They arrived in a white panel truck from Livingston’s Bull’s Bay Seafood—36 cold bushels of McClellanville oysters neatly tied up in white bags. It wasn’t long before the bivalves were steaming in giant pots over propane stoves. The chefs (Dr. Gates, Dr. Crosby, Dr. Newhard, Mr. Kaminski and Nathan) then transferred them to giant trays to be delivered by students to the plywood tables under the big tent. Happy oyster-eaters wearing bright orange gloves then grabbed their knives and started shucking. The 2018 Oyster Roast was underway!
Besides oysters, people enjoyed delicious pilau and hot dogs with cold drinks. They wandered past the many items on display at the Silent Auction and made bids for beach houses, art, jewelry, and much more. There was a bake sale out on Front Street with cupcakes, brownies, and lemon pound cake on display. Will Ness played his guitar all afternoon, creating a mellow atmosphere that was just right for the day.
Kingfishers were tired but happy when it was time to break down. They stacked the tables and chairs, returned the borrowed items, packed up the Silent Auction, and hosed off oyster tables and pots. Shells were taken to the recycling center and the whole area policed for stray trash. The white oyster truck went back to McClellanville until next year’s Oyster Roast. Aw shucks! Thanks to all the many sponsors, donors, parents, teachers and students who made this event a success.