Back in August, while we were in Charleston, we got an email from a guy named Cyrus who liked our stuff. Wanted to meet up for coffee, just to say hi – cause that's what Southerners do. So we did. We met.
Such a pleasure mtg you guys! “@theoldtry: Caffeine w/ @chaswaterkeeper & then lunch w/ @gardenandgunmag. What better way to spend a Thurs?”
— Cyrus Buffum (@CyrusBuffum) August 16, 2012
It was there that I found out Cyrus was from the Cape. A Massachusetts man, born and raised, now living in Charleston. And not just living there. But making a heck of a difference. You see, before Mr. Buffum got fed up with it, the Charleston Harbor (and rivers in the watershed, like the Stono, Wando, Cooper, Ashley) was not patrolled. Not protected. Nobody was seeing to it that the public had access to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
Like any man who is worth his weight, Cyrus couldn't just stand by. So he created the Charleston Waterkeeper. And through that, Cyrus has become a powerful force for good in the South. On this earth. For others.
When I was back down in Charleston in April, Cyrus and I got together over a legendary dinner at the Ordinary (just one place benefitting from seafood coming from protected waters) and talked about all that was happening. A bunch of things, of course, but the big deal was The Waterball, a fundraiser for the Waterkeeper.
Of course I couldn't keep from trying to help a man who is helping others, so we decided to make a print. A print that went on sale last Friday night at Charleston's best looking, most connected night for good.
We've got them up on our site now. $10 from each sale goes to help the good guys. Grab a print, protect Charleston Water. Cause it all flows out of there and into our oceans and into our lives. Whether we like it or not. Which is why guys like Cyrus, guys who are part of the solution, inspire me to no end.
Available right here.