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OLLI Excursions

 

Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Fall 2014

Join Robin McCall on a series of Southern historical, cultural and natural history excursions. Fee includes van, driver, guide and entrance fees; lunch extra. Vans depart from Conway and/or Litchfield. Students will be called with specific departure/return times, but plan on a full day. Activity Level: 1 (moderate) to 5 (extensive). Registration required one week in advance; refunds for cancellations made a week prior or if a replacement is found.

   

Sept.   17 (Wed.)

Bellamy  Mansion & Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, NC     $55         XHIST 457 L01                  3

We’ll head north to visit the Bellamy   Mansion located in historic downtown Wilmington on Market Street.

One of NorthCarolina’s finest examples   of Greek revival architecture – 22 rooms! In the afternoon, we’ll visit the

Cape Fear Museum.       

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 8 am; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 9 am; Myrtle Beach Education Center- 9:30 am

Return:  Myrtle Beach Education Center- 4:30 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 5 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 6 pm  

Lunch - To Be Announced                                           

Sept.   20 (Sat.)

Scottish   Games at Boone Hall                                                $55        XHIST 457 L03                 5

This will be a day packed with   activities: Olympic games, Scottish music, highland dancing and more than 25   bagpipe

bands echoing through the beautiful   live oaks. Great food – we’ll try some Haggis!

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 9 am; Litchfield Education Center - 10 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm  

*Bring a lawn chair

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                             

Sept.   24 (Wed.)

Behind   the Scenes at the Charleston Museum                      $55         XHIST 457 L04                3

The Charleston Museum was founded in   1773, making it America’s first museum. Come with us as we take a peek behind

the scenes at the hidden rooms of the   museum. Do you know what a “bettle” room is for? Fashion and fiction, all   kinds of

textiles, flags, wedding gowns, shoes –   Jane Austen would approve. Antique swords and guns and shelves of silver. 

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm  

Lunch - To Be Announced

Sept.   25 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)            $45        XHIST 457 L05                2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Sept. 26 (Fri.)

Charleston Culinary Tour                                                         $75       XHIST 457 L28                4

Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston on this exclusive culinary adventure where you will experience distinctive

food and warm hospitality. This tour was featured in Southern Living, Bon Appetit and on the food network.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                       

Oct.   1 (Wed.)

Patriots   Point, USS Yorktown, Charles Pinckney House       $45       XHIST 457 L07                5

Walk in the footsteps of heroes. Three   amazing vessels, 28 historic aircraft and the Medal of Honor Museum. On the

way home, we stop at the national   historic site, home of Charles Pinckney, one of the principal framers of the   U.S. Constitution.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm  

Lunch at Five Loaves Cafe

                                                           

Oct.   2 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)              $45         XHIST 457 L08               2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Oct.   3 (Fri.)

Florence   Flower Festival & Darla Moore Botanical Garden    $55         XHIST 457 L09               5

45,000 square feet of sheds filled to   the brim with produce and plants. Several family-owned nurseries complete   with

gardens, greenhouses and gift shops,   plus a large selection of statuary products. We won’t miss the 100-year-old   barn

that houses a potter’s studio. In the   afternoon we’ll visit a living museum, displaying quality native plants that   thrive here.

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 8 am; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 9 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 5 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 6 pm  

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                              

Oct.   8 (Wed.)

Fort   Sumter                                                                              $55        XHIST 457 L10                4

One of America’s most historic   landmarks! We’ll cross Charleston harbor by boat to the fort where we’ll walk   and

explore all of the historic places,   followed by lunch at the Market Pavilion. 

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 7:30 am; Litchfield Education Center - 8:30 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch - To Be Announced  

Will make a stop at Trader Joe's

Oct.   15 (Wed.)

Senior   Day at the State Fair, Columbia                                   $55        XHIST 457 L11                5

Free ferris wheel rides and other   special activities geared especially for seniors, plus livestock, art shows, flower   displays.

Oct.   16 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)               $45        XHIST 457 L12                2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Oct.   17 (Fri.)

Charleston   Culinary Tour                                                          $75        XHIST 457 L13               4

Walk, talk and taste your way through   Charleston on this exclusive culinary adventure where you will experience

distinctive food and warm hospitality.   This tour was featured in Southern Living, Bon  Appetit and on the Food  Network.  

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                       

Oct.   22 (Wed.)

Hopsewee   & Hampton Historic Sites, McClellanville              $60       XHIST 457 L14                 4

Hopsewee, a National Historic Landmark,   is a preservation rather than a restoration. Only five families have owned   it,

although it was built almost 40 years   before the Revolutionary War. Hampton Plantation was home to several prominent

families of Colonial and Antebellum S.C.,   including Rutledges, Horrys and Pinckneys.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch at Hopsewee Tea Cottage 

Oct.   24 (Fri.)

Charleston Carriage Tour & Citadel Dress Parade                     $55       XHIST 457 L15                4

Lunch at a very special suprise.  Afterward, we tour the Citadel Museum, Summerall Chapel and, at 3:30, the   dress parade. 

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 6 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 7 pm

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                            

Oct.   30 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)                $45      XHIST 457 L16                   2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Oct.   31 (Fri.)

Birds   of Prey Tour & Flight Demo, Awendaw & McClellanville $60      XHIST 457 L17                  3

In 2002 the Rice family of Charleston   donated 152 acres in Charleston County for this state-of-the-art Avian

Conservation Center.  Internationally recognized, the center hosts   owls, bald eagles, falcons, wild hawks and other

birds of prey.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 4 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 5 pm

Lunch at TW Graham's                                                              

Nov.   6 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)                  $45      XHIST 457 L18                   2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Nov.   8 (Sat.)

Secessionville   at Boone Hall Plantation                                      $55      XHIST 457 L19                   5

Step back in time at Boone Hall   Plantation as more than 300 re-enactors present what life was like during the   Civil War.

Watch as the Calvary takes the field on   horseback during intense cannon fire. Shop more than 100 vendors specializing  

in vintage hats, clothing, guns, art   and books.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch at the festival                                                            

Nov.   13 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour (see   page 16 for tour description)                  $45      XHIST 457 L20                   2 

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm

Lunch - Laura Pyatt's at 11:30 am - $15

Nov.   14 (Fri.)

Charleston   Culinary Tour                                                            $75       XHIST 457 L29                  4

Walk, talk and taste your way through   Charleston on this exclusive culinary adventure where you will experience

distinctive food and warm hospitality.   This tour was featured in Southern Living, Bon  Appetit and on the Food  Network.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch - To Be Announced 

Nov. 19 (Wed.)

Mepkin   Abbey Creche Festival & the Canal Museum                  $55       XHIST 457 L27                 4

Enjoy the private collection of   nativity scenes displayed at this special time. Originally a rice plantation   with plats dating

back to 1762, Mepkin was purchased in   1936 by Henry and Clare Boothe Luce, who restored the gardens and developed

the equestrian and hunting activities.   In 1949 the Luce family gave the property to the Roman Catholic Church for a monastic   foundation. 

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm  

Lunch at Barony House

Dec.   3 (Wed.)

Mepkin   Abbey Creche Festival & the Canal Museum                  $55       XHIST 457 L22                  4

Enjoy the private collection of   nativity scenes displayed at this special time. Originally a rice plantation   with plats dating

back to 1762, Mepkin was purchased in   1936 by Henry and Clare Boothe Luce, who restored the gardens and developed

the equestrian and hunting activities.   In 1949 the Luce family gave the property to the Roman Catholic Church for a monastic   foundation.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm

Lunch at Barony House 

Dec.   5 (Fri.)

The   Grove Inn/Marion                                                                 $45       XHIST 457 L23                  4

Located on 10 acres in the heart of   Marion is a beautiful Eastlake-Style manor house completed in 1895, a   7,000-square

foot mansion furnished with antiques   and historical mementos. Lunch in an old bank building, then the Marion   Museum.

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 8 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 9 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 5 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 6 pm 

Lunch at Magnolia's on Main                                                               

Dec.   10 (Wed.)

Governor’s   Mansion & the State House , Columbia                     $55      XHIST 457 L24                   4

Built in 1855, the Governor’s Mansion   was spared during Sherman’s burning of Columbia. More than just the   governor’s

residence, it features rooms of antique   silver, china, furniture, paintings and documents. The State House, built in   1875 in

the Greek Revival style features 27   monuments, carvings, doric columns, stained glass windows and the copper   dome. 

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 7:30 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 7 pm 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett

Dec.   12 (Fri.)

James  Island Festival of Lights                                                    $50     XHIST 457 L25                    3   

Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many

families throughout Charleston and beyond. James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place

to capture the magic of the holiday season.

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 1:30 pm; Litchfield Education Center - 2:30 pm

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 9 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 10 pm

Dinner - To Be Announced                                                            

Dec.   17 (Wed.)

Governor’s   Mansion & the State House, Columbia (see Dec. 10)  $55     XHIST 457 L26                   4 

Built in 1855, the Governor’s Mansion   was spared during Sherman’s burning of Columbia. More than just the   governor’s

residence, it features rooms of antique   silver, china, furniture, paintings and documents. The State House, built in   1875 in

the Greek Revival style features 27   monuments, carvings, doric columns, stained glass windows and the copper   dome. 

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 7:30 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 7 pm 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett