THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT
50 years ago, the Beaufort County Open Land Trust was founded so that citizens who cared about preserving the spectacular scenic vistas that define Beaufort County would have a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to protect key parcels of land from development. In the early days, members of the Trust did everything they could think of to raise money, including selling potholders on Bay Street and hosting luncheons for tour groups in private historic homes. The lunches featured the “Hot Chicken Salad” that is in the Open Land Trust cookbook, Sea Island Seasons. Unlike today’s popular cranberry chicken salad, the Open Land Trust chicken salad featured crushed potato chips! An army of faithful volunteers made sure that the luncheons happened every Spring and Fall for over 25 years. The funds raised helped protect Bay Street Bluff, Bellamy Curve and Lemon Island. The concept was simple, and the fundraising effort was extremely successful! As we celebrate 50 years, we are bringing back this successful tradition of Open Land Trust Luncheons. There is no better way to raise awareness and fundraise, than (safely) with friends at your home.
We understand that a chicken salad lunch isn’t the best fit for everyone who may want to host an event in their home to support the Open Land Trust, so we want to think outside the box. We now invite you to host different types of events. A few ideas we had were: Stretch your branches yoga sessions, Oyster Roasts, Lowcountry Boil Dinners and Private Chef Dinners. But we also encourage you to host in the way you see fit. Maybe a sushi night or plein air paint is more your speed? Whatever your fancy, we would love to bring people together with you to have a good time and learn about the land trust and how supporting the trust also enriches your life in the southern Lowcountry of South Carolina.