St. Paul's 37th Annual Fish Fry and Oyster Roast

by Rhonda
(Federal Point, Florida, USA)

St Pauls Church, Photo by Florida Backroads Travel

April 16, 2016 Noon til 4pm Rain or Shine we Dine!

St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Federal Point, Florida sits along the bank of the majestic St. Johns River on the north end of Putnam County. Built in 1882, this historic Gothic Carpenter Church has served visitors and residents of Federal Point for over 130 years.

Around 1890 the stained glass windows were added to the church. These window were purchased in part by money that the ladies of the church raised by selling painted alligator eggs to tourist traveling via steamships and stopping at the wharf at Federal Point. The 130 year old bell that calls people to worship today still sounds as lovely as when it as new. The bell was made in the Meneely Bell Foundary in Troy, New York.

For the last 37 years we've been hosting and fish fry and oyster roast to raise money for our youth group and mission work. Each year people come from far and wide to sit under the shade of the old oak trees and enjoy their meal while listening to gospel music. In recent years there is also a display of classic cars and arts and crafts vendors.

The dinners are all you can eat and include: fries make fresh from potatoes and slaw made fresh from cabbages out of the fields in Hastings, hush puppies, Minorcan Clam Chowder, desserts and tea.

I've included a picture of the church today and a picture taken at last year's event.

For more information on St. Paul's or our annual event, I can be reached at 386-983-1659 or


April 16, 2016 Noon til 4pm Rain or Shine we Dine!! We have a covered pavilion with tables and chairs. People are also welcome to bring their bag or folding chairs and sit under the oaks to listen to the music!

All you can eat fish: Adults $12 and Children (under 12) $8
All you can eat oysters: Adults $25 and Children (under 12) $10

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Apr 28, 2016
Art is in the eye of the beholder.......
by: djrjax

I don't shoot very much HDR, myself, but if it's the effect the shooter desires, and still renders a recognizable picture of the subject.....what's the harm? Let's all just be nice and supportive of their effort, even if it's not what we prefer. That doesn't make it wrong.

Mar 08, 2016
by: Anonymous

HDR is a camera setting or a post processing technique that often ruins good photographs by giving things a look that does not occur in nature. See the photo of the church.

Originally intended to extend the dynamic range of a photo by stitching together multiple shots of the exact same photo at different exposure levels it has become a setting that is most often used to create un-natural colors and give things a comic book appearance.

Mar 07, 2016
Picture of St. Paul's
by: Rhonda

I not familiar with the technical aspect of the comment but I would agree that this nor any other photo can capture the feeling I get when sitting in a pew or standing on the grounds of this lovely old church!

Thank you for your feedback.

Mar 07, 2016
Church Photo
by: Anonymous

Amateur photographers need to get a grip on the overuse of HDR. Excessive tone mapping makes their photo's look like they came from a comic book and is distracting.

Focus on composition, lighting and proper exposure.


If you are referring to the photo of St. Paul's Church, it was submitted by the festival organizers. I will include your comment but I hope they know what HDR is because I don't have the foggiest. I use a simple point and shoot digital camera for all of my shots. Photo aside, I hear the food and music at the festival is great.

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