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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

The Revolutionary War, Lowcountry Traditions and Culture, the Joys of Celtic and American Folk Music

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Program #8747RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Feb 23 — Feb 28, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room has it's own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 23 - Registration and Greetings/Orientation and Offici...
Afternoon: Registration begins in Coastal Retreat Center lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival.

Dinner: Guests may choose from two entrées for dinner after the first day. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Dietary restrictions accommodated.

Evening: Road Scholar coordinator and resident manager offer you a warm Southern welcome, along with orientation to the retreat center and program. Enjoy fellowship with other participants.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room has it's own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 24 - Revolutionary War and Music Presentations/Bus Exc...
Revolutionary War and Music Presentations/Bus Excursion to Historic Charleston/Gullah Culture

Breakfast: Copies of local paper and USA Today available each morning.

Morning: Revolutionary War historian and re-enactor wears period uniforms as he recounts the various battles during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. During the second presentation a husband and wife duo educate and perform with a variety of instruments from Renaissance to Celtic to contemporary American folk music.

Lunch: A variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and cookies are served. Menu varies daily.

Afternoon: Receive a comprehensive three-hour overview of historic Charleston by a licensed guide. Learn about The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and the Charleston Visitors Center, with rest stops at each of these sites. Group will also tour historic St. Michael's Episcopal Church at the famous "Four Corners of Law" in downtown Charleston. This excursion will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.

Dinner: All meals are eaten at the retreat center. Our chef knows how to please.

Evening: The history of enslaved West Africans during the 17th and 18th centuries in the SC Lowcountry and Sea Islands is described. Learn about the origins of the Gullah people and their unique language with our engaging presenter who worked with the College of Charleston's Avery Institute. Also learn about the role of slaves in South Carolina's cash crops rice and indigo and how these affected the culture of the Gullah people.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room has it's own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 25 - Revolutionary War and Music Education/Free Aftern...
Revolutionary War and Music Education/Free Afternoon/The Gullah Experience

Breakfast: "Early Bird" coffee is available after 6:15 AM.

Morning: The Revolutionary War in SC story continues. Presenter also addresses british customs that helped to mold American culture! You will find him charming and knowledgeable. During second presentation, musicians educate about early Celtic and American music.

Lunch: Our light lunches include cookies for your dessert. Fresh fruit always available.

Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore the Charleston area. Check out the web site: "www.charlestoncvb.com" for local sights, tours, gardens. You may enjoy walks on the beach, which is about 150 yards from the retreat center.

Dinner: Tonight we will visit Sullivan's Restaurant, known for its exceptional seafood selection, for dinner this evening! Enjoy being served with the finest southern hospitality!

Evening: Gain a deeper understanding of the Gullah people through a documentary titled "God's Gonna Trouble the Water." Hear the stories of those working to preserve the culture and legacy of the Gullah people.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room has it's own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 26 - Morning Presentations/Choose your afternoon adven...
Morning Presentations/Choose your afternoon adventure/Dinner at Sullivan's/Gullah Storytelling

Breakfast: You may choose a hot or cold breakfast, along with juices, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Morning: Story of Revolutionary War in SC from the British side is presented in authentic manner. Musicians continue to engage their audiences in delightful ways.

Lunch: Enjoy "deli" type sandwiches, fresh fruit, salads.

Afternoon: After lunch, you will have the option of your afternoon adventure. Choose from a variety of activities including a historic downtown house museum, taking a ferry boat to explore Fort Sumter or meet the marine life at the SC Aquarium. Transportation and admission fees are provided.

Dinner: The chef has a delicious meal waiting for you.

Evening: Experience more of the Gullah language and culture with a lively storytelling session with our dynamic Gullah presenter! Be enlightened and entertained as you discover the folklore and spirit of the Gullah people. You'll also be delighted to learn about the flavorful foods that are signature dishes of the lowcountry that originated with the Gullah people.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room has it's own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 27 - Revolutionary War in SC, Music/Educational Excurs...
Revolutionary War in SC, Music/Educational Excursion/"Graduation" and Entertainment

Breakfast: Breakfast is always good, especially when prepared by our resident director.

Morning: Historian continues to capture his audience with accurate descriptions of impact of the Revolutionary War in SC. Musicians are able to delight participants even if they aren't especially music lovers.

Lunch: Lunch is ready when morning presentations are over.

Afternoon: Staff arranges an educational trip to a local historic place of interest, such as Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pickney Historic Site. If you prefer to have a free afternoon to explore Charleston on your own, you may do so as well. Then, return to the retreat center for a Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration and Narrative. Learn the history of sweetgrass baskets of the Gullah people, and see a basketmaker demonstrate this unique craft that was handed down from her parents. The Sweetgrass baskets were once used as a working tool of the slaves, but has transformed into a treasured lowcountry artform.

Dinner: Enjoy another fine meal at the Coastal Retreat Center.

Evening: All of your hard work has paid off, and we will celebrate your week of lifelong learning with a "Graduation Celebration!" After graduation you will enjoy special entertainment. Then, to top off a special evening, make your own ice cream sundae at our ice cream bar as we gather for fun and fellowship.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 28 - Program Conclusion/Lunch and Farewell
Breakfast: Some like a brisk morning walk on the beach before breakfast.

Morning: Morning presentations are for one hour, beginning at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Check out of rooms between 9:30 and 10:30 AM. Turn in keys, evaluations. All participants must be out of rooms by 10:00 AM. For those using public transportation, a secure area is provided for baggage.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. However, you may request a "To Go" box and take lunch with you. "To Go" boxes not available until 11:30 AM. Good luck and safe travels to all!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Historic Charleston SCCharleston charms about three million visitors a year, and is one of the top travel destinations in North America. Charleston is a world-class tourist destination, filled with elegant colonial and antebellum mansions. Significant Revolutionary and Civil War battles were won and lost here. Art, history, famous gardens, beaches, historic sites too numerous to mention, along with fabulous recreation opportunities, will draw your attention and capture your heart. You will have opportunity to pick up brochures at the retreat center or at tourist information at Charleston Visitors Bureau when our tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. You may also wish to explore the web for various free time suggestions. A good place to start is the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism agency at: www.scprt.com.
For additional information, visit: www.charlestoncvb.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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