The Country Comes to the City
Hunters, fly-casters, dog lovers, art collectors, even wildlife advocates—they all find common ground at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, which takes over the city on Presidents’ Day weekend. You can watch professionally trained retrievers show off their skills, or enter your own mutt in the Dockdogs competition, where the categories include Big Air, Speed Retrieve, and Extreme Vertical (cannonball!). You, and everyone within splashing and shaking distance, will get wet.
At the other end of the decorum spectrum, sporting-art auctions alternate with duck-decoy sales (some of which can go for $10,000 apiece). The connection between the cooking demos and the region’s wildlife seems somewhat tenuous—not all of the star chefs will be working with game—but the ingredients are locally sourced. Throw in fly-fishing exhibitions, screenings of a John Jay Audubon documentary, and the chance to watch birds of prey in swift and certain action, and by the time the weekend’s over, you’ll have had a crash course in Lowcountry living.