Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast

Fri. Feb 15

6 p.m.


Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed

375 Meeting St.

Dinner, an open bar, and the chance to win a trip to exotic lands? Hells yeah. That and more are what the Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast is offering.

“We’ll have on auction trips all over the world, 10 day safaris to Manitoba, Granada, a pheasant hunting safari,” says Mark Hartley of Ducks Unlimited.

All proceeds from the event will be used to help conserve North American waterfowl habitats, so when you’re bidding on one of the numerous items at the auction — from oil paintings to limited-edition shotguns — you can feel a little bit better knowing that your hard-earned cash will go to save a little birdie’s home. Plus, with your ticket you automatically become a Ducks Unlimited member.

Cap’n Froggy and the Tadpoles will be on hand to provide the soundtrack to all of that shucking and slurping. As for what to expect from Froggy, Hartley sums up the good captain’s musical bent rather nicely: “He’s as hillbilly as they come.”

Hartley says, “We all got involved with Ducks Unlimited because we want our kids and our grandchildren to see the same things we get to see, without condos built everywhere.”

According to the Ducks Unlimited, this fair nation of ours loses “more than 80,000 acres of wetland habitat annually” — that’s more than seven football fields every hour for the non-mathematically inclined folks.

Last year’s “event raised enough money to save over 1,000 acres of habitat,” Hartley says.

And to think, all you have to do is indulge in some major oyster slurping, and you’re saving precious land and birds. What the shuck is stopping you?

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