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Low Country Shrimp Boil

by Ashley Stewart

The Fourth Annual Low Country Shrimp Boil brings a taste of Charleston to the Plateau, all for the benefit of Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, June 15.

The newly completed Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park has become the crown jewel of Highlands.

Completed in April 2017, the park features a stage pavilion, amphitheater, restrooms, an interactive fountain, a Little Free Library, and an ice rink in the winter. The tireless efforts of the Friends of Founders Park, and their president Hank Ross, have given the town the urban green space it deserved. The construction of the park was funded primarily through donations from private individuals and organizations like the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Rotary Club of Highlands, Mountaintop Rotary Club, Highlands Garden Clubs, the Town of Highlands and Macon County to name a few.

But just because the park is complete doesn’t mean the fundraising is over. The Friends of Founders Park still have many plans in store for the future, such as an expanded patio, improved drainage, and a new sign. Maintenance and beautification of the park is an ongoing annual process. To help fund these projects and improvements, the Friends of Founders Park is hosting the Fourth Annual Low Country Shrimp Boil.

On Saturday, June 15, join the Friends of Founders Park for what Ross calls a “friend-raiser.” Held on the Plaza at the park, this tented event grows more and more popular every year.

“This Low Country Shrimp Boil isn’t just about raising funds for the park,” Ross says, “It’s about honoring our donors and coming together as a community.”

Beer and wine will be available from 5:00 P.M. for cocktail hour, and dinner will be served from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Event Organizer Bill Edwards says the chef for this year’s event will be Marty Rosenfield, former owner of Lakeside Restaurant. For those of you with seafood allergies, don’t count yourself out! Chicken will also be available. There will also be a fruit cobbler and a chocolate dessert.

“This will be a Shrimp Boil to remember!” says Edwards.

Tickets are $60 and include two drink tickets. You can purchase tickets on their website, foundersparkhighlands.org. Tickets will also be available at the Dry Sink or through any of the Friends of Founders Park Board members. Only 300 tickets are available, so space is limited. Be sure to get your tickets soon. If you’re interested in supporting this event, the FoFP are always looking for sponsors.

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