Chapin’s Downtown Oyster Roast raises funds for beautification

The weather was nice and it was a great night for a good old-fashioned oyster roast in downtown Chapin.

Old-fashioned Oyster Roast in Chapin Saturday. (Sandy Coots Photo.)

The Chapin Arbor Day group organized Saturday’s oyster roast as a fundraiser. The event featured steamed oysters, a cash bar and music by the Newberry- based Brendan Roberts Band. More than 300 people were out along Beaufort Street to enjoy the event.

With proceeds, the non-profit Arbor Day group plans a makeover to the green space on Chapin Road next to the railroad tracks and the historic Beaufort Street district.
“The money raised will be used to rework the landscaping, add a butterfly garden, freshen the pathways and remove the old pump house,” explained Karen Owens, Chapin’s Director of Communications and Economic Development. “It’s just part of this growing interest in doing things in Chapin and having festivals and community events that help us feel connected,” Owens said.
“That’s part of that small town feeling that everybody talks about when they talk about why they love living in Chapin.”
That’s a sentiment shared by many of those attending the Oyster Roast.

“We came for the kids,” said Meg Reynolds of Blythewood, whose mom lives in
Chapin. It’s my daughter’s eighth birthday.

“We wanted to come out and have some fun,” Brent Reese said. “We’re new to downtown Chapin, it’s a nice family friendly event.”
“Well, I’m allergic to shellfish, but my friends are not,” noted Celeste Oppold of Chapin. “We just came down to listen to some good music, and have a couple drinks and relax and enjoy this nice weather.”

“We have people who obviously haven’t had oysters in a while and they want to take advantage of an opportunity to eat as many oysters as they can,” joked Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson. “But on the other hand, they also see that it’s a good event and we’re trying to raise money to spruce up our town a little bit.“

The Chapin Sunrise Rotary also plans to install a new town clock in the area.
“Thanks to our sponsors we don’t have a whole lot of expenses, so most of what we’re taking in is going to be money that will be put toward these projects,” Owens said. “I would hope we would see some work starting later this spring or during the summer.”

Get more information about Chapin Arbor Day at their website, Chapin Arbor Website