Good weather brought out the crowds for annual
Ocracoke oyster roast…..WITH
By CONNIE LEINBACH
weather and the lure of succulent seafood brought out the crowd last
Saturday for the annual Oyster Roast to benefit the Ocracoke Working
About 250 people stood or sat to shuck
cooked oysters and peel shrimp outside the Fish House in the
village. Along with the 30 bushels of oysters and 225 pounds
shrimp, the crowd consumed two huge pots of fish stew made by Van
O’Neal, noted Hardy Plyler, who works for the Fish House.
come every year,” said Catherine Marryott, from Carney’s Point,
N.J. She and her husband, Jay, stay for the holidays with her
sister Mary Creech and her husband Kipp, who live in Point Harbor,
“This is our fifth oyster roast,” Marryott said.
“We come to Ocracoke for the day purposely for this. We’ve met so many
great friends here.”
They have been to oyster roasts in
Chincoteague and Urbanna, Va., and prefer Ocracoke’s for its smaller
size – meaning that they don’t have to wait in line for hours to get
their food, she said.
Some of the people they’ve met include
Blithe Riley, Annie Shaw, Jay Zevin, Matt Ryan from Brooklyn, NY, and
Lauren Cumbia from Chicago.
“We just happened upon it in
2007,” said Riley, who said their group rents a house in Frisco and
makes a day trip to Ocracoke. “I love it because we meet new people
every year and we see Cathy and Jay every year.”
Ocracoke’s newly elected state representative Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk
“Oysters and Ocracoke?” he said. “Oh, yeah. I’m happy to be here.”
is a great turnout,” noted Patty Plyler, who works with her husband
Hardy at the Fish House. A downpour in the morning had her a
worried, but the sun broke through around noon and stayed out all day.
And while good weather always helps boost attendance, inclement weather
would not have canceled the event.
would have moved it inside,” said Robin Payne, executive director of
the Ocracoke Foundation in Community Square where the OWWA exhibit is
housed and where dessert was offered along with cider warmed on the
wood stove. “That’s the life of the watermen—they work in all
kinds of weather.”
All the food was consumed, Plyler said, and
the event grossed $6,000. Proceeds will help fund OWWA’s education and
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