Otis Redding sang it best: “Sittin’ in the morning sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes. … I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay” … not wasting time Sunday, from 11 a.m. to dark-thirty.
Mark Tognazzini is hosting the sixth annual Fast Eddie Memorial Jam & Oyster Festival at Morro Bay’s Tognazzini’s Dockside Too at 1235 Embarcadero. Free beverages, corn and sea dogs will be available for kids, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the oyster
garden menu (half-dozen oysters for $20), beer and wine, plus musicians’ tips, will benefit Woods Humane Society.
“We started having this memorial the first year he (Capt. Edwin E. Ewing, 1946-2010) died. Eddie was instrumental in my life. I worked for him for three years in the very beginning of my career,” Tognazzini said. “He had a whole other side to him in his guitar playing that people didn’t know, and he was responsible for the music getting a start at Dockside Too.
Eddie was the kind of guy you hated to love yet loved to hate, but he had a soft spot for my dogs. They loved him unconditionally.”
Seven groups will jam, including Ewing’s cousin and his band from Seattle, Craig Forehand & Friends.
For 40 years, Ewing was a commercial fisherman, president and constant board member of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization and vocal advocate for the industry.
His advocacy lives on today.
He regularly spoke his mind at Morro Bay City Council meetings and served on the Morro Bay Harbor Advisory Board.
In February 2009, then-Chairman Jim Phillips expressed his appreciation for Ewing’s “historical understanding and knowledge of the harbor.”
Ewing proceeded to request that “the board keep the boatyard process in mind,” explaining his boat needed to be hauled out, and the closest location was Ventura. They couldn’t take it for a month, which was slightly better than the three months he waited to haul out in 2008.
“We need a boatyard here with at least a 100-ton travel lift,” he said.
Today, the boatyard is still in discussion as written in the July 5 Tribune article, “Leaders eyeing boatyard hub for M.B.,” by reporter Nick Wilson.
Ewing grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and crewed party boats in the 1960s until he was called to Vietnam. Once discharged in 1967, he became one of the youngest candidates to receive the United States Coast Guard Masters License.
Besides operating a sport landing and charter boat, he trawled for shrimp, prawns, halibut and more. In 2007, he participated in attempts to restore lost Central Coast fishing opportunities using an experimental type of trawl gear while fishing in the fishing vessel South Bay.