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Oysters, clams and 70 degree weather? We’ll take it! On Saturday, March 1st, the Georgia Conservancy hosted its most successful Oyster Roast to date under sunny skies and spring-like temperatures. Over 400 guests gathered on the bluff of Richardson Creek at Captain Butler’s Retreat on Whitemarsh Island (Savannah) to celebrate the Georgia coast and to support the Georgia Conservancy’s efforts to protect this fragile, unique ecosystem.
Oyster Roast shuckers feasted on Sapelo Sea Farm oysters and clams, as well as a low-country boil prepared by the Conservancy’s Bryan Schroeder. Savannah’s Benton Hill Band churned out hit after hit for the crowd to enjoy. And what event is complete without beer from SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta?
The 2014 Oyster Roast, presented by Georgia Power, saw Conservancy members, staff and trustees welcome new friends from across Georgia as they converged on Savannah and Tybee Island for the day of celebration.
The Oyster Roast could not have been a success without the generous support of this year’s sponsors, which included Georgia Power, SweetWater Brewing Company, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Waste Management and Mermaid Cottages of Tybee Island.
“Contributions from our sponsors and volunteers from the coastal community helped make this event a success,” said Georgia Conservancy Coastal Director Clay Mobley. “It was rewarding to see attendees celebrating our coast while enjoying delicious Georgia oysters on the island where I grew up. Our hope is that recycling leftover shells from oyster roasts will become the status quo. That way, new oyster reefs will be built and future generations will be able to enjoy this longtime coastal tradition."
At this year’s Oyster Roast, the Georgia Conservancy recognized the wonderful conservation victory of Thompson’s Island on Ebenezer Creek near Springfield and our current work leading Cumberland Island’s alternative spring break volunteer program.
Money and awareness raised by the 2014 Oyster Roast will go to support the Conservancy’s mission to conserve Georgia’s land and water.