|Sent on:||Monday, April 16, 2012 11:41 AM|
Good morning! Festival week has arrived, that's the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, starting this Friday (thru Sunday) at the James Island County Park.
The Festival has special significance to me, but more about that in a moment...
Things are already happening now:
Thursday Happy Hour at Lucky's Southern Grill on James Island - check here for more info. Please RSVP if you intend to join us for free appetizers from 5 - 7 pm, so the staff at Lucky's will be prepared for our horde of hungry kayakers!
And of course, the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival starts Friday morning at 9:00 am and runs thru the weekend. One big surprise at the "Sea Kayak Carolina Compound" during the Festival -- our friend (and a co-owner of the shop) Deb Mitchum is flying in from Colorado to spend the weekend with us!
I first came to Charleston, on a whim, in April of 2001. That year there was over a foot of snow on April Fools Day at my home in coastal Massachusetts. A friend suggested that the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival in Charleston was pretty cool. So I packed up the old green Subaru, stopped for a visit with my family in Philly, and arrived at the James Island County Park, where I was glad to be sunburned and overheated, after struggling thru yet another New England Winter.
I met my now friend and mentor Dale Williams for the first time, and paddled the new NDK Explorer he sold me in the ocean between Folly Beach and Kiawah. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Charleston.
I enjoyed that visit in April 2001 so much so that I took only a few seconds of consideration when I was presented with an opportunity to move and work here in early 2002. I was thrilled to start work part-time as a sea kayak instructor with the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, and to make friends with Josh Hall and the rest of the outdoor staff at CCPRC.
Deb, Sue Kershaw and I debuted Sea Kayak Carolina at the Festival in 2008, and the shop has been proud to be the Gold Sponsor of the Festival in the following years. This weekend I'll be attending my 12th Festival!
On behalf of shop manager William Seabrook, Deb, Sue and the rest of the gang at Sea Kayak Carolina, I sincerely look forward to seeing you at the Festival this weekend!
Sea Kayak Carolina
1731 Signal Point Road (on James Island just off Folly Road)
Charleston, SC 29412