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The Revolutionary War, Charleston Architecture, Lowcountry Traditions and Culture

Program Number: 9580RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Price starting at: $579.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; African American Studies Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Coastal Retreat Center.



The Revolutionary War in South Carolina

America’s fight for independence comes to life as a charismatic presenter in authentic military clothing leads you through tales of revolution from both sides of the line. Learn about weapons, battles, the “Swamp Fox” fashion and Colonial life.



Charleston Architecture

Charleston's colonial and antebellum homes are world-class treasures. An architectural historian shares his knowledge in the classroom and on an hour stroll viewing magnificent historic homes near The Battery on the Charleston peninsula.



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/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. 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 with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. 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
  Additional nights prior:  
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4 p.m. Sunday You will be staying at Coastal Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with lunch 11:30 a.m. Friday 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 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 $72 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 72 for up to two people, one way. Additional people will cost extra. Discuss pricing and payment with MPS. There are other taxi services available from airport.

 
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 about twelve 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 bends to the right then immediately back to the left. (Realize that your next left turn is immediate, into the retreat center parking lot). A brick crosswalk is located immediately before you make a 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-stay bridge. Continue on Highway 17 North until you come to the intersection of Highway 17 North and Highway 517, the Isle of Palms Connector. Connector will take you to the Isle of Palms, crossing over a causeway and Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. At base of bridge, turn left at traffic light. Stay in left lane. You will see a large Methodist Church building (painted white) ahead. Follow this road as it bends 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 bends 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 Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins in retreat center lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival.
 Dinner: Participants may choose from two entrées for evening meals after the first day. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Dietary restrictions accommodated.
 Evening: Road Scholar Coordinator and Host and Resident Manager offer you a warm Southern welcome, along with orientation to the retreat center and program schedule. Enjoy fellowship with other participants.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Revolutionary War and Architecture/Excursion to Historic Charleston/Gullah Culture
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Several copies of the "Post and Courier" and "USA Today" are available each morning. Personal copies of paper may be ordered.
 Morning: Revolutionary War historian and re-enactor tells story from the British side. Architectural historian will help you "see" colonial and antebellum homes with "new eyes."
 Lunch: The lunch menu usually consists of soups, sandwiches, and salads, with fresh fruits always available.
 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: A delicious meal is served especially for you! Our chef knows how to please.
 Evening: Discover the culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people, former enslaved West Africans who reside in the low country islands. Learn of the fascinating connection between the culture and rituals of West Africans and the Gullah people and how these connections still thrive today.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Charleston Architecture/Free Time/Gullah Experience
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: "Early Bird" coffee and newspapers available after 6:15 a.m.
 Morning: Revolutionary War historian wears different British uniform each day, and describes the functions that each part of the uniform serve. You will find him charming and knowledgeable. Architectural historian previously worked for the Historic Charleston Foundation and directed the Charleston Museum Homes. You will enjoy his wit and charm while he takes you on an adventure through centuries of inspiring Charleston architecture!
 Lunch: Our light lunches include soups, salads, sandwiches. Fruit available.
 Afternoon: On this day you are free to explore and enjoy world-class Historic Charleston and surrounds. Staff can assist with information and directions. A shuttle to "The Market" in Downtown Charleston will be available to participants for this afternoon on a 'first come first serve' sign up (limited seating). The shuttle allows participants approx 3 hours to explore downtown Charleston by foot. 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: Meals are served promptly. After an adventurous day, you'll be ready for a tasty meal.
 Evening: The Gullah Experience continues as you learn about the rice and indigo production in South Carolina and the significant role the slaves played in making SC one of the richest states before the Civil War. Also, you'll hear and discover the Gullah spoken language and how this Creole of English came into being.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architecture/Architectural Walking Lecture/ Sweetgrass Baskets/Gullah Culture and Storytelling
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast. You can choose hot or cold breakfast, along with fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea.
 Morning: Learn of the Revolutionary War battles in South Carolina and their importance in the outcome of this war. Architectural historian discusses historic and cultural influences on architecture in Charleston. This guy is brilliant, and uses appropriate humor, so his topic is not dry but very interesting and enjoyable.
 Lunch: Enjoy seasonal fruits along with delicious "deli" type sandwiches, salads.
 Afternoon: Take a walk on the historical side, as architectural historian gives narration on an hour's walk, discussing exterior features of colonial and antebellum period homes that lure visitors to Charleston from all over the world. When you return to the retreat center, you will see a basket maker demonstrate this sweetgrass basket 'sewing', unique craft that was handed down from her parents. You'll learn about how the sweetgrass baskets were used by the slaves and Gullah people as tools for rice cultivation and then how these baskets developed into the art form held as South Carolina's state craft.
 Dinner: The chef has a delicious meal waiting for you.
 Evening: Hear the entertaining folklore of the Gullah/Geechee people from our animated and engaging Gullah Storyteller! You'll hear and participate in the tales passed down through Gullah generations with props and the Gullah Language. This storytelling presentation is sure to be both educational and entertaining!
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architecture/ Trip to Fort Moultrie / "Graduation Celebration" with Entertainment
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, hot or cold, is always good, especially when prepared by our resident director.
 Morning: Revolutionary War re-enactor continues his intriguing story of the American Revolution in South Carolina. Architectural historian continues the story of Charleston's architectural history.
 Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch. Cookies always available.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you will explore Fort Moultrie, an important military establishment during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars on nearby Sullivan's Island. Fort Moultrie assisted in defense of Charleston Harbor and overlooks Fort Sumter.
 Dinner: Enjoy another fine meal at the Coastal Retreat Center.
 Evening: A "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun and fellowship. Entertainment is followed by scrumptious ice cream desserts.
   
Accommodations: Coastal Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Conclusion/Lunch and Departure
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: The smell of fresh coffee gets most "sleepy heads" into the dining room.
 Morning: Final presentation by Revolutionary War expert. Then check out of rooms between 9:30 and 10:30 AM.. 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. The 10:30 AM class is a presentation by the Island Turtle Team who help protect the nests of the endangered loggerhead turtles.
 Lunch: You may enjoy lunch in the dining room, or prepare a "To Go" box for your journey. "To Go" boxes will not be available until 11:30am. Good Luck and safe travels to all of our participants!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Isle of Palms/Charleston, SC Charleston SC
Charleston charms about 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 our tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. Also, tourist brochures available at retreat center. 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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