So far, more than $133,000 in donations for beloved bartender Murray Stenson's forthcoming heart valve operation have funneled in from around the globe. Upcoming MurrayAid fundraising events are scheduled in cities from Portland to Paris in hopes of raising enough cash to cover Stenson's medical bills and recovery.
If there's one local MurrayAid event to attend, it's this weekend's Blur Ball. The event is scheduled for Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Batch 206 Distillery. Ten area bartenders are linking arms with chefs and distilleries in hopes of pushing the total raised for Stenson's surgery over the $150,000 mark. Sponsored by the Washington Distillers' Guild, the fundraiser features music, food, booze, and a "Not So Silent" auction. All proceeds from the 21+ event go to MurrayAid. Grab your tickets here. And if you can't make it to the Blur Ball, consider throwing some spare coins over here.
Earlier in the day, Slough Food up in Edison is hosting its last oyster and wine party of the year. The bi-valve degustation is presented by Les Huitres Volantes (The Flying Oysters). Shucking starts Sunday at 11 a.m. and continues in Slough Food's back covered courtyard until 5 p.m. Six to eight fresh oyster varietals will be up for grabs for $1 or $2 each. Wine by the glass or bottle will be available, too, alongside other lunch items.