The fifth annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife benefit — an oyster roast, cook-out, and concert on the edge of Francis Marion National Forest — is set for Sat. Jan. 16 from 2-6 p.m. (rain or shine) in Awendaw.

Main sponsor, the Sewee Association, is the nonprofit Friend’s Group for the National Wildlife Refuges and National Forest of coastal South Carolina. It has primary responsibility for the environmental education programs at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center in Charleston County and the Waccamaw Environmental Education Center in Georgetown County. The Music and Oysters for Wildlife benefit will take place in the fields behind the Sewee Outpost (4853 Hwy. 17) at the site of many of last year’s Awendaw Green-sponsored concerts and benefits (including Rocktoberfest 2009).

“There will be many wonderful items in the silent auction line-up this year, including nature tours, jewelry, art, and services,” says Karen Beshears, the Sewee Association’s executive director. “We will also have a live auction which will include a guitar autographed by all the musicians.”

This year’s musical lineup features The Blue Dogs, Mark Bryan & Occasional Milkshake, Doug Jones & Cravin’ Melon, Triple Lindy, The Whisperjets, and Ed & Sarah Hunnicutt. Tickets are available for $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Admission includes all-you-can-eat oysters. Burgers, barbecue and beverages will also be available for purchase. Kids under 12 get in free. Funds raised will benefit the association’s environmental education programs.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the Sewee Outpost.

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