By Colin McCandless for Island Eye News
Photos by Steve Rosamilia
These days charity oyster roasts in the Lowcountry come a dime a dozen on the half shell, so you need something special to help set you apart from the crowd.
The 6th Annual “Hope on Goat” benefit slated for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Goat Island Gatherings, offers a charming Lowcountry venue affording you the rare opportunity to experience a bivalve bonanza on a small sea island surrounded by miles of undeveloped salt marsh that is only accessible by boat, all while supporting a good cause.
One hundred percent of ticket sales and silent auction proceeds from this year’s Hope on Goat are going to support the kids of Callen-Lacey Center for Children through its Give Me Shelter initiative. Opened in 1998 in Moncks Corner, Callen-Lacey Center for Children is the only emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The “Give Me Shelter” Campaign for Children is a year-long effort designed to raise funds in support of Callen-Lacey Center for Children.
Hope on Goat tickets are $45, and can be purchased in advance at www.cydc.org. Children 10 and under are free. The price includes boat ferry all day, all-you-can eat hand-picked local oysters steamed over an open fire, locally-caught fresh fish stew, hot dogs, desserts and water.
Enjoy live local music all day featuring the sweet vintage country sound of Marci Shore with the legendary Roger Bellow, and three returning acts including down home toe tappin’ bluegrass with Southern Flavor, the rock’n reggae jazzy grass of Red Dog Ramblers and The Distinguished Gentleman’s Motown soul rock classics.
There will also be a silent auction filled with local art and Lowcountry generosity and a children’s station with games and activities. A ferry provided courtesy of Barrier Island Eco Tours will be shuttling people from the Isle of Palms Marina to Goat Island Gatherings and back the entire day from 2-6 p.m. The event is BYOB, and people are also permitted to bring their own food. Coolers are welcome and chairs are encouraged.
Due to limited space, there are only 200 tickets available for this event. Advanced tickets are encouraged. Tickets may also be purchased at the welcome table at the Isle of Palms Marina the day of the event.
6th Annual “Hope on Goat” Oyster Roast Benefit, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21 (Rain or Shine), Goat Island Gatherings, Goat Island, South Carolina, Channel Marker 116 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, just north of the Isle of Palms Marina. Guests will meet at the Isle of Palms Marina located at 50 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms 29451. $45 each, Children 10 and under free. Advanced tickets at www.cydc.org.