PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk. You'll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we'll review during our orientation session at 5:00 pm. Dinner will follow orientation at 6:00 pm.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel.Evening: ORIENTATION: You'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We?ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.) The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel.
You are about to embark on a very special learning adventure, seeing first hand how history lives on in the present, from stately homes in historic Charleston to extraordinary Lowcountry plantations. Charleston is and always has been a place of spectacular contradictions. Known as the ?Holy City? because of its many houses of worship, this was one of the few cities in colonial America to protect religious diversity. Yet it was also part of an ante-bellum society that benefited from slavery and became wealthy as a result. You?ll have opportunities to ponder these contradictions as we explore and learn about magnificent dwellings, often adorned with graceful gardens, and the lives of the people who lived and worked there.
Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Dinner
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina's only statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awarded Magnolia Plantation the 2010 Heritage Award for their interpretive program at the slave cabins. Magnolia Plantation also won the 2009 preservation award last year for restoration and preservation of the cabins.Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.Evening: PRESENTATION & PERFORMANCE: The Gullah people, descendants of slaves, are a distinctive group of African-Americans living in the Coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Because of their isolated community life, the Gullah have retained more of their African cultural heritage than any other group and speak an English-based Creole language that retains many elements of African language and culture. Enjoy an informative presentation and performance that will entertain and delight you with insights into Gullah culture.Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dinner: Dinner is on your own to try out the restaurants and cuisines of your choice. There are numerous options and we will prepare a list of suggestions. It is your night to enjoy. (This meal has been excluded from the program cost.)Evening: FREE EVENING: Continue your exploration of the sights and sounds that are most interesting to you personally. As with the afternoon, program staff will be happy to offer suggestions. Again, check the official Charleston Visitors Bureau website to see what's on: www.charlestoncvb.com/.Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Breakfast