Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oysterfest 2008 = Fun!

The autumn sun was shining brightly on Wellfleet this morning, warming the faces of partying day-trippers and Wellfleetians alike. As the 2008 Oysterfest began its second and final day, everyone seemed to be having a blast. Wellfleet’s famous street fair has grown in size and volume. Several parking lots were opened for vehicles and buses even brought guests in from the one at Newcomb Hollow Beach. The stands extended from Town Hall to Briar Lane, sprawling all the way down to The Juice and including both the second parking lot on Main and the large yard behind the old Catholic Church, reserved for children’s activities. How wonderful to see so many happy people! The oysters were, of course, what produced the widest smiles. Tourists waited patiently in line for a taste of Wellfleet’s finest while jazz singers performed on stage. Kim Kettler sold her paintings at a stand called The Oyster Museum of Art. Marousia Chavchavadze, representing American Friends of Georgia, sold handicrafts from her grandparents’ native land to benefit the non-profit. The booth, which received the most traffic, raised money for Caleb Potter. The custom t-shirts on sale were awesome! “I think its real nice the whole town is rallying for this cause,” commented one partygoer as she passed. Quilts, clothing, wood-carved birds, pottery – there was something for everyone. Quite a few people were shopping for Christmas, taking advantage of the wide assortment of possible gifts on display. The highlight of the afternoon? The oyster shucking contest, of course.