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.
Elite Dance International Studio & Apparel teaches a variety of social and competitive dancing styles in an olive-green studio ringed with golden lights. Students glide across a glossy wooden floor during group classes, private lessons, and Friday Fun Nights, which blend a beginner class with refreshments and open dancing. The studio also hosts first wedding dances for couples who prefer starting on the right foot rather than stepping on Aunt Milna's foot.
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.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
Golfers pocketing The Northeast Links Card will secure one season of discounted green fees at some of the top courses throughout the Northeast. Members will save 10%-40% every time they play any of the 130+ courses and the fee always includes the cart. In addition to the green fee discounts, members receive pro shop and dining discounts at select courses. Wherever you travel in the Northeast, there is always a Links Card course to play nearby.
Renovated and under new ownership, The Village Tavern serves up a menu of gourmet pub fare until 2 a.m. in one of Charleston’s premiere music venues. Falafel perches atop tahini and shrouds itself in chopped israeli salad to hide from hungry birds of prey ($4.95), and select imported cheese and marinated calamata olives from Crete mingle on the olive-and-cheese plate ($10.95). The Buttercup Blue salad combines Rex bib lettuce topped with homemade Bleu cheese dressing, warm bacon, avocado, garlic, and herb croutons with grape tomato halves and a medium boiled egg finished with chives ($9.95). House chips are fried on-site, dressed with saba and sea salt, and served with house blue cheese ($5.95). Both the house burger and the 8-ounce tavern dog come topped with a merlot onion jam, pepper mayo, and five-year-aged gouda ($10.95 each), and pair well with a glass of Fat Tire, available on draft from The Tavern's full bar.