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The Piccolo Spoleto Festival: Celebrating The Arts In Charleston

Program Number: 14605RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/26/2013 - 5/31/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Price starting at: $736.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

In 1977, composer Gian Carlo Moretti decided to bring the magic of Spoleto, Italy’s beloved Festival dei Due Mondi to the U.S. He chose Charleston because its wealth of theaters and churches reminded him of Spoleto, and there he began Spoleto Festival USA. Experience what has today become America’s foremost celebration of renowned international artists, Spoleto Festival USA, and its companion festival, Piccolo (“small”) Spoleto, highlighting outstanding regional artists.




Highlights

• Attend two nights of Spoleto Festival USA and meet some of the musicians for an insider point of view on the festival and even a private performance.
• Learn about the fascinating history, architecture and culture of Charleston and absorb the city’s unique charm.
• Attend a Chamber Music performance at the Historic Dock Street Theater.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, mostly on city sidewalks; optional walking on beach or boardwalk.



For participants interested in both the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto Festival with accommodations located in Charleston’s historic district, please see program #21257.



Coordinated by Coastal Retreat Center.




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/Charleston SC 5 nights
 Coastal Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. 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 are major shopping areas, pharmacies, a hospital, an urgent care center, 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
  Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate-controlled heating and air conditioning. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.
  Facility amenities: One television located 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4 PM on Sunday, May 26. 2013. You will be staying at Coastal Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:30 AM (Lunch) on Friday, May 31, 2013. 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. If you are bringing a large motor home, please phone resident manager at 843-886-4630 to make parking plans.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Isle of Palms/Charleston SC
  Nearest city or town:  Mount Pleasant and Charleston
  Nearest highway: Isle of Palms Connector, Hwy. 517; Hwy. I- 526, known as the Mark Clark Expressway; and Interstate 26.
  Nearest airport:  Charleston International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Isle of Palms/Charleston SC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charleston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mt. Pleasant Shuttle
phone: 843-971-4901
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $36
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

21 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Coming from upper SC, I-95 North or South, from I-77 South, via I-26 Eastbound Take I-26 East to Exit 212C. Enter onto I-526 East (Mark Clark Expressway) towards Mt. Pleasant. Continue approximately twelve (12) miles to Hwy 17 North, Exit 29 ramp. At the foot of the ramp is a traffic light. Get into center lane. Go straight across Hwy 17. Follow this road (Hungry Neck Blvd.) as it bends to the left. At the fourth traffic light turn right onto Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector). This connector will cross over a causeway and an Intracoastal Waterway bridge, arriving at the Isle of Palms. At the foot of the bridge take a left at the traffic light. Stay in left lane. You will see a large Methodist Church (painted white) ahead. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it quickly turns to the right then back to the left A brick crosswalk is located immediately before the left turn entrance into the retreat center parking lot. Retreat center is adjacent to the Methodist property.
  From Savannah, other areas south of Charleston, using Highway 17 Take Hwy 17 North, crossing peninsula of Charleston, then cross over the new (2005) Arthur Ravenel, Jr. cable-stayed bridge. Follow Highway 17 North to the intersection with Highway 517, (the Isle of Palms Connector). Turn right, taking Hwy. 517. This Isle of Palms Connector will cross over a causeway and an Intracoastal Waterway bridge, arriving at the Isle of Palms. At foot of the bridge take a left at the traffic light. Stay in left lane. You will see a large Methodist Church (painted white) ahead. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it quickly turns to the right then back to the left. A brick crosswalk is located immediately before the left turn entrance into the retreat center parking lot. The retreat center is adjacent to the Methodist property.
  From upper coastal SC, Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand areas, using Highway 17 Take Highway 17 South to the junction of Hwy 17 S and Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector). This is a major intersection with traffic lights. Get into the far left turning lane. Signs for Isle of Palms will be posted at this intersection. Turn left onto Hwy 517 (Isle of Palms Connector) continue through all traffic lights. Cross over a causeway and an Intracoastal Waterway bridge on to the Isle of Palms.. At base of bridge is a traffic light. Turn left at the light. Stay in left lane. You will see a large Methodist Church (painted white) ahead. Follow this road (Palm Blvd.) as it quickly turns to the right then back to the left. A brick crosswalk is located immediately before the left turn entrance into the retreat center parking lot. The retreat center is adjacent to the Methodist property.
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 and Greetings/Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 4:00 PM in lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks, and trail mix provided upon arrival and available 24 hours a day!
 Dinner: Participants may choose from two entrees for evening meals after the first day. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Dietary restrictions accommodated.
 Evening: A warm Southern welcome awaits you from the Road Scholar program coordinator/host and the resident manager. Orientation to the retreat center and program schedule. Enjoy fellowship with other participants.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes on Architecture and Music/Bus Tour of Historic Charleston/Learn about Gullah Culture and History
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Several copies of the "Charleston Post and Courier," and "USA Today" are available each morning. Notify resident manager if you would like to purchase personal copies of either paper.
 Morning: Stretch breaks at midpoint of class time. Thirty minute break between classes. During breaks enjoy ocean views and fresh air from our second floor deck just outside of the classroom meeting area.
 Lunch: The lunch menu usually consists of soups, sandwiches, and salads, with fresh fruit always available.
 Afternoon: A professional bus tour of the historic Charleston area leaves our center at 1:00 PM. There are stops at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (includes snack bar for ice cream and rest stop) and the Charleston Visitors Center. After a drive around the famous Battery with gorgeous harbor views, there is a stop at historic St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Tour includes a drive around Ft. Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. En route, you will receive a comprehensive overview of historic Charleston and surrounding areas by a licensed tour guide. This tour will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.
 Dinner: Our chef knows how to impress with his local delights.
 Evening: See a sweetgrass basket-making demonstration by a descendant of former enslaved West Africans. Learn poignant story of the Gullah people, their culture and language that is fast-disappearing in the 21st century.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentations on Architecture and Music/Piccolo Spoleto Event
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Coffee and newspapers available after 6 a.m.
 Morning: Stretch breaks at midpoint of classes. There is a one-half hour break between the two class periods.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12:00 noon. Variety in lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore a world-class tourist mecca knowns as Historic Charleston. Retreat center staff available to answer your questions. Often, those without transportation are invited to join participants with transportation to enjoy a local destination together. Tom Fazio golf courses at Wild Dunes Resort, about two miles north of retreat center. Check out the website: "www.charlestoncvb.com" for local sights, tours, gardens. Also, check "www.sciway.net" for additional information. You may enjoy walks on the beach, which is about 150 yards from the retreat center.
 Dinner: Meals are served promptly. After an adventurous day, you'll be ready for a tasty meal.
 Evening: Enjoy a Piccolo Spoleto event this evening. Event will be chosen as soon as Piccolo Spoleto schedule is published, usually in early April.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Presentation and Excursion/Walking Tour in Historic District/Spoleto Event/Wine and Cheese
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Our resident manager LOVES to cook breakfast for you! You can choose hot or cold breakfast, along with fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea.
 Morning: Morning architecture class for one hour. Then take an excursion to see juried artists' demonstrations in Marion Square and a selected show at the Charleston City Art Gallery at Waterfront Park. (Restrooms nearby).
 Lunch: At noon, enjoy a delightful lunch in a tearoom at a nearby church parish hall. We will have one hour for lunch, that includes a gift shop and rest stop.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have transportation to Charleston's famous Battery and historic homes district. Accompanied by an architectural historian, you will see first hand the exterior beauty of colonial and antebellum homes as you slowly walk just a few blocks. After a rest stop at the Charleston Visitors Center, you will be returned to the retreat center around 4 PM.
 Dinner: At 6 PM, our chef has a delicious meal waiting for you.
 Evening: Celebrate a gala evening with wine and cheese before shuttles take us to one of Charleston's historic theatres for a delightful performance. Specific event to be chosen after publication of Piccolo Spoleto schedule in early April 2008.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Presentations on Architecture and Music/Free Time/Piccolo Spoleto Event
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, hot or cold, is always good, especially when prepared by our resident manager.
 Morning: Final presentations by these professionals who have been sharing with you all week.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12:00 Noon.
 Afternoon: To Maritime Center for Harbor of History boat tour, with stop at Morris Island in Charleston harbor. Marine biologist, historian on board. Guaranteed to delight and inform. Look for shells and sharks' teeth while on Morris Island. Catch sights of pelicans and dolphins as well. Pass by Patriots' Point (largest maritime museum) from harbor vantage point.
 Dinner: Our chef knows how to prepare local delights.
 Evening: A "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun, fellowship and professional entertainment. Musician specializes in Celtic music, hammered dulcimer. Our ice cream bar will draw out your creativity as you compose an ice cream sundae!
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Presentations/Lunch
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: The smell of fresh coffee gets most "sleepy heads" into the dining room.
 Morning: Learn amazing details of the CSS Hunley and her crew from an expert, who also coordinated the funerals for the eight crew found on board. Check out of rooms between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. classes. Return keys, evaluations, strip beds and place linens in hallway for pick up. All participants must be out of rooms by 10:00 a.m. For those using public transportation, a secure area is provided for luggage until your departure from the retreat center.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at 11:30 AM. You may eat lunch in the dining room, or prepare a "To Go" box for your journey. Kindly note "To Go" boxes not available until 11:30 AM. Please see resident manager if public transportation arrangements are needed.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Isle of Palms/Charleston SC Charleston SC
Charleston charms over three million visitors a year, and is one of the top travel destinations in North America. You will have opportunity to pick up brochures, tourist information at Charleston Visitors Bureau when tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. Also, tourist brochures available at retreat center. Check the following web site for a wealth of information: www.sciway.net. For additional information, visit www.charlestoncvb.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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