Downtown Westminster’s 4th annual Oyster Stroll raised awareness and funds for Coastal Conservation Association Maryland with delectable freshly shucked oysters from aquaculture farms all over The Bay.
WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND (Saturday, October 13, 2018)
Thousands of oyster lovers hit the streets of Westminster last Saturday to enjoy the season’s first taste of fall and slurp up some of The Bay’s most treasured farm-raised bounty, oysters! Live music and good vibes filled the streets as more than 20 vendors and restaurants set up shop downtown, including 8 oyster farms. This year $5 granted entry to the event, your first SweetWater beer and an Oyster Stroll “Passport.” From there oysters were just a buck a shuck and those wanting to participate in the passport program were later entered into CCA’s prize drawing by visiting (and getting your passport signed) 4 or more oyster vendors and purchasing one drink. Just before 5pm passports were collected and then entered into CCA’s drawing for a soft sided Engel cooler, SweetWater Brewing Company beer and swag and 100 fresh oysters from Hooper’s Island Oyster Company.
During the stroll, CCA Central Region Chapter President, Ron Buffington presented Carroll County Public Library’s Westminster Branch with 5 new fishing rods to add to their fishing rod program. The donation will supplement the existing collection of six fishing rods and equipment currently available for loan from the branch. Ron also noted that he and other chapter members will be available to help with maintenance of the rods as needed and check in with the library on general care and support.
The fishing rod collection was unveiled this past June and made possible through the support of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This special collection is housed at the Westminster Branch, but library cardholders may request and return the equipment at any Carroll County Public Library (CCPL) branch. Details about the fishing pole collection and many other CCPL special collections may be found at https://library.carr.org/collections/special.asp.
This event was made possible by the generous support of many donors, and the hard work of the City of Westminster and many volunteers.