Mermaid Kiss evening at aquarium to benefit oyster restoration

There are still tickets left for Mermaid Kiss: Oyster Fest 2013, the Oyster Recovery Partnership's Oct. 1 fundraiser at the National Aquarium.

The event is a showcase of cuisine prepared by members of the organization’s Shell Recycling Alliance. More than 100 area restaurants, caterers and seafood wholesalers participate in the program by recycling their used oyster shells. The shells are used to restore oyster reefs and as bedding material for raising new oysters.

The business-casual evening event includes lots of freshly shucked oysters, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and private access to aquarium exhibits. It also includes the presentation of the Oyster Recovery Partnership's "It's My Bay" awards to those who have made significant contributions to restoring oysters.

Mermaid Kiss: Oyster Fest 2013 is 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $90. For information call 410-990-4970 or go to


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