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OLLI Excursions

 

Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Fall 2013 and Winter/Spring 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.

  

April   16 (Wed.)

Middleton   Place                                                                        $60      XHIST 457 C19    5

 

This   National Historic Landmark has remained in the same   family for 320   years. Henry Middleton was the second president of the first     Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In     1741, the gardens were designed in the classic style of England and   France.   We’ll tour both the house and gardens.

Departure:    Coastal Science  Center - 8 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 9 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science  Center - 6 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 5 p.m.

Lunch at the Middleton Place Restaurant, Charleston

April   17 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour                                                                     $45      XHIST 457 C20   2

 

Enjoy a   rare glimpse into this 9,000-acre wildlife refuge.   Many endangered   animals and birds, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, make   their   home at this nature conservancy. See remnants of old rice plantations     built by African slaves whose descendants still live today in this small     community. Depart from Sandy Island boat landing for a two-hour tour,   then   lunch.

Meet at the Sandy Island Landing at 8:45 a.m.

Departure:  Sandy Island Landing - 9 a.m.

Return:    Sandy Island Landing approximately at 1 p.m.

*Optional - lunch prepared by residents on the island is approximately $13.  However, you are more than welcome to pack your own lunch and enjoy a picnic  or wait until the tour is over. 

April   23 (Wed.)

Mepkin     Abbey/Cypress   Gardens                                         $55         XHIST 457C21   5

 

Located   in Moncks Corner, Mepkin Abbey, originally a rice   plantation with   plats dating back to 1762, is now home to Cistercian monks.   Lovely   gardens, a graveyard with remains of Henry Laurens of Revolutionary     War fame, Clare Boothe Luce and her husband Henry who purchased Mepkin in     1936. Following lunch at the Barony House, we’ll visit Cypress Gardens   for a   boat ride through cypress swamps.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 8 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 9 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science Center - 6 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 5 p.m.

April   24 (Thurs.)

Sandy   Island Tour                                                                   $45       XHIST 457 C22   2

 

Enjoy a   rare glimpse into this 9,000-acre wildlife refuge.   Many endangered   animals and birds, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, make   their   home at this nature conservancy. See remnants of old rice plantations     built by African slaves whose descendants still live today in this small     community. Depart from Sandy Island boat landing for a two-hour tour,   then   lunch.

Meet at the Sandy Island Landing at 8:45 a.m.

Departure:  Sandy Island Landing - 9 a.m.

Return:    Sandy Island Landing approximately at 1 p.m.

*Optional - lunch prepared by residents on the island is approximately $13.  However, you are more than welcome to pack your own lunch and enjoy a picnic  or wait until the tour is over. 

April   25 (Fri.)

Spring  Pee Dee Flower Festival   &                                           $55        XHIST 457 C23   5

Darla  Moore Botanical Garden

 

The Darla Moore Botanical Garden was founded in 2002. Her   vision for this   garden is very different from what we’ve seen before. You   will see   nine green living walls and a green roof in the traditional English style.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 9 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 8 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science Center - 5 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 6 p.m.

April   30 (Wed.)

Artfields,   Lake     City                                                                $45       XHIST 457 C24   5   

 

A   Southern art festival competition, this 10-day event   features live   music, dancing, fantastic art with cash prizes totaling $100,000.   Jim   Arendt of CCU won the $50,000 first prize last year.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 9 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 8 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science Center - 5 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 6 p.m.

Lunch at the Railway Restaurant, Lake City

May 3   (Sat.)

Blessing   of the Fleet,   McClellanville                                       $45       XHIST 457 C25   5

 

We’ll   visit the beautiful, historic village of   McClellanville, celebrate the   day when they bless the shrimp fleet for the   new season, enjoy arts   and crafts with music, and lunch at T.W. Graham.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 9 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 10 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science  Center - 6 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 5 p.m.

Lunch at T.W. Graham & Co., McClellanville

May 7   (Wed.)

Charleston   Tea   Plantation & Angel   Oak                                $55       XHIST 457 C26    3

 

Visitors   will learn first-hand how tea is made on Wadmalaw   Island during an   informative factory tour, followed by  a trolley ride through the tea   fields, lunch   at a local farmer’s market and a visit to the most   famous of the live oaks.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 8 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 9 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science Center - 6 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 5 p.m.

Lunch at the Tomato Shed Cafe, Johns Island, SC

May 23   (Fri.)

Sumter   Iris Festival                                                                 $45       XHIST 457  C27    5

 

This is   the oldest South Carolina festival with three days   of food, arts and   crafts, flower show, quilt exhibit and car show.  Around the lakes,   you’ll see eight types of   swans from all over the world.

Departure:    Coastal Science Center - 9 a.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 8 a.m.

Return:    Coastal Science Center - 5 p.m. / Litchfield     Bi-Lo Shopping Ctr - 6 p.m.

 

May 27 (Tues. ) thru   May 28th (Weds.)

May 27th - Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical / May 28th - Tour Historic Homes in Columbia    $150 Doubles  XHIST 457 C30          $180 Singles XHIST 457 C31                                   5

 

This is a special guided tour of Riverbanks Zoo and the lovely Botanical Gardens. The next day we will visit four historical homes in Columbia: the newly restored home of Woodrow Wilson, the Robert Mills House, the Hampton Preston house and the Mann-Simons site.

Departure on May 27th:    Coastal Science Center - 8 a.m.

Return on May 28:    Coastal Science Center - 6 p.m.