The 2021 Oyster Roast was a rousing success.
After a postponement in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Historic Rosedale’s Oyster Roast tradition came roaring back in 2021.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, over one hundred and eighty sponsors, guests, volunteers and staff gathered in the Rosedale Pavilion for a wonderful afternoon of great food and fellowship. Croquet was available on the lawn and custom logoed corn hole boards were set-up between the oyster tables and the seating area. Music was provided by Mr. Barclay and friends and set a festive mood. The Pavilion shone in its first large event for the Historic Rosedale Foundation and we look forward to many more gatherings in this venue in the future.
A feast was provided by Charlotte’s The Comet Grill owned and operated by Tommy Noblet. Roasted-to-perfection oysters were, of course, the star attraction. There was lively conversation at the shucking tables and custom oyster knives crafted at Rosedale’s blacksmith shop could be spotted here and there. A traditional Low-country boil and hot dog bar rounded out the day’s menu. Thank you to all the volunteer oyster roasters and the staff at The Comet Grill for such satisfying and delicious fare.
The Oyster Roast is a main fundraiser for the Historic Rosedale Foundation which shoulders the responsibility of caretaking our circa 1815 house, gardens, and grounds. This year’s event raised just over $9,000 for the Foundation, an all-time high. In addition, almost $1,500 was raised for the African American Legacy at Historic Rosedale project. The Legacy project will expand the presentation of the story of those enslaved at Rosedale, focusing on the roles of the enslaved in daily life at Rosedale prior to Emancipation and the stories of some of the descendants after the Civil War and into the 21st century.
An event this size can only happen with the dedication and support of many hands. Historic Rosedale is fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers; we cannot thank you enough for your loyalty and hard work. In addition, we thank our sponsors: Ms. Dale Halton and Mr. Fred Wagner, Dr. Rick Zuber, Dr. Cleve Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spada, Mr. and Mrs. Don Abernathy, The American Welding Society, Mrs. Barbara McCray Jackson, Ms. Elizabeth Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Weisiger, Ms. Peggy Young, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Baucom. Of course, without ticket sales there would be no event; thank you to all who purchased tickets and came out to support this event.
Special thanks and well wishes go out to Dr. Rick Zuber, long time Oyster Roast Chairman, for leading the Oyster Roast team and effort. Rick will be stepping down as Chairman after this year’s event to focus on other non-profit commitments and we wish him all the best – We couldn’t have done it without you, “Zuber”.