The third annual banquet for the Lowcountry Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation was held August 25 at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. Despite Hurricane Irene churning in the Atlantic Ocean and Friday night football games moved up to the 25th, the Lowcountry Longbeards group of outdoor enthusiasts mustered up a great crowd and had a fine event, including a seafood dinner from Park Lane catering of Columbia. One member of the crowd told me that he was planning to be out of town in New York, but due to weather concerns elected to stay home, and then to attend the NWTF banquet at the last minute. The silent auction and cocktail hour was followed by a live auction filled with sporting collectibles, turkey hunts, an inshore fishing trip with Backwaters Charters, artwork, a cooking grill, guns, and plenty of NWTF items! The Lowcountry Longbeards Chapter uses its funds to promote hunting opportunities for youths in the Francis Marion area, and the NWTF uses a portion of the funds for uplands conservation projects inside South Carolina. Look for great things in the future from this group of turkey hunters as they grow their chapter, and those willing to join or volunteer can email Chairman Robert Aitken at Amopthdrpa@aol.com.
To view a past blog entry about the Lowcountry Longbeards click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: Wiley Marshall and Bethea Long pal around - a couple of jakes in the Longbeard crowd; The NWTF braintrust is Mike Hoffstatter, Bobby Marshall and Gary Peters; This pottery cask was one of the handsome items that went home with a lucky silent auction bidder; My friends the Hurteau's took a moment for this photo in front of the NWTF sign and they are (from left to right) James, Jamye, Taylor and Jamie