Cambridge Rotary to host annual Oyster Roast
Repairs needed due to vandalism
— The Cambridge Rotary Community Service Foundation will hold its 6th annual Oyster Roast Saturday, March 25, at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge.
The Oyster Roast was started to help raise money for the revitalization of the World War I Memorial Fountain at Long Wharf, and the area around the fountain.
This year, Cambridge Rotary will need to repair stones that have been removed by vandals.
“It is very frustrating to work so hard to get the fountain up and running again, to make the area beautiful again, to make it accessible to everyone, and then have vandals come down and destroy things,” said Jeff Hubbard, Cambridge Rotary Community Service Foundation president.
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and will feature oysters roasted, scalded and on the half shell. There also will be hot dogs and burgers. Music will be provided by Bird Dog and the Road Kings.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any Cambridge Rotary member or at the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, 703 Poplar Street in downtown Cambridge.
The fountain was built in 1938 by the City of Cambridge and Dorchester County to honor the 38 men from Dorchester County that made the supreme sacrifice in the World War. Cambridge Rotary Club repaired the fountain in 1986 and again in 2012. The 2012 repair came nine years after Hurricane Isabel’s historic flooding left the fountain inoperable. At that time the electric system was replaced and a new pump was purchased; water valves were replaced; the exterior was cleaned and refinished.
Funds raised from the Oyster Roast were used to replace the sidewalks with new handicap accessible sidewalks that encircle the fountain and a new plaza was built to and around the Distinguished Service Cross Memorial. An irrigation system was also installed in the circle. The flagpole located in the middle of the new plaza, that actually predates the fountain by five years, was also repainted through the efforts of the Cambridge Rotary Club.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO World War I Memorial Fountain at Long Wharf was built in 1938 by the City of Cambridge and Dorchester County to honor the 38 men from Dorchester County that made the supreme sacrifice in the World War.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO World War I Memorial Fountain at Long Wharf will need repairs to stones that have been removed by vandals.