Oyster Roast - Know Before You Go!
Welcome to the Oyster Roast! We’re honored to host you for an afternoon celebrating Georgia’s incredible coast and the Georgia Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary!
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at the fabulous Grove Point Plantation - generously donated by Great Dane Trailers. Thank you to Tim and Heather Filgate from Grove Point for their tireless work supporting this event and working with the Georgia Conservancy to host the best Oyster Roast ever! Thank you to Charlie Phillips from Sapelo Sea Farms, SweetWater Brewing Company and Dwight and Erica Davis from Erica Russo Davis Catering - they make the Oyster Roast happen! A huge thank you to our sponsors, our event chairs and our host committee (listed below) -- without your support there would be no Oyster Roast!
The Oyster Roast 411
Address: Grove Point Plantation, 2298 Grove Point Rd., Savannah, GA 31419
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM (VIP early access registration begins at 2:15 PM)
Attire: Casual, comfortable, coastal attire
Parking: After turning onto Grove Point Road, you will drive approximately 2.5 miles to a white gate at which point the paved road will turn to gravel. Be on the look out for volunteers and staff assisting with parking. With over 450 guests, you may have to walk a short distance before you get to registration. If you have someone in your party who needs assistance, please let us know when you arrive and we will accommodate them.
What to expect: The best way to know what to expect at the Oyster Roast? Watch our recap video from last year!
Getting in: VIP registration starts at 2 PM. After 3 PM we will have one line for all guests. Please bring your ticket on your smart phone, tablet or printed out on paper. Can’t find your ticket? Don’t worry, we will be able to look up your purchase using your last name.
We will be checking IDs at the door. Guests ages 21 and up will get a wristband for beer when they check-in. Only patrons with a wristband will be able to get a beer. Only patrons with a VIP wrist band will be able to access the VIP tent. We will give each guest a ticket for a pulled pork BBQ sandwich.
What to bring: Be sure to bring sunscreen, camping or beach chairs, quilts, yard games (lawn darts prohibited), a cooler (outside food or beverages permitted, we’re cool like that), bug spray, oyster knife (we’re providing them, but it’s always nice to have your own), a personal hot sauce favorite (we’re partial to Darn Good Hot Sauce - official hot sauce at the 2017 Oyster Roast), an identification card (if you’re drinking), and anything else you might enjoy on a beautiful spring afternoon in the sun!
Food: When you arrive at the event, you will see long tables set up with gloves, oyster knives and hot sauce. Over the course of the event our oyster steaming volunteers, supporting the great work of Erica Russo Davis Low Country Catering, will be shuttling oysters from the steamer to the table and helping to keep the tables clean. The oysters being served are some of the best in the word - delivered straight to Grove Point Plantation by Charlie Phillips from Sapelo Sea Farms Seafood. Please note that each “oyster” is usually a clump of three or four oysters - so look twice after you shuck once. Why do our oysters clump? Georgia’s tide fluctuation is one of the largest on the east coast and our oysters cling together to keep from being washed away … so you can eat them. Mixed in with the Oysters will be a selection of Charlie Philips’s famous clams grown on the back side of Sapelo Island. Watch this video of Charlie’s incredible clam operation.
Non-oyster food: In addition to oysters, Erica Russo Davis Low Country Catering will be serving their delicious BBQ and veggie burgers.
Beer: SweetWater Brewing Company will be serving up their 420 Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Georgia Brown Ale, Grass Monkey and Goin’ Coastal. SweetWater beer is all you can enjoy … however, intoxicated guests will not be served. We’ll not be serving wine or hard drinks for general admission guests. Beer can only be poured into our official 2017 Oyster Roast cups - and each guest only gets one cup, please reuse!
Non-alcoholic beverages: We’ll have coolers of soft drinks and bottled water (please recycle!) scattered around the ground of the Oyster Roast in coolers. We’ll also have coolers of water at the SweetWater trailer for you to enjoy.
Marsh Life: Great news! Saturday’s weather report is clear skies and a high of 62. Bad news! Saturday’s weather report is clear skies and a high of 62 … the favorite weather for no-see-ums. Ah, such is Marsh Life in the spring. Please consider bug spray (skin-so-soft) when leaving the house - or even wearing synthetic long sleeved shirt and pants. We will have GC “buffs” in our merchandise store that are great for blocking gnats when you’re not shucking and eating oysters.
Merchandise: We will have Georgia Conservancy 50th Anniversary shirts, GC Oyster Roast shirts, GC Firelight shirts, water bottles, hats and brand new GC kids shirts for sale! We take check and cash.
Darn Good Hot Sauce: A special thanks to our hot sauce supporter, Darn Good Seasoning!
Music: We’re fortunate to be treated to an afternoon of bluegrass and Americana music courtesy of Savannah’s own City Hotel.
Kids and Dogs: The Oyster Roast is a kid friendly event. Kids under 14 are welcome at the Oyster Roast for free. We’re excited to offer free face painting again this year. Dogs are welcome if they are nice pups, on a leash, with good owners who clean up after them. We reserve the right to ask dog owners with aggressive dogs (or who can’t keep their dog on a leash) to leave the Oyster Roast.
Need a place to stay? Mermaid Cottages is offering the Georgia Conservancy Oyster Roast Attendees an incredible opportunity to support the Conservancy by taking advantage of an exclusive discounted rate on overnight stays at one of its many 2-5 bedroom cottages.
The offer includes -
- your choice of any available Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island
- In lieu of a nightly rental fee, you will only be charged a housekeeping fee (this fee will be whatever the normal housekeeping fee is for the property you choose; you will see it in the reservation costs when you book your reservation; housekeeping fees differ with smaller cottages having a a lower housekeeping fee than larger homes) an $89 damage waiver/reservation fee and there will also be 13% tax charges on these fees.
- **Optional - there is a $130 pet fee if you choose a pet-friendly cottage and plan to bring a pet
- Please wait to make your reservation the until the week before the event
Run of show:
2:15 p.m. - VIP Check-In Begins - American Spirit Whisky cocktails in VIP area
3:00 p.m. - General Admission Check-In begins
3:00 p.m. - Music starts
4:15 p.m. - Oyster service and beer pouring stop and we will host a brief program
5:30 p.m. - Last call
6:00 p.m. - Oyster Roast is over!
6:30 p.m. - Grove Point is closed and all non-authorized guests will be asked to head home.
OYSTER ROAST CHAIRS AND HOST COMMITTEE
2017 GEORGIA CONSERVANCY OYSTER ROAST COASTAL CHAIRS
Charles and Cindy McMillian, Roger and Eva Bowman, Steve Green, Holden and Caroline Hayes, Senator Mack Mattingly and Leslie Mattingly, and Randal and Lisa Morris
2017 GEORGIA CONSERVANCY OYSTER ROAST HOST COMMITTEE
Will Adeimy, Jamie Smith Arkins, Shannon Banbury, Jenny Britt, Laura Ballock, Donna and Jeremey Blalock, Hunter Bowman, Julian Brummitt, Cealan Clifford, Laurie deVegter, Jen Hilburn, Kevin MacLeod, Alison McGee, Sarah Owen, Bettye Russell, Rob Sutter, Randy Tate, and Joe Thomas.
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