When children begin to explore their surroundings, they usually stick to the backyards and winding streets of their own neighborhoods. For Captain Addison Rupert, growing up in South Carolina's Lowcountry meant exploring a seemingly endless system of rivers, creeks, and marshlands. His passion for the local landscape has led to a career guiding others through the beautiful and rugged wilderness.
Captain Rupert wields a certification from the US Coast Guard and leads guests on tours aboard a 17-foot Maverick Master Angler Flats boat. On each fishing expedition, he works with guests to track down species such as red drum, speckled trout, flounder, sheapshead, and tarpon. Captain Rupert's fishing and sightseeing tours are tailored to meet the needs of each customer, typically providing all of the necessary gear and mermaid traps.
When she’s not teaching art to adults at Art Connects Art School's studio, Dianne Tennyson maintains a private art-therapy practice designed to help clients reconcile conflict through creative self-expression. The practice guides Dianne’s efforts as an art teacher, and together with her husband, graphic designer Eric Vincent, the creative twosome inform and guide pupils of all ages and skill levels. Twenty years of coaxing artistry out of students has taught Dianne to begin with the basics—developing discipline, eye-hand coordination, and artistic vision—while working with oil and pastel paints. Eric’s expertise includes drawing, acrylics, sculpture, and cartooning, making him the perfect instructor for superheroes keen on crafting self-portraits.
Art may be a subjective experience, but with more than 100 regional and national awards, Steven Jordan’s talent is indisputable. A master of watercolor, mixed media, and oils, Jordan’s creativity knows few bounds, and his paintings have appeared in nationally published art books, as well as on TV and film. Steven has even painted his own van to look like a giant bumblebee. Customers can also commission work from Steven at an additional cost. The South Carolina native now frequently judges art competitions, gives lectures to organizations and strangers in the grocery line, and teaches classes and workshops.
A Snappy Event brings Charleston residents together for fun and food-centric events held throughout the year. The party-planning machinations started with the Mac Off, a no-holds-barred mac 'n' cheese cook off, and have spread to other cuisine-themed bashes such as sushi festivals, oyster roasts, and ground-beef food fights. The annual food truck hoedown beats back the February chill with satisfying food and a raging bonfire, while the Top Gun '80s party is held from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown.
United States Coast Guard– and CPR-certified captain David Lane leads poling pairs into Charleston's coastal tides during four-hour inshore-fishing outings. Aboard Captain Lane's 17-foot Mitzi skiff, guests delve restlessly through rippling ebbs in search of redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Depending on the tide, season, and customer preference, each trek will aim to coax gilled adversaries from subaquatic nooks by tossing out baits, lures, or exclusive invites to prestigious fish fries. Additionally, Captain Lane channels his extensive knowledge of the surrounding regions to unmask fish-rich havens, such as the oyster banks of Wando River and various marshes. All equipment—including rods, reels, and licenses—is provided, but duos are encouraged to tote along their own refreshments and cameras, as well as sunglasses to deflect the glare of water and sunbathing toads.
The team of fellow certified captains share their fishing knowledge and intimacy of local waterways with guests of The Reel Deal Charters. Carefully following the seasonal eco-system to make sure customers have access to biting fish, their expeditions whisk passengers away on inshore hunts for red drum, trout, sheepshead, and sunken pirate ships. Fleets also cruise the water banks and oyster beds at low tides.Fiberglass replicas of caught fish are also available, leaving the fish unharmed in the process.
The Reel Deal's captains also organize trips to search for blue crabs and fish for sharks during warmer months, and explore local beaches and marshes. They also narrate sightseeing tours that pass by Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown or natural sights such as feasting pelicans and ospreys soaring overhead. All excursions take place aboard fleet of boats that each accommodates up to six passengers with licenses, tackle, and a variety of both live and artificial bait.