Saturday, November 17, 2012
*rain or shine*
On November 17th, Charleston Waterkeeper will host a celebration like no other–the Great Oyster Point Runoff. Held on the Rutledge Street Pond (i.e. Colonial Lake) and throughout the Colonial Common, this second annual festival is a part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series. From on-water activities to land-based workshops, we hope to have something for everyone.
Music, Food, & Drink
- Music by Garage Cuban Band
- Food provided by Geechee Island Food Truck, Roadside Seafood, and King of Pops
- Oysters by Clammer Dave
- Wine by Cultivate
- Beer by TBD
On-Land Workshops, Tours, & Demos
- Fly Fishing Workshop – Free Fly Apparel
- SUP Yoga
- Walking Tour of Colonial Lake – Learn about the history and science of Cummings Creek and Colonial Lake (lead by Joshua Robinson and Walt Dunlap)
Team Relay Race
The bravest of paddlers will compete for the championship prize on a course of wits and skill. Teams of four will race in a relay-style match with two kayaks and two SUPs per team. Team registration costs $100 per team (or $25 per person). All race participants will get a race packet and bag. Get more info, and register your team at www.stayclassy.com/oysterpoint
All race participants will lead a parade around Colonial Lake for in a public display of celebration. Of what, you ask? Of our waterways, of course! Judges on land will award the “Team Spirit” award to the team with the greatest spirit! So, even if you don’t win the relay race, you’ve got a chance to show off your costume skills, team name, or any other measurement of Poseidon-inspired spirit.
After the relay race and parade, Colonial Lake will be open for a two-hour public paddle. Citizens who’ve always wanted to float a boat on Colonial Lake will finally have a chance. Local board and paddle shops will be on hand with rentals. A $10 donation is required to rent a boat for the afternoon. NO PRIVATE VESSELS MAY BE USED. WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF BOATS TO RENT.
RSVP on our Facebook page for regular updates.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us for the event, email Si Wofford via si[at]charlestonwaterkeeper[dot]org. We have a number of positions from oyster roasters to dock hands (and everything in between).
This event would not be possible without the special support from our amazing sponsors* and friends.
- Charleston City Marina
- Flyway SC
- Odyssey Board Shop
- Cultivate Wines
- Geechee Island Food Truck
- Roadside Seafood
- King of Pops
- Clammer Dave
- Free Fly Apparel
*List is updated as sponsorships are confirmed
Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2012 Great Oyster Point Runoff? Check out our 2012 Great Oyster Point Runoff Sponsorship Packet, and email Natalie Taylor with any questions at natalie[at]charlestonwaterkeeper[dot]org.
Presented nationally by Toyota in partnership with KEEN, the SPLASH Event Series strives to “encourage the public and clean water enthusiasts nationwide to discover, learn about, and celebrate the many ways to have fun on, in, or by the water, all while participating in educational exhibits, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops, and clean-ups.” The event also aims to educate local residents about stormwater runoff, the most common cause of water pollution throughout the nation.