OLLI Bonus Trips and Events Furman University

Bonus Trip Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations within 48 hours of an event or no shows by members for the special one-day events will be charged $25 by OLLI.

BTE1101               Six & Twenty Distillery

September 19, 10 a.m.—noon

Six & Twenty Distillery is a small town micro-distillery founded in 2011 by two old Clemson rugby players.  They make a premium hand-crafted whiskey in Powdersville, South Carolina. Locally grown soft, red winter wheat is distilled into a pure, sweet, youthful, spirit aptly named "Carolina Virgin Wheat Whiskey."  For those who prefer an aged whiskey, "Blue" is the marriage of Virgin Wheat Whiskey to a five year old Bourbon at a one-to-one ratio. Take something old, five year Bourbon; something new, Carolina Virgin Wheat Whiskey; something borrowed, time in a barrel; to consummate something "Blue." Six and Twenty is about a love story, we show it in the spirits we make and the place we make them. Come see this process in action and taste the results. Limit 30

 

BTE1148               The Hawk Migration at Caesar's Head State Park

September 19, 10:30 a.m.—noon

Predicting the hawks' arrival at Caesar's Head for their annual migration is like predicting the weather, but we are betting on this Friday to provide spectacular sites. At this unique location, the hawks make use of the prevailing currents as warm air from the valley mixes with the cool air on the escarpment of Caesars Head.  Join Ranger/Naturalist Tim Lee to learn more about our unique area and the hawks.  Be prepared to walk, some on uneven terrain. Bring binoculars and a sack lunch. Fee:  $2 ($1.25 for seniors) for State park entry. Limit 25

 

BTE1184               Concrete Creations

September 26, 13 p.m.

Started as a backyard hobby-business 30 years ago, Concrete Creations has grown to be the largest ornamental concrete manufacturer in South Carolina.  They engage in both retail and wholesale, delivering in their trucks from PA to TX.  We will see how latex-fiberglass molds are designed, made and poured.   Learn the art of concrete finishing and the use of oxidizing agents. Get a basic understanding of concrete mixing and some common additives. You will enjoy touring the seven acres of ornamental concrete and warehouses with huge inventories of pottery and wrought iron.  Also get a chance to purchase quality items for your yard at less than half the cost of local garden centers with a new and better understanding and appreciation of what you are purchasing. www.concretecreations.net Limit 20

 

BTE1115               Erwin-Penland, Inc. Advertising

September 26, 34 p.m.

This large, nationally recognized advertising agency was founded in Greenville. Erwin Penland was built on inclusion, on respect and on an ethic designed to do amazing, effective work and that showed the client that their needs were paramount. EP offers advertising, public relations, digital technology and experiential branding. Their overarching goal is to help the client achieve success. Among their many clients are Verizon, Michelin, L'eggs, Milliken, Denny's and Microsoft.  See how the work environment supports and directs the EP mission.  www.erwinpenland.com/about   Limit 25

 

BTE1102               The Wines of Paso Robles, California

September 26, noon—1:30 p.m.

Our notable Greenville wine connoisseur, Richard DeBondt showcases the wines of Paso Robles, California. As you savor the wines, expertly paired with a delicious lunch, enjoy the company of fellow OLLI members and the wine insights shared by DeBondt. Attendance is restricted to OLLI members, and you must BOTH register with OLLI and call Northampton Wines (864-271-3919) to request a reservation for the OLLI luncheon of September 26th and pre-pay the fee of $35.64. Northampton Wines will accept reservation calls after August 18, 2014. Limit 48

 

BTE1132               Carolinas Aviation Museum

October 10, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.

If you remember "The Miracle On The Hudson" - US AIR Flight #1549 and it's safe crash landing in the Hudson River - you'll really enjoy walking around the actual Air Bus 320 at The Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte. Plus, we'll be viewing a DC9 and C130 and then walking through a DC7. Our tour throughout the museum begins at 10:30 followed by an onsite lunch from 12:15 - 1:15. Then, it's off to the tarmac to view the three retired planes. Naturally, there will be time in between to visit the gift shop.  And then it's a 2:30 ETD in our "all first class seating" bus with an ETA of 4:15 -4:30. Make your choice of lunch menu upon registering at the OLLI office. Event fee:  $50 (due to office by 9/15)  www.carolinasaviation.org Limit 50

 

BTE1110               Gullah Roots

October 10, 10 a.m.—noon, Herring Center, HC110

What is Gullah?  Is it a true language or just a result of slaves trying to communicate in a foreign land? Who has done the research and what have they discovered? Join Carole McAfee to explore and learn what scholars have been able to uncover about this unique segment of SC history.  You will also learn some fascinating information about the people, the culture, and the lives of the Gullah people of SC. Limit 50

BTE1141               Papermaking for Fun, Gifts, and More

October 10, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

Artist/Author Carol Funke provides all participants the opportunity to explore the art of handmade paper with her hands-on workshop. The process of paper-making becomes a tactile artistic experience for students of any age. Basic techniques taught include pulling paper, creating texture in the paper, pulp painting, embedding, molding and embossing. An exhibiting artist herself, Carol aims to inspire her students to develop papermaking into an art form. Limit 20

 

BTE1106               Republic Locomotive - Greenville

October 10, 10 a.m.—noon

Republic Locomotive manufactures and services new and rebuilt locomotives and yard switchers. The company was founded in 1980 in Greenville, S.C. as a locomotive rebuilder, and has become the only manufacturer of all-new industrial locomotives in North America. Republic Locomotive decided to reinvent the industrial locomotive, and using its expertise acquired through the years, created and patented the new RX500 AC Traction Locomotive. www.republiclocomotive.com Limit 30

 

BEF1132               Touring WYFF

October 10, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Get an inside look at how news coverage is planned and carried out by a local television newsroom.  We will visit WYFF 4 to get an overview of the television market and how coverage decisions are made. We will have the opportunity to have questions answered about the news operation and the anchors you see every day. The visit will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour during the production of the noon newscast. Limit 25

 

BTE1112               Fall Beauty in Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

October 17, 8 a.m.1 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their fall beauty. Join Seth Harrison, SC Master Naturalist, and visit locations in the mountains just to the north where many sights are abundant. The period when the days are getting shorter brings many changes in the forest. See/photograph them and learn some of their natural history as well. Carpool from Furman to several sites and bring water and a lunch to enjoy outdoors. We will be walking 1-5 miles on natural trails with some moderate (up to 800 ft) elevation gains. Limit 15

 

BTE1195               Nuno Felting

October 17, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m., Herring Center, HC113

Join Phyllis Gropp, and make a 3-D vessel such as a bowl, vase or hat using a wet-felting technique called “nuno felting”.  This method of felting joins loose wool fibers into a fabric and bonds them to decorative and functional cloth. Materials fee:  $12 (due at event). Limit 12

 

BTE1197               Upstate Forever:  Green Office Tour

October 17, 1011:30 a.m.

Learn about the Upstate's premier conservation organization and the projects which they have fostered to preserve unique environmental features with Brad Wyche, Executive Director. Upstate Forever promotes sensible growth and the protection of special places throughout our region. Come to an historic preservation district to tour their LEED Platinum-certified green office, a 1919 residence that serves as a demonstration site for green renovation techniques, featuring native landscaping, solar panels, and reclaimed materials.  Then enjoy lunch in a nearby downtown restaurant. Limit 20

 

BTE1104               Peace Center Tour

October 24, 10 a.m.—noon

The Peace Center is referred to as a "jewel" by many of its top-name performers. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. OLLI members will be treated to a full tour of the Peace Center into places you cannot access as a show ticketholder. Join Charles McAfee, House Manager, to see behind the scenes, Genevieve's Patron Lounge, and the expanded TD Stage. Expect plenty of walking and possibly stairs. Limit 20

 

BTE1193               Sweet and Savory:  Cooking Local with the Best of Upcountry Food!

October 24, 10 a.m.—noon

We are blessed to live in a region with such an abundance of small farms and producers. Mary Walsh, co-owner of the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, will cover using locally grown produce in everyday meals that can be prepared easily at home. While cooking, we'll discuss the farms and practices used to grow what we are eating, and will make at least one savory dish and one sweet dish using seasonal, local food. We'll also discuss tips and tricks to make cooking with local foods (and unprocessed food in general) easy and enjoyable. Materials fee:  $10 (due at event). Limit 20

 

BTE1180               Visions of Europe I

October 24, 10 a.m.12:15 p.m., Herring Center, HC110

Can't get to Europe this Fall? Well, there is another way to enjoy the sights and wonders of Europe. Join our (mainly) helicopter tour, via DVD, with Elaine Brummett. The first hour we'll see “The Great Cities of Europe” and the second hour, “Austria.” This professionally photographed tour (shown on PBS) offers information and a view few people get to experience. This is the first of a series of three European Tours. This Winter we tour France, and in Spring we visit Italy. Limit 60

 

BTE1174               Defending 100% - Civil Liberties Work in South Carolina

October 31, 1011:30 a.m., Herring Center, HC111

The State Director of the South Carolina ACLU, Victoria Middleton, will describe its mission and activities. Current areas of work include legislative attempts to ban books at state colleges, voter ID laws, separation of church and state, reading materials barred in state prisons, lack of legal representation and other issues. The program will include an overview of the ACLU work in SC and plenty of time for Q&A. Limit 40

 

BTE1178               Halloween at Springwood Cemetery

October 31, 1011:30 a.m.

Springwood Cemetery, in downtown Greenville, is the permanent home of many local dignitaries and characters. It is the oldest municipal cemetery in the state. Judith Chandler-Huse will lead a discussion and tour of the lives and tombstones of interesting people from the Upstate. Be prepared to be informed and entertained by this non-spooky Halloween tour. We begin at the Upcountry Museum and will make several moves by car around the cemetery. There is uneven terrain. Limit 25

 

BTE1155               "Oh, My Aching Back!"

October 31, 10 a.m.—noon, Herring Center, HC110

. Limit 100

 

BTE1150               Barter to Bitcoins

November 7, 10 a.m.—noon, Herring Center, HC111

The history of money is a fascinating subject. How did humanity go from a barter economy to one that relied on coinage and eventually switched to paper money, entries on ledgers, and finally to zeros and ones on computer programs?  Coming full circle, we have personal and computerized bartering systems and computer “money”: Bitcoin (this is not a class for coin collectors!). Also, learn why some people want to return to the gold and silver standard. Dan Kappel will lead this class. Limit 25

 

BTE1168               Enjoying and Preserving Lake Keowee

November 7, 10 a.m.—noon, Herring Center, HC110

Lake Keowee is an upstate gem shared by homeowners, nature-lovers and recreationalists. Underneath Lake Keowee lies a rich history of thriving farms, Cherokee villages, and abundant wild life. Friends of Lake Keowee Society (FOLKS) was organized and established in 1993 as a public service watershed organization. Their mission is to keep Lake Keowee safe and beautiful by maintaining its 370 miles of shoreline and its 71 islands. Hear Ben Turetsky, Executive Director, tell how this organization and their six major missions help us here in Greenville. Limit 75

 

BTE1116               Proterra - Greenville

No

vember 7, 10 a.m.—noon

Founded in 2004 and located in Greenville since 2010, Proterra has become the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicle solutions with the launch of their fast charge EcoRide BE35 battery electric bus. The current facility is expanding capacity significantly in order to meet the future  market for "clean" energy-efficient transit.  www.proterra.com  Limit 20

 

BTE1145a             The Furman Library:  Yes - for OLLI Members Too!

Nove

mber 14, 10 a.m.—noon

Tour the library with Jenny Colvin, Assistant Director of Outreach Services, and learn about the library's resources and services, including materials available to OLLI participants. Find out about reference help, Special Collections and Archives, and our digital collections. Session will end with a tour of the James B. Duke Library. Before you leave, sign up for your library card.  Whether you are doing research or looking for your next “good read”, there is a wide range of resources at your fingertips. Limit 20

 

BTE1145b             The Furman Library:  Yes - for OLLI Members Too!

November 14, 13 p.m.

Tour the library with Jenny Colvin, Assistant Director of Outreach Services, and learn about the library's resources and services, including materials available to OLLI participants. Find out about reference help, Special Collections and Archives, and our digital collections. Session will end with a tour of the James B. Duke Library. Before you leave, sign up for your library card.  Whether you are doing research or looking for your next “good read”, there is a wide range of resources at your fingertips. Limit 20

 

BTE1145               Tour of Cabela's

November 14, 910:30 a.m.

Join us for a guided tour of the new Greenville Cabela's, "World's Foremost Outfitter".  Channel your inner Robin Hood and try your hand in the Archery Range, see a fly-casting/fly-tying demonstration in the Fly Shop and watch a fish feeding, during a talk at the Aquarium. There will be plenty of opportunities to view the entire store. The tour will conclude with a light breakfast in the store's Tupelo deli ($5 to $10). Limit 40

 

BTE1162               Touring the Culinary Arts Program at Greenville Technical College

November 14, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Tour with Chef Austin the Greenville Tech's Culinary Institute of the Carolinas, a special environment for gaining culinary skills. They have state-of-the-art facilities that include five kitchens, a room designed especially for ice carving, and the finest tools of the trade such as programmable combination ovens and blast chillers. Students gain real-world experience while serving customers during events held in the upscale dining room. There is no meal with this tour.  www.gvltec.edu/culinary_institute Limit 60

 


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