NEWBERRY — The oysters are back. After taking a year off due to the massive flooding last year, leading to an “oysterless roast,” the Newberry Opera House Guild will again be serving Bowens Island oysters at this year’s annual fundraiser for the Guild from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
“This is an event that people wait for and get excited about. It was a great success last year in spite of the lack of oysters, but we were very eager to get the oysters back,” said event co-chair Samantha Truong. “When Hurricane Matthew hit, we worried we might be in trouble again, but we are good to go.”
The oysters for the event are donated and prepared each year by Robert Barber, whose family owns and operates the Bowens Island Seafood Restaurant. In addition to the oysters, event co-chair Patricia Caldwell said the menu will include turkey stew, a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, beer and wine. There will also be music provided by Doug and Bunny Williams.
“This is one of three major fund raisers organized by the Guild each year and we count on the support of the community to make it a success,” said Guild co-president Laurel Gustufson. “Guild members work hard on this and all the fund raisers, preparing food and selling tickets. It’s fun for everyone involved in spite of the work.”
The Oyster Roast is held at Waldrop Farm, located at 2396 Spearman Road in Newberry. Tickets are $40 and available at the Opera House box office, online at newberryoperahouse.com and from any Guild member. The Guild is open to anyone wishing to help support the Opera House. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House.