Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00It’s time to say thank you to the members of the Oyster Bay Rotary Club, who organize the annual event, which sells upwards of 45,000 Pine Island oysters on the half shell from its own booth every year, donating revenues to the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund.
The oysters are from Frank M. Flower & Sons, Inc. an aquaculture firm located in Oyster Bay with a hatchery in Bayville overseen by Dave Relyea, a partner in the firm.
Over two dozen nonprofit organizations were out there cooking and selling food at the event – in the newly named Tom Reardon Memorial Food Court with all their local volunteers. Many thanks go to the organizations and their festival chairs who make things happen at the two-day event. They are the groups that serve the fabulous eats in the food court.
This year specialties ranged from clam chowder and mussels au vin blanc to fried Oreos and turkey legs. Profits from the food court support nonprofit groups in the Oyster Bay area.
And did you see the size of the Arts & Crafts tents – all white as a billowing cloud. And downtown was lots of fun, too.
We had a report of the masons at their Matinecock Lodge Oktober Fest celebration on West Main Street. It was a great family event reported Lynne Karppi Chute. They sold bratwurst and German beer. There was a German band all dressed in costume in lederhosen and with girls in dirndl skirts.
Audrey Avenue was a buzz and Billy Joel’s 20th Century Classics Showroom was open for perusing, as was the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum and Chalikian’s she said.
It was another great festival and we are grateful for the great weather, and especially grateful for the wonderful visitors who come here. It is easy to say that “great guests again came to enjoy the Oyster Bay Rotary’s Oyster Festival”.