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The Guiding Life: Siren Song of the Salt Water

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For people passionate enough to scrape together a living by fishing, it’s more than just a job. Guiding is a way of life – a tough, wonderful life. For the rest of us, fishing is just occasional recreation, the once-every-so-often chance to spend time with our kids or maybe get away with the guys. On the surface, the lure of fishing for a … [Read more...]

A Family-Friendly Sports Pub: Dog & Duck

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Anyone who’s lived in Mount Pleasant for more than an hour-and-a-half knows about Dog & Duck, the family-friendly sports pub with two locations. Opened 13 years ago, the popular restaurant at the Stein Mart end of the Belle Hall Shopping Center spun off a satellite store in 2008 near the Park West Publix. With their voluminous … [Read more...]

A Ride to Remember: The Carolina Coast Surf Club

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    I stood on the rain-soaked deck at The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, my hands tightly gripping the wood handrail. I was fixated, entranced even, by the sheer power of the ocean. A late-spring storm surge had kicked up waves; they rose gradually then crashed violently in an avalanche of foam and white water. My mind … [Read more...]

Homes Away From Home: Local Families Host Tennis Pros

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  When I got on the phone to chat with international tennis professional Melanie Oudin, I was not the least bit surprised to learn that just minutes before my phone call, she'd been practicing her swing. Oudin, one of the many tennis players who grace Daniel Island during the Family Circle Cup, scheduled this year for March 29 through April … [Read more...]

Brushstrokes of Genius – SEWE Artists in East Cooper

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I was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to meet with local artist Vicki Robinson inside her home at Remley's Point. It's not every day that I'm invited into the private studio of a gifted painter, where bowls of eggshells wait on countertops to be hand painted and brushes, both large and small, catch sunlight through windows in the artist's … [Read more...]

Up, Up and Away – Mount Pleasant’s Own Airport

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  If you weren’t actively looking for the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport, you’d be hard-pressed to notice that it even exists. Its somewhat remote location is marked only by a modest green sign with white lettering along the U.S. Highway 17 roadside, just north of Park West. Mount Pleasant has its own airport? What’s that all … [Read more...]

Third Time’s the Charm

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Make Plans to Attend the 2013 Business and Community Expo. In its first two years, the Mount Pleasant Entrepreneur and Business Expo gave local companies, professionals and organizations an excellent opportunity to market their products and services to residents and visitors. Throughout the day, attendees and vendors exchanged ideas and contact … [Read more...]

Go Fly a Kite …Board

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  The sun was shining for the first time all week during this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run. It was high noon and I, unlike the rest of Charleston, was not enjoying the post-race festivities of beer drinking, bacon eating and band listening. Instead, I was sitting on the beach at Third Avenue on the Isle of Palms, waiting for Dr. Joe … [Read more...]

Well-Known Faces at the Races: The Cooper River Bridge Run

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Every year, the Cooper River Bridge Run attracts tens of thousands of participants, ranging from hot dog-eating speed walkers to the world’s top distance runners.   Over the run’s 35-year span, the race has been graced by several famous faces, including actor Bill Murray and TV star Oprah Winfrey. Murray, who owns a home on … [Read more...]

Lighting Up the Harbor: With Mount Pleasant Boat Enthusiasts

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Lights are the key to a winning entry in the annual Holiday Parade of Boats, according to Art Clark and Dick Howells, Mount Pleasant residents and members of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, which works closely with the city of Charleston to produce the holiday event. “The winner last year – you couldn’t see the boat for all of the … [Read more...]