Don’t miss Oysterfest, or you’ll be saying, ‘Aw, shucks!’

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 12, 2017

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — Officials at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park are hoping that local residents once again shell out a few clams for seafood served in a festive fashion.

The Grosse Pointe Park City Council voted unanimously Aug. 28 in favor of a request from the parish to hold Oysterfest again this year.

Scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25, the 27th annual Oysterfest will feature jazz music and cuisine from more than 40 local and national restaurants, along with a raffle and international food and beverage providers.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the church office, or at the door for the same price. The event will take place under a tent at the corner of Kercheval Avenue and Lakepointe Street. Organizers say this popular event has grown tremendously over its nearly three-decade history. It serves as a general fundraiser for the parish.

“It’s a big event for the church and for the community,” City Councilman Daniel Clark said.

City Manager Dale Krajniak told the council that the parish proposal was “the same request as always.” Because it involves a road closure for the tent, as well as the serving of alcohol, it needed the city’s approval.

Mayor Robert Denner confirmed that the city is indemnified, per typical legal protocol for an event like this.

“This is a terrific event,” Denner said. “It has been very successful over the years. It’s only been very positive for St. Ambrose and the community.”

For tickets or more information about Oysterfest, call St. Ambrose at (313) 822-2814, stop by the office at 15020 Hampton Road, visit the parish website at www.stambrosechurch.net or email stambrose@comcast.net.