Museum’s Thanksgiving Trail Clearing & Beach Clean up & “Oysters After” Party

by Jane Ahrens

The Henry L. Ferguson Museum
Presents the 17th Annual Thanksgiving
Trail Clearing & Beach Clean Up
(Plus “Oysters After” Party) 

2022 Photo Gallery
Send us your clean up photos and we will add them to this gallery!

Thank you to everyone!

(Click any image to see a larger version or scroll thru the Gallery.)

Photos by Scott Reid and others

You and your family are invited to join the rest of the HLFM community for a festive and rewarding Post-Thanksgiving afternoon of trail clearing, beach cleaning, and oyster consumption. It’s a wonderful tradition in its 17th year that is as good for the soul as it is for the island – and the waistline.

When: Friday, November 25, 2022

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Meet at the Museum before proceeding to the Nature Trails and Beach Clearing. As many of the trails are in good shape, we will expand assignments to include invasive control and beach clean-up.

Tools: Please bring tools you can handle SAFELY. NO CHAINSAWS.

Cleaning:  We will provide heavy-duty garbage bags for beach and path cleaning.

Dress: We suggest you wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, socks and gloves to battle thorns and poison ivy.

“Oysters After” Party
All participants are invited immediately thereafter to a post-clearing party AT THE MUSEUM from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to enjoy drinks and oysters. Thanks to Fishers Island Oyster Farm, Summer Shuckers, Bottlerocket, and Fishers Island Lemonade for their generous sponsorship of this festive Island tradition.

Museum trail clearing 2013. Photo courtesy of Jane Ahrens
Stony Beach cleanup, November 26, 2021. Photo courtesy of Jack Schneider
Oysters on deck, H.L.F. Museum November 26, 2021. Photo courtesy of Jack Schneider
Reid family, Thanksgiving 2009. Photo courtesy of Scott Reid
Riegel family clan, Thanksgiving 2016. Photo courtesy of Dicky Riegel

During the reception, please check out and enjoy the current annual exhibit “Year Round, A Celebration of Community” on display, curated by Pierce Rafferty and generously sponsored by Altus Partners and Chubb.

For further information please contact Scott Reid at 646.431.8536/ or Pierce Rafferty at 631.788.7239/

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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