Afternoon: Registration begins in retreat center lobby at 4 PM, with coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival. As is customary in many retreat centers, please make your bed upon arrival. Let our staff know if we can help you in any way!
Dinner: At 6 PM, start your week of southern cuisine! Tonight enjoy a specially selected dinner that reflects the local culture. For the rest of the week, participants may choose from two entrées for evening meals after the first day. Dietary restrictions accommodated. Please let us know in advance so that we can be sure that you have it your way!
Evening: Road Scholar 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.
Breakfast: Your day begins with a delightful southern breakfast at 8:00 am. Self-serve coffee is available for early risers.
Morning: Gain new insights on the Revolutionary War from a historian and re-enactor wearing a different period uniform each day. After, enjoy an interactive lecture on Charleston Architecture presented by an architectural historian who previously worked for the Historic Charleston Foundation and directed the Charleston Museum Homes.
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: Dinner is at 6:00 PM at the Coastal Retreat Center. 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 continue today. You will learn stories of "the ancestors" through stories and song by a gifted artist.
Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be ready at 8:00 am. Early risers can enjoy self-serve coffee and a walk on the beach!
Morning: Continue your exploration of the Revolutionary War with our re-enactor before resuming your journey through Charleston's architectural history.
Lunch: Our light lunches include soups, salads, sandwiches. Fruit available.
Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore the Charleston area. Take advantage of the many cultural offerings of Charleston, nearby plantations, or the beach across the street from the Retreat Center. Visit the visitor center web site at www.charlestoncvb.com to 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: Schedule permittiing, tonight we'll travel to nearby Sullivan's Restaurant on Sullivan's Island for dinner. Sullivan's is known for its exceptional seafood selection!
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. The enslaved West Africans and their descendants, the Gullah people, inhabit the Sea Islands and the Lowcountry of SC and Georgia. Learn about the work to preserve the music and culture of this unique group of people.
Activity note: Architectural Walking Tour involves walking for approximately an hour through the lower peninsula of Charleston
Breakfast: As you have become accustomed, breakfast will be ready at 8:00 am and coffee whenever you are ready!
Morning: Learn of the Revolutionary War in SC from the British perspective with our expert. After, our architectural historian will discuss the historic and cultural influences on Charleston's architecture.
Lunch: Enjoy seasonal fruits along with delicious "deli" type sandwiches, salads.
Afternoon: Guided by an expert architectural historian, participants will walk for approximately an hour in the lower peninsula of Charleston viewing exteriors of elegant colonial and antebellum homes that attract visitors world-wide! After we return to the Retreat Center, see a sweetgrass basket demonstration. 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." Learn the history of sweetgrass baskets and see a basket maker demonstrate this unique craft that was handed down from her parents.
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!
Breakfast: Start your morning with a delicous breakfast! Of course, we have grits!
Morning: This morning we'll continue learning about the Revolutionary War as our expert discusses the impact of the War on SC. After our architectural historian continues the story of Charleston's unique architecture.
Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch. Yes, we have sweet tea!
Afternoon: This afternoon we'll have an educational trip to a local historic place of interest such as Fort Moultrie or 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.
Dinner: Leave the cooking to us as we serve you up a delicious dinner!
Evening: A "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun and fellowship.
Breakfast: Enjoy your last breakfast of the program. We hope you have enjoyed our southern cuisine!
Morning: Final presentation by Revolutionary War expert. All participants check out of rooms by 10:00 AM. Please remember to return your room keys. For those using public transportation, a secure area is provided for luggage until your departure. The 10:30 AM class is a presentation by the Island Turtle Team who help protect the nests of the endangered loggerhead turtles. The Isle of Palms is one of the barrier islands of the SC Lowcountry. On these barrier islands the Loggerhead Turtles, one of five species of endangered Atlantic Sea Turtles, make their nests. Due to human development of the coastline, nesting areas are becoming more and more dangerous. The Island Turtle Team is a preservation team focused on protecting these endangered and adorable sea turtles. Enjoy this touching presentation and learn about the team's mission and experiences with adult and baby Loggerhead turtles!
Lunch: You may enjoy lunch in the dining room, or prepare a "To Go" box for your journey. "To Go" boxes will be available beginning at 11:30 AM.