Sunday, January 24, 2010

We made the Top Ten of 2009 Oyster Dinners

We made the top 10! Oyster blogger Joshua's "Go Shuck An Oyster" Blog put MOP in his best of 2009 twice. First for our no-fee affinity credit card as an innovative and painless fund raiser (#10) You can check it our here.

And second for Best Volunteer Gig. He volunteered at our October oyster placement (#6.) You can read more here.
Can you attend a meeting for MOP? We need a MOP volunteer to attend a meeting on a Mystic River Grant process. On February 4th the EPA will be discussing ways in which a litigation settlement could be put to work in helping the struggling Mystic River The meeting will be held at the Winchester Town Hall, in the Winchester Room, on Thursday, February 4, at 1:PM. Email and we will get you details.

Two noteworthy dinners are approaching- both involve our friends at Island Creek Oysters. The first is an oyster dinner at B&G Oysters fin the South End featuring a special Harpoon beer Island Creek Stout. The date is February 10th and for details you can contact the restaurant at 617.423.0550.
The second will be Monday March 3 at the Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Square in Cambridge and is sponsored by the Slow Food Network. To learn more and reserve a spot visit MOP will have a speaker at this event discussing our program (briefly.) We also will be selling our new hats and t-shirts.
On the grant front we are making progress and have made it to the second stage for a pivotal grant to raise oysters in Fort Point Channel. We have made it to the second stage before and been disappointed, however the verbal feedback is that as our organization is making progress and with increased experience our submissions are gaining credibility.
We continue to network through the Boston Harbor Community and have recently met with Mass Audubon that has an oyster project of their own going in Wellfleet. And we have a meeting set up for this week with the Harbor Master. We have begun reaching out to oyster restoration workers in New York. Their efforts are well ahead of ours and we should be able to learn from their experiences.

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