Winter's not my favorite season, but one outdoor activity in the Lowcountry that helps bridge the gap between our often long falls and early springs is the oyster roast.
And just as the dust settles from the holidays, oyster roast season cranks up this weekend with multiple events that will serve up local oysters to benefit local causes.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Lowcountry Local First will hold an oyster roast and "chili eatin'," featuring bluegrass music by the Rusty Hook Ramblers, at Charleston Crab House at 145 Wappoo Creek Drive in Charleston. Tickets are $20 for LLF members and $25 for nonmembers and are limited. Money raised will benefit Local First's Incubator Farm, expected to launch this year. Go to llfoysterroast.eventbrite.com.
On Saturday, the SEWEE Association will serve up oysters right out of Bull's Bay for its Music and Oysters for Wildlife event 2-6 p.m. at Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17 North in Awendaw.
Musicians include Ed Hunnicutt, the Lincoln Middle-High Steel Band, Clay Rice, Red Dog Ramblers, Occasional Milkshake with Doug Jones and Jenny Leigh, and Danielle Howle. The event, which includes a silent and live auction, concludes with fireworks.
Tickets are $35 in advance at Sewee Outpost, Sewee Dental care or seweeassociation.org/events.html or $40 at the door. Money raised will help the association, a friend's group for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest, continue work on biological, cultural and education activities, such as the loggerhead sea turtle nesting project in Cape Romain.
Meanwhile, one of the most impressive fundraisers, person-for-person, in the area kicks off 4-8 p.m. Friday at East Shore Athletic Club's facility at 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. with the registration for the Pedal4Pattison's Spinning Marathon. (The event itself is set for March in the gymnasium of Rutledge Baptist Church.)
If you want to participate in the four-hour Spin-fest, it's advised to reserve your "bike" for $25.
Last year, the event, which raises money for Pattison's Academy, a school for disabled children, set its third consecutive fundraising record, $190,000, in four years. In total, the four Spinning events since 2008 raised $457,000.
Black Girls Run
A group of African-American women that formed the Charleston chapter of Black Girls Run will hold a meet and greet 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Doty Park in Summerville.
Read a story on Black Girls Run at postandcourier.com.
The most dedicated surfers in the Charleston area surf year-round, but usually have to wait until spring to compete. Not anymore.
Last week, Ocean Surf Shop and the Eastern Surfing Association announced the inaugural Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open, to be held during one of the coldest water months of the year. Brrr.
Fair weather may be lured in by the event's grand prize, $1,000.
As is traditional with many surf contest formats in Hawaii and on the West Coast, the Ice Box Open will have a three-weekend waiting period (weekends of Feb. 11 and 12, Feb. 17 and 18, Feb. 24 and 25) The contest will be announced four days in advance.
Go to oceansurfshop.com or 588-9175.