Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 Edisto Island Open Land Trust - Oyster Roast / Sand Creek Farm

Amber and Lindsey Young
The first Sunday in November brought warm and sunny weather conditions to the annual Edisto Island Open Land Trust oyster roast. The recently revealed Hutchinson House Heritage Project was in focus with a special fundraising appeal, and with descendants of the Hutchinson family in attendance. The sold out event kicked off at 2 p.m. at Sand Creek Farm, and the capacity crowd of conservationists enjoyed food and live music alongside the salt marsh.

Jeff Dennis with Alicia and Jenks Mikell 
The membership roster at the Edisto Island Open Land Trust (EIOLT) is growing, and the record turnout on Sunday showed it. “The demand for tickets for the annual oyster roast is robust,” said Executive Director John Girault. “We sold out of tickets ahead of the event, and the office phones never stopped ringing with people interested in attending. All of which comes at a good time since we are trying to raise $50,000 dollars by December 10, a date which would enable EIOLT to receive a matching gift towards the Hutchinson House.”

2017 Oyster Roast Benefits Hutchinson House
The Hutchinson House sits on 9-acres of land on Edisto Island, and it has been sitting idle for years. The Phase One plan of the project includes stabilization of the house and protection of the existing structure via a covered shelter. The house restoration plans will be on a long-term timeframe, but the purchase of the acreage and the initial push for funds is being met with generous support from the Edisto community and beyond. The band called Edisto Gumbo provided musical entertainment and caterer Jamie Westendorff of Charleston served up oysters along with barbecue, chicken, and sausage. Shade trees on the property provided respite from the unseasonal heat.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from EIOLT click on 2017 Tomato Open - 2017 I Love Edisto Auction-
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Get the oysters when they're HOT!

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