Shelter Island oyster celebration set for Saturday

Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Calling all oyster lovers! Don’t forget, the Shelter Island Historical Society’s Third Annual Oyster Event is Saturday, October 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Start the evening off right by enjoying a glass of local wine or beer while savoring oysters on the half-shell provided and shucked by Alice’s Fish Market.

For those who prefer their seafood a bit more well-done, Oysters Rockefeller will be cooked on the spot.

The shellfish will be accompanied by bountiful vegetables from the gardens of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, a cheese platter from Consider Bardwell Farms, as well as other tasty hors d’oeuvres.

“Fast Frets, Slow Food” (a.k.a. Tom Hashagen and Lisa Shaw) brings the live music while the Historical Society will host an exhibit of nostalgic oyster advertising items from its own collections as well as that of local resident Robert E. Walden III.

Want to learn more about oyster biology and ecology? Here’s your chance. Folks from The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve will be on hand to talk about that aspect of the bivalves, and everyone is invited to commemorate the evening by having their pictures taken in the photo-booth provided by Shelter Island Party Rental.

Who knew oysters could be so much fun?

Well… we did, actually.

The Third Annual Oyster Event is Saturday, October 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s Havens Barn, 16 South Ferry Road. Tickets are $40, but space is limited so get yours in advance at www.shelterislandhistorical.org.

You may also call the office at (631) 749-0025 to reserve.