Oyster Roast to benefit preservation and elementary school

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Proceeds from the third annual Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast will support restoration efforts of historic Howell Cottage (home of the chamber and Wrightsville’s Visitor Center) and projects at the island’s elementary school.

The roast will be open to the public and held on Oceanic Pier on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

“Every dime raised at our first Oyster Roast was spent to replace the back wall of Howell Cottage,” says Sue Bulluck, chamber president. “This coming year, we will continue to work on our roof, but will be sharing our proceeds to help address needs identified by the Wrightsville Elementary PTA.”

On the menu will be an estimated 40 bushels of fresh local oysters, shrimp plates, sides, sauces, hushpuppies, desserts, drinks, and optional bar. Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, tickets are only $40 per person and are available at Robert’s Grocery, South End Surf Shop, Wrightsville Beach Museum, or online at www.Wrightsville.org. Ticket sales are limited.

“The chamber has been out front on FEMA flood insurance changes and appeals,” says Bulluck. “One of our top agenda items for 2016 is a vision plan addressing reasonable redevelopment requirements for the business community in the event of a severe hurricane. We dodged a bullet with Joaquin. Under current rules, the business structures on the island could not be rebuilt to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and tourists.”

Howell Cottage is located in Historic Square, off Salisbury Street near Town Hall on Wrightsville Beach. Historic Square is also home to Myers Cottage, built in 1907, and Palmgren-O’Quinn house, built in 1946.

Wrightsville Beach has more than 20 historically designated properties, representing a span of Carolina coastal living and architecture from 1907 to 1955.

Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization, “serving the interests of citizens, tourists, and the business community for over 30 years,” says Bulluck.

Oyster Roast tickets are available in-person at Robert’s Grocery, South End Surf Shop, Wrightsville Beach Museum, or online at www.Wrightsville.org.

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