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Low Country Shrimp Boil

by Ashley Stewart

The Low Country Shrimp Boil has become a Red Letter Date on the Highlands Social Calendar and serves as a marvelous boost to the fortunes of Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

Over the past few years, the residents of Highlands have been watching Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park slowly materialize in the heart of town on Pine Street.

It was completed in April 2017, featuring a stage pavilion, amphitheater, restrooms, an interactive fountain, a Little Free Library and the ice rink in the winter. In addition to annual color, Friends of Founders Park still has many plans in store for the park, such as an expanded patio, improved drainage, perennial plantings and a new sign.

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, the Town of Highlands and Macon County. Even though the park is completed, maintenance and beautification is an ongoing 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 on the Plaza at the park for an event that grows more and more popular every year.

“I like to call it a ‘friend’-raiser,’” says Friends of Founders Park President Hank Ross, “It isn’t just about raising funds for the park. It’s about honoring our donors and coming together as a community.”

Beer and wine will be available at 5:00 P.M. for cocktail hour. At 6:00 P.M., dinner will be served up by Marty Rosenfield, former owner of Lakeside Restaurant. Chicken will also be available for those of you with seafood allergies. There will also be a fruit cobbler and a chocolate dessert.

Tickets are $60. Each ticket includes dinner and two drink tickets. You can purchase tickets at foundersparkhighlands.org. Tickets will also be available at the Dry Sink or through any of the Friends of Founders Park Board members. With only 300 tickets available, space is limited, so you’ll want to get your tickets soon. If you’re interested in supporting this event, the FoFP are always looking for sponsors.

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