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The Siege of Charleston, the Joys of Celtic & American Folk Music, & Lowcountry Traditions & Culture

Program Number: 13210RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/17/2013 - 2/22/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Price starting at: $579.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Coordinated by Coastal Retreat Center.



The Siege of Charleston

Relive the strategies of Union and Confederate commanders as an instructor in period uniform discusses the Confederate defense of Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner. Learn about the CSS Hunley from an expert who assisted in recovering the lost submarine.



The Joys of Celtic and American Folk Music

Enjoy the delightful sounds of Celtic and American folk music from a classically trained husband-and-wife duo, proficient in a wide variety of musical instruments, as they share their knowledge of this music through live performance and classroom discussions.



Lowcountry Traditions and Culture

Explore firsthand the history, folklore, and crafts native to coastal South Carolina. Learn the poignant stories of the Gullah people (descendants of enslaved West Africans), whose culture and influence impact South Carolina even today. See a sweet-grass basket-making demonstration.




Charleston (South Carolina)

Founded in 1670, Charleston is an old colonial city brimming with museums and historical attractions. In its early days, it was a cosmopolitan trading center whose wealth is on display today in the well-preserved architecture and cultural institutions. Picturesque tree-lined streets and a lovely coastline make it a tourist Mecca.



Accommodations
Beachside retreat center on Isle of Palms barrier island, several miles outside of Charleston with excellent Southern meals.
Meals and Lodgings
   Coastal Retreat center
  Isle of Palms 5 nights
 Coastal Retreat center
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 2101 Palm Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.conferenceretreat.org
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Dinner served at 6pm You will be staying at Coastal Retreat center that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes Friday with lunch served at 11:30am You will be staying at Coastal Retreat center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On site at no charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Isle of Palms
  Nearest highway: Interstate 26
  Nearest airport:  Charleston National
  From End of Program
  Location: Isle of Palms
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charleston Airport to Coastal Retreat Center

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mount Pleasant Shuttle
phone: 866-223-7226
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $65 for up to 2 people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

half hour (30 minutes) 

 

Distance:

 

21 miles

   

This is our recommended taxi/shuttle service to take if you are looking to get your own private shuttle from the airport to the Coastal Retreat Center. Call to reserve prior to your arrival. Mount Pleasant Shuttle service will arrive any time you request. Courteous, prompt, and safe drivers. Cost is approx $65 for up to two people, one way, not including tip. Additional people will cost extra. Discuss pricing and payment with MPS. There are other taxi services available from airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Highway 17 N Following Hwy 17 North to Mt. Pleasant. After crossing over Cooper River Bridge (large double span) following Coleman Blvd. (Hwy 703) which becomes Ben Sawyer Blvd. to Sullivan's Island. After Crossing bridge turn left on Hwy 703. You will cross over Breech Inlet and onto Isle of Palms. At the junction of 517 and 703 there is a traffic light continue straight. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it bends to the right then back to the left. Center is first driveway on your left after road bends back to the left. Brick crosswalk located immediately before entrance to center parking lot.
  Highway 17 S (North of Charleston) At the junction of Hwy 17 S and Hwy 517 there is a major intersection with a traffic light. Get into the far left turning lane. Signs for Isle of Palms will be posted at intersection. Turn left onto Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector) continue through all traffic lights. Cross over bridge. At base of bridge is a traffic light. Turn left at the light. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it bends to the right then back to the left. Center is first driveway on your left after road bends back to the left. Brick crosswalk located immediately before entrance to center parking lot.
  I - 95 N or S and I - 77 S Take I - 26 East toward Charleston. Take I - 526 East toward Mt. Pleasant. Take Hwy 17 North exit ramp. At the foot of the ramp is a traffic light. Continue straight across Hwy 17 following this road as it bends to the left. At the fourth traffic light turn right onto Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector). Road will cross over Intracoastal Waterway. At the foot of the bridge take a left at the traffic light. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it bends to the right then back to the left. Center is first driveway on your left after road bends back to the left. Brick crosswalk located immediately before entrance to center parking lot.
  North of Charleston I - 26 East to I - 526 East continue to Hwy 17 North Exit ramp. At the foot of the ramp is a traffic light. Continue straight across Hwy 17 following this road as it bends to the left. At the fourth traffic light turn right onto Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector). Road will cross over Intracoastal Waterway. At the foot of the bridge take a left at the traffic light. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it bends to the right then back to the left. Center is first driveway on your left after road bends back to the left. Brick crosswalk located immediately before entrance to center parking lot.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. in Coastal Retreat Center lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival.
 Dinner: Supper is served at 6 p.m. Prime Rib starts your week of fine dining. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Dietary restrictions accomodated.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Presentations of Siege of Charleston and Music/Bus Adventure of Charleston/Gullah Introduction
(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Copies of local paper and USA Today available each morning. Breakfast is served at 7:45am.
 Morning: Two morning classes beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Gain new insights from a Civil War historian and re-enactor wearing a different period uniform each day. 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 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: Dinner is served at the retreat center. Enjoy your choice of seafood or non-seafood entree! Our chef knows how to please!
 Evening: The enslaved West Africans and their descendants, the Gullah people, inhabit the Sea Islands and the Lowcountry of SC and Georgia. Learn about the origins of the Gullah people and their unique language.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Siege and Music/Free Afternoon/Dining out at Sullivan's/Gullah Experience
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: "Early Bird" coffee is available after 6:15 AM. 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
 Morning: You will find our Civil War historian passionate 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 from 1-6 p.m. Take advantage of the many cultural offerings of Charleston, nearby plantations, or the beach across the street from the Retreat Center. The internet site "www.charlestoncvb.com" will preview many unique places to visit and things to do during your free time. At the visitors bureau on Monday afternoon you will find many brochures and booklets with a huge amount of helpful tourist information. Wireless internet connection is available in our dining and downstairs lounge areas.
 Dinner: Tonight we dine at a nearby resturant, Sullivan's, known for their exceptional seafood!
 Evening: After dinner we usually show the film "God's Gonna Trouble the Water", a documentary by SC Educational Television that tells the story of the Gullah people.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Siege and Music/CSS Hunley Visitation/Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
 Morning: Your Civil War presenter will bring a special presentation about the Confederate submarine the CSS Hunley, which was the first successful submarine attack in history! Musicians continue to engage their audiences in delightful ways.
 Lunch: Enjoy "deli" type sandwiches, fresh fruit, salads.
 Afternoon: The Confederate Submarine the CSS Hunley was raised August 8, 2000. It is currently being conserved at a Lab in North Charleston. We will be visiting the submarine and all the stories and artifacts that were found inside. Truly an amazing experience!
 Dinner: Supper is at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: After dinner you'll enjoy a narrated sweetgrass basket demonstration. Sweetgrass baskets are a major part of the history of the lowcountry. This craft came to the SC Lowcountry from the enslaved West Africans who used the baskets as tools for working in the rice fields. Today the baskets are elaborate works of art that have been deemed the SC "state craft". See a demonstration and narrative about these baskets. Baskets will be available for purchase.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siege and Music/Fort Moultrie/"Graduation Celebration" and Ice Cream Social
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
 Morning: Civil War re-enactor continues his intriguing story of the war's impact in South Carolina. Musicians are able to delight participants even if they aren't especially music lovers.
 Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch. Cookies always available.
 Afternoon: Explore Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney Historic Site! This Fort on Sullivan's Island was a major part of the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and was in operation through World War II. Now a part of the National Historic Parks, Fort Moultrie has lots history and much to learn about. A visit to the Charles Pinckney Historic Site reveals insight into the life of one of our founding fathers who was instrumental in the drafting of the Constitution.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final classroom sessions/Lunch/Departure
(Friday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 7:45 a.m.
 Morning: Final morning presentations on Civil War and Music 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
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