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Events: Church men put on an outdoor expo

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

A bunch of the guys were sitting around at All Saints Church.

Well, not just sitting around. It was actually the men’s Friday morning Bible study. And some of them were restless.

“What do the men of All Saints do besides a lot of study?” Clinch Heyward remembers thinking.

So they got to talking. “Let’s do something for the sake of doing it,” they said. And let’s do it for the community.

“The group of us that was talking happened to be all outdoors kinds of people,” Heyward said.

And that’s how the Pawleys Outdoor Expo was born.

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the rectory grounds. About 40 core members of the men’s group put it together, but it isn’t a guy thing. They hope to attract families for the afternoon.

“It’s way more than just a camo event,” Heyward said.

There will be exhibits from Pawleys Island Outdoors, Cyclopedia, Pawleys Island Marine, Surf the Earth, the Backwoods Quail Club and area fishing guides.

Aside from displaying equipment, the exhibitors were asked to come up with something that they could teach to the audience. “Kids and newcomers can actually learn something,” Heyward said.

The state Department of Natural Resources is bringing its fishing simulator.

The expo comes at a quiet time of the year for businesses, so this is a way to give them a boost, Heyward said. And since the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival has moved from January to March, it’s also a quiet time for events.

“There’s no agenda other than just a celebration,” Heyward said. “Let’s get together as neighbors and learn something.”

The organizers have also cleaned out their garages and closets to put together a rummage sale of outdoors equipment. Heyward estimated they have 30 to 40 rods and reels along with tackle boxes full of gear, clothing and other items.

Each of the vendors is bringing a raffle item. The proceeds will go to Tara Hall, Friendship Place and the Island Grace Café.

And as an added inducement, the men have barbecued a hog and cooked up a chicken bog, which they will serve for free as long as supplies last.

If the expo catches on, the men are prepared to bring it back next year, Heyward said. “It’s promoting how blessed we are to live where we live.”

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