Shuck It 

Slurp down oysters and help preserve the wetlands at the same time

Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast
Fri. Feb. 13
6 p.m.
$60/advance, $75/door
Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed
375 Meeting St.
(843) 224-5142
www.sewe.com

After 27 years, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition still refuses to settle for anything less than spectacular. With SEWE presenting diverse exhibits, original art, lectures, and presentations, no wonder 40,000 plus people invade the Charleston peninsula for this exciting weekend in February.

This year the Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast will be no exception. It'll feature Lowcountry cuisine, oysters, an open bar, the live musical stylings of Cap'n Froggy and the Tadpoles, and a big ol' live auction.

The auction will include original oil paintings, limited edition shotguns, and trips to adventure destinations. "We've got absolutely some of the best merchandise for the auctions and raffles," says Michael Hartley, organizer of the oyster roast.

This is the largest event for Ducks Unlimited in South Carolina. Money from purchased tickets goes toward conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Last year 89 cents out of every dollar raised went toward habitat preservation.

The great food, drink, and music only adds to the real importance of this oyster roast — preserving the wetlands. "We don't want to see condos going all the way up from Myrtle Beach all the way down to Hilton Head along the coast," Hartley says. "I want to make sure my daughter's children are able to see this world like you and I can see it today."

Hartley knows that the economy may turn people away from this great event, but he thinks the event will be a success as usual. "We're looking for another big crowd this year, but we know the economy and things are going to be tough for a lot of people, but we're expecting a good crowd," says Hartley.

2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

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