Hundreds gather for annual Airlie Oyster Roast

by Alex Constantinou
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Staff photo by Emmy Errante 

Buckets of oysters are prepared for guests at the annual Airlie Oyster Roast at Airlie Gardens on Friday, Oct. 18 to benefit the gardens’ Environmental Education programs.

The 13th annual Oyster Roast was held on Friday, Oct. 18, at Airlie Gardens. 

The event is Airlie’s most important fundraising event, with proceeds benefitting the gardens’ Environmental Education programs. 

These programs include a variety of activities, such as kayak tours and bird hikes, for both children and adults interested in environmental and ecological learning, as well as North Carolina curriculum-oriented field trips for school groups. 

The sold-out event included seasonal oysters, Carolina barbecue and a fish fry dinner. Live entertainment was provided by party band Heartbeat of Soul of Greensboro, N.C., and Sea Pans, a steel drum group from Wilmington. Tickets for the event were $75. 

Airlie Gardens’ development manager Janine Powell said the event had more than 600 people in attendance.

“We exceeded last year’s attendance and are just thrilled with the outcome,” Powell said. “We don’t have a figure yet, but we did better than last year.”

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