We sat down with John Powell, executive director of Southeastern Wildlife Expo, to chat about his favorite aspects of the Lowcountry lifestyle.
My Charlestonly 10: John Powell
Into the Wild: In 2010, a very rare snow covered Charleston on the Friday night of SEWE. It caused a few issues but made for some great photos and stories. All Occasions and Snyder Rentals were given an unintended “Snow Test” on the tents, while Halls Chophouse had patrons leaving boots and waders in the back hall before packing the restaurant and bar.
Festively Attired: Speaking of Expo attire—Wednesday night (February 15) will be a last minute decision of sport coat and tie or suit from Grady Ervin. I’ll split my time between an opening reception at The Mills House hotel for our “Birds of the Wetlands” exhibit and Aiken-Rhett House Museum for another opening, “Preserving the Art of the Decoy: Historic Charleston Foundation Presents the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Coen.”
Black-tie makes my decision easy for Thursday’s Preview Gala at Charleston Place Hotel, but the girls in the office have spent plenty of time on King Street looking for their SEWE dress.
Friday through Sunday, it’s boots and jeans. M. Dumas & Sons-style staples.
After the Fray: My favorite way to spend the Saturday after SEWE is with friends. Outside. In Charleston, SC!
Toast of the Town: You can find me at Moe’s Crosstown or Downtown depending on the season.
Man’s Best Friend: It’s true, my 11 year-old Border Collie, Bladen, is my best friend.
On the Wall: Come to my home and you’ll see two small oils from SEWE artist V. Vaughan, an old survey plat done by my grandfather and two watercolors of places from my youth. There are also a few scuffs and scrapes, and other tell-tale signs of the bachelor-with-dog lifestyle.
Local Scene: The porch at Poe’s Tavern is the first place I take out of town guests.
Sundowner: Many of the streets in and around my neighborhood parallel or dead-end with the Ashley River marsh. I enjoy catching glimpses of the sunset as Bladen and I walk to Hampton Park or Corrine Jones Park on Hester.
Urban Fork Safari: Asking my favorite thing to eat in Charleston is not a fair question, but my favorites include:
Jimmy Hagood’s BBQ with local oysters
Poe’s nachos with a cold Miller Lite
Dell’z Deli Jazzy Pizza
Fried chicken, collards and mashed potatoes from Hank’s (I know, I know— it’s a seafood place!)
Half chopped salad and small filet at Halls Chophouse
The Ultimate Coconut Cake at Peninsula Grill