Aw, shucks! It’s oyster season

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By Lanier Laney

Any month with an “R” in it means it’s oyster season in the South Carolina Lowcountry, so pull out your favorite shucking knife and dive into some of the best oysters harvested in America from our pristine local waters. Here is an insider’s list of the three biggest oyster roast fundraisers in November:

• Rotary Club of The Lowcountry presents its 16th Annual Family Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 3, at 6 p.m. at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. There will be silent and live auction, Music, Hot Dogs, Chili, Beer, Wine and Door Prizes plus all the oysters you can eat! Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate, children under 10 are free. Call Jeff Althoff at 812-2921 or Charlotte Gonzales at 575-2366 for tickets.

• The South Coast Oyster Roast will be Friday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at beautiful historic Marshlands Plantation on the water in the historic district,  501 Pinckney Street, Beaufort. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by November 2. For more information, contact Wendy Wilson at wendywilson@hargray.com or 843-986-0532.

• The Zonta Club of Beaufort Annual Oyster Roast will be Saturday, Nov. 17, at Live Oaks Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with oysters and beer there will be hot dogs, chili, soft drinks and desserts. Fun for the whole family! Tickets $25. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for Beaufort women and local community projects.

• Plus: “Free Oyster Fridays” will be held every Friday afternoon at Plums Restaurant where local oysters at the oyster bar are free from 5 to 7 p.m. through February.