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OLLI Excursions

 

Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Winter 2015

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 and Myrtle Beach. 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.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds., March 25

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC                                                                     $60          XHIST 457 L17          4

Airlie Gardens is a breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails and sculptures. Also

100,000 azaleas surround 10 acres of freshwater lakes.

Lunch:  Downtown on the River

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center         9 a.m. Coastal Science Center;            9:30 a.m. Myrtle Beach Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Myrtle Beach Education Center;         5:30 p.m. Coastal Science Center;      6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center 

Fri., & Sat., March 27 - 28

Prince George Episcopal Plantation Tours                          $60 one day/$100 both XHIST 457 L18/L19   5

This is one of the premier events in the South, offered by the church for the past 67 years! With two full days of beautiful gardens

and privately owned plantation homes and town houses, visitors are invited to tea in the Winyah Indigo Society Hall at 3 p.m.

Lunch:  $5 Bag Lunches Provided by Church

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center 

Mon., & Tues., March 30 - 31

Riverbanks Zoo & Four Historic Columbia Homes-overnight $125/dbl; $145/sgl XHIST 457 L20/L21     5

Over the next two years, Riverbanks Zoo will be getting a 32 million dollar facelift. We will enjoy the first day at the zoo and botanical

gardens.  The next day we will visit four historic homes (Robert Mills, Hampton-Preston, Mann-Simons & Woodrow Wilson).

Lunch:  TBA

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  7 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     8 p.m. Litchfield Education Center 

Weds., April 1

Captain Rod’s Lowcountry Shell Tour                                                        $65          XHIST 457 L33             2

The shell tour is timed just right for peak shell season. We’re sure to have a great selection and a great time on the water with Captain Rod.

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center  

Weds.,  April 8 Millford Plantation in Pinewood, SC                                                           $60          XHIST 457 L34             2

Back by popular demand, the Richard Jenrette Foundation Trust introduces us to his classical American homes.  Millford Plantation is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in America. It is the second such home he constructed after the Roper House on the Charleston Battery.

Lunch:  Batten's Cafe

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center 

Fri., April 10

Spring Pee Dee Flower Festival & Darla Moore Botanical Garden            $55         XHIST 457 L35             5

Florence Farmers Market will amaze you with flower vendors from all over the state. The Darla Moore Botanical Garden was founded in 2002. Her vision for this garden is very different from what we’ve seen before with its green living wall and green roof in the traditional English style.

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  5 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center

Weds., April 15

The Grove Inn, Marion                                                                                 $45         XHIST 457 L36             2

The Grove Inn has more than 7,000 sq. ft. of beautiful rooms filled with antiques. Today, this working estate reflecting turn-of-the-20th century operations, is a bed & breakfast. Enjoy a full house tour, gardens and a woodworking studio. 

Lunch:  Webster's

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  5 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center

Thurs., April 16

Sandy Island Tour                                                                                         $45        XHIST 457 L37             2

Enjoy a rare glimpse into this 9,000-acre wildlife refuge. Many endangered animals and birds make their home at this nature conservancy. See remnants of old rice plantations built by African slaves whose descendants still live in this small community. Visit the school, church and cemetery. Depart from Sandy Island boat landing for a
two-hour tour. Afterward, participants can enjoy a traditional fried chicken mid-day dinner ($15 to the B&B).

Lunch:  Laura Pyatt's

Departure:  8 a.m. Sandy Island Landing

Return:  12 p.m. Sandy Island Landing

Fri., April 17

Historic Charleston Carriage Ride & The Citadel Dress Parade                  $45       XHIST 457 L38              2

We’ll take a carriage ride through the historic district, then head to lunch at a “special surprise.” In the afternoon, we’ll attend the Citadel Dress Parade after viewing the Summerall Chapel and the Citadel Museum.

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center 

Weds., April 22

Captain Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tour                                                 $65       XHIST 457 L39              2

Captain Rod Singleton brings a lifetime of experiences, tales and folklore to this tour. We will enjoy the beautiful Waccamaw River, a magical mixture of antebellum history, lowcountry legends and personal experiences on the water.

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center 

Weds., April 29

Artfields, Lake City                                                                                        $45       XHIST 457 L40              5

This nine-day Southern art festival competition features live music, dancing and fantastic art with cash prizes totaling $100,000.

Lunch: Old Train Station Restaurant

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  5 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center

Thurs., April 30  Sandy Island Tour                                                                                         $45       XHIST 457 L41             2

Enjoy a rare glimpse into this 9,000-acre wildlife refuge. Many endangered animals and birds make their home at this nature conservancy. See remnants of old rice plantations built by African slaves whose descendants still live in this small community. Visit the school, church and cemetery. Depart from Sandy Island boat landing for a two-hour tour. Afterward, participants can enjoy a traditional fried chicken mid-day dinner ($15 to the B&B).

Lunch:  Laura Pyatt's

Departure:  8 a.m. Sandy Island Landing

Return:  12 p.m. Sandy Island Landing

Sat., May 2

Blessing of the Fleet, McClellanville                                                             $45       XHIST 457 L42             4

Mark your calendars for the 38th annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and the Blessing of the Fleet. We’ll spend the day in this historic village.

Lunch:  T.W. Graham's

Departure:  8 a.m. Coastal Science Center      9 a.m. Litchfield Education Center

Return:  5 p.m. Litchfield Education Center;     6 p.m. Coastal Science Center 

Weds., - Fri., May 6-8

“Dressing Downton Abbey” at the Biltmore Estate                                    $385 (double), $535 (single)          XHIST 457 L31/L32            4

Take in “Biltmore in Bloom” and the costume exhibit from the enormously popular television series. Fee includes coach transportation, two nights’ accommodations, breakfasts, admission to Biltmore House, Gardens, Winery and River Bend Farm, audio guides for one day per person, lunch at the Deerpark Restaurant.

Lunch:  Cracker Barrell - Spartanburg

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  5 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center

Sat., May 16

South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia                                                     $45        XHIST 457 L43             3

This tour is a must for all those book lovers. The antique book dealers will be there, also many well known authors.  A book binder will show us beautiful restored books in leather covers. Verbal appraisals of three books for $10.

Departure:  8 a.m. Litchfield Education Center      9 a.m. Coastal Science Center

Return:  5 p.m. Coastal Science Center;     6 p.m. Litchfield Education Center

Thurs., May 21

Sandy Island Tour                                                                                        $45        XHIST 457 L44             2

Enjoy a rare glimpse into this 9,000-acre wildlife refuge. Many endangered animals and birds make their home at this nature conservancy. See remnants of old rice plantations built by African slaves whose descendants still live in this small community. Visit the school, church and cemetery. Depart from Sandy Island boat landing for a two-hour tour. Afterward, participants can enjoy a traditional fried chicken mid-day dinner ($15 to the B&B).

Lunch:  Laura Pyatt's

Departure:  8 a.m. Sandy Island Landing

Return:  12 p.m. Sandy Island Landing

Thurs., May 21

Photo Safari to Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center                                            $40         XPHO 163 L01               4

Join award-winning wildlife photographer and S.C. Master Naturalist Ron Blanchard on a photo safari to North, South and Cat Islands in the Yawkey Wildlife Center located at the mouth of Winyah Bay. Nearly 20,000 acres of tidal marsh, forest openings and virgin barrier island beaches are dedicated to the management of habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, nesting eagles and other raptors. Meet at the South Island ferry, travel by ferry across the Intracoastal Waterway and board a bus to travel the islands with frequent stops to photograph the splendor of this beautiful and serene landscape. Bring a snack, water, camera with wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod, sunscreen and insect spray, wear comfortable clothing to suit the weather. Space limited.  *Transportation not provided to South Island Ferry in Georgetown.

Lunch:  Bring your own lunch

Departure:  9 a.m. South Island Ferry, Georgetown (located at the end of South Island Road)

Return:  4 p.m. South Island Ferry, Georgetown