Community shells out for art during Waterworks’ annual Oyster Roast

  • Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:01 a.m.
A man digs into an oyster during the annual oyster roast held by Waterworks at the  F&M Trolley Barn.
A man digs into an oyster during the annual oyster roast held by Waterworks at the F&M Trolley Barn.

A sold-out crowd attended the eighth annual Oyster Roast and Pirate’s Treasure Chest Raffle in the F&M Trolley Barn Saturday, Jan. 26.

The evening represented a community that gathered to celebrate and support visual arts.


The oyster roast continues to be Waterworks’ largest fundraiser and all proceeds go toward furthering education and outreach programs in our community.

Dockside Dining included steamed oysters and shrimp from Big Daddy’s of Lake Norman, pork barbecue from College Barbeque, chicken bites, sides and hush puppies.

The Port of Call, tended by Bobby Miller, included beer, wine and other beverages as well as a special signature Oyster Roast drink, “Shipwrecked.”

Koco Java coffee and Curt & Geri’s ice cream were served on The ‘Desserted’ Island.

Deejay Tony Signorino played favorite dance music, friends gathered to have their Pirate Portraits made, and raffle tickets were sold for a chance to win several Pirate’s Treasure Chest Raffle items.

Raffle baskets included “Gallery Grub” by L. A. Murph’s Fine Cooking and Celebrating Home, “Pirate’s Plunder,” a bracelet from Windsor Galleries, “Feather Your Crow’s Nest” donations from Metcalf Chiropractic, “Lasses’ Luxuries” donations from Merle Norman Day Spa and Blair Phillips Photography, and “Land Ho” donations from Thirty-One Gifts.

New this year was the Raffle on the Half Shell, a 50/50 split-the-pot.

Tracy McMillin was presented with the Avé S. Cadwallader Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1987, the award recognizes a person or persons for caring and unselfish service to the arts and to the Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

Tracy has been a member of Waterworks’ Board of Directors since 2009, with her term ending in 2014. She has been co-chair of the annual fundraising committee since 2008. She has worked tirelessly in all facets of The Big Chili and The Oyster Roast — from stealing her husband’s boots for Big Chili table decorations to hoisting skeletons for Oyster Roast.

Tracey is the number one ticket seller for both events, even offering special delivery of tickets to her friends.

She has “shelled out for art” for us, and we appreciate her leadership and efforts to help Waterworks reach our goal for education and outreach programming.

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