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Oyster roasts abound this time of year, but few offer such an amazing Lowcountry experience as the oyster roast at Dill Sanctuary. Incredible views of the Stono River greeted guests, who strolled about enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. 

Oyster tables laden with heaps of fresh, steaming Gulf oysters sat under the ancient live oaks, and partygoers grabbed a pair of neon orange gloves and an oyster knife as the festivities got underway. 

Blue Plantation Band provided lively bluegrass tunes, and many people unpacked folding chairs and settled in for a pleasant afternoon or headed off on the guided nature walk around the property. Those craving something more substantial than oysters enjoyed savory chili and followed by birthday cake. Contented guests could be spotted across the property, and in partygoer Marcia Rosenberg’s words, “The oysters are wonderful, the weather is perfect, and obviously, the views are magnificent!”

This year marks the 240th “birthday” for the Charleston Museum, founded in 1773. Commonly regarded as “America’s First Museum”, the Charleston Museum opened to the public in 1824 and has strived to document and explain the natural and cultural history of Charleston and the South Carolina coastal region through the maintenance, improvement, and expansion of collections documenting the natural forms and material culture of this region.