SUMMERTON - It's that time of year again time for the St. Matthias Oyster Roast.
The annual fundraiser for the St. Matthias Montessori Preschool will be held on Jan. 20 at Roger Flowers' Tomato Shed on K.W. Hodge Road off U.S. 301 South between Ram Bay and Summerton.
"It's a time for everyone to get together and have a good time," said Johnnie Herring, who restarted the event 13 years ago after a brief hiatus. "Everyone enjoys the food and fellowship."
The annual oyster roast began more than a half century ago when leaders of the church which included Herring's wife, Caroline's, father, the late Dr. Marion Davis, began the event to raise money for the church.
"We can't thank everyone enough for pitching in and helping," said Caroline Herring. Her brother Bubba Davis is one of the event's biggest supporters. "The generosity of the community and businesses who contribute food and purchase tickets is outstanding."
Caroline said people come from throughout South Carolina and other states to visit with friends they may only see at this one event each year.
"We have people and businesses who mail us a check each year and pick up their tickets at the gate," she said. "Some of the people we don't know, but they know people there. It's a lot of fun, and the food is wonderful."
The St. Matthias Oyster Roast may sell out of tickets, but there will be no shortage of oysters.
In past years, patrons have consumed more than a ton of oysters, catfish stew containing more than 70 pounds of catfish, several barbecued pigs and gallons of soup, cole slaw, banana pudding and enough drinks to keep everyone hydrated.
Tickets are $40 each. Contact Johnnie or Caroline Herring or Bubba Davis at (803) 435-4032 for your ticket(s).
Don't wait too long to purchase your tickets because the annual event is also an annual sell-out.