Rotary Club sets oyster roast

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mouthwatering mollusks will be on the menu when the Rotary Club of North Suffolk hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year at a picturesque Chuckatuck locale later this month.

The club’s 11th annual oyster roast will take place on the grassy fields of Kirk Farm, off Everets Road, on Nov. 14.

The social gathering starts at 3 p.m., and the fresh-roasted oysters will be served up from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 each, which includes oysters, peanuts and beverages including beer and wine.

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“It’s a beautiful location — we have had it there since the start,” said Tom Conway, chair of the club’s oyster roast organizing committee.

“It’s a fall day outdoors, and you get a lot of local people, business people, local families, (and) they just get together” and enjoy themselves. “There’s a lot of joking and mingling going on.”

The event benefits charities, Conway said, including Stop Hunger Now and the Ebenezer United Methodist Church youth group.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” he said. “We also get sponsors from local businesses too; they will be involved in the process.”

Including 30 to 40 volunteers, the event is expected to draw between 350 and 400 people, Conway said.

Going by previous years, he said participants are likely to pry a lot of shells, with somewhere between 40 and 60 bushels of oysters to be roasted.

“It’s a really simple oyster roast (with) beer, wine and peanuts — that’s it,” he said.

Parking for the event is in a field close to the roast. “It’s a farm event,” Conway said. “Come in work clothes, a pair of boots, whatever.”

The event will go ahead rain, hail or shine, he said, adding, “We’ve never been washed out.”

Information on the roast and other events is available at “We’d like people to support the event,” Conway said.