October Oyster and Shrimp Festival – A Local Favorite! October 18, 2 UNTIL 8PM


This is the 12th Annual October Oyster Outing, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 on the Old Court House Square and the Burke Arts Council property at 115 E Meeting Street in Downtown Morganton.  The event begins at 2pm and goes until 8pm.

Fried and Steamed Oysters, Boiled and Fried Shrimp, Clam Chowder, Barbecue, Hamburgers, plus all the fixings are on the menu.
FONTA FLORA AND CATAWBA BREWERY WILL BE serving up some fine craft beer and Wine will also be available.
Dessert served by My Local Bakery.

Admission is free to the event.  The food and drink is available for purchase.

Continuous live music on stage beginning with THE GLEN ALPINE FIDDLE CLUB and will continue throughout the evening.  CONTINENTAL DIVIDE returns for another great evening of musical entertainment.

The Glen Alpine Fiddle Club – A group of young fiddlers from the Glen Alpine area who focus on learning old time, Appalachian fiddle tunes.  They range in age from about 9-13 years old.  The Fiddle Club is funded by grants and donations and has been in existence for about 8 years.

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE IS BACK !  Continental Divide has been playing in the southeast for over 30 years. From the silky smooth voice of Gene Pharr, to the tightness of the rhythm section, to the flowing lines of the horn section, they put on a performance you will surely enjoy! 

CHRIS BELLAMY -  Wilmington’s Chris Bellamy is a rarity among musicians. He’s been making a living from his trade full-time for many years and the musicians that know him know that he’s one of the hardest-working pickers around. Playing every honky tonk, restaurant, bar and Bar-B-Que from Wilmington to south Florida, Bellamy has honed his craft like an oyster making pearls: a long process but worth the wait.  chris bellamy

The Burke Arts Council Gallery will be showcasing the Autumn Photography Exhibition.  The gallery will be open throughout the event and there is no admission charge.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council’s general operating fund and we are grateful for the generous contributions from our local community.    If you would like information on sponsorship and the benefits of underwriting the event, please call Deborah Jones, Executive Director, 828-433-7282, or email director@burkearts.org