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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 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.

   

 

 

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.

Lunch at Five Loaves Cafe

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

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

Oct.   2 (Thurs.)

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

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

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Return:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm 

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.

Lunch - To Be Announced 

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

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

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. Lunch - To Be Announced  *Will make a stop at Trader Joe's

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 

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.

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

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6:30 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 7 pm            

Oct.   16 (Thurs.)

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

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

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Return:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm 

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.  

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                       

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

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

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. 

Lunch at Hopsewee Tea Cottage 

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

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

Oct.   24 (Fri.)

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

Afterward, we tour the Citadel Museum, Summerall Chapel and, at 3:30, the dress parade. 

Lunch - To Be Announced                                                            

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

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

Oct.   30 (Thurs.)

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

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

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Return:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm 

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. 

Lunch at TW Graham's                                                              

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

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

Nov.   6 (Thurs.)

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

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

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Return:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm 

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. 

Lunch at the festival                                                            

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

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

Nov.   13 (Thurs.)

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

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

Departure:  Sandy Island Dock - 8:30 am

Returen:  Sandy Island Dock - 12:30 pm 

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.

Lunch - To Be Announced 

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

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

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. 

Lunch at Barony House

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

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

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.

Lunch at Barony House 

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

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

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 at Magnolia's  on Main and 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  

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. 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett

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  

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. 

Dinner - To Be Announced                                                            

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 

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. 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett 

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