The 7thAnnual Oyster Social was held on June 14, 2018 at the business location of founding sponsor, Eglseder Wealth Management Group, Inc. The event’s theme, “How it used to be…” alluded to the simple, joyful summer BBQs of the past as well as the latent abundance of the Bay. It was a beautiful summer evening where a meal and cocktails were served to roughly 110 guests who were invited to come, socialize and celebrate the success of their efforts. Kelley Cox and her crew from the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC) were on site, shucking oysters for guests. In the spirit of an Eastern shore, backyard BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled on scene and were accompanied by all of the favorite hometown fixings, just “how it used to be.”

After a time of socializing and eating took place, we gathered to discuss the successes of the 2017-2018 Growing Season. Scott Eglseder shared about the MGO Program as a whole and then specifically about the oysters that ORRI planted this year. We finished our time with a Question & Answer opportunity and Kelley Cox very graciously addressed the questions posed. The night wasn’t complete, however, until we finished up with traditional Smith Island Cake for dessert atop gingham table cloths (another nod to “how it used to be”).

Accompanying us for the evening and sharing about their own oyster-related and environmental initiatives were representatives from ShoreRivers (formerly known as Riverkeepers, Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), and PWEC.

We want to thank everyone who attended and express our gratitude one final time for your efforts and dedication during the 2017-2018 growing season. Our organization would not exist without your faithful partnership and we commend you for making a difference in the effort to restore Bay health through oyster gardening!