When: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Where: Ft. Frederica
Tickets: $35/person for members; $55/person for non-members
Call: 912-638-9109 or visit www.sslt.org

OysterRoastInvite-1Celebrate low-country style with mounds of succulent fresh oysters, local shrimp, and corn-on-the-cob! 30+ Local restaurants will be on-hand, along with hundreds of guests attending this popular island tradition. The annual Land Trust Oyster Roast raises money for the purchase of land on St. Simons Island for the purpose of preservation. Since the Land Trust began in 2000, they have preserved 145 acres of property on the Island.

The Land Trust’s newest project, Frederica Park, is the first new park on St. Simons Island in over 50 years. This project was made possible by a generous donation of land from the Sea Island Company, as well as donations from private individuals.

The 20-acre Frederica Park features a botanical trail and a playfield complex that will be available for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby and other activities such as kite-flying and bocce. Most of the park will be devoted to the botanical trail, where native plant species will be re-introduced to land that had been used for timber farming for many years. Island garden clubs have helped design the trail and a proposed botanical garden. The park will have ample parking, rest rooms, shelters, a play area and eventually, a hard surface jogging/running trail around the playfield.

Also donated to the Land Trust in 2008 was a $500,000 gift from part-time Sea Island residents Jim and Sarah Kennedy, made through the Atlanta-based PATH Foundation. This gift launched the Hampton Spur, a five-mile expansion of the Island-Wide Trail System from the Sea Island Stables to Hampton Point. The first 1.1 mile of the trail was formally opened in October 2008. Another 3 miles of trail were completed in August 2009 – taking the trail within one mile of the entrance to Hampton Plantation. The Land Trust recently secured funding for the final leg of the Hampton Spur, which is planned for completion by January, 2010.

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