Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Oysters, wine and a new FOR conservation initiative
For several years now, Friends of the Rappahannock have been working on conservation programs along the tidal portion of the river. The latest one will be in the spotlight on Saturday with an oyster and wine tasting at the Happy Clam restaurant in Fredericksburg. It’s from 3-6 p.m.; tickets—$15 in advance, $20 at the door—are available here. Rappahannock River Oysters LLC is supplying oysters it grows in the river. The Happy Clam is offering menu items, in which each plate serving a local or sustainable seafood passes on a dollar to FOR. “The connection of our food—not just crabs but fish and oysters—to our work is a next big step for us as we unify our programs to encompass the whole watershed,” says John Tippett, FOR’s executive director. Here’s my story on some earlier down-river programs. See my story Friday for more details.