Bands, Oysters and Nature to be part of Dauphin Island concert series’ grand finale--Funds to benefit Little Red School House project
A press release from Frances Coleman (below) details the Sunday Sunset Concerts finale at Dauphin Island's West End Beach:
Area residents and visitors will have a “remarkable” opportunity to sample locally harvested oysters, two popular local bands and unparalleled local scenery at the grand finale of Dauphin Island’s 2016 “Sunset Concerts” series.
Events are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 9, at the town’s West End Beach. Mayor Jeff Collier said the music will begin at 3 p.m. that day with Crowned Jewelz, followed at 5 p.m. by Roman Street. Admission will be $5 per person, with children 12 and under admitted for free.
As usual, concert proceeds will go to the preservation of Dauphin Island’s historic Little Red School House – although this Sunset Concert will be anything but usual. In addition to two bands performing instead of just one, representatives of Mobile Oyster Co. will be on hand to serve up their locally raised Isle Dauphine oysters and -- as a special treat -- will bring the chef and staff from Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.
“The town is pleased to partner with Mobile Oyster Co. and Chef Ryan Prewitt and his staff, who are donating their time, talent and food products to support our school project,” Collier said. “This will be a remarkable combination of music, fine cuisine and breathtaking scenery, all in one spot.”
Donations to the school project will be accepted from those who sample oysters on the half shell and Peche’s signature seafood dishes, according to the mayor.
He said the ongoing effort to relocate and re-purpose the historic Little Red School House is a partnership between the town and the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, which have pledged $100,000 each in support of the project.
“Over the past couple of years, we have raised an additional $60,000,” Collier said. “Our original goal was $300,000, based on initial cost estimates, and it looks like that is a fairly accurate number.”
The 80-year-old building will be moved from the elementary school campus, where a new school recently opened, to a parcel on the north side of Bienville Boulevard near Town Hall. The timing of the move is contingent upon a variety of factors but town officials believe the move will occur in the coming months, the mayor added.
“We anticipate the building providing a community meeting space, welcome center, lending library, computers and museum,” he said. “A Museum Committee was formed early on and is already working to gather island artifacts, photos and more to include in the building.”
People can make contributions (and receive a tax deduction certificate) to the Dauphin Island Foundation’s Little Red School House Fund. The foundation is a 501(c)3 entity.
Contributions can also be made directly to the town.