Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day weekend? This year, SEWE is proud to make them for you. For the first time in SEWE history, the exposition will be hosting a Saturday brunch, featuring the Center for Birds of Prey. The brunch is followed by one of the Center’s many afternoon demonstrations, featuring hawks, falcons, and owls in beautiful Marion Square.

The Center for Birds of Prey demos often cause a stir and are viewed as an event highlight by many attendees. According to SEWE Marketing Director Ashley Slane, “It is really amazing to see these majestic birds up close and flying overhead — even from the top of the Francis Marion Hotel, all the way down to Marion Square!”

Jim Elliott, executive director of the Center for Birds of Prey, will be an honored guest. He’ll speak about his group as well as environmental issues and conservation efforts in the Lowcountry. The Center is dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats. They also educate the public about the environmental issues that affect birds and humans alike. Jim will be accompanied by some of his rehabilitated feathered friends during the presentation.

The brunch will be held in the Francis Marion Hotel’s Colonial Room. The buffet-style brunch will feature dishes such as shrimp and grits with lobster gravy; eggs frittata; a wide selection of fresh fruit and pastries; grilled chicken with pesto sauce; and much more. The meal also includes coffee, tea, juice, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Following the brunch, attendees with SEWE passes can head to Marion Square for a live birds of prey demonstration.