Bristol Swedish Social Club serves up clam chowder

Published on Sunday, 15 September 2019 15:16
Written by Michelle Jalbert


BRISTOL - With overcast weather Saturday, it was the perfect day for a cup of warm clam chowder.

The Bristol Swedish Social Club was serving just that at their 12th annual Clam Bake.

Brian Murphy, president of the club, estimated that around 70 people turned out to the event that featured music, games and tons of food.

Guests dined on chowder, raw clams and steamed clams in addition to grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and a chicken dinner. There was such a variety because “that way everyone can always have something to eat,” said Murphy.

Karin Schidat, of Oxford, said she enjoyed the food and how nice the members of the Swedish Social Club are.

As people ate, they listened to “Acoustic Howie” from the band “Rule 62” and the rock band “Unfinished Business.”

“I enjoyed Howie so much -his beautiful acoustic guitar,” said Sue Provenzano.

“The entertainment was amazing,” agreed her husband, Chuck.

Bill Zantow, treasurer and vice president of the German-American Society of Bristol, also enjoyed the event. He ate two bowls of clam chowder.

The Bristol Swedish Social Club bought their hall at 38 Barlow St. from the German club.

“We have several members from the German Club who support the Swedish Club,” he said. “Great food, good music - wouldn’t miss it.”

The Bristol Swedish Social Club is currently looking for new members. Jim Dionne, a member, recommended joining.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever did,” he said. “We’re a great organization. We try to reach out and do things for the community.”

The club’s next event is a Halloween costume party. Check for more information.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 15 September 2019 15:16. Updated: Sunday, 15 September 2019 15:18.