Oyster Roast & Dance due Saturday in Deltaville
by Bill Powell
What’s the rule? Oysters in the months ending in “R” . . . or is that “Arrrrgh!”
Well, guess what, it’s September.
And it will be oysters, oysters and oysters, served on the half shell, steamed, and as the popular Oysters Rockefeller by Chef Rob as the mainstay on the buffet for the 7th Annual Oyster Roast and Dance at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park this Saturday, September 7, from 5-9 p.m. Wow, has it been seven already?
The oyster roast will be held in the Museum’s recently completed Events Pavilion. Those of you who have not yet experienced this wonderfully versatile facility need to take this opportunity.
The oyster roast begins immediately after the Annual Member’s Meeting with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. There will be a cash bar serving cold beverages. Eileen Edmonds, Jay Gillespie and Jake Moore will play “unplugged” during the social hour for the enjoyment of the “roasters.”
At 6 p.m., the buffet line opens with the aforementioned oysters, Eastern Carolina barbecue, the popular Randy ‘n’ Billz Kickin’ Chowder, southern style string beans and potatoes, cole slaw, and cookies. Bottled water and tea, sweetened and unsweetened, also are included in the buffet.
The best shuckers anywhere, the Pratt sisters, will have their oyster knives ready. The girls challenge all to eat ‘em faster than they can shuck ‘em. So far, in all the years of the oyster roast, no one has been able to do it!
Sometime between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m., the buffet will close and Eileen and the guys will take the stage, plug in the amps, and step it up with that dancin’ music.
The cash bar will remain open during dinner and until after 8 p.m. Following the museum’s Good Neighbor Policy, the dance will end by 9 p.m.
A few of the 250 tickets are still available at the museum office and Nauti Nell’s in Deltaville through Saturday, September 7, and at the ticket counter at the roast. Those who have mailed their ticket orders during the past week may pick up their tickets as “Will Call.” Tickets during this last week and at the door are $35 per person.
The Groovin’ in the Park concert finale happens the evening of the farmers’ market. Wayne Ruotolo opens at 5 p.m. for the fabulous Janet Martin Band, which takes the stage at 6 p.m. Let the lady take the center!
Don’t forget, the 10th Annual Art and Seafood Festival with car show, pirates, boats, model trains, artists and lots of seafood will be at the maritime park on October 12. Watch the Sentinel in September for more details.
Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.