Spring 2018 Excursions
The Department of Academic & Community Outreach would like to announce our most recent excursions planned for the upcoming semester.
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
Wed., Jan. 24
The exhibition at the gallery during this time features the work of Coastal Carolina University art professors. Jim Arendt, assistant professor and gallery director, will welcome us to the gallery and then several exhibitors will talk about their art. Included in the fee is lunch at Hicks Dining Hall, where you will be able to eat all you want from the many food stations available. Activity Level: 2
Tues., Jan. 30
“This is so much fun and the teacher is so knowledgeable!” said a fall 2017 student who went on this excursion. Glass blowing has been around since about 50 BCE and was invented by Syrian craftsmen for everyday and luxury use; glass was exported to all parts of the Roman Empire. Come learn about glass blowing, then watch as other students blow glass and finally blow your own glass paperweight. Conway Glass offers many glass products designed, manufactured and assembled on site. Activity Level: 1
Small Town Friday: McClellanville, S.C.
Fri., Feb 2
This richly endowed region, settled in 1685, lent itself to an agrarian economy and became synonymous with rice plantations, homes of architectural grandeur and culture. Hampton, situated on Wambaw Creek, was the home of the Horry and Rutledge family. Hopsewee, on the North Santee River, was the home of Thomas Lynch III, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The old parish church, “Brick Church” as locals say, was built in 1768. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Wed., Feb 7
What does it take to run a 1.4 million-gallon aquarium? Join a Ripley’s educator for a 30- to 45-minute tour that includes animal care, food preparation and life support areas. Step on the glide path and ride through the tunnel where large sharks, sea turtles, fish and eels swim above and beside you. Stand in awe of the wonders of Rainbow Rock, a coral reef teeming with colorful, tropical fish. Take in the ethereal sights of the Living Gallery where seahorses, sea dragons, octopuses and jellyfish lazily float along in their glass cubes and bubble-shape tanks. Activity Level: 1
Dinner and a Show - Bistro and Bullets over Broadway: The Musical
Thurs., Feb. 25
Book by Woody Allen, featuring existing hits from the 1920s with additional music and lyrics by Glenn Kelly. The musical asks, “How seriously do you take your art? Would you literally kill for it?” The 1920s come roaring to life with tap-dancing gangsters, high- stepping chorines, a pretentious playwright, an aging leading lady, a ditsy leading man, a desperate producer, a dimwitted chorus girl and her gangster sugar daddy. “Bullets over Broadway” is a love letter to the Golden Age of Broadway, loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the ’20s roar. Nominated for six Tony Awards with standards including “Let’s Misbehave,” “’Tain’t Noboby’s Biz-ness If I Do” and “There’s a New Day Comin’,” this musical is sure to dazzle. Price includes dinner at the Rivertown Bistro in Conway, the show, and the chance to talk with actors and directors after the performance. Activity Level: 1
Small Town Friday: Mullins, S.C.
Fri., Feb. 16
The community that became Mullins began when farming families began to settle in the 1600s. Mullins, named for Col. Williams Mullins (a Marion County state legislator), was formally established in 1872 with a population totaling less than 100, four streets and three stores existing to serve the public. The only forms of local transportation were the stagecoach and the Little Pee Dee River until the railroad was completed in October of 1853. The railroad depot, which remains a standing landmark in Mullins, was then built. The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the “Tobacco Capital” of South Carolina. The city has continued to expand since those days and is a well-rounded community, but is still most known for its tobacco market. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
Wed., Feb. 21
Join Jeannette Myers, associate professor of astronomy, assistant provost and director of Dooley, and experience the day and night sky through a Spitz-512 Star Projector capable of projecting 2,354 stars, prominent galaxies and star clusters onto a 33-foot dome suspended from the ceiling by 14 chains. The special effect projectors and stereo sound system augment the projector to present a realistic illusion of celestial objects and their apparent motion in the sky. The instruments can transport you through time any day, any year. Enjoy lunch (not included) on the Francis Marion University campus. Activity Level: 2
Powering a New South: Energy Tour of South Carolina
Fri., Feb. 23
Ever wonder what other energy options we have in S.C. in light of the nuclear reactor construction shutdown? Come tour the SCEG Energy Innovation Center and view the latest wind turbine technology. Eat lunch (not provided in fee) and hear a talk about solar and other new energy efforts across the state. After, visit a biomass energy facility near Charleston. Along the way, instructors Peg Howell of Stop Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic (SODA) and Pam Martin, professor of politics at CCU will discuss the future of energy in our state and why this conversation will set the future of our development for years to come. This trip, open to all, serves as a culminating experience for Peg’s course (see p. 34). Activity Level: 2
Tues., Feb. 27
Join Lee Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony, on this tour of the privately owned research reserve. The property represents every environment and century in the Lowcountry. Naval stores, indigo and rice production ended by 1905 when the land was purchased by Bernard Baruch, a native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier. He and his millionaire friends hunted ducks, deer and wild turkeys on the grounds of this winter retreat. The bus stops for a tour at his 1930 home that played host to politicians, generals and newspapermen, as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. In addition to Hobcaw House, our tour includes a ride past stables and Bellefield Plantation, the home of Belle Baruch who owned the property by 1956. It also includes a drive through Friendfield Village, the last 19th-century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck. Activity Level: 2
Small Town Friday: Southport, N.C.
Fri., March 2
Southport, located in Brunswick County, N.C., is steeped in history and picturesque beauty. Coastal Living Magazine names Southport “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” This historical maritime town takes you back into a past of pirates and privateers, antebellum Southern belles and blockade runners. Seafarers have been frequenting this community since the early 1500s. Included in this excursion is a tram ride through the city of Southport, a stop at the Maritime Museum and a visit to the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum. A docent from the Historical Society will present a lecture. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
Tues., March 6
Come learn about glass blowing, watch as other students blow glass, and finally blow your own glass paperweight. Conway Glass offers many glass products designed, manufactured and assembled on site. Activity Level: 1
Walking Tour of Conway and Lunch at the Bistro
Wed., March 7
Combining historic charm and contemporary excitement, downtown Conway has eclectic shops, spas, gourmet restaurants, casual eateries, and a bed and breakfast, making it a destination for residents and visitors alike. Included in the fee will be a lunch at the Rivertown Bistro. Come explore quaint Conway and have a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants. Activity Level: 4
Waties Island with Karen Fuss, environmental educator, and Barbara Demusz
Mon., March 12
The Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve, including a portion of Waties Island, is located on the northeast coast of South Carolina. Students and faculty at Coastal Carolina University regularly use a portion of the Reserve, owned by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a private, nonprofit support component of CCU. The Reserve is an outstanding example of an undeveloped complex of ocean frontage, fresh and saltwater marshes, tidal creeks, and upland woods. It is becoming increasingly significant for research, monitoring and education about the natural coastal habitat. Lunch afterward (not included). Activity Level: 4
Small Town Friday: Mystery Tour
Fri., March 16
Explore a small town in Berkeley County named for its landowner. It has old-fashioned hospitality, Southern charm and history. Come on this mystery tour, trusting OLLI to plan a fantastic adventure for all travelers. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
Carolina River, Georgetown, S.C.
Thurs., March 22
This private, history-laden, three-hour boat tour with naturalist and Georgetown historian Paige Sawyer will take you on smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. On your voyage, you’ll travel toward Battery White, then the USS Harvest Moon. Next, you’ll view Hobcaw Barony’s main house. Learn what Georgetown has to offer today as well as about its rich history. Lunch on the waterfront afterward (not included). Activity Level: 1
Tues., March 27
Charleston’s most visited plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family; Magnolia Plantation has witnessed the history of our nation unfold from prior to the American Revolution to the present. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, having opened its doors to visitors in 1870. We will tour the historical house, go on a 45-minute boat ride around grounds, and explore the Audubon Swamp Garden. Lunch afterward (not included). Activity Level: 4
Small Town Friday: Hartsville, S.C.
Fri., March 30
Hartsville is one of the most dynamic small towns in the South where business and industry thrive. It is the smallest city in America to be the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company. From multinational corporations to locally owned upstarts, the town has nurtured a culture that fuels ingenuity and innovation throughout the community. Hartsville is home to the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Coker College; education is ingrained in the fabric of the community. Stories are preserved, talents shared, partnerships forged which make Hartsville a truly connected community. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
Sands III: Sand Research Field Work, Waties Island, S.C.
Sat., March 31
Join Angelos Hannides, assistant professor of marine science, and his undergraduate students for a few hours around low tide at the beach of Waties Island (on the Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve) and see how marine research is done. Hannides recommends that you take Sands I and II before going on this excursion. Activity Level: 4
Georgetown Walking Tour, Georgetown, S.C.
Thurs., April 5
Take a leisurely stroll underneath canopied live oaks that line Georgetown’s historic district and learn about pre-Revolutionary, antebellum and 19th century structures that have made Georgetown one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast. Listen as history comes alive with Paige Sawyer as he narrates a walking tour through Georgetown’s historic district that was laid out in 1729. Then, enjoy lunch in one of the many fine restaurants that line Front Street. Afterward, the tour concludes with a visit to the Kaminski House Museum and the Parker Stewart House, where George Washington addressed the locals in 1791 during his Southern tour. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, along with the physical stamina to walk and keep up during the tour. Activity Level: 4
Yawkey, Georgetown, S.C.
Tues., April 10
Learn about Tom Yawkey and the history of this area as you tour what is now a habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators and hundreds of species of wildlife. The beaches are considered excellent nesting locations for the threatened loggerhead sea turtle. Activity Level: 1
Small Town Friday
Fri., April 13
Camden is the oldest inland city in South Carolina, and as such, is rich in history. We will visit the Camden Archives and Museum and the Camden Revolutionary War Site, including the Kershaw-Cornwallis House and McCaa’s Tavern, and battlefields. If you take Bill Warner’s course about the Revolutionary War in South Carolina (see p.33), this will serve as a wonderful culmination to the class. For this series of Small Town Friday excursions, expect a guided tour of the town, visits to local museums or landmarks, and lunch. Meals are not included in the excursion fee. Activity Level: 3
North Carolina: Potteries, Antiques and Animals at the Zoo
Tues.-Wed., April 17-18
Fee: Single: $300, Double: $260
On the way to Asheboro, we will stop in Randolph County at the North Carolina Pottery Center and visit several of the potters in the Seagrove area. Within a 20-mile radius, there are more than 100 shops, marking this spot in our neighboring state as having the highest concentration of working potters in the country. After stopping for lunch in Asheboro, we will spend some time antiquing at several local shops and then check into our hotel. After a good night’s rest, we will head for the North Carolina Zoo, the largest “natural habitat” zoo in the United States. We will spend the day observing the animals, browsing through exhibits, and enjoying at least one behind-the-scenes tour. Lunch will be provided at the zoo. Activity Level: 4
Artfields, Lake City, S.C.
Thurs., April 26
This is ArtFields’ sixth year in a row of honoring the artists of the Southeast. There will be more than 400 works displayed in locally owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start- up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as ArtFields continues to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent South Carolina has to offer. Enjoy lunch on your own. Activity Level: 2
A visit with our sister Olli
Mon.-Tues., May 14-15
Fees: Double: $260, Single: $300
When we arrive in Bluffton, we will be the guests at a reception hosted by our counterpart, OLLI@USC-Beaufort. After enjoying light snacks and conversation with our OLLI friends to the south, we will be treated to a historical re-enactment, “An Afternoon with Eliza Pinckney and her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.” They sent this description of the performance, which is a favorite of their students: “It is the year 1785, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a widower, is calling on his mother, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, in whose care he has placed his three daughters. Besides visiting with his children, he also wants to ask his mother to tell him about her many projects—especially her experiments with indigo. Come and eavesdrop on their conversation.” We will then check into our hotel, which is within walking distance to local galleries, boutiques and eateries. In the morning, we will convene at the Heyward House and take a guided walking tour of historic Old Town Bluffton. Enjoy lunch on your own in this quaint spot, maybe a bit of shopping, and then we head home. Activity Level: 4
*Unless noted, meals are not included in excursion fees.