams in Oysterponds” on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at the Orient Yacht Club.

Island writer and the Reporter Off the Fork columnist Charity Robey will be venturing across the moat next weekend to speak about local clams with fellow journalist, Jane Lear. The Reporter caught up with Ms. Robey to learn some fun facts about clams. 

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09/06/19 10:00am

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS
Clam chowder made from Melva Sherman’s recipe.

On the East End of Long Island, people have been opening clams and eating them for a very long time, starting with native Americans who left piles of clamshells behind to attest to their enthusiasm. The Shelter Island Historical Society has a letter written in 1820 by Sylvester Dering describing the discovery of a large number of clam shells found while digging a well- 40 feet down, suggesting some very old archaeological evidence of clam consumption. 

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