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Bookmarks: Oyster Roast for reading

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The Cape Fear Literacy Council is staging a benefit oyster roast Saturday, Nov. 8, at Clarendon Plantation, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River, over in Brunswick County. Organizers hope it will become an annual event.

Rachel Pace, whose family owns Clarendon, is chairman of the Literacy Council’s board this year.

There’ll be music, games, libations and, of course, oysters, plus a rare chance to see one of the Lower Cape Fear’s historic rice plantations. (If you don’t like oysters, the menu includes Brunswick stew, chili, plus a whole lot of sides.) Dress is casual. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. at 2260 River Road SE. (That’s just a short way south of Wilmington on N.C. 133.) Rain date is the following Sunday, Nov. 9.

Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the Literacy Council’s ongoing effort to teach reading and improve the literacy skills of adult learners in New Hanover and Brunswick counties. For ticket orders or more details, call the council at 910-251-0911 or click here.

Clarendon’s history dates before the American Revolution (it’s named for one of the original Lords Proprietors of Carolina), and more recently, it’s been used as locations on the Fox TV series “Sleepy Hollow.” As noted previously in this space, it has literary connections; the beloved historical novelist Inglis Fletcher stayed at Clarendon while she was finishing her 1944 novel “Lusty Wind for Carolina.”

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