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Oysters for all

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Saturday’s weather, overcast and cold, wasn’t good for much, but it was perfect for one thing: an oyster roast, and Smith Point Sea Rescue threw a good one at Little River Seafood near Burgess.

The Sea Rescue Oyster Roast, the organization’s primary annual fundraiser, drew almost three hundred people. They went through dozens of bushels of steamed oysters, gallons of clam chowder and uncountable numbers of grilled hot dogs. Beer and wine were also available to wash the food down.

Little River Seafood’s staff cooked the oysters perfectly, just until they popped open. The shells on most could be opened without using an oyster knife and none were underdone. Members of the Sea Rescue poured baskets full of oysters fresh from the steamers onto tables both outside and inside. The temperature was such that the melted butter into which many dipped their oysters often congealed before it was all used. That didn’t seem to deter the eaters.

Robert Gwaltney, the Sea Rescue member who led the efforts to put on the roast, said 35 to 40 members worked at the affair in one capacity or another. Young Joshua Croswell seemed to be the busiest person at the roast.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 3/13/19

Workers helped ensure everyone got as

many oysters as they could eat.