Beat the Wintertime Blues with Oysters, Chili and Good Music for a Good Cause

Great Oyster Revival & Chili CookoffAre you looking for a way to have some fun and help your community? Then…let’s get cracking!

The Pamlico Community College Foundation will host its 9th Annual Great Oyster Revival & Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the PCC campus in Grantsboro.

For $30, enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters and delicious chili prepared by area cooks. Believe it or not, some people don’t like oysters, so we are also offering a $15 chili-only ticket. Most importantly, you’ll be helping the PCC Foundation support deserving college students right here in the community.

“The Great Oyster Revival & Chili Cookoff is a fantastic way to shrug off the mid-winter blues and enjoy an afternoon outside the house,” said Michelle Noevere, executive director for the PCC Foundation. “We’re looking forward to a fun time eating delicious food with great friends – all for a good cause.”

This year’s event will feature Brant Island Strings. If you haven’t yet discovered this talented and charismatic local group, now’s your chance! Longtime friends and musicians Perry Cheatham (mandolin, vocals), Rick Vogt (lead guitar, vocals), Becky Ackiss (stand-up bass, vocals) and Ginny Vogt (rhythm guitar, vocals) have a shared commitment of honoring the music, taking artistic liberties, and having as much fun as the audience. The band’s eclectic mix of bluegrass-infused classic rock and contemporary Americana never fails to surprise…in a good way!

“Brant Island Strings opened for Molasses Creek at Harborfest 2015, and have played the main stage at Silospalooza, Croakerfest, and the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, as well as many smaller venues around the region. They are well worth the $30 ticket price alone,” Noevere says. “The oysters and chili are just a bonus!”

Local cooks are invited to enter a crockpot of their best chili for a chance at a trophy and prize. Last year’s winners were John Hendren’s “Downeast Chili” and Tim Jalbert’s “Oriental Deli Chili”. Enter your chili by contacting Noevere at the number below no later than Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a chance to win a customized trophy and a gift card!

Additionally, there will be door prizes and a 50-50 raffle.

Now’s the time to get your tickets for this one-of-a-kind winter event before they sell out.

Tickets are on sale at pamlicocc.edu (look for the link near the top of the home page), PCC’s bookstore, Nautical Wheelers in Oriental, and Bayboro Pharmacy. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Be sure to bring your own gloves and knife – and come hungry!

For more information, contact the Foundation at 252-249-1851, ext. 3084 or via email. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsors’ names will be on signage at the event and the college’s electronic sign fronting Highway 306, by which 3,600 vehicles pass per day, according to latest NCDOT figures.

Submitted by: Michelle Noevere, Pamlico Community College Foundation

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