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Oyster Festival morning 2015 dawned cool and crisp — one of the chilliest in its 41-year history — but hardy Yorkers were not to be deterred, and the tradition lived on. Nearly 2,000 visitors braved the unusually cold temps, and inside the museum gates they enjoyed oysters every way — steaming soup, cold brews, and a taste of York County history.

The York County Heritage Trust, bolstered by an army of volunteers and the trust's hardworking auxiliary, welcomed visitors with more than just food and an opportunity to support the programs and services of the organization. The spirit of the day was participation, in gallery tours, artisan demonstrations, live music and our silent auction. New features included the Central York Middle School Fife & Drum Corps and the Getz Steam Calliope, bringing color and music to the entrance gate.

The trust is focused on partnerships as well, and this year's event was the launch of a new partnership geared to the preservation of oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of CCA Maryland, oyster shells from the Oyster Festival were recycled and transported to the University of Maryland, where they will be used as the future habitat of juvenile oysters. History and science and new traditions: What could be better?

Thank you to all who sponsored (M & T Bank, the Auxiliary, and WSOX), all who volunteered, and all who attended once again, making the 2015 Oyster Festival another great mix of taste and tradition in York City.

JOAN MUMMERT

President & CEO

York County Heritage Trust

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