The 2020 “Souper” Oyster Outing OCTOBER 17

We know that the annual October Oyster Outing is a community favorite and we regret that due to the present circumstances, we cannot host the event this year.  It's also our biggest fundraiser of the year.  So for 2020, we will be holding a "souper" oyster event!  Three varieties of fabulous homemade soup will be available for take-out/ curbside pickup.  New England Clam Chowder, Brunswick Stew, and Oyster Stew - all served with fresh cornbread.  Fresh homemade cookies from Sweet & Savory Delights will also be available.  

Saturday, October 17, 2020 starting at 1PM

Curbside pickup only
At the new Burke Arts Council at 506 South Sterling Street
Order and pay online starting on October 1.

Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Professional Crafts Clay students will take part in the Burke Arts Council’s Annual Oyster Festival by creating handmade bowls for sale.  Beginner to advanced pottery students completed 100 stoneware bowls from clay provided by the Burke Arts Council.  The bowls are available in a variety of colors.  The production pottery experience offered students practical knowledge in preparing and completing a large simulated order.

The fundamental nature of the Professional Crafts: Clay program is rooted in entrepreneurship; computer, marketing and business coursework prepares graduates to become independent studio artisans or seek employment in creative industries.  Professional Crafts Clay students hone their skills while creating a professional portfolio representative of their personal research and interpretation of classic forms.  The College’s intensive two- year program provides a strong foundation in studio technique including production skills, design concepts, and craft history.

Interested students may choose a degree pathway or take a class for fun.  Students receive one-on-one attention in a small class size with a wide range of studio equipment to support experimentation and personal direction.  Students represent a range of ages and life experiences, seeking crafts training as a hobby, main career or transfer to a four year university.  Studio classes are led by highly skilled craftspeople devoted to craft education.

Interested Professional Crafts students should contact Professional Crafts coordinator Courtney Long at 828- 448-3552 or  To apply to WPCC, go to and enroll.  If you need help completing any of the application steps please visit us in the Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall on our main campus or call (828) 448-6046.

Years past oyster outings.....

 Click HERE to see a Video of the 2015 event!