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Rotary Club's Oyster Roast( Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun / January 18, 2014 )
Howard Weisberg, left, Harold Madison, Maria Kolotos and Dora Kolotos
Many annual fundraising parties may get a little stale after running for a certain number of years. Apparently not so for the Rotary Club of Baltimore's annual Oyster Roast, which has run continuously for 93 years, according to Howard Weisberg, club president and now in his eighth year as event chair.
"In 1921, this took place on the loading dock of the Schmidt Baking Company and was attended by 21 people, where they actually baked oysters in bread ovens, which is why we still call it an oyster roast," he said.
Both the buffet and crowd have grown over the years. This year, more than 1,800 people filled the Armory to feast and to play the prize wheels where they could win money, booze and (why not?) 9-pound packages of bacon.
That's what first hooked Ed Mauldin, a Baltimore-based construction industry sales representative, who has come to the roast for 30 years and now brings all four of his adult sons.
"The first year I won a big slab of bacon at the bacon wheel," he said with a grin. "The next year, my wife told me to go to the roast, but not to come home without that bacon."
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