Where better to dive back into adult reality than the Island Creek Oyster Festival? I admit I've been a victim of "baby brain" these past few weeks so it felt good to get back down to Duxbury and help out with the nuts and bolts of this massive annual event. I'm not sure how much of a help I was to those who had been immersed in the minute details these last several weeks (Cory, above, included) but at the very least I think I earned a few of the many oysters I downed during the party.
The event kicked off Friday night with the first ever Friends For Haiti fundraiser which brought some big name chefs into the mix. We had Jonathan Benno from Lincoln (nee Per Se) and chefs Brian Huston and Erling Wu-Bower from The Publican in Chicago along with good friends Jody Adams, Angela & Seth Raynor, Jeremy Sewall, and a host of others. There was a fantastic live auction which Angela co-emceed with editor Annie Copps as well as the Festival's first ever "fire pit." Suffice it to say, our little festival is all grown up! The Friday night event proceeds went to Caribbean Harvest, a program founded by Valentin Abe who came up from Haiti for the festivities. He very kindly shared his story with the crowd before the auction, explaining that his work is all about the people he helps. Read more about what he does here.
On Saturday, Island Creek hosted it's annual Oyster Festival complete with thousands of ravenous oyster and food lovers, a couple dozen chefs from Boston and NY, and as always, a killer band. It was a perfect day that turned into an absolutely stunning night, as captured by Dave out on the beach.
We even got Charlie in on the action - his first Festival at just 6 weeks old! Dave nabbed plenty of compliments carrying around his little guy while I took care of my volunteer duties. But we couldn't have done it without the help of my parents, Mimi & Pop Pop. Huge thanks, guys!
The best part of the Fest was seeing these notices plastered all over the merch tent...
Thanks to Elizabeth Burnham for that! Can't wait for that signing, set to take place on Saturday October 22nd at Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury. Speaking of which, I've created a very handy "Signings and Appearances" page here on the blog where you can keep track of any and all SHUCKED related events. Hope to see you at one of them this fall!