November 2006

Shuck & Jive - Fall Festival on the Half Shell

Author: Della Bowling

What’s the best part about fall festivals on the island? That’s right: more weekends to spend together celebrating Hilton Head! And just guessing that most islanders are always up for some oysters and down for some good music, Hilton Head Island’s fifth annual Oyster Festival promises just that—a weekend full of flavor and live entertainment sure to shuck you in.

Festivals are always a great place for friends and family to mix and mingle with neighbors, bringing together a crowd of fun-loving folks ready for an excuse to let loose. So if you’re thinking what we’re thinking, then go ahead and mark your calendar to be at Shelter Cove Community Park on November 11th and 12th, because this year’s Oyster Festival will be quite the social celebration and certainly a great excuse for us all to have more fun this fall.

The Island Recreation Association is hosting the weekend’s festivities, with Captain Woody’s serving up some of Hilton Head Island’s favorite steamed oysters, along with live entertainment by special musical guests, Zack Deputy, The Gnomes and several other talented local acts. This year’s event will also feature football on DirecTV, a holiday craft show and the Kid’s Zone. And fear not. If you’re looking for more than oysters to tempt your taste buds and fill your belly, the chef’s menu will also include shrimp, chowder, chili, hotdogs and hamburgers.

The Oyster festival will get started at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, winding down at 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $3 (food and activities sold separately). Featuring a great mix of local musical guests, Saturday’s lineup includes Zack Deputy and Trophy Wife, and Sunday will feature The Gnomes, Mike Kavanaugh, Audio Tuxedo, Exit 8 and The Stepping Stones.

The Island Recreation Association and its community sponsors have served our community well, planning many fun-filled events throughout the year for families and friends. In addition, The Island Recreation Center offers youth athletics, aquatics, preschool classes, youth classes, summer camp, adult athletics, tennis instruction and holiday classes. The center also serves community seniors through the SHARE Senior Center Program, offering computer classes, socials and a daily activities schedule, including exercise and fitness. The Senior Center also features senior pampering, seminar series, trips and help with transportation.

For more information on the Oyster Festival and other upcoming events, as well as sponsorship opportunities and the SHARE Senior Center Programs, visit online at, or contact the Island Recreation Center at (843) 681-7273.

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