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The Department of Academic & Community Outreach would like to announce our most recent excursions planned for the upcoming semester.

bishopvilleFri., May 18
Bishopville: Fryar's Topiary, Cotton Museum, and Swamp Log Artisans Gallery
$45
XEXC 100 X01
Departing from Conway at 8:45a.m.,  we will drive to Bishopville and Pearl Fryar's famous topiary. After dining in Bishopville at Harry and Harry Too, we will tour the South Carolina Cotton Museum and head home.
Activity Level: 3


Darla Moore GardensTues., May 22
Darla Moore Botanical Gardens
$40
XEXC 100 X02
Departing from Conway at 8:45 a.m., we will visit this 65-acre garden in the rural Pee Dee region near Lake City to learn about horticulture. Lunch in Lake City at Crossroads on Main.
Activity Level: 4


Middleton Place PlantationThurs., May 24
Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston
$65
XEXC 100 X03
Departing from Conway at 7:30 a.m. and Litchfield at 8:15 a.m., we will travel south to this historic landmark on the Ashley River to tour the house and grounds, learning about the lives of the enslaved and freedmen as well as the plantation owners. The tour includes a carriage ride. We will stop for lunch.
Activity Level: 3


River MemoriesTues., May 29
River Memories, Horry County Museum, and Rivertown Bistro, Conway
$60
XEXC 100 X04
Departing from Litchfield at 8:30 a.m. and Conway at 9:15 a.m., we will explore the picturesque riverfront in Conway. Half of us will take the boat tour while the others explore Horry County Museum. Lunch together, and then switch for the afternoon. Lunch is included in the excursion fee.
Activity Level: 2


Charleston Tea PlantationThurs., May 31
Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak, and Charleston
$65
XEXC 100 X05
Departing Conway at 7:30 a.m. and Litchfield at 8:15 a.m., we will head directly to the Tea Plantation for a tour of the grounds and the factory. After stopping at the Angel Oak, we will enjoy lunch and shopping in Charleston.
Activity Level: 2


GeorgetownThurs., June 7
Georgetown Gullah, Rice and Maritime Museums
$45
XEXC 100 X06
Departing Conway at 8:30 a.m. and Litchfield at 9:15 a.m., we will visit 3 fabulous museums and enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants on Front Street. Learn about story quilts, plantations, and South Carolina’s maritime history, all in one trip.
Activity Level: 2


Mystery Tour

Tues., June 12
Mystery Tour
$40
XEXC 100 X07
Wherever OLLI ends up, we guarantee you will have fun!
Activity Level: 3


PlanteriumThurs., June 14
Dooley Planetarium and Florence County Museum $50
XEXC 100 X08
After Jeannette Myers guides us through the wonders of the sky at Francis Marion University’s newly renovated facility, we will enjoy a nice lunch at one of the local restaurants and make our way to the museum to learn the history of the Pee Dee region and enjoy the exhibits. Depart from Conway at 9:30 a.m.
Activity Level: 2


Wilmington Tasting TourThurs., June 21
Wilmington Tasting Tour
$95
XEXC 100 X09
We will depart from Conway at 11 a.m. and enjoy an afternoon in Wilmington, sampling food and drink from an eclectic assortment of restaurants, meeting the city’s best chefs, and learning about the historic downtown area. Food and drink samples are included in the excursion fee.
Activity Level: 3


Tues., June 26
Barbecue and Craft Beer Crawl, North
$40
XEXC 100 X10
Travel with OLLI to visit some of the best breweries in the Wilmington area to learn about the latest craft brew trends and the brewing process. Departing Conway at 10 a.m., we will sample Eastern Carolina-style Bar-B-Q before and after the brewery visits. Food included, but not the beer!
Activity Level: 2


Dolphin TourThurs., June 28
Calabash Fishing Fleet, Dolphin Tour
$40
XEXC 100 X11
Departing Conway at 8 a.m., we will board our boat at 10 a.m. for a two-hour cruise. Watch dolphin and possibly shark feed off the “by-catches” from the shrimping net, and then observe marine life close up when the catch (crabs, shrimp, sand dollars, sea urchin, starfish, etc. is spread on the deck.
Activity Level: 2


Fort FisherThurs., July 12
Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Aquarium
$50
XEXC 100 X12
Departing Conway at 8 a.m., we will drive to Southport and take the ferry to Fort Fisher, which kept the port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying goods to the Confederate armies during the Civil War. After a guided tour and a quick lunch, we will explore the aquarium with its rays, sharks, eels, turtles and a rare albino alligator.
Activity Level: 4


Recycle and RenewTues., July 17
Recycle and Renew: Consignment Crawl and Healthy Food Shopping
$30
XEXC 100 X13
Departing from Conway at 9 a.m. and Litchfield at 9:45 a.m., we will learn about the history of thrift and consignment shops as we visit several located between Litchfield and Charleston. After a lunch in Mt. Pleasant, we will stop at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods before returning home.
Activity Level: 3


Sewee PlantationTues., July 24
Hopsewee Plantation and Tea Room
$50
XEXC 100 X14
Built some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South's major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. We will depart Conway at 9 a.m. and Litchfield at 9:45 a.m., do two guided tours on the grounds, and then enjoy lunch in the tea room. Lunch included.
Activity Level: 3


Barbecue and Craft BeerThurs., July 26
Barbecue and Craft Brew Crawl, South
$40
XEXC 100 X15
This time we leave Conway at 11 a.m. and Litchfield at 1:15 p.m., stopping at Hog Heaven for lunch, and then visiting Two Blokes, Ghost Monkey, and Westbrook Breweries in Mt. Pleasant. If we’re still hungry for S.C. barbecue, we can visit Melvin’s Legendary Bar-BQ before heading home. Food included, but not the beer!
Activity Level: 2


Biltmore EstateMon.-Wed., July 30-Aug. 1
Biltmore Estate—Chihuly Exhibit
Double: $500
XEXC 100 X16
Single: $625
XEXC 100 X17
We wouldn’t offer another Asheville trip so soon if it weren’t for this unique occasion. If you have never seen Chihuly’s art installations, you are missing something spectacular. The Chihuly at Biltmore represents the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens, and the first garden exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s works in North Carolina.
Activity Level: 3


South Carolina State HouseTues., Aug. 7
South Carolina State House and South Carolina State Museum, Columbia
$50
XEXC 100 X18
Departing Conway at 8:30 a.m., we will enjoy a guided tour of the SC State House, lunch in Columbia, and an afternoon visit to the museum, with its four floors of South Carolina art, natural history, science and cultural history.
Activity Level: 3


Mt RushmoreWed.-Thurs., Aug. 22-30
Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Western Frontiers
Double: $2,999 with booking discount if final paid by check
XEXC 100 X19
Premier World Discovery is offering OLLI@CCU this nine-day tour that includes airfare, 12 meals, hotel transfers, baggage handling, and a professional tour director. See Yellowstone, Badlands, Grand Teton National Parks plus Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Fort Hays, Jackson Hole Valley, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Devil’s Tower, Deadwood, Salt Lake City, Wall Drug Store and a Cowboy Cookout. Detailed brochures now available in our centers.
Activity Level: 3