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Attendees of the annual Airlie Oyster Roast enjoy a feast of oysters, barbeque and fried fish at Airlie Gardens on Oct. 19, 2012.
The annual Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 6-11 p.m. with proceeds going to the renovation of the park’s outdoor classrooms.
“It’s always for environmental education. This year specifically it’s to help renovate our outdoor classrooms for our education programs,” Flo Berry, Airlie Gardens guest services coordinator said on Oct. 4. “They are in different areas of the gardens, like our Butterfly Garden. We have about five outdoor classrooms.”
The Airlie Oak lawn, home of the famous 467-year-old live oak tree, will be the site of the roast. Attendees will be served dinner, a peck of oysters and two drinks. Besides oysters, roast-goers may sample appetizers, Carolina BBQ and fried fish.
The evening will feature music and entertainment by Heartbeat of Soul and the Sea Pans, a steel drum band that will be playing island sounds during happy hour.
Tickets are still available for $75 each, but Berry warned the event has sold out beforehand in years past.
Call 910-798-7700 for more information, or visit airliegardens.org to order tickets online.