Ossabaw Island is barrier island located off the Georgia coast. The island was privately owned for years but is now owned by Georgia and used as a site for research. In the early 1960s, the Torrey family -- who were the owners -- established The Ossabaw Island Project. The purpose of the project was to give persons of diverse backgrounds, i.e. business people, writers and artists, a chance to mingle and discuss any and all subjects. Renaissance Weekend, started by the Clintons, was patterned the same way. Guests were invited to stay, all expenses paid. My mother, a writer and artist, was among those invitees.
Visits to the island are restricted by Georgia because of its fragile nature. The annual Ossabaw Island Pig Roast and Art Auction is an exception. The event is a fundraiser for the organization and this year it is set for Oct. 15. I think this outing would be interesting if you want to learn more about the coastal region. Reservations are limited. For information, go to the Ossabaw Island Foundation website or call 912-233-5104.
Call Leslie Gilroy 843-785-8876 for information and to pre-register.
Bon voyage, y'all.