Charleston’s Most Southern Moments: A Glimpse at SEWE 2018

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) made its yearly landing in the beloved city of Charleston. There were events taking place all around the city over the course of three days. It ranged from cooking, art, education and so much more.

Participants admired the wildlife on display in Marion Square. (Photo by Hannah Broder)

There were not any ticket checks, so pedestrians strolled into the events haphazardly. Many people were not even aware of what event they were attending. It was packed to the max with curious natives, faraway travelers and Southern culture enthusiasts.

Marion Square housed most of the activities and exhibits. The center of the square took part in the education of some of the rarest and most beautiful birds the nation has to offer. There were tents literally crawling with reptiles and other creatures.

Puppies and dogs could be spotted at every inch of the event, just waiting to get some love from passersby. Animal shelters and adopting rings had their spotlight as well, showcasing their dogs with labeled adoption vests.

Dogs could be found everywhere during the festivities. (Photo by Hannah Broder)

Animals of all sorts were the main event with people everywhere looking to demonstrate their knowledge about them.

The Brittlebank park kicked off its show with its notorious dock dog jumping and herding demos. A true demonstration of Southern hunting and farming culture, dogs leaped from docks, showing their prowess for fetching, while others deftly herded ducks and sheep into tight rings.

Cuisine made an exceptional appearance as well. Restaurants and brands from all over the state and country made their appearance. Local chefs took the stage to show some of their most famous and tasty recipes while demonstrating each step for the audience.

One of College of Charleston’s alumni, Suzanne Stewart, made an appearance with her husband to showcase their restaurant, The Glass Onion, all while giving us a glimpse into the life of a Charleston chef. Chris and Suzanne Stewart wooed the crowds by creating an all-time Charleston favorite: shrimp and grits.

Chefs from across the Lowcountry made an appearance to highlight their work. (Photo by Hannah Broder)

Samples made their way into everyone’s mouth – just waiting to leave their mark. There were food trucks loitering at the edges of the event and selling some of the most delicious and expensive food Charleston and the surrounding areas have to offer.

The little ones tagging along with families were not forgotten in the organization of the event. Jumpy houses and puppet shows helped keep them entertained, making it more of a family-friendly event.

The whole event had a laid-back vibe. Vendors were selling drinks by the cup. Art was being auctioned off at some decently, and others incredibly, priced. All were mirroring pieces of what the expedition encompasses: southern wildlife appreciation.

The event has grown into something for more than just its followers. It now has evolved into a local, fun event that welcomes all.

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Judith Arendall, a Nashville native, is a Junior english major with a Writing, Rhetoric and Publication emphasis. In Judith’s free time, aside from writing for CisternYard, she interns at Blue Bicycle Books.

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