Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ocean Isle in October: Where the World Is Your Oyster!

Well, the Summer is more than halfway through, and so it's time to start making plans for your beach vacation in the Fall! North Carolina has the mild climate that draws folks to the coast all year round. A great October week to aim for is when Brunswick county sponsors their Annual Oyster Festival in neighboring Ocean Isle. This year, it will be the weekend of October 19th, all day Saturday and Sunday. As always, organizers have included attractions and activities to appeal to all ages; so the kids can enjoy themselves just as much as the adults.

In addition to the traditional Oyster Stew Cook-Off and Oyster Shucking Contest, folks can enjoy the spectacle of a Road Race, Surf-Off Contest; and there will be a kids area packed with rides, crafts, face painting and tasty treats. And let us not forget the food! You will be spoiled for choice, as a long list of restaurants will be there, making their presence very noticeable with the tantalizing odors of fresh seafood, funnel cakes, and countless other delicacies. Enjoy great food, good times, and more, against a backdrop of fantastic live music.

Admission to the Festival is a very reasonable $5, with no charge for kids aged 8 and under. Visit the official Oyster Festival Website for more details.

And while you're waiting for October and fresh Oysters, you can pass along the following pearls:

Q. What do you call an oyster that wants to join a convent?
A. A cloister oyster!

Q. What do oysters watch at Easter time?
A. An Oyster Parade

Q. Why don’t oysters give to charity?
A. Because they’re shellfish.

Q. What did the girl oyster say to the boy oyster?
A. “You never open up to me.”

Q. Where does an oyster go when it needs a drink?
A. To an oyster bar!